Scottish Amateurs: Extra-hole agony for Grant Forrest

Grant Forrest crashed out in the quarter-finals. Pic: Steven Scott Taylor

Grant Forrest crashed out in the quarter-finals. Pic: Steven Scott Taylor

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Craigielaw’s Grant Forrest was left wishing he’d made it to the 18th hole earlier in the week after falling agonisingly short in his bid to win the Scottish Amateur title for the second time in three years.

The 20-year-old lost at the fourth extra hole to Glenbervie’s Graeme Robertson in the quarter-finals after holding a one-hole lead with one to play at Downfield.

“On 18, I hit a good 2-iron and almost just hit it too well and it ran through the fairway,” said Forrest, the 2012 champion, afterwards.

“I was blocked out by the trees (then went right into a bunker and failed to get up and down).

“It’s the first time I’ve played 18 this week. I think it affected me. I would have probably hit a 3-iron, but it’s my own fault. I should have known.”

Earlier, Forrest, right, had been two up with four to play, only to see his opponent birdie both the 15th and 16th, where he rolled in a 35-footer.

The East Lothian man then birdied the short 17th to get his nose back in front again, but, after being unable to close the match out in regulation time, he suffered extra-hole agony.

“I left it in the jaws on the first extra hole, Graeme then just missed at the 20th,” said Forrest. “He got up and down from the bunker on the 22nd and I didn’t. I hit a poor bunker shot 15 feet away.”

Forrest left Dundee focusing on the positives as he gets ready for the US Amateur Championship in Atlanta starting on Monday week.

“It was good to go down extra holes, as preparation for the US Am, in a way,” he said. “I’ve not done that since last year at the Scottish Amateur at Blairgowrie against Ryan Lumsden.

“I didn’t play well enough today, lost my driver a bit. It’s been the best part of my game for the last couple of weeks.

“I didn’t leave myself in good enough positions and playing someone like Graeme made that hard. It was always going to be a tight match.

“It’s been a good year, I’m up to 14th in the world rankings, was 13th last week, so hopefully I can keep things going at the US Amateur.”

Robertson went on to beat Haggs Castle’s Barry Hume 6&4 to set up a 36-hole title showdown today with Chris Robb (Meldrum House).