Forrest steps up title bid

Grant Forrest wants to make history (picture Ian Rutherford)
Grant Forrest wants to make history (picture Ian Rutherford)
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CRAIGIELAW’S Grant Forrest is just three wins away from 
becoming the first player to 
retain the Scottish Amateur title in 30 years.

And he had fellow Lothians man Zander Culverwell for company heading into this morning’s quarter-finals at Blairgowrie. Forrest squeezed through at the third extra hole against Royal Wimbledon’s Ryan Lumsden then beat Cawder’s Jamie Savage by one hole. And he was the favourite heading into a last-eight clash against Liam Halliday in the Fairstone-sponsored event.

“I’ve had tough games today but going down the stretch gives you more experience and makes you a better player,” said the 20-year-old.

Bidding to emulate the great Charlie Green, the last man to win the event back-to-back, he added: “You learn how to handle it if you face such a situation again.”

Former Lothians champion Culverwell beat Adam Fisher on the last green before getting the better of Greig Marchbank, last year’s Scottish Boys’ Stroke-Play champion, in another tight tussle. The Dunbar man’s opponent in the quarter-finals was Kyle McClung from Wigtownshire County.

Forrest’s Craigielaw clubmate, Greg Smail, and Kingknowe’s Allyn Dick both saw their runs ended in the fifth round.