20 June 2013, Royal Cinque Ports, England: Advice from the 2009 Amateur Champion Matteo Manassero helped highly rated Italian Renato Paratore to reach the Quarter Finals of the 118th Amateur Championship at Royal Cinque Ports today.
Paratore turned to the BMW PGA Champion and Silver Medal winner at the 2009 Open Championship for guidance on links golf before traveling to the Kent coast. It paid off for the 16-year-old who is the same age as Manassero when he won at Formby. Paratore won a close match against Iceland’s Haraldur Franklin Magnus at the 19th hole to follow his win over Poland’s Adrian Meronk in the previous round.
Speaking through an interpreter, the 16-year-old said, “I know Matteo from playing on the Italian team with him a few times. He has been a big help. He was good on telling me how to play links golf. He told me how to play in the wind and how to play punch shots. He knows how it works and how to make it happen because he won this tournament.”
Neil Raymond led a home charge with a comfortable 7&6 victory over Tim Gornik, from Slovenia, and was joined by fellow English players Garrick Porteous, Max Orrin and Nick Marsh in the last eight.
Raymond took charge from the off against 22-year-old Gornik and was 4up after six holes. He turned the screw with three consecutive birdies from the 9th and closed out the match when both players carded bogey fives on the 12th.
“I have a lot of confidence from last week and I feel happy with my game,” said Raymond who defeated Scotland’s Adam Dunton earlier in the day. “I am just trying to give myself as many chances as I can out there because down the stretch you are not going to have many birdie opportunities. Taking advantage of the first few and the middle few holes when you have got some wedge shots is quite crucial round here. I’m really happy with the way I played. It’s nice to not have to play the full round so I can get a bit more rest.”
Porteous, who won the Scottish Amateur Stroke Play Championship earlier this month followed him into the Quarter Finals with a 3&2 win over Ireland’s Aaron Kearney after previously seeing off his compatriot Paul Dunne. The 23-year-old Bamburgh Castle Player said, “I’ve played really well all week. The key is being strategic on this course and staying on the right side of the fairway. Around the greens you just can’t short side yourself.”
Royal Cinque Ports member Orrin maintained his good form ousting Australia’s Jordan Zunic 3&1 to follow an earlier 3&2 win against fellow Englishman Paul Kinnear to reach the Quarter Finals. “I’m overjoyed. At the start of the week I knew I was playing well but I didn’t expect to come all this way or to keep playing so well and keep the game there. I’m just really looking forward to tomorrow now. More and more people have turned up from my club to watch me and family and friends so it’s really nice. I do appreciate all the support.”
Rounding off the English representation in the last eight will be Huddersfield’s Marsh who edged out Callum Shinkwin, from Moor Park, by one hole.
Paul Barjon went one stage further in this year’s championship after being knocked out by the eventual winner Alan Dunbar at the corresponding stage last year. The 20-year-old Frenchman won a close match with Ashley Chesters, from Hawkstone Park, by two holes. Earlier in the day he defeated Edward Richardson, from Rye, at the 19th hole.
American Jim Liu was the scourge of the Danes as he followed his morning win over Mads Soegaard with a two hole victory over Kasper Estrup.
The Quarter Final line-up for The Amateur Championship will see Paratore facing Liu, Raymond taking on Porteous, Barjon playing Hakula and Orrin against Marsh. The matches will be played tomorrow morning starting at 8.15am followed by the Semi-Finals in the afternoon.
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