SW GOLF Gloucestershire ace in English Amateur final

2018 English amateur finalist Joe Long (Lansdown Golf Club) image courtesy & copyright Leaderboard PhotographyGloucestershire golf ace Joe Long competes against Tom Thurloway, of Sussex, in today’s English men’s amateur championship final at Formby.
Long, from Bath club Lansdown, ended the championship hopes of Brabazon Trophy winner Nick Poppleton in the quarter-finals, signing off with a 14th hole birdie to win 5&4.
In the semi-final he was taken to the 19th by Callum Farr (Northamptonshire County). 
After a long series of halved holes, Long worked his way to a two-up lead after 15 holes.
He lost the 16th when his approach shot spun back into a greenside bunker and on the 18th he could only watch as Farr played a magical pitch into the final green which finished stone dead for a winning birdie.
Off they went into extra time but Farr was put on the back foot after finding a greenside bunker and Long’s steady play won through. 
Long admitted: “I just stuck to my game plan. You feel the nerves a little bit but I just stuck to my process.” 
Having been fourth in the Dutch U21 championship, he is looking forward to today’s 36 hole final: “It’s going to be a great experience, it’s all new to me but it’s all part of learning.” 
Chartham Park’s Thurloway beat Bath Golf Club’s Jamie Li 3&2 in the semis.
Long shot image courtesy & copyright Leaderboard Photography via England Golf.

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