PORTHCAWL, Wales (June 14, 2016) – ETSU’s Adrian Meronk (Wroclaw, Poland) advanced to match play at the 121st British Amateur Championship on Tuesday afternoon from Royal Porthcawl and Pyle & Kenfig in Porthcawl, Wales.
Thirty-six holes of stroke play were contested on Monday and Tuesday at both courses with the top 64 players with the lowest scores (and those tied for 64th place) advancing to the match play stage.
Meronk takes on France’s Ugo Coussaud Wednesday morning at 5:33 a.m. EDT. Coussaud is ranked 137th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and he also became the first Frenchman to win the South African Stroke Play Championship in 2015.
Meronk earned his spot into match play after tying for 20th at 2-over-par 144 (70-74) in the 36-hole stroke play event. The Buccaneer All-American played the Royal Porthcawl on Monday and fired a 1-under 70, while posting a 3-over 74 on Tuesday from Pyle & Kenfig.
On Monday, Meronk was sitting 2-over thru 11, but he birdied three of his final seven holes – including the last two – en route to finishing with the 70. Meronk had a roller coaster round on Tuesday as he registered five birdies, seven pars, four bogeys and two double-bogeys to end the day with a 74. The two-time Southern Conference Player of the Year began the day with back-to-back bogeys before coming back with consecutive birdies on No. 3 & 4. After playing the front nine at even-par, Meronk was even thru 11, but he played the final seven holes at 3-over to cap off the round.
Connor Syme from Scotland finished atop the leaderboard after stroke play as he carded a 6-under-par 136. Syme – who posted consecutive rounds of 68 – won the Australian Amateur Championship in January and was a semifinalist at the 2014 British Amateur Championship.
Along with Meronk, fellow Buccaneers Matuesz Gradecki (Oborniki Slaskie, Poland) and Gudmundur Kristjansson (Reykjavik, Iceland) also appeared in the tournament. Gradecki shot a 9-over-par 151 (74-77), while Kristjansson – who fired a 1-under 70 on Monday – totaled a 36-hole score of 10-over-par 152 (70-82).
The cutline was set at 5-over-par 147 and 79 golfers advanced to match play.
The tournament now moves to match play to determine the champion over the final four days at Royal Porthcawl. Each match will consist of one round of 18 holes, except the final round, which will be 36 holes of play.
The starting field consisted of 288 players from 30 countries, while seven players are ranked in the top-30 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking – including Meronk who ranked 28th.
The winner of The Amateur Championship will earn a place at The 145TH Open at Royal Troon and the 2017 U.S. Open Championship. Traditionally, the Amateur Champion is also invited to compete in the Masters Tournament.