Strong British contingent in Amateur Championship last eight

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British and French dominate third round at Carnoustie

Scotland’s Grant Forrest joins a strong British contingent through to the quarter-finals of the Amateur Championship at Carnoustie, following a convincing 4&3 victory over England’s Ashley Chesters.

The former Scottish Amateur champion was four up after five holes against two-time European Amateur Champion Chesters. Birdies on the 10th and 11th gave Forrest, who will celebrate his 22nd birthday tomorrow, a decisive lead in the match.

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Commenting on his victory, Forrest said: “I have been playing solid golf. It was a little bit scrappy today but I managed to score which is always good.

“I got beat in the last 16 two years ago so it’s great to get through to the Quarter-Finals. This is the biggest event we play in the summer and so I have just got to keep doing my thing and see what happens.”

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France also enjoyed an excellent day with four players reaching the quarter-finals.

Alexandre Daydou held his nerve in a close match against Iceland’s Andri Bjornsson. The Italian International Amateur Champion won four consecutive holes from the 11th to take control of the match and he eased to a 2&1 win to secure his place in the last eight.

The all-Scottish affair between Jack McDonald, the 2012 Amateur Championship semi-finalist, and Robert MacIntyre was won 4&3 be the 22-year-old from Kilmarnock.

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Scottish interest in the quarter-finals was further boosted by Greig Marchbank’s 2&1 win over Finland’s Miki Kuronen.

England’s Sean Towndrow, who lost in the semi-finals of last year’s Amateur Championship, was three down to Poland’s Mateusz Gradecki by the 7th hole but clawed is way back into the match, winning the 15th and 16th holes to win by one hole.

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