Raymond produces amazing fightback in English Am

Daily Echo: Neil Raymond (© Tom Ward) Neil Raymond (© Tom Ward)

Corhampton's Neil Raymond kept his hopes of a dream double alive with an amazing fightback to book a place in the quarter-finals of the English Amateur Championship.

The Hampshire ace, who has already claimed the prestigious Brabazon Trophy title this year, was four down against opponent Marcus Mohr at the turn in their last 16 encounter at Silloth-on-Solway.

But an inspired Raymond reduced the deficit to just one hole by the 18th, where the most dramatic moment of the match occured.

Having both made the green in regulation, Raymond canned a 40-foot putt, while Mohr missed from just six-feet, sending the pair into extra holes.

After halving the 19th, the match was decided at the 20th.

Both players missed the green, but Raymond was able to get up and down for par, while Mohr could not.

“I’m exhausted,” said Raymond. “I was definitely on the back foot more than I wanted today. I gave Marcus too many holes on the front nine but I’m still in the tournament. I looked at that putt on 18 from every angle as I hadn’t holed anything all week. But thankfully it dropped in the left side and then I was surprised that Marcus missed his.

“On the 19th I hit a poor drive, had a horrendous lie but gripped as hard as I could on a nine iron and found the green. Then I lipped out for birdie as I had on the 11th and 16th.

“Then on the 20th when we both missed the green I had a good lie, pitched to four feet and holed out after he missed from around 20 feet.”

Raymond faces Henry Tomlinson, of Royal Lytham & St Annes, in today's quarter-finals.

Also into the last eight is Meon Valley's Harry Ellis, who came into the event off the back of an impressive sixth-placed finish in the Carris Trophy.

The Hampshire teenager booked his place in the quarters with a thumping 6&5 win over Harpenden Common's Tom Brown.

“I’m keeping my good form from last week’s Carris Trophy,” he said. “I’m playing Seb Crookall-Nixon now. I’m looking forward to it and I know all about him.”

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