Daley sees amateur title hopes dashed
HAINSWORTH Park's Matt Daley suffered heartbreak as he was edged out by England international Dan Brown in the Yorkshire Amateur Championship.
Seventeen-year-old Brown, who represents his country at under-18s level, won by 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final at Lindrick.
Heavy rain had meant the five-day Championship ran out of time when it was originally staged in July, requiring a re-scheduling.
A good crowd of supporters and officials saw Daley make a fast start in the morning.
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He went two up with birdies at the third and fourth holes, only to immediately fall back to all square when Brown responded with birdies at holes five and six.
Turning for home still level, Daley's putter turned ice-cold as missed opportunities on the 10th and 14th for wins, and for a half on the 13th, saw him go into lunch three down.
Brown negotiated the 6,600-yard championship course in a four-under-par 67 to Daley's 71.
The fast start Daley needed in round two did not materialise.
Despite an exchange of four holes on the front nine, he went through 27 holes still three down.
A par four by Daley on the 10th saw him close the gap to two but this was as near as he got to Brown with the match turning on a three putt by Daley on the par four 12th hole, the pair's 30th hole of the day.
Putting second on this hole, with both players on the green in regulation, Daley contrived to lose the hole, missing a tiddler.
Thereafter, despite a birdie on the par five l4th to reduce the deficit to two and a magnificent up and down for a birdie from a near impossible position on the par five l6th for a half, he simply ran out of holes, losing on the 35th with Brown again under par on the afternoon holes played.
Daley was hugely disappointed at letting the title slip from his grasp, for without doubt tee to green he was the better player on the day.
Unfortunately putting lapses on seven or eight occasions left him too much ground to retrieve.
He can, however, take some comfort from the fact that Brown is undoubtedly a star in the making, becoming the youngest player in recent times to lift the trophy.
Daley said: "I am absolutely gutted having battled through the qualifying rounds and the knockout stages to the final then not playing the golf I am capable of. My putting let me down and at this level you do not get a second chance.
"Dan took his opportunities and was the deserved winner on the day."