SA Amateur Champion plays Open Championship

Laurie Canter with both Glacier SA Amateur and Proudfoot TrophiesIt is not often that the current South African Amateur Champion’s name appears on the Open Championship leader board.

This year Laurie Canter, of England, managed to qualify for golf’s premier championship by winning the Local Final Qualifying, at Fairmont golf course in St Andrews, Scotland with a fine eight under par 36 hole total.

Canter won not only the Glacier South African Amateur Championship, in East London in March this year, but also the Proudfoot Trophy as the leading qualifier preceding the match play stages of the South African Amateur Championship.

The twenty year old Bath resident, who is also a former national tennis player, teed off in the afternoon of Thursday’s first round of the Open Championship being played at St Andrews Golf Club, Scotland. He got the wrong end of the weather and struggled around in a nine over par 81.

He tees off at 10:04 on Friday and looks unlikely to play the weekend. With the projected cut score currently around par, the young Englishman will be hoping that the notorious weather forces at St Andrews will play their part.

The weather forecast predicts some rain in the morning, before Canter tees off, and the wind picking up through the day.

If Canter is to stand any chance of teeing up on Saturday he will have to overcome whatever the weather can through at him and hope the rest of the field retreat towards to the end of the leader board where he is currently stationed.

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