23-year-old Chris captures the biggest title of his career - and third in a row - at Downfield.
MELDRUM HOUSE’S Chris Robb banished his indifferent form in matchplay competitions in fantastic style to win the Fairstone Scottish Amateur Championship at Downfield Golf Club.
The 23-year-old had struggled with the format in previous months, but his victory at Downfield means he won three tournaments in a row on home soil since completing his college career at the University of Tennessee earlier this year.
“My matchplay record has not been good, but I suppose you can say it’s good now,” laughed Robb. “It’s been a good run. I’ve won the last three tournaments I’ve played in, so I’d like to keep that record going.
“I finished well in the US and from then on I’ve just kept it going. Once you get a couple of good results, you just learn, build on it and get a bit of confidence going - confidence is everything really.”
Robb saw off the challenge of Glenbervie’s Graeme Robertson with a 4&3 win in the 36-hole final played in difficult, wet conditions, and a chip-in from 15-yards on the 30th hole proved pivotal in the final outcome.
He added: “It wasn’t very easy, it was pretty poor off the tee. We were talking about whether to bump it into the bank and let it release or get it up and land it softly, so we did the latter.
“It going in was a bit of a bonus. I was happy it anyway, it would have been stiff, but going in was fantastic. You try not to think it’s going to be your day, as things can go wrong pretty fast. I remember being six up with six to play in a match at Royal Troon in the Scottish Amateur in 2009 and won on the last.”
Robb faced tough opposition en route to the final, defeating last year’s SGU Men’s Order of Merit winner Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) 3&1 in the quarter finals before facing Bradley Neil’s conqueror Josh Jamieson in the semi-final.
Likewise, Robertson had to come through a titanic battle with St Andrews Links Trophy winner Grant Forrest (Craigielaw), winning on the 22nd hole, before beating Barry Hume 6&4 to book his place in the final.
“I’m very pleased with how things went,” concluded Robb.
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