MASHAM'S Dan Brown had a hole in one as he reached the quarter-finals of the English men's amateur championship at Ganton where he will be Yorkshire's sole standard bearer.
Former Dutch Junior Open champion Brown eased through to the last 16 with a 5&4 victory against Marlborough's Ben Amor on Thursday morning, which included an ace at the 158-yard fifth hole with an eight iron.
He followed that victory with a one-hole triumph against Walsall's Daniel Sutton.
Brown's day was a roller-coaster ride. He sped through his morning match against Amor with the help of his hole in one, his third but first since he was 11.
Against Sutton he had to withstand a determined fightback before making his way into the quarter-finals.
Brown was four up after 10, but after 17 holes the pair were level and Brown had to produce a closing birdie to win through.
“It was a good birdie under a lot of pressure,” he said. “I’m relieved more than anything.”
Hull's Steve Robins turned around a one-hole deficit to beat Billy McKenzie (Rowlands Castle) on the final green of his third-round match.
But on Thursday afternoon Robins was beaten by one hole by Remedy Oak's Jack Singh Brar in a failed attempt to exact revenge on behalf of Hallamshire's Alex Fitzpatrick.
England Under-16 international Fitzpatrick had only succumbed to Singh Brar at the second extra hole of their third-round battle.
Yorkshire lost another two players to third-round exits: Malton & Norton's David Hague was defeated 3&1 by Rowany's Tom Gandy and Fulford's James Cass lost 2&1 to Hayling's Jamie Mist.
The county are hoping to celebrate a third consecutive triumph in the event following Huddersfield's Nick Marsh winning at Saunton in Devon in 2014 and Lindrick's Joe Dean triumphing at Alwoodley last August.
In the last eight, Brown will face Gandy, who after defeating Yorkshireman Hague put out last year's runner-up, Lytham Trophy winner Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park).
CLECKHEATON'S Olivia Hamilton tied fifth in the English girls’ open amateur stroke play championship at The Nottinghamshire with rounds of 73 74 73 78.
She was six shots adrift of winner Cloe Frankish (Chart Hills), who carded 76 73 70 73.
LINDRICK'S Mia Smith placed 12th in the English Under-14 girls’ open championship at The Nottinghamshire.
She carded scores of 81 75 80 to finish 14 shots adrift of winner Ffion Tynan (Minchinhampton), who shot 77 74 71.
The 13-year-old champion birdied the last two holes to finish six over par for the 54-hole championship and four shots clear of joint runners-up, Elena Moosmann, of Switzerland, and overnight co-leader Kirttu Hiltunen, of Finland.