Yorkshire golf: YUGC secretary Keith Dowswell praises Jamie Bower's progress

Jamie Bower with the Southern Cape Open trophy after the second of his two victories during his six-week stay in South Africa.

Jamie Bower with the Southern Cape Open trophy after the second of his two victories during his six-week stay in South Africa.

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JAMIE BOWER, Yorkshire champion, will play a second Swiss opponent on Thursday as he looks to reach the semi-finals of the Sanlam South African Amateur championship.

Loris Schuepbach will be his latest opponent as the 22-year-old attempts to make it into the last four of a national championship for the second time in less than a year.

Keith Dowswell, secretary of the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs (Picture: Chris Stratford).

Keith Dowswell, secretary of the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs (Picture: Chris Stratford).

Bower made the penultimate stage of the English Amateur championship at Alwoodley GC last July before losing in a sudden-death play-off to Sundridge Park's Alfie Plant.

The Meltham GC man is playing in the final event of six in South Africa as a member of England Golf men's squad.

He has already won twice, in the Gauteng North Open and Southern Cape Open, and placed third in the African Amateur Stroke Play championship.

He defeated Switzerland's Michael Harradine 3&2 In the first round on Tuesday before seeing off South African teenager Emilio Pera 4&2 and Scotland's Calum Fyfe 3&1 on Wednesday.

Keith Dowswell, secretary of the Yorkshire Union of Golf Clubs, said: "We’re absolutely delighted by Jamie’s super results this year.

"He’s a really nice fellow and deserves to succeed as he makes huge efforts to develop his game.

"It is an old expression, I know, which illustrates my age, but I now feel that for Jamie 'the penny has dropped'. He has a much better mindset and belief in himself.

"Let’s hope he wins the championship."

Dowswell added: "Jamie is a lovely boy from a really good family.

"They never interfere; they attend, always smiling - mother, father and usually four grandparents - almost every match and just support all the team.

"They have done this from the time Jamie was selected as one of the four Under-14s in the Boys’ Under-16 team.

"His mum always brings a couple of huge boxes of home-made cakes, shortbreads and chocolate buns to feed all the players. The diet adviser is not hugely impressed, but all the players and executive members are."

Click here for a full report on Jamie Bower's matches so far in the South African Amateur championship.

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