TCU star Jennevret leads field of 78 into match play at British Amateur

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TROON, Scotland -- Sweden’s Daniel Jennevret leads the field into the match-play stage of the 2012 British Amateur, which is being played at Royal Troon and Glasgow-Gailes Links.  Jennevret, ranked 576 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) is looking to become just the second Swede to win the British Amateur after Christian Hardin triumphed in 1988 at Royal Porthcawl.

The 22-year-old student at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, broke the Royal Troon amateur course record with a 6-under-par 65 on Tuesday, adding to his opening level par 71 at Glasgow-Gailes Links on Monday.

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Royal Troon, founded in 1878, is hosting the British Open for the sixth time, and has hosted the British Open eight times.

Jennevret has his eyes on the ultimate prize that goes with winning the Amateur.

“It would be huge to get into the Open Championship,” Jennevret said. “That’s what I’m aiming for.”

The native of Sandviken, Sweden, only made one mistake around Royal Troon. He bogeyed the 503-yard par-4 15th hole, when he drove into the left-hand rough and could only chip the ball back into play.

“I putted incredibly well,” he said. “It’s all about hitting fairways, too. I was good off the tee and hit 17 greens. This is one of the better rounds I have played.”

Co-overnight leader Geoff Drakeford finished two shots back in second position, after the Australian scored 71 at Glasgow-Gailes Links to go with the 67 he scored at Royal Troon. Frenchmen Paul Barjon and Adrien Saddier finished in third at 3 under par alongside Ireland’s Richard O’Donovan.

O’Donovan, who finished fourth at the St. Andrews Links Trophy, equalled the amateur course record at Glasgow Gailes-Links that was set by Scotland’s Ross Kellett.  His fantastic bogey-free 5-under 66 included a series of long putts and a chip-in at the second hole.

The qualification mark after the stroke play stages sat at a 3-over-par total of 145. A total of 78 players from 25 countries progressed to the match-play stages where the last man standing on Saturday wins the title, and earns spots in the British Open next month and the 2013 U.S. Open and also traditionally receives an invitation to the Masters.

Daan Huizing, currently fifth in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, was among those to make it through. He returned a round of 71 at Glasgow-Gailes Links to go with his opening 72 at Royal Troon to tie for 28th out of the 288 starters.

The Dutchman warmed up by winning the Lytham Trophy by 11 shots and the St. Andrews Links Trophy by 14 shots. Huizing is keen to make it a British triple.

“I’ve been aiming to be ready for this for many months,” Huizing said. “I realise how big it is and I’ve tried to be at my best. Hopefully I can win it.”

Other notables to qualify include WAGR No. 9 Julien Brun of France, 2011 Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup players Rhys Pugh and Alan Dunbar, former Boys Amateur champion Emilio Cuartero of Spain and European Amateur champion Manuel Trappel.

Local player Jack MacDonald from Kilmarnock (Barassie) also progressed, along with fellow countrymen James White, Paul Ferrier, Daniel Young and Brian Soutar.

WAGR No. 7 Corbin Mills failed to advance to the match play stages. The American missed out by four shots after returning a second round 77 at Royal Troon to finish on 149. Australia’s Jake Higginbottom, the WAGR No. 8, also finished on the same score to miss out.