Date: June 23, 2017
Author: Dave Tease

Perry last man alive at British Amateur

The Vintage Golf Club's Dylan Perry is the last man standing at the British Amateur after two thrilling wins at Royal St George’s overnight.

The 21 year old from the New South Wales Hunter Valley accounted for Frenchman Frederic Lacroix in the morning match, before grabbing a thrilling win on the 19th hole against American Hayden Springer.

Perry had to endure a two-hour delay in the latter stages of his morning match after play was halted due to lightning in the area. He came out firing after the resumption making a clutch birdie on the 17th hole.

"We were all square through the thunderstorm delay, then after we headed back out, I piped a drive and hit a seven iron to a foot to go one up down the last."

The 22-year-old faced a far tougher opponent in the afternoon round, American Springer, and it took all he had to grind out the win in overtime, sealing his quarter-final spot with a clutch birdie on the 19th.

"I was three down with 5 to go this afternoon but came home really strongly.”

"I hit it to about a foot-and-a-half on the 19th, I was buzzing, mate!" Perry beamed.

The quarter-final appearance is close to Perry's best performance of his career to-date, and he is not feeling too anxious heading into tonight’s matches.

"Yeah, it was a big one to overcome last year's success, I’m very pleased, he said. “I’m going to get a good night’s rest and simply go and do my thing tomorrow."

Perry said he has been thrilled with the support he is receiving from home.

“A few of the guys from The Vintage have been up all night messaging, so have the crew at Sanctuary Cove.”

Perry relocated to the Gold Coast in late February and had been working as a builder. After his performance overnight, it’s not looking like a long-term career.

“It just keeps me alive,” he laughed.