Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Will Can't Find a Way through in His Open Near-Miss

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Will Can't Find a Way through in His Open Near-Miss

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Byline: By Alan Hedley

Will Bowe came agonisingly close to keeping his Open dream alive last night.

The 20-year-old winner of last week's Cumbria County Strokeplay title shot a second successive 68 at North Foreland to finish six under par.

In any other circumstances that would be - and is - a good score but this is the Open Championship and Bowe missed out on one of the seven qualifying spots by three shots and the disappointment for the young Workington player was obvious.

"I'm really, really disappointed," he said. "To have come so close and miss out - and I had my chances today. I know people are saying I've done well but it could have been better and I might have been playing on Thursday at St George's with the stars in the world's biggest championship.

Bowe has no reason to beat himself up after a day of incredible scoring again at North Foreland, which is the easiest of the four qualifying courses with South African Hennie Otto adding a 63 to his 65 to lead the field on 128 - that's 14 under par.

There was also a 63 from Andrew George and 65s from Gary Emerson and Adam Mednick, who all tied for second place. There was another 65 from Anthony Sproston, who tied fourth with overnight leader Simon Wakefield.

Unable to recapture the magic of his course record 61 the day before, Wakefield shot 72 and was mightily relieved in the end to make it.

The fact that Bowe was just three shots off that mark and two off a play-off involving tour players Sven Struver, Marten Olander and amateur Chris Cousins speaks volumes for the Workington lad's potential.

When he has had time to get over his initial disappointment he will realise, as many others think, that he has the potential to become an excellent player.

His Cumbrian team-mate Gary Lockerbie (Penrith) followed his 69 with 72 yesterday and the England international was frustrated by an indifferent front nine when he was two over and when he double-bogeyed 12, it was looking pretty hopeless. …

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