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Golf News: - Posted 4th June 1998

Immelman's new approach pays off

Muirfield, Scotland - South African teenager Trevor Immelman's new approach paid dividends as he moved into the last eight of the Amateur Championship at Muirfield today.

Immelman was a brash 17-year-old Springbok at Royal St George's last June as he went down in the final to Scotland's Craig Watson, winning few friends along the way with his abrasive attitude.

But today he admitted he might have got his approach wrong in Kent and was determined to put matters right.

"I was still young then, not that I'm old now, but I do think I've grown up a lot in the past year," he said.

"I came over with the wrong mind-set a year ago. I should have come and enjoyed playing in the greatest amateur tournament in the world but all I did was go out wanting to destroy the opposition.

"This year it's totally different. A good friend of mine came over with me to caddy and we're having a great time. I'm not playing as well but I'm enjoying myself so much more."

Immelman will now face leading qualifier Mark Hilton, from the East Sussex National club, after disposing of France's Gregory Havret and James Bunch of St Andrews.

Biggest crowds at the East Lothian venue centred around Spanish teenage sensation Sergio Garcia and the 18-year-old, widely tipped as the next Severiano Ballesteros, did not disappoint.

Garcia beat Devon's Simon McCarthy four and three in this morning's third round before seeing off Mark Side from Croydon three and two in the afternoon.

Garcia will now face reigning English amateur champion Aran Wainwright from the Garforth club near Leeds, who beat Kenneth Ferrie by one hole.

In the bottom half of the draw, Australian Geoff Ogilvy will play Welshman Craig Williams, while Yorkshire's Ben Mason meets Sweden's Peter Hansson.