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Golf News: - Posted 30th July 1998

Day of shocks for seeds in English Amateur Championship

Woodhall Spa - Of the 16 seeded players in the English Amateur Championship at Woodhall Spa, only Brett Taylor and Ben Mason will be involved in the quarter-finals.

On another day of shocks, Chris Rodgers, Graeme Storm and Max Harris all fell by the wayside in the last sixteen.

Taylor, 23, who turned professional as teenager but was reinstated as an amateur at the age of 21, came through a titanic fifth-round match against 43-year-old English mid-amateur champion Charlie Banks.

Banks went two up early on, Taylor was level by the 8th, but then it was even all the way to the 18th, where the current England international from Thorpe Hall rolled in a five-foot birdie putt for a one-hole success.

In the last eight, he faces Middlesex teenager Simon Gorry who came from four down in his fourth-round match against David West and then accounted for Storm three and two.

Mason, 21, from Sand Moor in Leeds, booked his place in the quarter-finals and a meeting with Roger Smithies after a two-and-one win over junior international Chris Mayson. Two down after seven, Mason then won five holes on the spin to take charge.

The other tie in the top half of the draw will feature David Errington, a 22-year-old from Arcot Hall, near Newcastle, and Essex player Neil Ridewood, who upset Rodgers three and two.

Mark Sanders, who knocked out Gary Wolstenholme in the first round, added the scalp of another seed, Max Harris, and is involved in the last of the quarter-finals against former junior star Chris Roake.