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Scottish Amateur down to last 8

Graham Rankin strengthened his position as favourite for the Scottish Amateur Championship at Cruden Bay.

The two-time Walker Cup player emerged as the only one of the eight seeded Scottish internationals left in the quarter-finals.

The 33-year-old from Drumpellier coasted into the last eight on the north-east links course, beating John Yuille of the Royal Burgess club in Edinburgh 4 and 3 in the morning's fourth round before dishing out a 6 and 5 hammering to the host club's Scott Robertson.

Rankin's blitz of the local hope included four birdies and one eagle in his 13 holes.

But that sort of form was beyond his international team-mates, four of whom followed the exit route taken by David Patrick, Craig Watson and Graham Fox.

Turriff's Ewan Forbes went down 3 and 1 to Prestwick 18-year-old Steven Wallace; Torwoodlee's Mike Thomson fell 3 and 2 to Mark Loftus of Cowglen, and the 1995 champion Simon Mackenzie of West Linton was forced to pack his bags by East Kilbride's Craig Heap who beat him 2 and 1.

But an even bigger surprise came when Grantown-on-Spey 19-year-old Chris Campbell ended the run of Eisenhower Trophy player Lorne Kelly on the 18th green.

Two ahead with two to play, Campbell saw the 17th slip away when Kelly boomed a wind-assisted drive to the front of the green on the 428-yard hole. He almost lost the 18th too after misjudging his pitch from the back of the green.

But Campbell's putter saved the day, as he rolled in a brave 15-footer from the back of the green for a half in four to close out the match.

"Links golf is one of my main strengths, and coming from the north of Scotland playing in the wind is nothing new to me either. It's not a bad win I suppose," said the modest youngster.

In the quarter-finals Campbell will face Loftus while Rankin tackles Wallace. The other ties see Heap play Steven O'Hara of Colville Park, while Graham Bolton of Rothesay faces Gregor Munro of Ranfurly Castle.

Resutls

Scottish Amateur Championship, Cruden Bay

4th rd:

G Rankin (Drumpellier) bt J Yuille (Royal Burgess) 4 and 3
S Robertson (Cruden Bay) bt I Buchan (Cruden Bay) 3 and 2
S Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) bt J Fraser (Murcar) 5 and 3
E Forbes (Turriff) bt W Bryson (Drumpellier) 2 and 1
S Mackenzie (West Linton) bt B Hume (Haggs Castle) 5 and 3
C Heap (East Kilbride) bt D McMillan (Lanark) at 20th
S O'Hara (Colville Park) bt C Gordon (Ratho Park) 3 and 2
P Whiteford (Lundin) bt A McArthur (Windyhill) 4 and 3
G Bolton (Rothesay) bt G Gordon (Newmachar) 6 and 5
T McLevy (Blairgowrie) bt F Hutchison (Dunfermline) 4 and 3
G Munro (Ranfurly Castle) bt S McCulloch (Cruden Bay) at 19th
I McLennan (Machrihanish) bt A Forsyth (Muckhart) 3 and 2
M Loftus (Cowglen) bt A Laurence (Baberton) 5 and 4
M Thomson (Torwoodlee) bt B Adam (Ratho Park) 4 and 3
C Campbell (Grantown-on-Spey) bt M Timmins (Prestonfield) 2 and 1
L Kelly (Cowal) bt S Loughrey (Hayston) 2 holes

5th rd:

Rankin bt Robertson 6 and 5
Wallace bt Forbes 3 and 1
Heap bt Mackenzie 2 and 1
O'Hara bt Whiteford 5 and 4
Bolton bt McLevy 1 hole
Munro bt McLennan at 19th
Loftus bt Thomson 3 and 2
Campbell bt Kelly 1 hole