Lancs lad makes US Amateur semis

Lancashire’s Jack Senior is only two wins away from becoming England’s first US Amateur champion in a Century.

Lancashire’s Jack Senior is two wins away from becoming the first Englishman to win the US Amateur Championship in exactly 100 years.

Senior, a recent inclusion in the Britain and Ireland team for the Walker Cup which is set to be played in less than two weeks’ time, will take on Kelly Kraft from Texas later on Saturday at Erin Hills in Wisconsin.

He came from two down with four to play in the quarter-finals to beat the highly-rated Jordan Speith, twice the US junior champion, on the final green.

Victory in his semi-final would also guarantee Senior a place in the Masters next year as long as he stays amateur.

The other semi-final is between world number one Patrick Cantlay and fellow American Jordan Russell, who knocked out defending champion Peter Uihlein.

“I came in here this week with not a lot of expectation because I’ve been playing pretty poor back home,” Senior said.

“But I’ve found a bit of form. That’s the way it goes sometimes – this game is all about confidence and if you’re confident you reap the rewards.”