Senior misses out at US Amateur

Lancashire’s Jack Senior has failed in his bid to win the United States Amateur Championship.

Lancashire’s Jack Senior failed in his bid to become the first English golfer to win the US Amateur Championship for exactly 100 years – and missed out on a place in next April’s Masters at Augusta.

Traditionally both finalists at the US Amateur are inited to play in the Masters in the following year – providing that they have retained their amateur status.

The 23-year-old, part of the Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team to play against the USA at Royal Aberdeen the week after next, lost his semi-final to Texan Kelly Kraft at Erin Hills in Wisconsin by a 3&2 margin.

This year’s 36-hole final will be an all-American affar with Kraft facing the world number one amateur Patrick Cantlay.

The last English winner was Harold Hilton, who at the time, 1911, had already captured two Open Championship titles and was 42 years old.

Winning Saturday’s semi-final would have guaranteed Senior a start in the Masters.