Brazil’s Herik Machado de Oliveira resisted a late comeback from John Ross Galbraith to reach today’s final of the Argentinian Amateur Championship in Buenos Aires.
The winner of this year’s Faldo Series South America Championship, Machado de Oliviera won 3 and 1 and will face Argentina’s Andrés Schonbaum in 36 hole decider of the world’s sixth oldest amateur championship at Estancias Club de Golf.
The Brazilian won the first two holes in par and the sixth in birdie to go three up. And while he lost the par-three seventh to Galbraith’s birdie two, he won the ninth and 12th in par to go four up.
A par-birdie-birdie run from the 13th saw the Whitehead golfer cut the deficit to one down but Machado de Oliviera birdied the 16th and 17th to complete the win. He was an estimated five under par to Galbraith's three under in a match that saw three holes halved in birdies.
Schonbaum was an estimated four under par as he beat Uruguay’s Juan Alvarez 3 and 2 in the other semi-final.
Castle and UCD's Alex Gleeson lost in the last 16 to Andres Gallegos.