England's Garrick Porteous survived his match Friday in extra holes at Royal Cinque Ports to advance to the final of the British Amateur, where he will meet Finland's Toni Hakula with bids to three of the next four major championships on the line.
Porteous needed 19 holes to defeat American Jim Liu, a winner of the 2010 U.S. Junior Amateur and a rising freshman at Stanford. The 23-year-old Porteous, who played his college golf at Tennessee before graduating in 2012, has been in top form for much of the summer, winning the Scottish Amateur Stroke Play Championship six weeks ago.
Meeting Porteous in the final will be Hakula, a Finn who will be a senior this fall at Texas and who was a member of the Longhorns' national championship team in 2012. After surviving each of his first two matches in extra holes, the 21-year-old has not gone past the 16th hole in any of his three most recent matches, winning his semifinal over England's Max Orrin 4&2 Friday.
The winner of Saturday's 36-hole championship match will receive a spot in next month's British Open, as well as invitations to the 2014 Masters and the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst. Northern Ireland's Alan Dunbar, who won the title a year ago, missed the cut at both the 2012 British Open and the Masters earlier this spring before turning pro in April, thereby forfeiting his spot in last week's field at the U.S. Open.