Ireland's Robin Dawson is through to the final of The 123rd Amateur Championship at Royal Aberdeen on Saturday.
Dawson came through his match with countryman Conor Purcell after recording a 3&2 win.
Taking the first hole of the semi-final, the 22-year-old never looked back as Purcell failed to recapture the form that saw him defeat top ranked Australian David Micheluzzi in the morning.
He will face Jovan Rebula who was never behind in the semi-final as he eliminated England’s Mitch Waite with a convincing 6&4 victory.
The 20-year-old, who is the nephew of two-time Champion Golfer of the Year Ernie Els, is the first South African to reach the final since Zander Lombard, who lost out Bradley Neil at Royal Portrush in 2014.
Dawson, who won the Irish Open Amateur Championship at Royal County Down in May, showed maturity and patience to book his spot in Saturday’s 36-hole final.
The R&A Foundation scholar made himself difficult to beat boasting a bogey-free card.
Despite Purcell’s attempts to impose himself on the match, pulling a hole back at the par-3 8th to cut Dawson’s lead to two holes after he went three up at the 6th.
Dawson’s victory was never in doubt. The GB&I St Andrews Trophy squad member was made to wait however when Purcell produced an excellent birdie at the 14th.
But Dawson, ranked 35th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, held his resolve and completed his victory over Purcell at the 16th.
In the morning quarter-finals, Rebula saw off the challenge of England’s Tom Sloman 2&1 and Dawson booked his semi-final berth coming through another all-Irish tie with recently crowned St Andrews Links Trophy champion John Murphy, also 2&1.
The winner of The Amateur 123nd Championship receives an exemption into The 147th Open at Carnoustie, the 2019 US Open and, by tradition, an invitation to the 2019 Masters Tournament.
Dawson said: "It feels good, I’m somewhat relieved to make it this far and I’m looking forward to tomorrow. I’m a bit tired now so it’ll be good to get a good sleep tonight and get set for tomorrow.
"Today was great but it wasn’t easy (playing against fellow countrymen). They are both good friends of mine from being in Ireland teams in the past but we had a couple of good friendly matches out there today. It was nice.
"He’s (Conor Purcell) had a great week, beat some tough players as well like David Micheluzzi, who is number 19 in the world. He’s had a great week so he should be happy with himself.
"I had a good strategy in place and was just hitting decent shots. My swing was good and I was in my own little world at times out there, which was great.
"I’ve known him (Jovan Rebula) for a couple of years now from going down to play in tournaments in South Africa so it’ll be nice. It should be a good game tomorrow.
"To get the chance to play in one major, never mind three, is great. I would love that opportunity but there is still a lot of golf to play tomorrow. "
The 36-hole final gets underway tomorrow at Royal Aberdeen at 8.30am.