Foster, from Worksop, came from behind to win his fourth and fifth-round matches at Hunstanton, Norfolk, yesterday and is now favourite to emulate Durham's Harry Ashby, who won in 1972 and 1973.
In this morning's quarter- finals, the 20-year-old champion meets the Northumberland county player Iain Ferrie, who had six birdies in 13 holes in winning his fifth-round tie against Rick Daniels of Cheshire.
The surprise in the last eight is 18-year-old Mark Thomas, from Sheffield, who has reached the quarter-finals at his first attempt. He is self-taught and has received coaching only since leaving school last year. He plays Kent's Shaun Webster, while in today's other quarter-finals Sam Jarman meets Jamie Miller and Robert McGuirk faces Sam Little.Reuse content