Friday, July 22, 2016

Scottish Golf names teams for Men's and Boys' 

Home Internationals

Scottish Golf has selected nine players for the Fairstone Men’s Home Internationals at Nairn Golf Club next month.
The players have earned spots at the automatic selection date, with two final selections to be made after next week’s Scottish men’s amateur championship at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club.
Grant Forrest, Ewen Ferguson, Connor Syme and Robert MacIntyre all qualify to play in the US Amateur, being inside the top 50 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, so they are unable to compete at Nairn.
Teenager Sandy Scott (Nairn), pictured, sitting second on the Men’s Order of Merit, is therefore the only automatic qualifier for the team and will now tee up for his country over his home course from August 10-12.
Eight further players have earned selectors’ picks and they include Turnhouse’s reinstated amateur Euan McIntosh, aged 47, who will represent Scotland in the Home Internationals 27 years after making his previous appearance at Ganton in 1989.
McIntosh, a former professional who only returned to Scotland in April after 20 years away, said: “I’m absolutely delighted, as excited as I was back in 1989. It was fantastic to see the email saying I was in. I’m enjoying competing again (four top-fives domestically in 2016) and it’s been great playing with the younger guys coming through.
“If it hadn’t been for Colin Brooks at Braid Hills, who has helped massively with my game, I certainly wouldn’t have had the chance to be playing at Nairn.”
Scott is joined by two of his European Amateur Team-winning team-mates in Craig Howie (Peebles) and Jamie Savage (Cawder).
Kirkhill’s Craig Ross, the South African Amateur champion, and Barry Hume from Haggs Castle, the Welsh Open amateur stroke play title-winner, are also included, while Kilmacolm’s Matthew Clark has secured a fifth straight Home Internationals appearance.
Scotland is bidding to land the Men’s Home Internationals crown for the first time since they triumphed at Gailes Links in 2012.
Scotland team for Men’s Home Internationals

  • Matthew Clark (Kilmacolm), 34
  • Calum Fyfe (Cawder), 19
  • Craig Howie (Peebles), 21
  • Barry Hume (Haggs Castle), 34
  • Liam Johnston (Dumfries and County, 23
  • Euan McIntosh (Turnhouse), 47
  • Craig Ross (Kirkhill), 23
  • Jamie Savage (Cawder), 21
  • Sandy Scott (Nairn), 18
+Two more players to be selected after Scottish Men’s Amateur

Meantime, the selection for Scotland’s three-man side for the World Amateur Team Championship in Mexico in September will take place following the European individual championship early next month.
 Boys' team for Ballyliffin internationals
Scottish Golf has also finalised its Boys’ Home Internationals team for their title defence at Ballyliffin Golf Club, Co. Donegal in Ireland from August 2 to 4.
Following the conclusion of the Scottish boys' open stroke play at Lanark, the top four players on the Boys’ Order of Merit and seven selectors’ picks earned selection.
With Sandy Scott included in the Men’s team, eight selectors picks were instead chosen.
Ben Ferguson, who plays out of The Vines club in Western Australia and lost in a play-off at Lanark, will tee up for the young Scots, thanks to being eligible through his Scottish mother and father who emigrated to Australia.

Boys' Order of Merit leader Jamie Stewart (Old Ranfurly) and Deeside’s Michael Lawrie, pictured right, younger son of ex-Open champion Paul, are also included.
Scotland team: Boys’ Home Internationals

  • Ben Ferguson  (The Vines) 18
  • Rory Franssen (Inverness) 17
  • Graeme Greer (Carluke) 17
  • Darren Howie (Peebles) 16
  • Lewis Irvine (Kirkhill) 16
  • Michael Lawrie (Deeside) 17
  • Sam Locke (Banchory) 17
  • Mathew McCulloch (Portpatrick) 18
  • Eric McIntosh (Bruntsfield) 17
  • Jamie Stewart (Old Ranfurly) 16
  • Marc Watt (Inverallochy) 16
The Scottish Golf National Squads are sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management and TaylorMade-adidasGolf.

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