Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Men's Amateur highlight at Nairn Golf Club next week

Champion Duncan IS selected for Home 

Internationals but beaten finalist Burgess is not

Newly-crowned Scottish men’s amateur champion George Duncan and GB and I cap Graeme Robertson have secured Scotland call-ups for next week’s Fairstone Home Internationals at The Nairn Golf Club.
Windyhill’s Duncan, who achieved the biggest win of his career following an impressive week at Royal Aberdeen, will make his Scotland debut in the annual four nations event, while Robertson, one of the country’s most consistent performers in recent years, will make his sixth straight appearance when the action gets underway at the former Walker Cup venue on Wednesday 10 August.

In recent years, Robertson has proved a key player for Scotland, having formed a successful foursomes partnership with Jack McDonald.
Duncan, 21, has climbed to eighth place on the Scottish Golf Men’s Order of Merit following his victory in the north-east, while Glenbervie man Robertson is 10th having reached the last-16 at Royal Aberdeen.
The two players complete Scotland’s 11-man side for the contest in the Highlands, after nine players were selected late last month.
With Grant Forrest, Ewen Ferguson, Connor Syme and Robert MacIntyre all qualifying for the US Amateur Championship by virtue of being inside the top 50 on the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR), they are unable to compete at Nairn.
Home member Sandy Scott was thus the only automatic qualifier for the team (from the top five Scots on the WAGR and the top two players on the Men’s Order of Merit), meaning 10 further selectors’ picks have been chosen.
Scotland will seek to win the Fairstone Home Internationals at Nairn for the first time since they last hosted the matches at Glasgow Golf Club’s Gailes Links in 2012.
Steve Paulding, Scottish Golf Performance Director, said: “We’re delighted to add George and Graeme to a Scotland team which now boasts a great blend of youth and experience.
“George is a player in form, having handled the pressure extremely well to come out on top of a very strong field at Royal Aberdeen last week, while Graeme has a great track record for his country and will add his considerable experience to the team.
“It will be a great test for the players to compete against some of the best players from the other home countries over such a fantastic and challenging course and I’m sure they’ll all relish the occasion.”
Entry to the Fairstone Home Internationals is free of charge for spectators, with the event taking place from 10 – 12 August. 
Live scoring will be featured on, with a daily highlights package shown on Scottish Golf’s social media channels, thanks to support from The R and A. The Home internationals is being sponsored by Fairstone Financial Management, the UK’s largest Chartered Financial Planning firm, for the fourth consecutive year.
Scotland Team (club and age in brackets):
  • Matthew Clark (Kilmacolm, 34)
  • George Duncan (Windyhill, 21)
  • Calum Fyfe (Cawder, 19)
  • Craig Howie (Peebles, 21)
  • Barry Hume (Haggs Castle, 34)
  • Liam Johnson (Dumfries and County, 23)
  • Euan McIntosh (Turnhouse, 47)
  • Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie, 28)
  • Craig Ross (Kirkhill, 23)
  • Jamie Savage (Cawder, 21)
  • Sandy Scott (Nairn, 18)
The Scottish Golf National Squads are sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management and TaylorMade-adidasGolf.



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