Sunday, May 09, 2010

Golf Data Lab Scottish youths championship

Wunderbar! Max wins by TEN strokes at Monifieth

Germany's 17-year-old Maximilian Rottluff completed an outstanding weekend display to claim the Golf Data Lab Scottish youths championship title at the Monifeith Links today.
The Hubbelrath, Dusseldorf teenager, who incredibly was six over par after his opening 6 holes of the tournament (before finishing with a 76), was on sensational form over the weekend and his final round of 68 gave him a final aggregate of five-under-par 279 over the par-71 lay-out.
Rottluff, who only just turned 17 on Monday, was delighted with his victory by a runaway margin of 10 strokes.
“I was third in the French boys' championship and won the Harder German Junior Masters but this is the biggest victory of my career.”
The event was just the second time that Max had experienced links conditions and admitted he struggled on the opening day but after settling down on Day 2 he really found his groove and holed several important putts on his way to victory:
“The conditions were very difficult on the first day but I just kept going and played better as the tournament went on. I holed several very good putts, especially today”
Modest Rottluff says that he dreams of turning professional one day but with two years left at school he is not getting carried away just yet:
“Martin Kaymer is my idol. It would be a dream for me to turn professional one day but I want to concentrate on finishing school and then going to college. I have not decided yet whether that will be in America, England or Scotland (there are several German students at the Loretto Golf Academy), I will think about that when the time comes”
Scottish Academy player Simon Fairburn (Torwoodlee) took the silver medal after closing with a 69 to finish 10 shots back on 289. Fairburn, who turned 18 on Saturday birdied three of the last four holes to pip fellow Scot Paul McPhee to the runners up slot after they had both finished 10 strokes behind the winner.
Eighteen-year-old McPhee (King James VI) followed his morning round of 67 with a one over par 72. McPhee commented that conditions were easier today in comparison to the first two days:
“The first two days were a test of mentality rather than ability, the wind was that strong you couldn’t get up at any of the first 6 holes. Today was easier though and i was able to hole a few putts”.
Erskine’s Michael Daily took 4th place with a final round 72. Daily was very complimentary of the Monifeith course:
“It’s a really good mix of heathland and links and is a great test of golf, i was pleased with my performance but it could have been better if a few more putts had dropped”
Englishman Jack Brooks (Pleasington) equalled the best round of the tournament with a bogey-free 66 to finish on 292 (7th place). Scottish players Liam Johnston (Dumfries and County) and William Bremner (Edzell) finished on 291 to tie for fifth place.
Event sponsor Golf Data Lab were represented by Graham Leslie who followed the winner Rottluff for the final round and was very impressed with the standard on display:
“Shooting three sub-70 rounds was just incredible. I was also particularly impressed with Maximilian’s temperament which is such an important attribute in an event like this. He hit 15 greens in regulation in very testing conditions and even more impressively holed 105 feet worth of putts in the first 7 holes!”
Par 284 (4x71) SS 71 CSS 74 73 72 72
279 Maxmilian Rottluff (Germany) 76 66 69 68.
289 Simon Fairburn (Torwoodlee) 73 72 75 69, Paul McPhee (King James VI) 76 74 67 72.
290 Michael Daily (Erskine) 73 74 71 72.

Click here for final results from the 2010 Golf Data Lab Scottish Youths Championship



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