Monday, February 13, 2012


Kirkhill's Craig Ross, who celebrated his 19th birthday last Wednesday (February 8), won on the Championship Players Tour in Arizona on Sunday, only a day or two after flying from Glasgow to Phoenix.
The satellite circuit, which runs mainly one-day 18-hole competitions, has five categories of events - two for professionals and three for amateurs.
Ross, pictured with his trophy, shot a three-under-par 68 to win by four shots the Category A amateurs section, for players with handicaps of 3.5 or less.
The weather was more akin to Scotland - cold and windy and "only" five degrees Centigrade (which is quite chilly by Arizona winter standards).
Ross, who finished fifth in last season's SGU Boys' Order of Merit, had a bogey-free round over the 6,982yd Lone Tree Golf Club course at Gilbert, Arizona.
Craig said he was comfortable with the course and the tournament set up. He missed only one green in regulation figures and had no 5s on his card. His coach, George Boswell, PGA professional at Mearns Castle Golf Academy, will be proud of him.
The lowest score in the pro sections was 66.
Ross is scheduled to play a few more tournaments on the Championship Players Tour and All-American Tour before he heads back to Scotland in mid-March.


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