Monday, April 23, 2012


Last year's Scottish boys' champion, David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) capped a great golfing weekend and made a bit of history on Sunday with his first win in the Ayrshire men's amateur stroke-play championship at Prestwick St Nicholas.
Twenty-four hours earlier, Wilson who reached the last 32 in defence of his Under-18 boys title at Murcar Links, won the
won the prestigious Edward Trophy by four strokes at Glasgow Gailes.
Wilson, 17, repeated this winning margin in becoming the second youngest winner of the Ayrshire stroke-play championship (see below for details of the 16-year-old previous winner).
It was a come-from-behind win - something Wilson specialises in if you remember his eight-down position in the 2011 where his opening round of one-under-par 68 left him one shot behind halfway leaders Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle) and John Haggarty (Loudoun).
Stephen Spence (Irvine) and John Sloan (Doon Valley) were a shot behind Wilson on 69.
Wilson, playing in the final group, knew what he had to do to win after Keith Hamilton posted the clubhouse target with a 74 for 141.
Needing a thre over par 72 or better to take the title, Wilson stood on the final tee on level par. His tee shot flirted with a greenside bunker at this par-3 hole but he played a delicate chip to within a couple of feet of the hole and confidently holed the putt for a 69 and a four-shot win with an aggregate of 137.
CSS 72 (reduction only), 72 (+3)

137 David Wilson (Troon Welbeck) 68 69.
141 Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle) 67 74.
142 Tommy McInally (Loudoun) 73 69, John Shanks (Irvine) 70 72, John Haggarty (Loudoun) 67 75,
144 Stephen Murray (Troon Welbeck) 72 72, Paul Moultrie (Royal Troon) 71 73, Stephen Spence (Irvine) 69 75.
145 Chris Bone (Loudoun) 75 70, David Orchiston (Ballochmyle) 74 71, Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) 74 71, Steven Stamper (Girvan) 73 72, Ian Walker (Turnberry) 71 74.
146 Stuart Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie) 77 69, Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) 71 75.
147 Del Chamberlain (Troon Welbeck) 77 70, Gary Bryden (Girvan) 76 71, Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Nicholas) 74 73, John Cairney (Ravenspark) 72 75, Steven McEwan (Loudoun) 72 75, John Sloan (Doon Valley) 69 78.

E-mail from Ross Duncan's dad

My son, Ross Duncan (Brodick GC), won the Ayrshire stroke-play championship  as a 16 year old in 2002 to become the youngest winner. His 17th birthday fell on August 22, 2002, well after the championship was played.
He also won the championship as an 18 year old in 2004 in a tie with Alex Gourlay (Irvine GC). That was the only time in the event's history that a tie had been the final result. This was because they had the same score in regulation play and after several play-off holes bad light stopped play!
Ross was also runner-up in 2003 to Lloyd Saltman at the Scottish boys' stroke-play at Prestwick GC. He then played in the Boys' Home Internationals at Royal St David's, Harlech, where one of his opponents was a certain (very young) Rory McIlroy who hasn't done too badly since!

Yours in golf
Russell DuncanBrodick
Isle of Arran



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