Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Sam Kiloh took up golf only after suffering a broken leg playing football but the Portlethen teenager looks set to have a bright future in his second-choice sport.
The 18-year-old, who won last year's Paul Lawrie Foundation North-east boys' stroke-play championship at Auchmill, has set his sights on moving to America by accepting a golf scholarship from a leading university over there.
Astonishin to think that Kiloh, who has +1 of a handicap, only decided to give golf a go after suffering a bad injury at football.
"This is only my fifth year since I took up golf. I did play a lot of football before that but then I broke a leg in a primary schools match.
"I was out of action for quite a while and when I came back I wasn't enjoying football as much as I once had. I didn't feel I was as good a footballer as I had been before the injury.
"My dad played golf so I thought I would give it a go and I hae enjoyed it ever since."
Kiloh, last year's North-east District boys' order or merit winner, plays off a +1 handicap at Portlethen GC. However, the sixth year Portlethen Academy pupil has decided to postpone going to America until next year while he mulls over which college to attend.
He said: "I was meant to be going to the States this August, having had offers from Florida, North Carolina and Georgia universities, but I have decided I don't want to go until next year instead.
"In the meantime, I'm going to get a job and focus on playing in more men's open competitions to make sure I'm ready for it.  I don't feel that I am quite ready yet to play on the US college circuit and I also want to find out more information before choosing which college would be the right one for me."
Kiloh will be wanting to make full use of home course advantage when he takes part in the North-east District youths championship at Portlethen in August.
"That is going to be one of the season's big events for me," said Sam, "particularly as it is my home course.
"I have managed to play in quite a few North-east Alliance midweek competitions during their winter season to keep me ticking over. I've been lucky in that I have only one school class on Wednesdays, so it has worked out quite well.



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