Friday, April 10, 2015

Callan v Porter in final of Scottish boys ch/ship

Given it boasts three Ryder Cup players and two Cup captains, Bathgate Golf Club already enjoys a rich history – with Ross Callan seeking to add his own chapter tomorrow against Carnoustie's Will Porter in the 36-hole final of the Scottish Boys Championship at Dunbar.
Pictures of Eric Brown, Bernard and Stephen Gallacher hang proudly on the walls at the West Lothian club, and Callan may yet join them having become the first player from the club to reach the final of the SGU’s flagship junior event.
Callan’s dad, Stuart, the Bathgate professional, even has his own claim to fame having qualified to compete in The Open Championship at Royal Lytham in 2001.

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Even though top seed Calum Fyfe and in-form Michael Lawrie – supported by his own father, Paul, all week – were still in the hunt at the start of proceedings on another glorious day for golf,  Callan and Carnoustie’s Will Porter upset the odds to set up their 36-hole final over the East Lothian links from 8.30am tomorrow.
Callan is only 16 years old and plays off a handicap of three, but admits he is playing to a higher level having ousted Deeside’s Lawrie in the quarter-finals 3 and 2 before dispatching Lanark’s Andrew Thomson, coached by former European Tour pro Steven O’Hara, by the margin of 4 and 3.
He has pedigree at Dunbar having won the Stephen Gallacher Foundation-sponsored Lothians Under-15 Boys Scratch Order of Merit at the venue last year. On Saturday, young Ross  seeks to achieve his biggest title in the amateur game yet
Callan, who is coached by his father and Kevin Craggs within the Scottish Golf Academy, said: “I had a good feeling at the start of the week and felt as though I had as good a chance as anyone. I was aiming for the third round at least so I’m now delighted to get to the final.
“Bathgate has a great history and I know Stephen Gallacher quite well, as my dad knows him from growing up with him. I’ve also played with his son, Jack, a few times.
“Bathgate is a good club with a strong junior section, as up-and-coming players like Joseph Bryce and Christopher Curran are also members.”
Porter, 17, stands in his way, as he also seeks to emulate past Boys champions like Andrew Coltart and Scott Henry, as well as more recent winners in Bradley Neil and Ewen Ferguson.
The scratch player, a school pupil at Glenalmond, has been thriving on the greens, helping him total 15 under par for his last four rounds.  Porter’s handicap has tumbled, thanks to the help of coaches Kevin Hale and Fraser Mann, and he would become the first player from Carnoustie to triumph since Steven Brown in 2001 should he win.
“It’s been a bonus to get this far,” said Porter, who knocked out Fyfe 4 and 3 in the quarter-finals before beating Thomas Foster (Merchants of Edinburgh) in the last four by the same margin. “The putter has probably been my best club and hopefully that stays the same today. I was joint-winner of the recent SGU Junior Tour Under-18 event at Longniddry so that has given me confidence.”
Cawder’s Fyfe, the SGU National Squad player, said: “I just didn’t hole enough putts against Will. I missed birdie chances and he holed a few. He was getting in before me, whereas I was burning the hole.
“I missed a putt for a half at the 10th and that put me four down and struggling from there.”
Lawrie, meantime, drew the positives from his week. “I was two up after 10, but I didn’t play my best on the back nine and gave a few holes away,” he said after his exit to Callan.
“I’m happy with a run to the quarter-finals. I would have taken that at the start of the week. I had never been past the third round before and I can still play in the Scottish Boys again in 2016 so I’m looking forward to it.”
The 36-hole final between Callan and Porter tees off at 8.30am & 1pm with entry FREE for all spectators



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