Thursday, July 23, 2015

Sandy Scott wins Scottish boys' stroke title by 

six strokes from Calum Fyfe, Rory Franssen
Sandy Scott receives the championship trophy from another man originally from the North, Royal Burgess Golfing Society captain John Fraser. Picture by courtesy of the Scottish Golf Union.

Nairn's Sandy Scott scored his third win inside the past two months when he romped home with six strokes to spare in the Scottish boys' open stroke-play championship over the Royal Burgess Golfing Society at Barnton, Edinburgh today.
Scott, who turned 17 only near the end of June, shot impressive rounds of 65, 69, 69 and 70 for an 11-under-par total of 273 in chalking up his best and biggest win todate.
Winner of the Nairn Golf Club men's championship - he beat another junior, Rory Franssen, who was a fast finishing third today - Scott went farther afield to win the Stephen Gallacher Foundation Trophy.
Then he won his first SGU 72-hole Order of Merit event, the East of Scotland Open, at Lundin.
At the weekend he led at halfway in another OoM tournament, the Sutherland Chalice at Dumfries and Galloway, but could not hold the pack at bay over the final two rounds.
But there was never any danger of Scott squandering another 36-hole lead. He had eight birdies over his first two rounds at Barnton and nine over the third and fourth circuits today.
Scott's first two rounds were bogey free but he had a double bogey 6 at the fourth in his third round. If upset him, it did not show on his scorecard after that. 
Calum Fyfe (Cawder) came through into second place with third and fourth rounds of 70 and 68 for 279. Fyfe is something of a short-hole expert. He had four birdie 2s over rounds two, three and four, two of them coming when he needed them to get the better of Franssen in the battle for second place.
The Inverness player's third-round 72 left him with too much ground to make up on Fyfe in the final circuit but he did the next best thing, he matched his three-under closing 68.
Royal Aberdeen's Fintan McKenna, who set an amateur course record of nine-under-par 62 on Wednesday, shot rounds of 81 and 78 for a total of 299 today. Golf's a funny game but Fintan should console himself, if indeed he needs consoling, that no-one can take away from him the fact that he is the Royal Burgess course record-holder unless they score a 61 or better!  And that won't happen for a long, long time.


Par 284 (4x71) CSS 71 71 72 71
273 S Scott (Nairn) 65 69 68 70
279 C Fyfe (Cawder) 71 70 70 68
281 R Franssen (Inverness) 72 69 72 68
282 R Dixon (Castle Eden) 69 69 74 70
285 S Roger (Cruden Bay) 72 65 73 75, A Thomson (Lanark) 70 72 72 71, K Cantley (Liberton) 67 74 73 71
287 J Rogan (Longniddry) 68 71 73 75
288  C Curran (Harburn) 72 69 72 76, B Hjort (Sweden) 69 71 77 71
291 A Sinclair (Haggs Castle) 73 70 73 75, C Blinkhorn (Southport and Ainsdale) 77 72 73 2, V Andersson (Sweden) 68 76 73 74
292 K Reid (Balmore) 74 72 74 72, A Badano (Italy) 76 69 74 73
293 A Einarsson (Sweden) 74 74 73 72, S Locke (Banchory) 77 70 75 71 
294 N McMullen (Lundin) 68 78 77 71, G Tait (Ipswich) 73 71 77 73, L Buerk (Germany) 69 71 78 76
296 M Napier (Turnhouse) 74 74 76 72, B Bannerman (Strathmore) 74 72 73 77, F McArthur (Ullesthorpe) 68 74 78 76 
297 T Donovan (Royal Blackheath) 72 76 72 77
298 R Watson (Muckhart) 74 72 80 72, G Alibrandi (Italy) 71 74 79 74, G Burrett (Haggs Castle) 69 76 76 77, J Hassan (Royal Blackheath) 72 73 74 79, D Boyd (Australia) 74 70 80 74. 
299 L Kelly (Ashton under Lyne) 77 71 79 72, E Giletta (Italy) 74 74 76 75, C Farrell (Cardross) 71 71 77 80, F McKenna (Royal Aberdeen) 78 62 81 78
300 S Stavnar (Norway) 74 74 76 76, M Schinkel (Orkney) 74 73 76 77, R Ur Zhu (Sandyhills) 72 74 80 74, G MacIntosh (Mannings Heath) 72 74 78 76
301 I Alexander (Longniddry) 74 72 77 78
302 C Finnie (Lockerbie) 71 70 80 75, R Callan (Bathgate) 74 69 83 76
305 K McVicar (East Kilbride) 73 75 79 78
308 C Bruce (Duff House Royal) 70 78 81 69
309 C Cheyne (Newmachar) 76 72 78 82
311 J Bryce (Bathgate) 76 70 80 85.  
Scott Storms to Latest Win at Scottish Boys Open Stroke Play
Sandy Scott is making a name for himself within the amateur ranks, after notching his third domestic victory in only the last 40 days. 
Nairn’s Scott won twice last month – the Stephen Gallacher Foundation Trophy and the men’s East of Scotland Championship – and made it a hat-trick of recent successes after a wire-to-wire victory over the immaculate Edinburgh layout.
Having led by three shots going into the final 36 holes, the Scottish Golf Academy player extended his advantage to seven after a third-round 69. 
A closing 70 sealed an 11-under-par winning total in the leading 72-hole junior event, with Cawder’s Calum Fyfe his nearest challenger on five under after he closed with a 68. Fyfe made a brilliant birdie burst in the final round, only for three dropped shots in the last five holes.
“This is definitely the best I’ve ever played,” said Scott, who has extended his lead at the top of the SGU Boys Order of Merit. “It’s all come together for me at the same time. This season I’ve played in a lot more events, playing with good players, which has certainly helped me gain experience and build my confidence. 
“I got a wee scare from Calum halfway round in the final round, as I knew he was going well, but I just tried to stay focused on what I was doing and limit my mistakes.”
Rory Franssen from Inverness finished third on three under par in the international field, but there was disappointment for Fintan McKenna from Royal Aberdeen. 
After firing a brilliant new amateur course record on Wednesday, a nine-under-par 62 which was the first time he scored under par, the north-east player followed that with rounds of 81 and 78 to fall into a tie for 30th spot.
Andrew Thomson from Lanark, Liberton’s Kieran Cantley and Stephen Roger of Cruden Bay all shared fifth place on one over par. 
Scott, who made his international debut earlier this month in the European Boys Team Championship in Finland, is now relishing the chance to play renowned Open venue Muirfield in next week’s Fairstone Scottish Amateur Championship.
The Nairn Academy pupil, who is coached by David Torrance and Ian Muir, added: “I’m really looking forward now to next week’s Scottish Amateur at Muirfield, a course I’ve never played before but heard so much about. I’ll treat it as another tournament and look to do well again.”



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