Monday, July 20, 2015

Stars of tomorrow bid for Scottish boys' 

stroke-play title at Royal Burgess in Edinburgh

An international field of 144 players will tee up from tomorrow (Tuesday) in the Scottish boys' open stroke play championship at Royal Burgess Golfing Society's course in Edinburgh, seeking to claim one of the UK's most prestigious junior titles.
With a rich history and a proud record of attracting top quality fields, the Lothians venue will welcome talented Under-18 home hopefuls and those from countries such as England, Australia, Italy, Norway and Sweden. The 72-hole event runs from tomorrow until Thursday (21 – 23 July). 
Located on the outskirts of Edinburgh, the mature parkland lay-out is set to provide a fine test as the field seek to emulate last year’s champion at weather-hit Cruden Bay, Ewen Ferguson. 
The Bearsden player added the boys’ strokeplay title to the match-play crown he won at West Kilbride earlier in 2014, becoming the first player to do so since Scott Henry in 2004.
Lothians man Stephen Gallacher is one of many notable winners of the event, achieving back-to-back victories in 1991 and 1992. Fellow European Tour star Scott Jamieson took the 2001 title at Lanark, Henry won in 2004 while Walker Cup player James Byrne emerged victorious at Cardrona in 2007 with an impressive 14-under par total, beating Michael Stewart in a play-off.
Last year’s Scottish Hydro Boys Order of Merit winner, Cawder’s Calum Fyfe, is among the favourites at Royal Burgess this year, as well as Lothian players like Murray Naysmith (Marriott Dalmahoy), Joseph Bryce (Bathgate) and Christopher Curran (Harburn). 
The Scottish boys' champion, Will Porter from Carnoustie, will also hope to shine, as will in-form Sandy Scott from Nairn, the current Boys' Order of Merit leader, and Deeside’s Michael Lawrie, the younger son of the 1999 Open champion, Paul.
Royal Burgess are looking forward to a great week of golf and captain John Fraser, a member of Scotland's Seniors team, said: "We’re delighted to be hosting this week's event, the course is in great condition, and we look forward to watching the best young players in the country in action."
Royal Burgess, which was originally designed by Willie Park  junior with subsequent improvements from Harry Colt and Philip Mackenzie Ross, are enjoying a boost in junior golf themselves, helping develop the game in the Lothians.
“We are organising a pro-am this year to raise funds for the Stephen Gallacher Foundation,” continued Fraser. “This is our way of supporting junior golf in the Lothians.
“Secondly, there is lots of negative publicity about those under 30 years of age not joining golf clubs, but we now have 110 youth members and I think if more clubs made it attractive for young people to join they would.”



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