Friday, February 15, 2019

Scot Walker wins African amateur title


Euan Walker, 23-year-old Kilmarnock Barassie Golf Club member, won the individual title by three strokes with an 11-under-par total at the African amateur stroke-play championship at Leopard Creek.
Ludwig Aberg finished second at eight under with Garrick Higgo third at seven under par. 
Walker held his nerve on the back nine when he survived a wobble that threatened to derail his victory charge.
Taking a four-shot lead into his final round, the Kilmarnock Barassie member overcame a difficult spell that saw him drop four shots in three holes, but a solid back-nine, which included an excellent eagle at the 13th, helped Walker on his way to a one-under-par 71.
Speaking to Scottish Golf from Leopard Creek, Walker said:
“It feels absolutely amazing because it is something that I have been working towards my whole life, and particularly in the last two years where I have been full-time in elite amateur golf. 
"It’s been a massive goal that I have not yet achieved in my amateur career and so to do have done that today is a fulfillment of a lot of hard work that I have put in. I am really delighted.”
Walker’s win makes him the second Scot to claim the title in three years, following in the foot-steps of European Tour professional Liam Johnston, who was crowned champion at the same venue in 2017. Asked whether he sees his career following a similar path to countryman Johnston, Euan said:
I think that everybody out here would aspire to be a professional golfer like Liam on the European Tour and I think that a win like this certainly brings me closer to achieving that. I also think that playing this golf course shows me that I can compete on a Tour-like golf course and that’s very reassuring.”

England came from 10 shots back to win the team trophy
The quartet of David Langley, Joe Long, Billy McKenzie and Tom Plumb pipped the defending champions and the home favourites, GolfRSA Juniors.
England finished on six-under for the three rounds of the team competition, one shot clear of their South African rivals.
Highlights of their play included five-under 67s on day two from Plumb and McKenzie, followed by 68 from Langley on the third day and Long’s 67, which pulled them over the line.

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