Friday, April 12, 2019

Blairgowrie's Graham wins best U16

trophy at West Kilbride

Blairgowrie's Gregor Graham, pictured, covered his last nine holes in 33 shots for a closing round of 68 and a three-way share of second place on 279 in the Scottish Boys' Open championship at West Kilbride Golf Club.
Gregor won the trophy awarded to the highest finishing U16 year old.
The only other Scot in the final top 20 was Ben Carberry (Falkirk) on 284 which included a second-round 67.
Winner by two strokes was Welshman James Ashfield (Delamere Forest)
Ashfield came from behind to finish on seven-under-par 277 after posting rounds of 69, 69, 69 and 70.  It was Ireland’s Eoin Sullivan who looked to be in control after carding a four-under-par 67 to take a one-shot lead into his final round before going three-under-par through three holes in his closing 18
 As the temperature dropped and the wind picked up, Sullivan was unable to capitalise on his advantage over the field and a seven-over-par back nine put an end to the Irishman’s chances of victory in Ayrshire. 
Holding his nerve down the stretch, Ashfield continued to make important putts and with only four bogeys on his card all week, consistency was the key to his success. #
After the exciting finish, Ashfield admitted it was a nervy ending to his time in Ayrshire: 
“I was a bit shaky; I wasn’t quite sure what was going on down the stretch, but I knew I had a chance. I just wanted to keep hitting good shots below pin high to give myself the best chance possible. It’s been an amazing week here and this gives me a lot of confidence going into the season now.”
Ashfield, who had expected tougher weather conditions this week, was full of praise for the team at West Kilbride, adding: 
“The course has been in really good condition given how early we are in the season, I have just had such an amazing week, my playing partners have been really good - this has been the best experience of my life so far.”  
Blairgowrie’s Gregor Graham was the top Scottish performer this week, finishing in joint second place on five-under-par. Graham also finished as the best Under-16 year-old in the field to claim the George McDonald Memorial Bowl.
Speaking after the trophy presentation, Graham said:  “It feels absolutely amazing to be able to win something in your home country, you can’t get much better than that. This week has been absolutely awesome, my playing partners have been brilliant and I have had a lot of fun.”

         Welshman James Ashfield with the Scottish Boys' Open trophy






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