Monday, August 12, 2019

BLAIRGOWRIE BOY JT 2ND IN SCOTTISH U14 BOYS OPEN

Hugh Adam wins by eight strokes at Newmachar Hawkshill

By GRAHAM BARR
(Scottish Golf)
England’s Hugh Adams from Stourbridge, Worcestershire, was crowned winner of the Scottish Boys’ U14 Open Championship after a dominant display at Newmachar Golf Club today. 
Having shot a 10-under par 62 in his opening round, Hagley Golf Club member Adams had a long time to wait before getting started on Day 2, teeing it up in the final group of the day.
Holding an eight-shot lead as he got underway, Adams dropped two shots on his opening four holes but bounced back with a birdie at the 8th to reach the turn at one-over for the day, seven shots clear.
After three bogeys and a birdie between 10 and 14, Adams stood on the 15th with a five shot lead.  Showing no signs of nerves, he birdied 15, 16 and 17, before a closing par at 18 to finish on 10-under par for the tournament, eight shots clear of his nearest competitor.  
Speaking to Scottish Golf after his victory, Adams said, “It’s something that I dreamt of last night.  All the hard work was done yesterday so I just tried to relax and enjoy it today.
“I was struggling a bit with my driver over the first few holes, but I holed a couple of putts to keep the momentum going.”
On birdieing three of the last four holes today, Adams said, “That was incredible, the adrenaline was going through me at that point and kept me going.”  
Joint runner-up and top-Scot honour went to Blairgowrie youngster Connor Graham who posted a three-under par round of 69.  Graham’s round included six birdies and just two bogeys as he continued his impressive recent form.


Graham, pictured right when he was a little bit younger!, was joined in a tie for second place by France’s David Guyot who posted a two-under par second round of 70, despite a triple-bogey 7 at the 16th. 
The lowest round of the day at Newmachar belonged to Austria’s Jakob Lotschak who signed off with a five-under par round  of 67 to move up the leaderboard into a tie for fourth place behind Adams, Graham and Guyot.


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