Sunday, August 25, 2019

REPORT AND SCORES FROM SCOTTISH MEN'S OPEN

BOLTON LEADS WIRE-TO-WIRE FOR SCOTTISH MEN'S OPEN VICTORY AT THE DUKE'S

CAMERON McLAY REPORTS
Wiltshire amateur Jake Bolton held on down the stretch on his way to completing a wire-to-wire victory at the 2019 Scottish Men’s Open Championship at The Duke’s in St Andrews.
Leading through 36-holes, the English competitor from Ogbourne Downs,  made birdie on two of his last three holes on Sunday’s 36-hole final day to win by one stroke over fellow Englishman Sam Bairstow.  Bolton’s win sees the English player join an illustrious list of Champions including European Tour winners Tommy Fleetwood, Andy Sullivan, Richie Ramsay, Alistair Forsyth, Stephen Gallacher, Andrew Coltart and eight-time European Order of Merit winner, Colin Montgomerie.  After being crowned 2019 Champion, Boltonvcvadmitted it is special to see his name on the same trophy with some of the biggest names in golf, saying,
“This is a really nice way to end the season and to win it in such an iconic place like St Andrews is special. Seeing my name next to some great players is also brilliant and a really great reward for some of the free-flowing golf I played out there this week.” Discussing his final putt on the 18th hole that would seal the Championship for Bolton, he added, “I hit a really good shot in at the last which ended on the right side of the green. I am sure if it had landed on the other side, it would have been a completely different scenario.
“I actually had a similar putt this morning, and I holed that, so I knew what I needed to do when I got over the ball. I was able to hit it inside right and thankfully it went in for the birdie.” 
Looking to the future, the newly crowned champion is focused on continuing his Amateur career and now has his sights set on the next Walker Cup team, adding,
“I am going to stay amateur for another year at least and see how it goes. Hopefully I can continue this run of form and make the Walker Cup squad in 2021.” 
Kilmacolm’s Matthew Clark finished in third place on eight-under par to finish as the top Scottish competitor in this year’s event.
There were two Scots in the final top six as Stuart Easton (Irvine)
 finished with a pair of 68s for joint fifth place on 279.
Young Calum Scott also had a good tournament. The Nairn lad signed off with a 69 for joint ninth place on 283,

LEADING FINAL TOTALS
Venue: The Duke's Course, St Andrews
par 71 SSS 75 CSS 75 75 75 74

272 Jake Bolton (Ogbourne Downs) (am) 64 68 76 64
273 Sam Bairstow (Hallowes) 70 67 66 70
276 Matthew Clark (Kilmacolm) 66 70 69 71
277 Ben Hutchinson (Howley Hall) 64 71 75 67
279 Stuart Easton (Irvine) 69 74 68 68, Paul Kamml (Austria) 71 67 72 69
281 Joe Long (Lansdown) 71 71 71 68, A Thurlow (Murrayfield) 69 72 74 66
283 C D Scott (Nairn) 72 71 71 69, S Broadhurst (Atherstone) 72 67 73 71
284 A Edwards-Hill (Chelmsford) 73 67 71 73, C Thornton (Fulford) 68 71 72 73

OTHER SCOTS' TOTALS INCLUDED

285 D Dougan (Airdrie) 71 69 74 71 (T14)
286 Eric McIntosh (Bruntsfield Links) 75 67 76 68, Marl Napier (Turnhouse) 74 66 75 71 (T17).
287 Kieron Canrley (Liberton) 70 74 73 70 (25th)
288 A Davidson (Charleton Members) 71 73 71 73 (T26)



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