Bearsden’s Ewen Ferguson defeated German opposition to take home the title
Ewen Ferguson became the first Scot to win the Boys Amateur Championship in almost a decade after defeating German Michael Hirmer 10&9 in the 36-hole final at Hoylake.
The result meant the 17-year-old from Bearsden was the first Scottish winner since Jordan Findlay defeated Tom Sherreard to take the title in 2004.
The first round began in a brisk 20 mile-per-hour wind and the German acclimatised much better to the conditions, going three-up after the first five holes. However, Ferguson’s fightback started almost immediately as he holed his 35 foot birdie putt across the sixth green to take the hole.
The Scot also won the seventh and eighth before going ahead for the first time in the match at the 10th. He began to gain more confidence as the round went on and by the time the pair reached the clubhouse Ferguson was four-up and heading into the afternoon round with the momentum.
A win on the first hole of the second round extended his lead and he only gave up one more hole before ending the match on the ninth hole of the second round, the 27th of the contest, as it was halved and the Bearsden teenager claimed a roaring 10&9 victory.
“This is absolutely amazing,” said Ferguson after his win. “It is a great moment for me and it’s even more special because my family have come down to see it.
“Mum and dad have made a lot of sacrifices for me over the years and I’d like to thank them for everything they have done.
“The funny thing is I never seem to play well when dad’s watching. My golf was terrible first thing this morning but as soon as dad disappeared about the fifth hole I started to play well.”
Runner-up Hirmer was disappointed with the loss but the week was still a positive one as he picked up the Peter Garner bowl which is awarded to the player aged under 17 who progresses furthest in the championship.
He said: “I started well but then I lost it a bit. It’s been a long week and I think it all just caught up with me in the end.
“I’m disappointed but after my 81 in the first round of qualifying if you told me I’d reach the final, I wouldn’t have believed you.”