Bamburgh Castle golfer takes Scottish Strokeplay title back south of the Border
GARRICK PORTEOUS became the third Englishman in the last five years to claim the Scottish Amateur Strokeplay Championship, winning the Carrick Neill-sponsored event by four strokes at a blustery Southerness.
The 23-year-old, from Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, further heightened his Walker Cup claims by building on his overnight one-shot lead for his first major success. Ranked 67th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, he quickly surpassed his runner-up finish at the Welsh Strokeplay earlier in the year.
Porteous finished with a total of one-over-par after his four rounds, four clear of Irish duo Dermot McElroy and Richard O'Donovan as well as Callum Shinkwin. McElroy made a tremendous finish to his final round, carding an eagle on the last hole to score 67, the lowest round of the day.
Of the Scots, three finished inside the top ten, with seven playing their way into the top 20. Jack McDonald, the 2012 Scottish Amateur ‘Golfer of the Year’, was top Scot in sixth place, while Scott Borrowman took a share of seventh and James Ross of Royal Burgess tied for ninth.
The weather was kind to the players at the beginning of the tournament but the wind soon picked up, making scoring hugely difficult. Even so, Porteous managed to close out a comfortable four-shot victory.
“I’ve had a lot of top-five finishes, but this is my first win so it’s special,” said the England Golf squad player.
When asked of his Walker Cup hopes, Porteous was keen to not look to far into the future: “It’s a big win for me early in the season, so we'll just wait and see. There are more big events to come, as it’s a hectic time.”
SGU Men’s Performance Squad player McDonald was pleased with his top ten finish and is looking forward to focusing on golf after finishing his exams at the University of Stirling.
“It was really tough in the wind, but that's as good as I've played this year,” said the 20-year-old. “I feel my game is coming back after my exam. I only had the one this year as I've still two years left at Stirling and it's out of my head now.
“I’ve been playing really nicely and not getting the results, so hopefully I can kick on.”