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English star wins Scottish Youths to make up for losing Open spot

ENGLAND’S Nick Marsh marched to a stunning 12-shot win over the Jubilee Course in St Andrews to win the Golf Data Lab Scottish Youths Open Championship - joining a winners’ list that includes European Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley.

Marsh adds the Scottish Youths win to his Welsh Youths triumph in 2012.

The England cap had lost in a four-man play-off at Hillside the week before to miss out on qualifying for a dream Open place at Hoylake.

But Marsh, who hails from Huddersfield, put the agony behind him to go one better on Scottish soil after finishing joint runner-up in the Carrick Neill Scottish Open Stroke Play in May.

The 19-year-old posted superb rounds of 70, 68, 70 and 69 for an 11-under-par total in Fife to leave the home players in his wake. Indeed, the next six places were filled by Scots, with defending champion Robert MacIntyre (Glencruitten) sharing sixth on six over par.

Tantallon’s Calum Hill came through the field to finish as runner-up on one over par thanks to his impressive closing 67. Josh Jamieson, from the local New Club in St Andrews, claimed third spot a stroke further back.

“I love coming to St Andrews,” said Marsh, who has 2015 Walker Cup aspirations. “The course was in excellent condition and I played well all week, felt very comfortable on the greens. I could just roll the ball because the surfaces were so good.

“Fairways and greens was my game plan, even with a big lead, so I’m pleased to have stayed ahead and got the victory.”

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