Former British Boys champion Ewen does the double
VICTORIES are like buses: you wait an age for one to come along and then two appear in quick succession. Just ask Ewen Ferguson. The Bearsden teenager claimed his first men’s 72-hole strokeplay title in the Scottish ‘Champion of Champions’ event at Leven Golfing Society before adding the Craigmillar Park Open title to his blossoming CV just a week later.
The former British Boys champion held off Craigie Hill golfer Daniel Young to win by three shots at Leven before doing the double at the third extra hole of a play-off at Craigmillar Park. He finally saw off his SGU National Squad team-mate Connor Syme, of Drumoig, after the duo had tied on four-under-par in the opening SGU’s Men’s Order of Merit event of the season.
That particular win saw Ferguson join an illustrious list of past champions that includes six-time major winner Sir Nick Faldo, three-time European Tour winner Marc Warren, and former Volvo PGA champion Andrew Oldcorn.
Afterwards, the new champ admitted it had been tough going as he battled to his second win in quick succession.
“It was mentally and physically draining out there,” said Ferguson. “I’m so happy to get the job done and kept my head high when things weren’t going my way. It was tough to beat one of my best friends in Connor in the play-off, but I owed him one after he turned me over in the South African Amateur a year ago!”
Glenbervie’s Graeme Robertson, in the initial GB&I Walker Cup squad, continued his own good form, finishing third on 279, three shots behind Ferguson and Syme. Craig Howie, of Peebles, was a further shot adrift.