Teen completes a hat-trick of summer victories by cruising to Scottish Boys Strokeplay title
Sandy Scott continued his stunning summer after easing to a six-stroke victory in the Scottish Boys Open Strokeplay Championship at Royal Burgess Golfing Society.
The 17-year-old’s wire-to-wire victory was his third domestic win in 40 days following his earlier triumphs in the Stephen Gallacher Foundation Trophy and the men’s East of Scotland event.
Holding a three-shot lead going into the final 36 holes, the Scottish Golf Academy player extended his advantage to seven after a third-round 69. A closing 70 sealed an 11-under-par winning total, with Cawder’s Calum Fyfe his nearest challenger on five-under after he closed with a 68. Fyfe briefly threatened to snatch the title away from Scott after making a brilliant birdie burst in the final round, only to drop three shots in his last five holes.
“This is definitely the best I’ve ever played,” said Scott, whose win extended his lead at the top of the SGU Boys’ Order of Merit. “It’s all come together for me at the same time. This season I’ve played in a lot more events, playing with good players, which has certainly helped me gain experience and build my confidence.
“I got a wee scare from Calum halfway round in the final round, as I knew he was going well, but I just tried to stay focused on what I was doing and limit my mistakes.”
Scott succeeds Ewen Ferguson as the champion and adds his name to an illustrious list of winners, which includes the likes of 2014 Ryder Cup star Stephen Gallacher and European Tour winner Scott Jamieson.
Elsewhere, Rory Franssen from Inverness finished third on three-under but there was disappointment for Fintan McKenna from Royal Aberdeen.
After firing a brilliant new amateur course record, a nine-under-par 62 which was the first time he scored under-par, the north-east player followed that with rounds of 81 and 78 to fall into a tie for 30th spot.
Andrew Thomson from Lanark, Liberton’s Kieran Cantley and Stephen Roger of Cruden Bay all shared fifth place on one-over.
Meantime, Kyle Reid from Balmore won the Under-16 trophy, sharing 14th place on eight over par.