Bearsden teenager takes the spoils at West Kilbride Golf Club
EWEN FERGUSON was crowned the 2014 Scottish Boys’ champion as he defeated the best young golfers in the country to take the title.
The win was made all the more impressive as he was forced to cope with the pressure of being top seed for the competition which started with a field of 256 players, who were whittled down over the six day competition to leave Ferguson and St Andrews Ben Kinsley to battle it out for the coveted victory.
Kinsley had beaten fellow Scottish national squad member Robert MacIntyre 2&1 in the semi-final and was looking to stand in the way of Ferguson becoming the first player since Steven O’Hara in 1998 to hold both the British and Scottish Boys’ titles.
The duo faced blustery conditions on the Ayrshire coast as they teed off for the 36-hole final but that didn’t seem to phase either player as they remained level through the opening holes.
Ferguson had built up a two-shot lead by the turn in the morning round, and went on to double his lead with a chip in at the 18th hole giving him a four-hole cushion heading into the afternoon round.
The match was all wrapped up by the 31st hole, as Ferguson became the first Dumbartonshire player to win the knockout Boys’ title since Cardross’ Scott Henry won at Murcar in 2005.
“I’m delighted to win,” said the 17-year-old. “I’ve always been there or thereabouts since I played in the under-14s, but never won. There was pressure on me as the top seed and I’m pleased I handled it.”