Jarand Ekeland Arnoy has written a new chapter in the history of the Golf Data Lab Scottish Youths Championship by becoming the first-ever Norwegian to win the title.
He fired closing rounds of 71 and 70 for a three-under-par total, which was enough for him to join a roll of honour that includes the likes of 2014 Ryder Cup winning captain Paul McGinley, Martin Laird, Stephen Gallacher and Gregory Bourdy.
“I thought the course was unusual and I had never experienced anything like it, so I’m delighted,” said Arnoy. “I’d like to thank the Norwegian Federation and my family, as well as the event organisers and Irvine.”
Under glorious blue skies in Ayrshire, the Norwegian finished five ahead of a trio of players, including the 2013 champion Robert MacIntyre.
The Oban left-hander hit the front going into the final 18 holes following a third round 67 but required nine shots more in the afternoon, ultimately finishing on two-over-par, the same mark as another Norwegian, Lars Mjeldheim Sandvoll, and Englishman Sean Blinkhorn.
Blinkhorn secured the silver medal by way of a better last round, with the other two players picking up bronze.
Liberton’s Kieran Cantley was fifth on four-over-par, with last year’s Boys Order of Merit champion, Calum Fyfe from Cawder, a stroke further back.