This year’s Amateur champion Bradley Neil has had his impressive efforts in 2014 recognised after being crowned Scottish Amateur Golfer of the Year and the Scottish Golf Union Men’s Order of Merit winner.
Ahead of representing Scotland in this week’s World Amateur Team Championship in Japan, the Blairgowrie youngster is the first player since Tulliallan’s Callum Macaulay in 2007 to do the ‘double’.
Neil has secured the Amateur Golfer of the Year accolade after finishing as the leading Scot on the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) at last Friday’s cut off point.
Becoming the first Scot in ten years to win The Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush in June earlier this year furthered the 18-year-old’s cause, too.
Neil also came out on top in the SGU Men’s Order of Merit, helped significantly by his Royal Portrush success, which earned him 250 points.
Where, having posted seven top ten finishes already in 2014, Neil defeated South African Zander Lombard 2&1 in The Amateur final.
Bradley Neil makes Junior Ryder Cup Team
The former Scottish Boys champion also won the key playoff for Scotland’s European Nations Cup success in March, helped Great Britain & Ireland win the St Andrews Trophy and has been selected to represent Europe in the Junior Ryder Cup on his home course later this month.
“It’s a great achievement for me,” said Neil on his double success. “I would have been delighted to win one of them, but winning both tops off my season really well, even though we have more to play for in Japan this week ahead of the Junior Ryder Cup.
“The Amateur win obviously helped me on the merit table and the WAGR. Building up to The Amateur I had lot of good Strokeplay performances, like in the Lytham Trophy and at the St Andrews Links.
"Winning both tops off my season really well." - Bradley Neil
“I was just behind Grant (Forrest) in the rankings and when I won it took me ahead of him, so it was great to stay there.
“We’ve had six Scots in the top 100 (of the WAGR) this year, which is certainly different to last year. We’ve shown as a group that we’ve made a step up and made big improvements at British and European level. We’ve driven each other on this season.”
The Perthshire player joins a Scottish Amateur Golfer of the Year roll of honour featuring the likes of Andrew Coltart, Dean Robertson, Steven O’Hara, Richie Ramsay, James Byrne and Michael Stewart.