• The 20-year-old saw off Grant Forrest and Connor Syme
• "Overall, it's been a good year," said the Glencruitten man
ROBERT MACINTYRE | SCOTTISH GOLF
Robert MacIntyre has been named Scottish Amateur Golfer of the Year – holding off the challenge of Grant Forrest and Connor Syme.
The 20-year-old, who is playing in this week’s World Amateur Team Championship in Mexico, was the leading Scot in the World Amateur Golf Ranking at No.13 – six places ahead of Forrest and ten above Australian Amateur champion Syme.
While the 20-year-old began his domestic campaign with a narrow victory in the Scottish Champion of Champions at Leven Golfing Society, it was later in the season when he truly clicked into gear.
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MacIntyre won the Scottish Amateur in 2015. Credit: Kenny Smith.
MacIntyre became the third Scot in the last three years to reach the Amateur Championship final, narrowly losing out to England’s Scott Gregory, before helping Scotland retain the European Amateur Team Championship title in Sweden.
As well as earning GB&I honours at the St Andrews Trophy, the Scot also finished fourth in the European Amateur Championship in Estonia and reached the quarter-finals of the Scottish Amateur.
"It’s always nice to get another accomplishment like this" - Robert MacIntyre
“I’ve just pipped Grant to the post, so it’s always nice to get another accomplishment like this,” said Robert MacIntyre of his award, having reached his highest ever world ranking.
“Although I did well at Leven, it was a slow start to my year. But, overall, it’s been good and late on in the season has been really good. Reaching The Amateur final was a nice week, even if I was gutted to lose in the final.
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MacIntyre (second right) was part of the winning Scots team at the 2016 European Team Championships.
“The European Amateur a few weeks ago was just as good, because it’s strokeplay and you want to prove yourself at that level.”
MacIntyre has also benefitted from Scottish Golf’s partnership with Bounce Sports to gain experience in Challenge Tour events in Scotland and Ireland this year, missing the cut by a solitary shot on each occasion.
“It’s been unbelievable just getting the chance to play in them,” added Robert MacIntyre. “But it just shows when you don’t play well, you’ve got no chance.
“I didn’t play well in Ireland in the first round, then I was flying in the second round before stumbling. The standard on the Challenge Tour is superb.”
Robert MacIntyre :: World Amateur Team Championships
Robert MacIntyre and his Scottish team-mates are in Mexico for the World Amateur Team Championships. To keep up to date, visit www.igfgolf.org/watc/watc2016/.