Sandy Scott lifts Scottish Boys title

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Credit: Kevin Kirk

• Sandy Scott continues fine form with win at Royal Burgess
• It was the Nairn teen's third win in the last 40 days
• Finishes six shots clear of Cawder's Calum Fyfe on 11-under-par


In-form Sandy Scott grabbed his third domestic victory in the last 40 days after easing to a wire-to-wire win at the Scottish Boys Open Stroke Play Championship.

The 17-year-old from Nairn, who won twice last month at the Stephen Gallacher Foundation Trophy and the Men’s East of Scotland Championship, made it a hat-trick at Royal Burgess near Edinburgh with a six-shot margin over nearest rival Calum Fyfe.

Having led by three shots 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 in the leading 72-hole junior event, despite Cawder’s Fyfe making a brilliant birdie burst in the final round, only for three dropped shots in the last five holes.
"This is definitely the best I’ve ever played" - Sandy Scott

“This is definitely the best I’ve ever played,” said Scott, who has 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.”

Rory Franssen from Inverness finished third on three-under-par in the international field, but there was disappointment for Fintan McKenna from Royal Aberdeen.


Sandy Scott Credit: Kevin Kirk

After firing a brilliant new amateur course record on Wednesday, a nine-under-par 62 which was the first time he scored under par, Sandy Scott 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 par.
"I’m really looking forward now to next week’s Scottish Amateur at Muirfield" - Sandy Scott

Scott, who made his international debut earlier this month in the European Boys Team Championship in Finland, is now relishing the chance to play renowned Open venue Muirfield in next week’s Fairstone Scottish Amateur Championship.

The Nairn Academy pupil, who is coached by David Torrance and Ian Muir, added: “I’m really looking forward now to next week’s Scottish Amateur at Muirfield, a course I’ve never played before but heard so much about. I’ll treat it as another tournament and look to do well again.”

Sandy Scott :: Scottish Boys Open Stroke Play champion

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