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No matter what happens over the next two days, there will be Scottish representation at the prize-giving ceremony on Carnoutie’s 18th green on Sunday night.

Stonehaven teenager Sam Locke is guaranteed to win the Silver Medal as the only amateur to have made the cut. 

The 19-year-old squeezed into the final two rounds of this year’s Open right on the bubble after rounds of 72 and 73. 

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A product of the Paul Lawrie Foundation, Locke’s Carnoustie heroics have forced the 19-year-old to ask for the weekend off from his part-time job working in the café at Lawrie’s golf centre in Aberdeen. 

Lawrie, of course, won The Open here at Carnoustie in 1999. As for the last amateur to win the Silver Medal at the Angus links? Just some chap called Rory McIlroy. 

Sam Locke

“I didn’t really put a number on what I wanted to score,” said Locke – also the only Scot to make the cut – after his second round. “I just wanted to do the best I can every day on every single hole. I gave it 110% both days.”

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His reward for his efforts will be a place at the prize-giving, where he will become the first Scot since Lloyd Saltman in 2005 to receive the low amateur spoils. 


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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