SCOTTISH GOLF UNION
Newly-crowned Scottish Boys champion Will Porter (above) has been named as part of a four-man Scotland team which will compete in this summer’s Toyota World Junior Golf Team Championship in Japan.
Having claimed a bronze medal at last year’s European Boys Team Championship in Norway, the Scots have qualified for next month’s 16-team event for the first time since 2007.
Only three other European countries are taking part, namely Italy, Sweden and the defending champions, Norway.
"I’m over the moon to get into this team" - Will Porter
The host nation, Korea, China, USA and several other countries from South America, Oceania, North America and Africa are also teeing up in the prestigious junior event, which has seen competitors such as Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, Justin Rose, Hunter Mahan and Henrik Stenson over the years.
Carnoustie’s Porter, 17, who won the Scottish Boys Championship at Dunbar last month, will be joined in the side by Cawder’s Calum Fyfe, 18, who topped last year’s Scottish Hydro Boys Order of Merit rankings.
Marriott Dalmahoy’s Murray Naysmith, 17, runner-up to Fyfe in last year’s merit standings, and Harburn’s Christopher Curran, 18, joint-winner with Porter of the SGU Junior Tour event at Longniddry in March, complete the four-man team.
“I’m over the moon to get into this team,” admitted Will Porter, who is currently sitting school exams at Glenalmond College in Perth. “I knew about the event, but it’s still a bit of a shock to get in. It continues a great start to the season for me and has given me a nice distraction from my exams!
“Going and playing in Japan is going to be different to anything I’ve played in before. I’m excited and looking forward to it. It’s a cool event to play in, representing Scotland.”
Captain Scott Knowles leads the young Scots, with national coach Ian Rae also travelling. The championship takes place from June 16-19 and is being staged at Chukyo Golf Club in Toyota, with the trip funded by the event sponsors. Three counting scores per round across all four days of play determine the event.
Picture credit: Kenny Smith