Wilson back in the Scottish golf fold

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Former Amateur champion and Open Silver Medalist Stuart Wilson will pass on his knowledge to Scotland's next generation of golfers when he leads a team of six to the annual Boys Quadrangular match in France next month on March 4-6.

Wilson shot to fame in 2004 with a win at St Andrews in the Amateur Championship before playing clinching the leading amateur prize in the Open at Royal Troon later that summer. He also played alongside Tom Watson at Augusta National.

But since those days he has taken a step back from the competitive scene and the Scottish Golf Union have called on his experience to work with the Boys Development Squad this year.

A strong team of six have been selected for the first international outing of the season at the Chiberta Golf Club in Biarritz, with Scottish Boys Strokeplay champion Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock, Barassie) and European Young Masters runner-up Calum Stewart (Brora) in the side. They are joined by former and reigning Scottish Boys U16s champions Ian Redford (New Club, St Andrews) and Grant Forrest (Craigielaw).

Jack Scott (Deeside) and Scott Gibson (Southerness), who boasted an impressive three wins out of three as a foursomes pairing in last year's Boys' Home Internationals, complete the line-up.

National junior coach Spencer Henderson welcomed Wilson's appointment as non playing captain.

"It will be great having Stuart on board this season and he'll be with us for this event as well as the European Boys Team Championship and Boys' Home Internationals later this year," said Henderson.

"Stuart knows what it takes to compete at the highest level of amateur golf and his knowledge will be invaluable.

"We have selected a strong team from a good group of youngsters and the players will certainly benefit from having Stuart around to pass on his advice. The Boys Quadrangular is a great event from a preparation point of view and it puts the players up against some of the top juniors in Europe."

Scotland has won two out of the last four Quadrangular Match series, with Ross Kellett, James Byrne and David Law among the victorious players from recent outings who have progressed well onto the senior stage. The Scots will be up against Italy, Sweden and host nation France.

Scotland Team for the 2010 Boys Quadrangular, Chiberta GC, Biarritz, France (March 4-6):

Calum Stewart (Brora)

Grant Forrest (Craigielaw)

Jack Scott (Deeside)

Scott Gibson (Southerness)

Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock, Barassie)

Ian Redford (The New Club, St Andrews)

Non-Playing captain:

Stuart Wilson (Forfar)

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