Sandy Continues Winning Streak at Scottish Boys Open Strokeplay24/07/2015
Sandy Scott tonight continued his stunning summer after easing to a six-stroke victory in the Scottish Boys Open Stroke Play Championship at Royal Burgess Golfing Society.
The 17-year-old is making a name for himself within the amateur ranks, after notching his third domestic win in only the last 40 days.
Nairn’s Scott won twice last month – the Stephen Gallacher Foundation Trophy and the men’s East of Scotland Championship – and made it a hat-trick of recent successes after a wire-to-wire victory over the immaculate Edinburgh layout.
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, with Cawder’s Calum Fyfe his nearest challenger on five under after he closed with a 68. Fyfe made 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,” 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.
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.”