Garrick Porteous became the third Englishman in the last five years to claim the Scottish Amateur Stroke-Play Championship, winning the Carrick Neill-sponsored event, by four strokes at a blustery Southerness.
On the Solway Firth, Porteous further heightened his Walker Cup claims by building on his overnight one-shot lead for his first major success.
The 23-year-old from Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, ranked 67th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings, has quickly gone one better than his runner-up result at the Welsh Stroke-Play last month.
Porteous finished on one-over-par 277, four clear of Irish pair Dermot McElroy (Ballymena), who eagled the last for a best-of-the-day two-under 67, and Richard O’Donovan (Lucan), as well as Moor Park’s Callum Shinkwin. Of the Scots, three finished inside the top 10, indeed seven were in the top 20 – Jack McDonald, Scott Borrowman, James Ross Charlie Macneal, home member Scott Gibson, Ewan Scott and Sam Binning.
McDonald of Kilmarnock (Barassie), the 2012 Scottish Amateur Golfer of the Year, was top Scot in sixth place after a superb closing round of 68, while Dollar’s Borrowman rallied to share seventh and James Ross of Royal Burgess tied for ninth.
SGU Men’s Performance Squad player McDonald was six shots adrift of Porteous and the 20-year-old was left to reflect on a double-bogey on the par-5 18th on day one that ultimately hit his hopes. After a pleasant start to the final 36 holes with only a light breeze, the wind, a factor during all three days, picked up to make scoring hugely difficult – but Porteous reigned supreme.
The England Golf National Squad player said: “I’ve had a lot of top-five finishes, but this is my first win so it’s special. The Lytham Trophy was tough last month, but this was colder and windier. I was just solid inside six feet, with some great up and downs.”
McDonald was also pleased with his week’s work, feeling he can now focus on his golf after finishing a pure maths exam at the University of Stirling last month.
“I feel my game is coming back after my exam. I’ve been playing really nicely and not getting the results so, hopefully, I can kick on now this summer” said the 20-year-old.