BRIAN Soutar, the 2012 South African Amateur champion who refused a place in the Scottish squad this season after returning to work as a welding inspector, is to return to the national stage later this month.
The Leven Golfing Society player, who has worked in Norway since last October, is in the Fife line-up for the Scottish Area Team Championship at Crail after landing a job nearer home.
“I’ve got a job as a project manager for my old NDT company back home on my doorstep,” he told The Scotsman. “So I will be trying to get back into my golf again. I’m playing in the Area Team, the St Andrews Links and a few more towards the end of the season.” Soutar was a full-time amateur for two years, winning the 2011 Scottish Champion of Champions over his home course before helping Fife record a first victory in the Area Team Championship at Prestwick the same year.
He then succeeded compatriot Michael Stewart as the South African Amateur champion last season but refused to take up the spot he had earned in the South Africa Open after spending a “small fortune” subsidising his amateur career.
Soutar, a member of last year’s winning side in the Home Internationals in Ayrshire, added: “I’ve got no plans to turn professional but will be trying to get back in the Scotland team.
“I probably won’t play enough competitions this year to make the Homes [at Ganton in August], but you never know.”