it was another good day for East Lothian local Brodie Good at the Scottish Boys Championship at Dunbar – and he has now set his sights on taking the scalp of the top seed today.
On day three of the event, Good, son of Gullane’s head professional, Alasdair, moved menacingly into the last 32 of the SGU’s flagship junior event thanks to a 3&2 win over Dylan Smith from Deeside.
The four handicapper, 16, is playing in his first Scottish Boys and certainly showing no signs of fear as he prepares to meet the top seed, Cawder’s Calum Fyfe.
Fyfe, last year’s Scottish Hydro Boys Order of Merit winner, has made fairly comfortable progress as he seeks to emulate recent past champions in Ewen Ferguson and Bradley Neil.
But with his dad looking forward to the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open visiting Gullane for the first time in July, Good is keen to give him something else to smile about.
When asked about facing Fyfe, Loretto pupil Good said with relish: “Perfect. I’m starting to take my golf more seriously now, because at school I also do hockey, cricket and rugby. I’ll give it a go against Calum.”
For Fyfe, the event already appears to be moving in his favour, given the second seed, Murray Naysmith (Marriott Dalmahoy), was a surprise loser in round two to Longniddry’s Jack Rogan at the 19th, while much-fancied Niall McMullen (Lundin) also exited a round later, losing to Graeme Gillies of Pumpherston 3&1.
“It can happen in knockout golf,” said 17-year-old Fyfe, who rolled in a monster 50-foot birdie putt on the 12th in his 4&3 victory over Deeside’s Benjamin Henderson. “One guy can play really well and the other is slightly off their game a bit. I’m a wee bit surprised at Murray going out but it can happen.
“I’m just trying to play my own game this week, which means trying to hit the centre of greens. There are no heroics (yet).”
Another Lothians player, Andrew Ni from Murrayfield, also confidently progressed to round four, drawing on his experiences of matchplay at his home club.
The 17-year-old, who also picks up links experience at Gullane, won the Murayfield Men’s Club Championship with a 11&10 final victory last year and is perhaps one to watch. Indeed, he tied for top spot in the Race to Dunbar final in 2013, the finals day event for the Stephen Gallacher Foundation. Carnoustie’s Will Porter, joint winner of the recent SGU Junior Tour Under-18 event at Longniddry, is also into the last 32, where he faces Aran Sinclair from Bearsden.
An Anglo-Scot is also out to make his name, Aaron McManus reaching the fourth round for the first time. The 17-year-old was born in Edinburgh and stayed in the capital until he was five, before his dad, Keith, took the family south to Durham due to his work commitments.
Darlington’s McManus, who plays for the Durham County side, is a regular in Scottish events and is looking forward to facing Inverallochy’s Marc Watt, who ousted Darren Howie from Peebles.
“I really enjoy the Scottish Boys Championship,” he said. “It’s definitely always on my list to play every year and I’m pleased to have got past the third round.”
Rowan Carey from Auchterarder, a member of the Scotland Quads side that won the Under-16 event at Archerfield Links on Sunday, battled tiredness to also progress to the fourth round, seeing off Conor MacCallum from St Andrews 3&1.
Matthew Dalrymple from Lochwinnoch also marched on, taking the scalp of Sandy Scott (Nairn) who had impressed in his 2&1 second round win over Bathgate’s Joseph Bryce.
Late in the day, Deeside’s Michael Lawrie, son of 1999 Open champion Paul, continued his form – defeating Daragh Cuddihy (Gourock) in a tight match to triumph by one hole.