Sandy Scott confirmed his favourite’s tag for the upcoming Scottish Boys Championship after holding off a last-round charge from Jamie Stewart to win the season’s first national Junior Tour event at Forrester Park.
Scott, a 17-year-old from Nairn, carded rounds of 72, 70 and 70 at the Fife venue for a four-under-par total, winning by a shot from Stewart after the Old Ranfurly player closed with a 67 following opening efforts of 75 and 71.
Four shots in front heading into the final circuit, Scott was two over par after eight before following an eagle-3 at the ninth with three straight birdies, the telling thrust thwarting Stewart as he carded an eagle and six birdies. The quality of play from both was illustrated by the fact they turned the event into a two-horse race, with Sam Locke (Banchory) and Robert Watson (Muckhart) finishing seven shots behind Stewart in joint third.
Scott, who has hit the ground running on the domestic scene after playing consistently during Scottish Golf’s winter trip to South Africa, is heading to Murcar next week bidding to add the Scottish Boys’ match-play title to the stroke-play crown he claimed in impressive style at Royal Burgess last summer.
“Sandy is the benchmark for all of the boys in Scotland and I hope that they all raise their level so we can compete at the European Boys Championship in Austria in July,” said Spencer Henderson, the national boys’ coach. “Sandy’s strength is that he doesn’t hit too many destructive shots and is a very strong putter – a good combination.
“His primary focus in 2016 will be competing and testing himself in the major men’s events such as St Andrews Links Trophy and British Amateur. He has already proved that he can compete at men’s level after making all of the cuts in South Africa and I feel that he will make an impression on the men’s domestic scene in 2016. It would be great for him to make the Men’s Home Internationals team at Nairn before he starts his college career in Texas.”