Euan Walker held his nerve on the back nine at South Africa’s Leopard Creek as he went on to be crowned the 2019 African Amateur Champion on Thursday afternoon.
Taking a four-shot lead into his final round, the Kilmarnock Barassie member overcame a difficult spell that saw him drop four shots in three holes, but a solid back-nine, which included an excellent eagle at the 13th, helped Walker on his way to a one-under-par 71.
Speaking to Scottish Golf from Leopard Creek, Walker said:
“It feels absolutely amazing because it is something that I have been working towards my whole life, and particularly in the last two years where I have been full-time in elite amateur golf. It’s been a massive goal that I have not yet achieved in my amateur career and so to do have done that today is a fulfilment of a lot of hard work that I have put in. I am really delighted.”
Walker’s win makes him the second Scot to claim the title in three years, following in the foot-steps of European Tour professional Liam Johnston, who was crowned Champion at the same venue in 2017. Asked whether he sees his career following a similar path to countryman Johnston, Euan said:
“I think that everybody out here would aspire to be a professional golfer like Liam on the European Tour and I think that a win like this certainly brings me closer to achieving that. I also think that playing this golf course shows me that I can compete on a Tour-like golf course and that’s very reassuring.”
Walker is currently part of a Scotland team taking part in a competitive winter training camp. Supported by national team sponsor Aberdeen Standard Investments and the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation as well as funding from sportscotland, these trips ensure Scottish players receive exposure to international competition while continuing to develop during the winter months.
The Men’s team will now go on to compete at the South African Amateur Championship (February 17-22) and the South African Stroke Play Championship (February 26 – March 1).
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