Peebles’ Daren Howie continued his fine season to lead the 36-hole qualifiers at the new-look Scottish Boys’ & Girls’ Amateur Championships.
Over Scotscraig and Drumoig, West Kilbride’s Louise Duncan topped the girls’ standings to confidently move into the matchplay stages.
There was double joy for Howie and Duncan having sealed dream spots in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Ladies Pro-Am at Dundonald Links on Wednesday 26 July after producing the best gross scores at boys and girls level for the 36 holes.
Rory Cromarty (Nairn) and Hannah Darling (Broomieknowe) have also earned exciting invitations to play in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Pro-Am on Wednesday 12 July at Dundonald after respectively posting the best two nett scores.
Both Scottish Open fields boast star-studded names, offering the four players a great experience in a professional event next month.
Howie posted a five under par total after rounds of 69 and 70, with Duncan on two under after her efforts of 69 and 74. Marc Watt from Inverallochy also finished under par on -3, with Campbell Gibson (Blairgowrie) next best on level par.
Scottish Boys Stroke Play champion John Paterson (New Club St Andrews) kept his hopes of a notable double alive by also progressing on level par, with last year’s winner, Eric McIntosh from Bruntsfield Links, also safely through.
In-form Jillian Farrell from Cardross finished runner-up in the girls’ section following a pair of 74s, with one of the title favourites, Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne), Darling and Kirsty Brodie (Strathmore) next best in the qualifying spots.
The top 64 and ties in the boys’ event have qualified for the matchplay stages, with the top 16 progressing to the knockout stages in the girls’ event, in both scratch and nett championships.
Glencruitten’s Robert MacIntyre produced a bogey-free final round 66 to finish in a share of fourth place at the European Amateur at Walton Heath.
The left-hander missed out on the three-way play-off for the title by a shot, having finished up on 14 under par for the 72-hole event. England’s Alfie Plant took the title in sudden death, with Nairn’s Sandy Scott the next best Scot in a tie for 10th.
Connor Syme (Drumoig) and Carrick Neill Scottish Men’s Open champion Liam Johnston (Dumfries & County) also enjoyed strong weeks to share 17th spot.
Four young Scottish male golfers have picked up valuable life learning skills after travelling to successfully compete in the Finland Under 14s event. Calum Scott finished second in the international competition, with Cameron Johnstone, Cameron Scott and Aidan O’Hagan all placed inside the top six.
“It was terrific experience for the young guys,” said Spencer Henderson, National Boys’ Coach. “They have picked up valuable experience from travelling to an event abroad, playing in different conditions and being away from home. Playing well was a bonus and they will certainly benefit from going to this event in the future.”
Photos: Kenny Smith