Royal Troon’s Robert Jenkins is savouring a sweet Spanish success after lifting the nation’s senior amateur crown over the weekend.
The Scot secured a fine triumph in the Spanish International Senior Amateur Championship, played at Las Colinas Golf & Country Club.
Jenkins posted a total of 214 after rounds of 70, 70 and 74 to see off two Englishmen – Ian Crowther and Douglas Cameron. Crowther finished a stroke behind on 215, with Cameron on 218.
Royal Troon, pictured top and the venue for last summer’s Open Championship, were among the clubs to congratulate Jenkins on his triumph.
Cape Province Open
A number of Scotland’s leading amateurs competed in this week’s Cape Province Open Championship.
At Kingswood Golf Estate and George Golf Club, Peebles’ Craig Howie secured another top-10 after finishing in a tie for ninth place on seven under par, three strokes from the top. Under-18 player Jamie Stewart (Old Ranfurly) performed well to share 18th spot on four under.
The male group is in South Africa thanks to the continued support of national team sponsor Aberdeen Asset Management, South African businessman Johann Rupert and the Alfred Dunhill Links Foundation, coupled with funding from sportscotland.
Their schedule includes four major events on the South African circuit and a triangular match against the South African Golf Development Board and the South African Golf Association, as well as a training camp to allow players to work on short game, swing and fitness with support staff.
Ross will look to defend his Sanlam South African Amateur crown in next week’s event at Humewood GC.
Syme Set for European Tour Chance
Drumoig’s Connor Syme, last year’s Australian Amateur champion, will join his Scotland colleagues in South Africa for their final event, the African Amateur Strokeplay Championship at Leopard Creek from 28 February until 3 March.
Beforehand, the world amateur-ranked No. 14 has been handed the chance to compete on the European Tour in next week’s Joburg Open. Syme is one of four amateurs to be given invitations for the event, which takes place from 23 – 26 February at Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC.
Syme’s opportunity comes after he competed with the professionals in the Emirates Australian Open before Christmas, by virtue of winning the Australian Amateur crown.
“It should be a great few weeks down in South Africa,” said Syme, on Twitter. “Thank you Scottish Golf, Dunhill Links and Aberdeen Asset Management for this amazing opportunity.”
Syme – a member of the Scotland Men’s side that won last year’s European Amateur title – will join fellow Scots Marc Warren, David Drysdale, Scott Jamieson, Duncan Stewart and Scott Henry in the European Tour field.