James Ashfield was crowned 2019 Scottish Boys’ Open Champion late on Friday afternoon after a dramatic finish saw the Welshman win by two strokes on the links at West Kilbride. Ashfield came from behind to finish on seven-under-par after posting rounds of 69, 69, 69 and 70.
It was Ireland’s Eoin Sulivan who looked to be in control after carding a four-under-par 67 to take a one-shot lead into his final round before going three-under-par through three holes in his closing 18.
As the temperature dropped and wind picked up, Sullivan was unable to capitalise on his advantage over the field and a seven-over-par back nine put an end to the Irishman’s chances of victory in Ayrshire.
Holding his nerve down the stretch, Ashfield continued to make important putts and with only four bogeys on his card all week, consistency was the key to his success. Talking to Scottish Golf after the exciting finish, Ashfield admitted it was a nervy ending to his time in Ayrshire:
“I was a bit shaky; I wasn’t quite sure what was going on down the stretch, but I knew I had a chance. I just wanted to keep hitting good shots below pin high to give myself the best chance possible. It’s been an amazing week here and this gives me a lot of confidence going into the season now.”
Ashfield, who had expected tougher weather conditions this week, was full of praise for the team at West Kilbride, adding:
“The course has been in really good condition given how early we are in the season, I have just had such an amazing week, my playing partners have been really good – this has been the best experience of my life so far.”
Blairgowrie’s Gregor Graham was the top Scottish performer this week, finishing in second place on five-under-par. Graham finished as the best under-16 in the field to claim the George Mcdonald Memorial Bowl. Speaking after the trophy presentation, Macdonald said:
“It feels absolutely amazing to be able to win something in your home country, you can’t get much better than that. This week has been absolutely awesome, my playing partners have been brilliant and I have had a lot of fun.”
For a full list of results from this year’s Scottish Boys’ Open, please click here.