Double delight for Ben at St Andrews

Ben Mckay
Ben Mckay

Waid Academy pupil Ben Mckay has won both the junior boys category and the overall scratch prize at this year’s Alfred Dunhill Schools Golf Challenge, played today over the Kittocks Course at The Fairmont, St Andrews.

The 13-year-old, who lives in Crail and is a member of the junior team of the Crail Golfing Society, carded a 74 on a handicap of six, giving him a net score of 68.

This year’s field was one of the largest-ever for the annual tournament which is open to school golfers from across Fife, Dundee and other parts of Tayside.

Speaking after his winning round, he said: “I was really happy with my game today.

“It was only the second time I’ve played this course and there was a bit of wind to play into on the last five or six holes but I’m very pleased with how I played.”

Earlier this year Ben competed in the Scotland Under 16s tournament in Forfar where, as one of the youngest of the competitors, he missed the cut by only one stroke.

He has plans to pursue golf into the future.

“I am hoping that my game will continue to improve so I can go to university in the US on a golfing scholarship,” he said.

The Senior Boys title was a closely contested competition with Dunfermline High School student Kyle Perkins winning with a net score of 74 on a count-back against fellow Fifer Hamish Gorn of Inverkeithing High School.

Jenna Downie, a fourth year pupil at Balwearie High School in Kirkcaldy, took the senior girls title with a net score of 79.

The winners will be invited to receive their Alfred Dunhill Schools Golf Challenge prizes at The Old Course, St Andrews on the final day of this year’s Alfred Dunhill Links Championship on Sunday, October 5.