North east Fife’s Alasdair McDougall was back at school on Monday after an unbelieveable four days which saw him rub shoulders with many of the world’s top golfers and celebrities in the 2011 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
The thrill of getting a last-minute call-up to play in the event was almost trumped by victory in the event as 14-year-old Alasdair finished in joint third place, just five shots off the lead, in the tournament’s team competition.
Alasdair, who attends St Leonards School in St Andrews, and his Dutch professional partner, Joost Luiten, easily qualified for the final day’s play on the Old Course and turned in an impressive 10-under par on Sunday to finish on a team score of 35 under par.
Speaking after his final round the youngster said: ”It was just amazing.
‘‘I’ve been shaking for most of the round thinking I could be in the top three. That’s all I wanted really.”
Alasdair said his appearance in the tournament had given him inspiration to pursue a professional career.
He added,”I just want to do this my whole life now.
‘‘I always wanted to play in high standards of competitions, but this really makes me want to do it even more.
‘‘I’m going to practice every day for hours and hours so I can get here.”
His partner Joost Luiten, was complimentary of the teenager’s abilities, and said: ”He made some really nice birdies and hit some really nice shots.
‘‘If he just keeps doing what he does now he will be a very good player and we’ll see him on the tour in a couple of years.”
Alasdair’s father, Duncan, said: ”We’ve had a great week watching Ally.
‘‘He played some excellent golf and really kept his cool throughout.
‘‘I had a smile on my face watching him play with the professionals.”