Soutar earns a crack at the Scottish Open

Brian Soutar
Brian Soutar

The outstanding performances of Leven based amateur golfer Brian Soutar have seen him earn an invitation to compete in this week’s Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Castle Stuart Golf Links.

Soutar (28), who plays out of Leven Golfing Society, and 19-year-old Jack McDonald who has also been selected will tee it up alongside many of the professional giants of the game including defending champion and world number one Luke Donald, three-time major champions Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington and leading Scots Paul Lawrie and Martin Laird.

The local golfer is a member of the SGU national men’s squad and, in March, followed 2011 winner Michael Stewart in keeping the South African Amateur Championship in Scottish hands by capturing the title at Mowbray Golf Club in Cape Town.

As a result, he is qualified to play in the co-sanctioned South Africa Open on The European Tour International Schedule and Sunshine Tour this November.

He said: “This is great news; I’m really privileged to get an invite.

“With me playing in the South African Open at the end of the year, the more you play at this level the more you get used to it.

“It’s a huge event in Scotland with some of the best players in the world competing so I’m really looking forward to it.

“I’d love to play with Luke Donald or one of the Scottish guys, like Paul Lawrie.

“A few of my mates will be cheering me and I’m sure there will be a big contingent coming up from Fife so it will be great to have home support.”

The invite criteria for the Scots pair is based on them currently being the two highest-ranked Scots on the World Amateur Golf Ranking. McDonald is 107th and Soutar 134th.

The Scottish Open gets under-way tomorrow (Thursday) and runs until Friday at Castle Stuart.