St Andrews schoolboy selected for US golf contest

Young golfer Keith Bowman, St Andrews.

Young golfer Keith Bowman, St Andrews.

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TALENTED young golfer Keith Bowman is gearing up for a trip of a lifetime to take part in the USA Kids’ World Championships.

The St Andrews schoolboy will be jetting out from Edinburgh on Monday for the tournament to be held at the Pinehurst Resort in North Carolina, the home of American golf, and is eagerly looking forward to the challenge.

The championship is the largest and most prestigious event in the world for players aged years 12 and under and the youngster — who resides in the village of Strathkinness — qualified for his age group by winning the US Kids’ Wee Wonders event played over the Strathtyrum Course in St Andrews last summer.

Keith, who will representing Great Britain and will play as part of Team GB, is the only Scot in the squad and is being accompanied to the States by dad, Ewen, who is director of operations with St Andrews Links Trust.

The promising youngster, who turned 12 last week and is playing off a seven handicap, has just left Lawhead Primary School, St Andrews, and will start his secondary school education after the summer break.

Coached by Steve North, director of instruction with St Andrews Links Trust, Keith started playing golf at the age of five.

He is a member the New Golf Club, St Andrews, and of the hugely successful SALJGA, the St Andrews Links Junior Golf Association and also part of the Fife under-14 squad.

Keith, who said he was “very excited” to be taking part in the championships, has already enjoyed success this season, winning the Elie under-12 years championship.

Taking place from August 4-6, the tournament is held in the setting of tall southern pines and Donald Ross greens and attracts over 1,200 participants from across the United States and more than 30 countries abroad.

The players qualify through World Championship qualifiers, local tours, European and regional championships and performances in previous World Championships.