talented teenage golfer from St Andrews, Ewan Scott, is celebrating another major success following his selection for Scotland’s European boys’ team bound for Sweden next month.
The 16-year-old Madras College pupil, the current Golf Data Lab Scottish Youths’ champion, and Paul Lawrie Foundation Scottish Boys’ winner Craig Howie, will help to spearhead Scotland’s bid for success at the European Boys’ Team Championship at Lidingo Golf Club in Stockholm from July 10-14.
A member of the St Andrews Links Junior Golf Association (SALJGA), Scott, who has been in hugely impressive form this season, and Howie (Peebles), who defeated Scott to claim the Scottish Boys’ title at Murcar Links in April, both earn automatic selection to the six-member side as the current top two players on the Scottish Hydro SGU Boys’ Order of Merit following the Scottish Hydro Junior Tour Event No3.
Howie was beaten into second place at the competition at Rowallan Castle, with Lawrence Allan (Alva) taking the honours. Allan’s performance continued his consistency this season and, having reached third spot on the Order of Merit, he has also been picked in the team going to Sweden.
The line-up is completed by Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie) and Cawder’s Jamie Savage thanks to their displays in 2012, and last year’s SGU Boys’ Order of Merit No1 Greig Marchbank (Dumfries and County), with Anthony Blaney (Liberton) as the reserve.
Barrie Douglas, chairman of selectors, said: “We’ve chosen a strong team and are all looking forward to the event in Sweden in July.
‘‘All of the team are playing very well and a player’s recent performance is the key factor when selecting for teams representing Scotland. We also take into account previous international performances.
“We finished 13th in this event in Prague last year, just missing out on a place in the top-flight match play by a single stroke, and hope to at least finish in the top eight this year.”