Talented St Andrews teenage golfer Ewan Scott is celebrating a prestigious honour after topping the standings in the 2012 Scottish Hydro Boys’ Order of Merit.
The 17-year-old schoolboy headed the table with a hugely impressive total of 775 points amassed over the course of an excellent season and more than 130 points clear of his nearest rival, fellow Scotland national boys’ squad member Jamie Savage (Cawder).
Ewan enjoyed a superb start to the year, reaching the final of the Paul Lawrie Foundation Scottish Boys’ Championship at Murcar Links where he lost to Craig Howie (Peebles), before landing the Golf Data Lab Scottish Youth Championship with an outstanding display at Ladybank.
The former English under-14 champion, who is a pupil of Madras College, St Andrews, then won the Faldo Junior Series Scottish qualifier to secure his spot in the final at the Lough Erne Resort in Northern Ireland, while he also represented Scotland in the European Boys’ Team Championship and Boys’ Home Internationals.
Ewan had to settle for a share of second place in the 16th Faldo Series final last weekend, but could console himself with victory in the under-18 category in the 54-hole World Amateur Golf Ranking event.
He posted a final round 77 for an eight-over-par total to finish on the same mark as English girl Rochelle Morris and just two strokes behind another English player, the overall victor Jack Singh-Brar.
Ewan told the Citizen:”To win the Scottish Youths and reach the final of the Boys’ matchplay got the season off to a really good start. I stayed pretty consistent, with a lot of high finishes so that racks up the points.
“The rankings table takes care of itself if you can play good golf. As the year went on, it became my goal to stay on top so to win it in the end has fulfilled it.
“I’ll hopefully play a few more men’s events next year, but obviously play the Boys’ circuit as well. Defending my Scottish Hydro Boys Order of Merit title is a pretty good goal for 2013 – two out of two would be nice.”
Runner-up Jamie Savage also posted a series of fine displays throughout the season, reaching the quarter-final stage of the Boys’ Amateur Championship, winning the Scottish Hydro Junior Tour event at The Roxburghe and finishing sixth at the Stephen Gallacher Foundation Scottish Boys’ Strokeplay.
Scottish Hydro became official sponsors of the SGU Boys’ Order of Merit and Junior Tour series on a three-year deal launched at the start of the season.
The Boys’ Order of Merit ranks the country’s best performing youngsters across a number of major events throughout the season, including three 54-hole Scottish Hydro Junior Tour events.
Jonny Petrie, sponsorship manager for Scottish Hydro, said: “We’ve been delighted with our first year of sponsorship with the Scottish Golf Union and would like to congratulate Ewan on his fantastic achievement.
“He has had a great season and is a perfect example of the talented young Scots coming through the Scottish Golf Academy programme. You only have to look at his qualification for the Faldo Series Europe Grand Final, a prestigious international event, to realise his talent.”