Ben helps Scots to win

Ben Kinsley.
Ben Kinsley.

Ben Kinsley has helped a Scottish Golfing Union amateur team win the Leopard Trophy in South Africa.

Kinsley, of St Andrews, was part of the side which comprised players form the SGU’s national men’s, transitional and boys’ squads.

South Africa claimed the inaugural Test in 2010, and also won in 2011 and 2013, but it was the young Scots who repeated their 2012 success to halt their hosts’ winning run with a 14-10 victory.

The scores were all square after day one with Kinsley and partner Conner Syme beating Louis Taylor and Matthew Spacey by one.

In his singles match, the St Andrews youngster went down to Philip Kruse.

The following day Kinsley and his partner Syme beat NJ Arnoldi and Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

In his singles match he halved with Philip Kruse.

The Leopard Trophy forms part of the Scots’ annual eight-week winter training programme, which is supported by Leopard Creek proprietor Johann Rupert and Aberdeen Asset Management.

Kinsley will now travel to the Western Cape to chase a Scottish hat-trick at the Sanlam SA Amateur Championship at Hermanus Golf Club from February 25-28.

“We are obviously delighted with the victory, but I don’t think one should lose sight of the experience that both teams gained here this week,” said Scottish coach, Ian Rae. “For us, to come out to a magnificent course like this each year and to expose our players to this type of course, the grass and weather is invaluable.”