Greg, 16, youngest ever championship winner

Greg Forrester
Greg Forrester

A GLENROTHES teenager has become the youngest-ever winner of Balbirnie Golf Club’s annual championship, reports MIKE DELANEY.

Greg Forrester smashed the previous record – held by friend Scott Cation – by one year and nine months.

The Auchmuty High pupil played two qualifying and three matchplay rounds on the way to the final, where he defeated Ross Moir, a player in his 30s, four and three.

Greg, who is 16 years and three months old, said: “I was playing quite well the whole week and just took it as it came.

“There were three past champions in my part of the draw, so it was good.

“I got a wee bit lucky, as I was getting beaten in one of the games and the thunder and lightning and rain came on and I went back on and played better.”

The Rimbleton teenager joined the club, where his father Richard - “I have given him a few beatings,” he laughs - is also a member, in 2006 and, from first swinging a club then, has taken his handicap down to three.

He is also a member at Lundin Links and is considering studying for a scholarship in the sport, at either home, or abroad, when he leaves school.

The success of Rory McIlroy in winning the US Open at the age of just 22 has probably boosted interest in the game among younger people and Greg said: “While I don’t really have a favourite player, as such, McIlroy has been an inspiration because of what he has achieved.”

Despite his youth, more seasoned golfers at the club and beyond have been generous in their praise of the ‘young upstart’.

“The older guys have been really good actually and I have had quite a lot of people coming up and speaking to me to say ‘well done’” said Greg.