Local teens impress at the Dunhill

Keith Bowman
Keith Bowman

Two of the area’s brightest young golfers made a real impression at last week’s Alfred Dunhill Championship.

Keith Bowman and Chloe Goadby were selected as amateur entrants into the prestigious event played over Carnoustie, the Old Course and Kingsbarns.

Chloe, a member at St Regulus, partnered experienced Frenchman Thomas Levet while Keith, of St Andrews, paired up with Irishman Paul Dunne who had went so close to winning this year’s Open Championship as an amateur player.

And both had an impact on the high profile event.

Keith, 16-years-old, played so well during his opening round over Kingsbarns on the Thursday, when he and Dunne shot a 60, that organisers requested he played off the pro tees rather than the amateur the next day.

It was quite a compliment for the Scotland’s Rural College golf student.

Mum Gillian said: “He missed the cut by three shots but played brilliantly.

“Paul Dunne was his playing partner and the two of them had a fantastic time.

“They got on really well and Paul was helpful to Keith and has given him something to aspire to.

“He was on a real high going into the competition and still is - he has memories that will last a lifetime.”

Such was the standard displayed by Keith and his playing partner that, despite the local teen hitting a two on a par three hole, his score didn’t count - as Dunne had aced a hole in one.

Chloe was invited to play at the even by the SGU and was another who made her mark.

Despite the competition being played on some of the toughest courses the country has to offer, the 18-year-old managed to card an incredible -14 at the event.

The score was considerably better than European Tour member Levet’s.

Overall it was Thorbjørn Olesen who held his nerve to win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and claim his third European Tour title.

The Dane came second at the event in 2012 but went one better, posting a one under par 71 over the Old Course at St Andrews to finish the week on 18 under par.