A KIRKCALDY schoolboy has cemented his place as the top junior golfer in Fife after picking up his second major title in a fortnight.
Ryan Walsh, who featured in last week’s SportsPress after winning the Fife Boys Strokeplay championship, added the Fife Boys Matchplay title to his growing list of achievements over the weekend.
Playing over the St.Michael’s course in Leuchars, Ryan won through both quarter and semi-final ties to meet Andrew Davidson of Charleton Golf Club in the 18-hole final on Sunday.
And the Kirkcaldy Golf Club junior held his nerve to claim victory on a nail-biting final hole, securing a brilliant ‘Major’ double.
The Balwearie High S6 pupil said: “I’m really delighted to have won it, but even more so because it was a great match to be part of.
“The betterball score between the two of us was nine under, which shows the standard of golf was good, and it was a great feeling to win that type of final.
“It didn’t come cheap because Andrew played out of his skin. It just shows the high level of players coming through from Fife.”
Ryan was three up at one stage, but his opponent pegged him back to leave the scores level going into the par four 18th hole.
But Ryan secured victory with a birdie, very nearly matching the eagle two he shot en-route to his winning score of 66 in the strokeplay.
“My second shot was a chip from around 40 yards which hit the pin then landed six inches away from the hole,” he said. “Most of the holes were won with birdies, we didn’t have many bogeys between us, so it was good to win it with a birdie as well.
“I felt nervous, especially when Andrew levelled on the 17th and had the momentum going into the last hole. I just had to grind it out, and I’m glad I did.”
This result places Ryan at the top of Fife junior golf in 2011.
Dave Waston, junior convener at Kirkcaldy Golf Club, explained: “It just goes to show what you can do with a bit of confidence in your own ability.
“Most of us ‘normal’ golfers would have been happy just winning the strokeplay event, but Ryan is not just any normal golfer, he wants to win everything he plays in.
“I am sure he will build on this success and I have no doubt that this will fire his desire for greater successes in the future.”
Ryan will now represent Fife in upcoming inter-region events.
Ryan’s path to glory: Quarter-final – Matthew Millar (Canmore) beaten 6&5; Semi-final – Alistair McDougall (St Andrews New) beaten 3&1; Final – Andrew Davidson (Charleton) beaten 1up