Bearsden golfer all set to defend his title

Bearsden golfer Ewen Ferguson is looking to cap a remarkable season when he defends his Boys Amateur Championship this week.

The 18-year-old has won two Scottish national titles and will be keen to build on his success at the Championships in Prestwick Ayrshire.

A total of 252 players will represent 23 countries when they come together at Prestwick and Dundonald Links from today Tuesday until Sunday, August 17 in pursuit of the prestigious trophy that Ferguson won last year.

Ferguson defeated German international Michael Hirmer 10 & 9 in the final last year and both will be in the field.

The young golfer is the first player to hold the Boys’ Amateur, Scottish Boys’ Match Play and Scottish Boys’ Stroke Play titles at the same time, having won the latter event two weeks ago at Cruden Bay.

He will be aiming to round off his summer by retaining the Boys Amateur trophy he won at Royal Liverpool last year.

However the Scot will face strong challenges from a number of the world’s top boy golfers aged 18 and under, with more than half of the field travelling to the Ayrshire venues from throughout Europe, America, Africa and Australasia.

Johnnie Cole-Hamilton from the R&A, said:“The Boys Amateur Championship will bring together many of the world’s top young players and we encourage people to come along and enjoy the outstanding golf that will be on display in the West of Scotland.”

Admission and parking is free for spectators at both venues. Information, scoring and daily updates from the event will be available at championships.randa.org.