Bearsden golfer Ewen wins top amateur championship

02/04/2012 Pic Lisa Ferguson'Golfers Ewen Ferguson age 15 and Cameron Kirkwood age 16 have been chosen to represent Scotland at teh Four Nations Quadrangular Event in Ireland
02/04/2012 Pic Lisa Ferguson'Golfers Ewen Ferguson age 15 and Cameron Kirkwood age 16 have been chosen to represent Scotland at teh Four Nations Quadrangular Event in Ireland

Bearsden golfer Ewen Ferguson has become the first Scot to win The Boys Amateur Championship in almost a decade.

The 17-year-old came from three down after the first five holes to defeat Germany’s Michael Hirmer, a pupil at Loretto School near Musselburgh, by 10 & 9 in the 36-hole final at Hoylake.

Ferguson is the first Scottish winner since Jordan Findlay beat Tom Sherreard 2 & 1 at Conwy in Caernarvonshire in 2004.

The new champion said: “This is absolutely amazing. I’ve worked hard over the last two years and this has made it all worthwhile. It is a great moment for me and it’s even more special because my family have come down to see it. Mum and Dad have made a lot of sacrifices for me over the years and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank them for everything.

In a testing brisk 20mph wind the first round got under way against the German who was first to acclimatise, going up with a solid four at the 372-yard par-4 second, and then doubled that advantage when the Scot failed to extricate himself from a greenside bunker on the par-3 fourth. Hirmer went on to win the fifth with a four but Ferguson started his fightback with a 35-foot putt on the sixth and then won both the seventh and eighth to get back to all square.

With the wind still howling Ferguson won the 10th but he gave back a hole with a wayward drive on the 12th before starting his charge for the clubhouse by holing an 18-foot putt for a birdie to win the par-3 13th.