Ewen is pride of Bearsden after Walker Cup glory

Ewen Ferguson (back, third right) with his victorious Walker Cup team-mates. Pic courtesy of R & A.
Ewen Ferguson (back, third right) with his victorious Walker Cup team-mates. Pic courtesy of R & A.

Bearsden teenager Ewen Ferguson was on top of the world this week after helping Great Britain and Ireland to regain the Walker Cup.

The 19-year-old former British and Scottish boys’ champion, pictured back third right, contributed to a 16½-9½ victory over the States at Royal Lytham & St Annes last weekend. A late replacement for England’s Sam Horsfield after initially being named first reserve, he earned the side a vital point on the opening day with a one hole win over Maverick McNealy.

On the Sunday Ferguson then took on Beau Hossler, the USA’s top performer, and holed a memorable chip from off the green to take Hossler all the way to the last before going down by one hole.

A large contingent of supporters from Bearsden Golf Club roared their approval as Ewen sank a five-foot putt on the 18th to secure his Walker Cup win over McNealy.

The teenager held his nerve, much to the delight of the club members who travelled to Lancashire to support him.

He joked: “I don’t think there is anyone left at Bearsden Golf Club today.

“I went out to watch (the foursomes) and it was electrifying. I couldn’t wait to get going. Then it was just a great atmosphere. It was awesome.

“I see myself as an Ian Poulter or Sergio Garcia-type player and I love feeding off the crowd.”

Having risen to the occasion against the highest ranked player in the event, Ferguson did himself proud again the following day as he only just lost out to the USA’s top performer Beau Hossler.