Bearsden golfer Ewen Ferguson was in the winning team that lifted the prestigious Junior National Cup in Lancashire.
The 16-year old, who has spent the last two winters in the east coast of America, where he is studying at a golfing academy, was back home for the summer, and teamed up with Bradley Neil and Lauren Whyte for the nationals which attracted the top junior golfers from throughout the UK and Ireland.
The team won by 10 strokes, beating the Ireland A team 288 to 298.
Commenting on the victory, Brian Sutton, secretary of Bearsden Golf Club, where Ewen plays when he is back in Scotland, said: “This is a really fantastic achievement, but now he has been based in America for the last couple of years, we haven’t seen much of him. The club is kept up to date, however, on what he gets up to because his father Mark is an immediate past captain of our club.”
Mr Sutton continued: “Ewen has been back a couple of months now and his game has really improved. He is a great advert for all the up and coming juniors in the club who can see at first hand what can be achieved with skill and a determined attitude.”
The Junior Nationals also included an individuals competition. Ewen - who has a handicap of -2, was placed 12th over the four rounds held over two days. His scores in round 1 was 73 with the course par 76, His other scores were: 74 (76), 76 (75) and 78 (75).
The Junior National is generally considered one of the toughest team events to win and it attracts top junior golfers from across the United Kingdom who play off scratch or better. Scotland sent four teams to the Junior Nationals at Fairhaven Golf which is listed by Golf World as one of the best 10 Open Championship Qualifying Courses in Great Britain and Ireland and very close to the world famous Royal Lytham and St Annes golf club.
Ewen’s coach while back in Scotland is Gregor Monks from the Scottish Golf Academy. He coached the young golfer before he went to America and has continued to teach him when he returns to Scottish for the summer season.
Mr Monks said: “To win the Junior National Cup in Fairhaven is quite an achievement. Ewen is one of the top junior golfers in Scotland and Lauren is probably the best female golfer.
“I have definitely seen a great improvement in Ewen’s playing since he has been in America.
“The main improvement I would say is in his strength. He is hitting the ball an extra 30 yards and has the focus and attitude to go far in the sport.”