Great start for Bearsden golfer Ewen in South African Open

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Bearsden golfer Ewen Ferguson made a great start shooting five-under-par 67 to put him third at the start of the South African men’s Open.

The 17-year-old Bearsden Golf Club member started the second round three shots behind the leader, 19-year-old South African No 1, Christian Bezuidenhold whose eight-under 64 saw him miss only two fairways and use only 26 putts.

Ulsterman Chris Selfridge was in second place on 66.

Ferguson, a member of the Scottish Golf Union’s National Squad, had a bogey in each half but staged a grandstand finish to claim five birdies over his closing holes for a 67.

He said: “I have been working with my coach, Gregor Monks on building a positive attitude and to avoid getting frustrated and impatient.

“I was pretty frustrated with the putter over the first nine holes because I had several lip-outs, but I managed to find the hole with much more accuracy on the back nine.”

Ferguson was backed up by team-mates Scott Gibson (68), Bradley Neil (70), Graeme Robertson (70), Jamie Savage (71) and Connor Syme (71).