Bob McIntyre, from Glencruitten in Oban, swept to his maiden SGU Junior Tour title with an impressive victory in the rain-shortened event at Rowallan Castle in Ayrshire.
The Argyll & Bute youngster, just 14-years-old, posted his second successive round of 73 this afternoon to finish on four-over par in testing conditions on the new Colin Montgomerie-designed course to leave him one head of overnight leader Jamie Savage (Cawder), after SGU officials were forced to reduce the event from 72 to 36-holes following yesterday's flooding.
McIntyre, a second year Scottish Golf Academy pupil, got off to a flier on the opening day with birdies at the first three holes, eventually signing off for a two-over par 73 to sit just one behind Savage, as the players battled the strong winds and heavy rain sweeping across the west of Scotland on Saturday.
Despite opening with a bogey five in the second round, McIntryre kept his composure to produce a very steady round, dropping only two more shots at the 4th and 15th, before capturing a decisive birdie three at the 16th which effectively clinched his win.
Savage notched two birdies in his outward nine this afternoon, but three dropped shots at the 10th, 15th and 16th which handed the momentum to MacIntyre, and he could not find the birdie required at either of the closing two holes to leave him in second place.
Elgin’s Jordan Milne recorded the best round of the weekend with an excellent two-under par 69 today to clinch third place on six-over par, one ahead of fellow North youngster Sean Burgess (Nairn).
Ewan Scott, winner of the opening Junior Tour event last month at Arbroath, posted rounds of 76 and 75 to finish fifth, while Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie), Grant Forrest (Craigielaw), Anthony Blaney (Liberton) and Scottish Boys’ quarter-finalist Conor Marsland (Lincoln) shared sixth place on ten-over par.