Scottish triumph for England pair
Teenagers Samantha Fuller and Matty Lamb defied the conditions to claim a double England victory in the prestigious Loretto School Scottish boys & girls U14 stroke play championship at Buchanan Castle.
In hugely difficult conditions in the wet west of Scotland, both players (image © Andy Forman) claimed the scratch title in their individual categories.
Fuller, the English U13 girls’ champion from Roehampton, made it third time lucky after previously finishing fourth in the event in the last two years.
She posted two superb rounds of 72 for a level par total and won by two strokes from defending champion Susana Vik (Norway). Carolin Kauffman from Germany was third at five-over-par. The success followed her recent record-breaking fourth win in the US Kids Golf European Championship at Gullane, Scotland,
The 13-year-old commented: “I just played really solidly and it’s great to win after coming close before.”
Meanwhile Lamb, from Hexham, fired fine rounds of 69 and 72 for his one-over-par total, holding off his playing partners Teodoro Soldati (Italy) and Herman Loubser (Mount Murray, Isle of Man). Soldati was three-over, with Loubser one shot behind.
Lamb ultimately claimed his success with birdies at the 15th and 16th, but was given a late scare as Soldati chipped in at the 18th while he bogeyed.
The 14-year-old, off a three handicap, continued his success this year after his unique double in May’s Northumberland county schools golf championship when he scooped the U16 title and also won the overall U19 county title.
“This is my biggest win,” he admitted. “It’s my first national success. I felt the pressure a little bit, but I played well at the end to win. Given the weather, the greens were soft and you had to play the course differently.”