Porteous ends long wait for major title

Garrick Porteous

Northumberland’s Garrick Porteous became the third Englishman in the last five years to claim the Scottish Amateur Stroke Play Championship when he won the title by four strokes at Southerness.

On the sunny Solway Firth, Porteous further boosted his Walker Cup hopes by following up his second place in the Welsh Stroke Play with his first major success after leading by one at the halfway stage.

A final round 68 saw him finish on 277, one over par, four ahead of England team-mate Callum Shinkwin and the Irish pair of Dermot McElroy, who eagled the last for a best-of-the-day 67, and Richard O’Donovan. With first round leader Nathan Kimsey finishing a shot further back on 282, England had three players in the leading five.

With the wind picking up on the final day after comparatively calm conditions, Porteous forged ahead when others were finding scoring difficult. “I’ve had a lot of top-five finishes, but this is my first win so it is special,” he said.

“It was just a grind. The Lytham Trophy was tough last month but this was colder and windier. I was solid inside six feet, with some great up-and-downs.

Of his Walker Cup chances, the man from Bamburgh Castle added: “This is a big win for me early in the season, so we’ll just have to wait and see. There are more big events to come, as it’s a hectic time.”

After an opening 66, Kimsey struggled with a second round 77 but battled back with 70 and 69 for another high finish, while Shinkwin was steady throughout, his second round 68 proving the foundation for his equal second spot.

Leading final scores:

277 G Porteous (Bamburgh Castle) 68 69 72 68

281 D McElroy (Ballymena) 69 70 75 67, R O’Donovan (Lucan) 68 70 72 71, C Shinkwin (Moor Park) 71 68 70 72

282 N Kimsey (Woodhall Spa) 66 77 70 69

283 J McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) 71 72 72 68