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Scottish Boys Championship Moves to Last-32 Stage

3rd April 2013
Ben Kinsley a fine win over George Burns on day three(Photo Kenny Smith)

Top seed Ewan Scott marched on at the Scottish Boys Championship – but the gallant runs of Deeside duo Craig and Michael Lawrie came to an end at Monifieth Golf Links.

Ryder Cup star and ex-Open winner Paul again watched on as his sons both achieved second-round wins in their morning ties. But Alan Waugh and Connor Syme, both members of the SGU Boys Performance Squad, proved too strong in the afternoon.

Waugh, a semi-finalist in the Scottish Boys at Murcar Links 12 months ago, ran out a 5&3 winner against Craig, while Scottish schools champion Syme (Dumfries & County) beat the younger Lawrie son, Michael, 5&4. Craig felt he was hitting the ball as well as ever, but rued his display on the greens.

Paul, who plays in the Masters at Augusta next week, later tweeted: “Tough afternoon. All the best to Alan and Connor rest of week.”

Cowglen's Waugh said: “It was good to play well in front of Paul, he's a great guy. The first few holes I was a bit nervous but then focused on what I had to do.

“It was very tight at the start and myself and Craig were both playing good golf, but I managed to pull away around the turn. After reaching the semi-finals last year, I know I can compete with these guys.”

As the line-up for the last-32 action took shape late in the day, Scott sealed his place after a battling 3&1 triumph over Murray McCrone of Troon Welbeck.

The 17-year-old, the favourite this week, found himself one down after two holes, but pulled away towards the turn to be three up after 12 holes.
St Andrews player Scott was unable to shake his opponent off until the 17th and later ironed out some of his putting troubles with his coach, Steve North.

“Murray made a lot of good up and downs, he made me work for it, which is good,” said Scott. “I struggled with my putting but hopefully I can turn it around on Thursday.”

Scott may have been making the headlines in St Andrews, notably after reaching the semi-finals of the South African Amateur and winning his category at the Faldo Series Asia Grand Final in China earlier this year, but another player from the ‘Home of Golf', Ben Kinsley, is happy to be going under the radar this week.

The 17-year-old, who was also a semi-finalist in 2011, took the scalp of the fourth seed George Burns (Williamwood) – the first of the eight seeds to be beaten at Monifieth.

“As soon as I saw the draw I knew I was in a tough section so I'm delighted to beat George,” said Kinsley, who won the Scottish Under-16 title at Forfar in 2011. “I was four up through seven, but he came back at me with birdie, eagle, birdie, at 8, 9, 10. Thankfully, I managed to hold off his challenge and won 2&1.”

Elsewhere, Andrew Burgess from Nairn, Callum Cochrane of Marriott Dalmahoy and Tantallon's Calum Hill, a semi-finalist at Dunbar in 2011, were notable winners, with Hill pushed to extra holes for the second time in his three matches.

St Andrews New player Alastair McDougall, who starred at the Alfred Dunhill Links in 2011, also came through in added time, at the 19th against Daniel Neilson of Aberdour.

Glenbervie's Ben Craggs, son of Kevin, the SLGA National Coach, is also into the last-32, while Inverness player Cameron Franssen continued his progress with a 2&1 win over Zac Wood (Nigg Bay), after Wood had earlier taken the scalp of Cameron's brother Rory.

Meanwhile, third seed Ewen Ferguson (Bearsden) kept his challenge on course, as did South African Keagan Thomas, playing in the event thanks to his Scottish father.

As darkness almost fell, the second seed, Blairgowrie's Bradley Neil, ground out a 4&2 win over Paul Dorrian from Greenock, while Andrew Kenyon of Inverness and Lewis Bain (Musselburgh) fought out a titanic battle that northerner Kenyon won at the 20th.

The last-32 and last-16 ties are played tomorrow. Remember entry at Monifieth is FREE!

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