Former R&A Scholar makes it Back-to-back Scottish Wins at South African Amateur
Former R&A Foundation Scholar Brian Soutar has kept the South Africa Amateur title in Scottish hands after he emulated compatriot Michael Stewart to claim the biggest title of his career.
The 27-year-old from Fife defeated South Africa’s number one amateur, 18-year-old Brandon Stone, 2&1 in the 36-hole final at Mowbray Golf Club, Cape Town.
Soutar, part of a seven-man SGU National Men’s Squad who are in South Africa for a winter performance programme, follows in the footsteps of Walker Cup hero Stewart who defeated Paul Shields in the all-Scottish final 12 months ago.
In winning the prestigious event, South Africa’s oldest amateur competition, Soutar has etched his name on a trophy that includes Ernie Els and Retief Goosen and also booked his place in the European Tour’s South Africa Open in November. Victory will also see him improve on his current WAGRanking of 369.
Soutar, who was an R&A Foundation Scholar in 2006/07 while at Heriot-Watt University and has represented Scotland in the Home Internationals, said: “It’s absolutely brilliant for me, a fantastic achievement.
“It was always going to be a tough match against Brandon, he is some player and there is no doubt he will be on our TV screens one day, but I played well all week. I felt like it was meant to be, I was quite calm all week. All my work has paid off.”