St Andrews juniors enjoy Olympic success

SALJGATwo young golfers who are products of the St Andrews Links Junior Golf Association (SALJGA) enjoyed success at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival golf event at the weekend.

Ewan Scott, from St Andrews, joined Bradley Neil from Blairgowrie, England’s Georgia Hall and Wales Chloe Williams to win gold medals for Team GB in the team golf event at the Twin Creeks Golf and Country Club near Sydney. They finished 11 shots ahead of Australia.

Scott (17) and Lauren Whyte (16), also from St Andrews, finished eighth and ninth respectively in the boys’ and girls’ individual events.  Each of them carded magnificent 67’s in their second round on a day when play was suspended due to the extreme heat in the Sydney area. Scott finished on eight under par with rounds of 72, 67, 72 and 69 while Whyte carded rounds of 76, 67, 76, and 75 for a six over par total.

Both golfers progressed through the SALJGA programme which has been supported by The R&A since it was formed in 2002 with more than £135,000 of funding. It is widely regarded as one of the most successful junior programmes in the country.

Alison White, Assistant Director – Golf Development at The R&A, said, “We would like to congratulate Ewan and Lauren on such excellent performances.

“SALJGA has played a significant part in introducing hundreds of children in the St Andrews area to the game. We regard it as setting a benchmark for youth golf development programmes and recently sent a short film profiling SALJGA to The R&A’s 144 affiliate bodies around the world.”

Australia’s Kevin Yuan won the boys’ individual gold medal with an 18 under par score while Hall took the honours in the girl’s competition on six under par.