Garrick shoots his way to title

Garrick Porteous is presented with his trophy for winning  the Scottish Amateur strokeplay Championship  at Southerness.
Garrick Porteous is presented with his trophy for winning the Scottish Amateur strokeplay Championship at Southerness.
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Bamburgh Castle golfer Garrick Porteous teed up victory in the prestigious Carrick Neill Scottish Amateur Strokeplay Championship.

The talented 23-year-old shot 68-69-72-68 to finish one over par and land a four-shot win.

His victory at the weekend saw him become the third Englishman to take the title in five years.

The triumph came on the back of his second-placed finish in the Welsh Strokeplay at Royal Porthcawl last month.

Porteous was elated with his first major victory following numerous top-five finishes.

His golf is developing a real consistency and he also reduced his handicap to plus five.

The England Golf National Squad player, a graduate of the University of Tennessee, said: “I’ve had a lot of top-five finishes, but this is my first win so it’s special.”

He took the title in difficult conditions too. At a blustery Southerness Golf Club on the Solway Firth, Garrick led after two rounds and at that point was the only player under par.

Despite final-day pressure from Ireland’s Richard O’Donovan and Dermot McElroy and England’s Callum Shinkwin, Garrick played controlled golf as his final nine holes of one under par demonstrated.

Garrick, who is ranked 67th in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, is playing in the St Andrews Links Trophy, which starts tomorrow.

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