Euro hope­ful Craig vic­tim of clubs cri­sis

Kit went miss­ing at air­port

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Mur­ray Spooner

Kirkhill golfer Craig Ross was among a num­ber of Scot­land’s lead­ing am­a­teurs who were set to miss out on the last week’s Euro­pean Am­a­teur Cham­pi­onship af­ter their clubs went miss­ing at Am­s­ter­dam Air­port.

The 23- year- old and nine other Scots were set to tee up in Es­to­nia for the in­di­vid­ual stroke­play event, one of the big­gest events in the in­ter­na­tional cal­en­dar.

With the event start­ing on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 3, Craig and eight other play­ers flew from Ed­in­burgh to Am­s­ter­dam on Mon­day morn­ing with KLM and then on to Tallinn with Air­baltic.

How­ever, nine sets of clubs had gone miss­ing in Am­s­ter­dam, with only An­gloS­cot Ryan Lums­den, who flew from Eng­land, be­ing re­united with his clubs in Es­to­nia.

Craig’s clubs turned up even­tu­ally and, while many of the Scot­tish play­ers had been due to tee off in the morn­ing round, pro­longed dis­cus­sions with Euro­pean Golf As­so­ci­a­tion (EGA) of­fi­cials al­lowed all the Scots to start later in round one.

A weather de­lay of al­most two hours due to rain and light­ning bought the Scots more time, given the air­port is 45 min­utes from the course.

Na­tional coach Ian Rae said: “I’ve never ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like this but the play­ers were all de­lighted to be com­pet­ing.

“It re­ally was a race against time to get the play­ers on the course, the way the events un­folded, and we thank the EGA for their co­op­er­a­tion in this bizarre sit­u­a­tion.”

Craig fin­ished tied for 13th and is set to play in the Home In­ter­na­tion­als tour­na­ments which run from to­day (Wed­nes­day) to Fri­day.

The com­pe­ti­tion at Nairn Golf Club will see Craig com­pete with the Scot­tish 11-man team against Eng­land, Wales and Ire­land.

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Miss­ing clubs Craig Ross was able to com­pete af­ter travel bag­gage chaos

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