Teenager has been play­ing for less than two years

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport - Mur­ray Spooner

A Cam­bus­lang teenager has qual­i­fied to com­pete for the ti­tle of best ju­nior golfer in the UK and Ire­land.

Euan Ar­buckle has made it through to the grand fi­nal af­ter a closely fought qual­i­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Playsport Golf in East Kil­bride on July 21.

The 13 year old, who plays at Cathkin Braes Golf Club, now pro­gresses to take his place at Gains­bor­ough, home of man­u­fac­turer Ping, where he will meet some of the best ju­niors in the game on Au­gust 17.

His proud dad Robert is also a keen golfer and was de­lighted to see his son take to the sport so quickly af­ter only be­com­ing a mem­ber of the Ruther­glen club 18 months ago.

He told the Re­former: “He’s only be­ing play­ing for just un­der two years.

“Euan used to play foot­ball in East Kil­bride but wasn’t re­ally get­ting a game so de­cided to try golf.

“He took to it re­ally quickly be­cause he had good hand-eye co­or­di­na­tion.

“He’s prob­a­bly one of the youngest in the ju­nior team at Cathkin Braes but he de­cided to do some tour­na­ments this year.

“He played at Troon but didn’t get on very well. It was pretty poor weather.

“But he played out his skin at Playsport and, be­cause of his hand­i­cap and low score, that’s how he qual­i­fied.

“He’s look­ing for­ward to go­ing to Gains­bor­ough. We’ll take him down the day be­fore and Euan will get a look around the Ping fac­tory they have there.”

Euan won qual­i­fi­ca­tion with a win in the best net score cat­e­gory with a fan­tas­tic net round of 54.

The Cathkin High pupil, who plays off 28, will join qual­i­fiers from events all over the UK and Ire­land in an ef­fort to take the Amer­i­can Golf ti­tle.

And Euan is giv­ing him­self ev­ery chance of achiev­ing a good per­for­mance with the amount of prac­tice he has put in since be­com­ing a mem­ber at Cathkin Braes in the sum­mer of 2015.

Robert ex­plained: “He’ll be out on the course about two to three times a week and if he’s not up at Cathkin Braes he’ll be on the back fields.”

It is also likely that Euan will fea­ture on Sky Sports, who will be cov­er­ing the Ameri can Go l f Ju ni o r Cham­pi­onship.

The pro­gramme is be­lieved to launch a month af­ter the event has taken place.

Daniel Gather­cole, di­rec­tor of mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tions at Amer­i­can Golf, said: “We’re ex­cited to host these great young golfers for the fi­nal and, with the help of Ping, aim to make it a truly mem­o­rable event.”

Ris­ing star Euan Ar­buckle

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