Euan will learn from golf­ing com­pe­ti­tion

Cam­bus­lang lad com­petes against the very best

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sports - Mur­ray Spooner

A Cam­bus­lang teenager has gained valu­able ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter com­pet­ing for the ti­tle of best ju­nior golfer in the UK and Ire­land.

Euan Ar­buckle met some of the best golfers in the game while play­ing in the Amer­i­can Golf Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships at Gains­bor­ough on Au­gust 17.

The 13 year old made it through to the grand fi­nal af­ter a closely fought qual­i­fy­ing com­pe­ti­tion at Playsport Golf in East Kil­bride last month.

Euan, who only be­came a mem­ber of Cathkin Braes Golf Club in Rutherl­gen 18 months ago, man­aged a net score of 89 in the one-day tour­na­ment.

His dad Robert be­lieves his son will learn from the ex­pe­ri­ence af­ter play­ing against Dean Shaw-Rad­ford, who shot a net 64 and fin­ished sec­ond be­hind over­all win­ner Kyle Homer of Dublin, who shot a net of 61.

He said: “It was a great achiev­ment to qual­ify be­cause there was only 45 kids from the UK who did. It was good ex­pe­ri­ence for him.

“Euan did okay but he didn’t win. He fin­ished mid­dle of the pack.

“He didn’t have his best day. I don’t know if the oc­cai­sion got too much for him but he en­joyed the day.

“The boy he was play­ing was ex­cel­lent and he fin­ished sec­ond over­all at the end of the day. I don’t know if Euan was a bit over­awed by that.

“Next year he’ll play in more tour­na­ments and we’ll get him some lessons.

“That might have helped when he was un­der pres­sure and didn’t know what to do.”

Euan trav­elled down to the event in Gain­bor­ough, home of man­u­fac­turer Ping, and had a tour around the fac­tory.

And it wasn’t all doom and gloom for the young­ster on the day as he won a putting com­pe­ti­tion and a prize for his ef­forts.

It is also likely that Euan will fea­ture on Sky Sports later this year af­ter they cov­ered the event.

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

The Cathkin High pupil, who plays off 28, won qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the com­pe­ti­tion with a win in the best net score cat­e­gory with a net round of 54 in East Kil­bride on July 21.

Young golfer Euan Ar­buckle of Cathkin Braes GC

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