Lewis cuts it with Euro­pean big boys

Ruther­glen teen heads to La Manga in July

Rutherglen Reformer - - House & Home - Mur­ray Spooner

A Burn­side teenager has been recog­nised as one of the best young golfers in the con­ti­nent after be­ing se­lected for the Euro­pean Boys golf team.

Lewis Irvine will join up with the five other mem­bers of the squad for a se­ries of matches at La Manga in Spain be­tween July 8 and 16.

The 17-year-old, who was re­cently part of the La­nark­shire team that re­tained the Scot­tish Boys Area Team Cham­pi­onship, be­lieves it was not all about his good per­for­mances on the course that got him se­lected.

“It feels great to be picked,” Lewis told the Re­former.

“It is partly about how well you do on the course but it’s also about your com­mit­ment and attitude.

“The coach who picked the team has only just came back and he’s had his eye on me for a while.

“I think he was sat­is­fied with my work rate and com­mit­ment.”

Lewis, a Kirkhill Golf Club mem­ber, was in­volved in La­nark­shire’s im­pres­sive yet nar­row vic­tory in the Scot­tish Boys Area Team tour­na­ment at Stran­raer on June 18.

The quar­tet made up of the Ruther­glen young­ster, Greg Dalziel, Kieren McAl­lis­ter and Scott Thom­son emerged vic­to­ri­ous by just a shot (+16) in glo­ri­ous con­di­tions on the south-west coast.

Only three shots separated the top four sides as the ti­tle went to the wire.

In the morn­ing four­somes, Lewis and Greg shone with a su­perb 67, be­fore also adding in­di­vid­ual 75s in the af­ter­noon – though Kieren’s 73 ul­ti­mately proved key.

Hav­ing won the tour­na­ment last year in Grange­mouth, Lewis was pleased his team dealt with the weight of ex­pec­ta­tion as hold­ers.

“We had two boys, in­clud­ing my­self, who were go­ing into it hav­ing won it last year so there was a bit of added pres­sure there,” he said. “But we over­came ev­ery­one’s ex­pec­ta­tions and even our own to win.

“Down in Stran­raer you would ex­pect it to be windy and rain­ing but it was sunny so it was ab­so­lutely per­fect.

“As one of the boys who played last year, I was cho­sen as a sort of act­ing cap­tain. I was paired up with one of the younger boys and we ac­tu­ally did very well. We did the best out of all the county teams in the morn­ing. The morn­ing is where we re­ally put our­selves in a good po­si­tion and we ended up win­ning by one shot.

“I re­ally en­joy the team events. Ob­vi­ously it’s great to win things as an in­di­vid­ual but there’s some­thing special about the team events.”

Young star Ruther­glen and Kirkhill golfer Lewis Irvine

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