Lewis cuts it with European big boys
Rutherglen teen heads to La Manga in July
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