Scot­tish am­a­teur cham­pion comes back to his home course

‘It’s a proud time for our golf club. Our older mem­bers know how much it means’

The Oban Times - - Sport -

OBANITE Robert MacIn­tyre, the cur­rent Scot­tish am­a­teur golf­ing cham­pion, brought his tro­phy back to the town last Satur­day, where his ca­reer be­gan.

The 19-year- old golfer made history by be­com­ing the first left-handed player to win the Scot­tish am­a­teur cham­pi­onship at Muir­field ear­lier this month.

He brought the tro­phy to Glen­cruit­ten Golf Club, where a re­cep­tion was held in the teenager’s hon­our.

Friends, fam­ily and fel­low golfers gath­ered to con­grat­u­late Robert, and they also had the op­por­tu­nity to not only to see, but also touch the pres­ti­gious sil­ver­ware.

Robert, who lives in Glen­cruit­ten, is also a mem­ber of the lo­cal club.

He said: ‘It all started here in Oban when I was three years- old. As soon as I could walk, my dad got me in to golf­ing by buy­ing me a plas­tic golf set.’

‘I al­ways go into an event be­liev­ing I can win. I wouldn’t en­ter an event if I didn’t, there would be no point in turn­ing up. You have to be­lieve in your­self.’

‘There’s a good chance of me play­ing in the Scot­tish Open.

‘It’s my dream to play on tour, but to do it as an am­a­teur would be even bet­ter.’

Robert was due to go back to the United States on Tues­day, where he will com­pete in five events this se­mes­ter at his univer­sity in Louisiana.

His dad, Dougie MacIn­tyre, said: ‘ We’re very proud par­ents. We al­ways knew he had the abil­ity, but you don’t ex­pect him to win some­thing as pres­ti­gious as the Scot­tish am­a­teur golf cham­pi­onship.

‘It’s a proud time for our golf club. Our older mem­bers know how much it means.’

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Robert MacIn­tyre pic­tured with friends and fam­ily at Glen­cruit­ten golf club last Satur­day

Robert pic­tured with the Scot­tish am­a­teur golf tro­phy

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