2005: Americas - Saltman bests Brabazon

THAME, ENGLAND

Lloyd Saltman arrived at The Oxfordshire Golf Club with the possibility of playing in the Walker Cup Match in the back of his mind. After winning the Brabazon Trophy, he left with it lodged firmly in the forefront of his thoughtsand, more importantly, in the minds of Great Britain & Ireland captain Garth McGimpsey and his fellow GB&I selectors.

The 19-year-old Scottish player romped to a six-shot victory to become the first Scotsman to win the Brabazon Trophy, the English Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship, since Gordon Brand Jr. in 1978.

Saltman fired a 5-under-par 67 in the final round for a 10-under total of 278.

The English pair of James Crampton (68) and 16-year-old Oliver Fisher (69) finished at 4-under 284.

“This is a massive victory for me,” Saltman said. “Hopefully it will lead to Walker Cup selection. That is my goal.”

Saltman, the 2003 Scottish Boys Stroke Play champion, set the scene for his victory with a 68 in the morning round to go into the afternoon with a four-shot cushion.

Saltman turned down college scholarships at Colorado and Augusta State so he could stay close to coach Colin Brooks of Braid Hills Golf Club in Edinburgh.

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