Scotland's Ferguson wins British Boys Amateur
Sunday, August 18, 2013
Ewen Ferguson has become the first Scottish winner of the British Boys Amateur Championship in almost a decade.
The 17-year-old from Bearsden came from 3 down after the first five holes Sunday to rout Germany's Michael Hirmer, 10 and 9, in the scheduled 36-hole final at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, making him the first Scot to win the title since Jordan Findlay in 2004. It also was the most one-sided final since 1974, when Toby Shannon defeated Sandy Lyle by the same margin at Royal Liverpool.
“This is absolutely amazing,” Ferguson said after closing out the match with a par on the 27th hole. “I’ve worked hard over the last two years and this has made it all worthwhile."
Ferguson started his comeback with a 35-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole, then won Nos. 7 and 8 to get back to all square. Birdies on the 13th, 15th and 17th and an up-and-down from a greenside bunker on the 18th gave Ferguson a 4-up lead heading to lunch, and he won three of the first four holes in the afternoon for a commanding 7-up lead.
Hirmer, 16, reached the final despite an opening-round 81 in stroke-play qualifying. He rebounded with a second-round 69 to squeak into match play.
“I started well this morning but then lost it a bit,” conceded the German. “It’s been a long week, and I think it all just caught up with me in the end.
“I’m disappointed but after my 81 in the first round of qualifying if you told me I’d reach the final, I wouldn’t have believed you. That’s what I’m going to have to remember when I think about it.”