Rothesay Golf Club’s Scott McAlister says he’s not disappointed with the way he played in the Scottish Amateur Boys’ Championship - despite his first-round exit from the competition.
Scott, three times Rothesay’s junior champion and winner of the scratch prize in his home club’s junior open tournament for the last two years, lost out by a 3 and 2 margin to Lewis Reid of Craigielaw Golf Club in East Lothian in his opening tie at Murcar Links Golf Club near Aberdeen.
But Scott told The Buteman this week that he still enyoyed the experience.
“I knew I’d got a tough draw,” he said. “There were only about ten or 12 players in the draw with a plus handicap, and Lewis was one.
“The conditions were awful - it didn’t stop raining all day, and the course is right on the North Sea, which made it as windy as anything.
“But it was a great course, and I really enjoyed the experience
“I played well enough - I certainly didn’t disappoint myself, but Lewis’s short game was so steady and I couldn’t get to grips with the speed of the greens.”
A total of 234 players, representing 129 clubs, took part in the 2016 tournament - all hoping to join a list of champions including Andrew Coltart, Scott Henry, David Law and Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup players Grant Forrest and Ewen Ferguson.
“This was my second year in the Scottish Boys’ Championship,” Scott, who works in the pro shop at Cochrane Castle Golf Club in Renfrewshire, continued, “and last year I got knocked out in the first round as well, so I haven’t had the easiest of draws.
“I don’t think I’ll be eligible next year because of my age, but there are other Scottish competitions I’d like to have a go at.”
Scott’s conqueror in the first round didn’t get much further in the competition - he was in turn beaten in round two, by the same 3 and 2 margin, by Lewis Brown of Kirkhill Golf Club near Glasgow.