Boucher salutes school golf winners

A group of young and aspiring Scottish golfers who took part in last month’s Alfred Dunhill Schools Golf Challenge have received their prizes from South African cricketer Mark Boucher at the Old Course, St Andrews.

The event was held at The Duke’s Course, St Andrews, two weeks ago and the winners were: Overall Scratch Prize champion Finlay Sey, an S4 student at Madras College in St Andrews; Senior Boys’ winner Ole Specht of St Leonards School, St Andrews; Senior Girls’ winner Porscha Wilson, 15, a student at Balwearie High School in Kirkcaldy; Junior Boys winner Manuel Campos of St Leonards School and Anna Mackay from Anstruther’s Waid Academy, who took the Junior Girls’ title for the second successive year.

Speaking to the young golfers, Mark, who holds the record for the most Test dismissals by a wicket-keeper, said: “Golf, like any sport, is a fantastic game which opens many doors. It’s vital that you work hard and focus on your play if you want to succeed at the top level, but it’s also important that you enjoy the game.

“The Alfred Dunhill Schools Challenge highlighted some of the young talent in this part of Scotland and I wish you all well in progressing your game in the future.”

Following the presentation the pupils took part in a golf clinic on the Old Course practice ground with internationally renowned coach Robert Baker.