Golf Today Home Page All the latest golf news Coverage of all the worlds major tours For all your golfing needs Golf Course Directory Out on the course Golf related travel Whats going on
Worldwide Feature Articles

Heap wins Scottish Amateur

Craig Heap created history at fog-bound Cruden Bay when he beat Cowglen's Mark Loftus 7 and 5 in the 36-hole final of the Johnnie Walker Scottish Amateur Championship.

No player from the East Kilbride club has ever won the title in the event's 77-year history but Heap put that record straight with a commanding performance.

The 23-year-old architect laid the foundations for his success with a superb morning round of 67 which helped put him seven up at lunch, Loftus strangely out of touch as his own 75 proved.

It left the 20-year-old, who made his full Scotland debut in the friendly match with France three weeks ago, a mountain to climb in the afternoon round.

Heap held him at arms length, the only chink of light appearing for Loftus at the ninth and 11th holes, where Heap made two bogeys to see his lead reduced to five.

But he quickly made amends at the 12th hole with a birdie three to move back to six ahead before sealing victory on the 13th green, their 31st, with a conceded birdie four after Loftus' effort horseshoed round the hole.

"To be the Scottish amateur champion is brilliant, just superb," said a delighted Heap. "I played really well today, especially in the morning round which I think was probably the best I'd played all week."

Loftus said: "Obviously I'm very disappointed to lose but I'm more disappointed at not really doing my game justice.

"The main difference was that all week I was holing the crucial four and five footers but today I didn't. And once you get to six or seven behind, it is pretty hard to come back."