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28 July 2017

28 July 2017: Joseph Bryce fought through a playoff to claim victory at The Dukes in the Faldo Series Scotland Championship. Bryce defeated fellow Scot James Wilson on a sudden death shootout on the 17th hole. Bryce will now line up in his first Faldo Series Grand Final.

87 boys and 23 girls assembled to play at the Dukes in St Andrews. The famous heathland course always provides a thorough test but the weather added to the challenge facing the young golfers. The last day in particular was punctuated by heavy rain and birdies became worth their weight in gold as the heavens opened.

Joseph Bryce fired rounds of 72, 70 and 70 to place him level with Wilson’s 70, 71 and 71. Matthew Myers had lit up the course on the first two days shooting the two best rounds with two 69s. Myers held a good advantage on the final day before finding trouble on the Par 4 seventh hole and eventually finishing two shots off the winning score.

In the Under-18 division Campbell Gibson held off a spirited challenge from Jack Cullington to win by a single shot. Gibson shot 72, 76 and 72 and will now play his first Grand Final. Gibson sat a shot behind Cullington overnight but opened the final day with three consecutive birdies to wrestle control of the contest and never looked back.

Cameron Adam was the victor of the Under-16 category. Adam fired 81, 70 and 77 to win by two shots over Jamie Roberts. Half a dozen players were in contention after two days of competition but with conditions at their worst Adam was able to negate the risks sufficiently to claim the division.

The Girls’ played their three days of competition on the Red Course at The Dukes. Jennifer Rankine claimed the Under-21 division by a two-shot margin over Kirsty Brodie. Rankine held an overnight lead of four shots over Fern Clark. She did enough to hold on and claim the ultimate prize of a place in the Faldo Series Grand Final.

The final division, the Girls’ Under-16s, was won by Cameron Neilson by five shots. Neilson and Megan Ashley built up a huge gap between themselves and their competitors but it was Neilson who battled through. Neilson’s second round of 70 was the key moment of the division. The 70 was an extraordinarily good round for the conditions and essentially sealed the win. She will now attend her first ever Faldo Series Grand Final.

Today, 40 Faldo Series tournaments take place in 30-plus countries worldwide, touching thousands of golfers each year. Past winners include Major Champions Tseng Ya-ni and Rory McIlroy, who took his tally of professional Major titles to four with his wins at the 2014 Open Championship and US PGA Championship.

Leading final scores:

Boys’ Under-21

212 – Joseph Bryce (Bathgate) 72-70-70, James Wilson (Balmore) 70-71-71

216 – Matthew Myers (Northamptonshire County) 69-69-78

Boys’ Under-18:

220 – Campbell Gibson (Blairgowrie) 72-76-72

221 – Jack Cullington (Bawburgh) 77-70-74

224 – Will Eardley (Pannal) 74-71-79

Boys’ Under-16:

228 – Cameron Adam (Royal Burgess) 81-70-77

230 – Jamie Roberts (Muckhart) 83-72-75

231 – Liam Currid (Bathgate) 75-80-76, Cameron Johnstone (Troon Welbeck) 74-79-78

Girls’ Under-21

228 – Jennifer Rankine (Haggs Castle) 72-76-80

230 – Kirsty Brodie (Strathmore) 78-76-76

232 – Alison Muirhead (Jumeirah Golf Estates) 79-74-79

Girls’ Under-16:

236 – Cameron Neilson (Alvaneu Bad) 81-70-75

231 – Megan Ashley (Strathmore) 77-77-77

253 – Amy Mitchell (Strathmore) 87-86-80

For full scores and results from the Faldo Series Scotland Championship visit http://www.faldoseries.info/tic/tmtic.cgi.  You can also follow the Faldo Series on Facebook at www.facebook.com/faldoseries and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/faldoseries.