Eric McIntosh targets Order of Merit after Boys’ title win

Eric McIntosh beat Lewis Irvine 2&1
Eric McIntosh beat Lewis Irvine 2&1
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Bruntsfield Links golfer Eric McIntosh is now targeting the Scottish Boys Order of Merit after winning the Scottish Boys’ Amateur Championship at Murcar Links.

The 17-year-old claimed a 2&1 success over Lewis Irvine from Kirkhill to take the trophy back to the Lothians for the first time since GB&I Walker Cup player Grant Forrest triumphed in the matchplay event in 2010.

“It feels amazing,” said McIntosh. “I did not expect to be sitting here with the trophy this week.

“It was a very tight match but I holed a lot of putts at crucial times which kept me a nice two-up cushion and it was great to sink the putt to win it, what a feeling.

“This is definitely the biggest success of my junior career. I guess I’ve had quite a low key career as an amateur, but my coach David Patrick has really brought my golf along in the last two years so that has definitely helped.

“It’s a long week, coming through eight ties to win, and a highlight was beating Jamie Stewart, the third seed in the fifth round.

“I’d love to go on now and win the Scottish Boys Order of Merit, that would be amazing.”

McIntosh was behind early in the 36-hole showdown, but after moving one ahead at the seventh he was always ahead before closing out a keenly contested tussle with a 15-feet birdie putt on the 35th, moments after Irvine had almost chipped in.

On a difficult day for scoring in the north east, with blustery and damp conditions notably in the morning round, McIntosh produced five birdies in the afternoon of the 36-hole final to add his name to the Scottish Boys’ roll of honour that includes Andrew Coltart, Scott Henry and David Law.