Andrew Young not only shares the same birthday as Rory McIlroy, but is also a spitting image of the golfing superstar.
He once attracted a crowd on the first tee at Gullane and was “billed” as McIlroy when he handed out trophies at a prize-giving.
As McIlroy was winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Sunday, Young was also targeting golfing glory. The 21-year-old is in the BBT team taking part in this year’s Edinburgh Evening News-sponsored Dispatch Trophy at the Braids.
It is his debut in the event and Young has helped the Turnhouse team set up a last-16 clash tonight against Kilgour Employee Benefits.
“A lot of people remark on how similar I look to Rory,” he admitted after a second-round success against former winners Harrison in the Edinburgh Leisure-supported event.
“I actually share the same birthday as Rory – May 4 – though he’s four years older than me. I was down at Gullane once and a crowd gathered around the first tee on the No. 1 course as they thought I was Rory.
“I was also asked to go along to the Leith Licensed Victuallers Association prize-giving dressed like him to hand out the trophies.”
As the battle for the Dispatch Trophy hots up, George Alexander is hoping he will be back cheerleading tonight when defending champions Carrickvale take on newcomers Gullane Comrades.
Alexander stepped in to partner Paul Cunningham on Sunday after Craig Elliot hurt his back, but is not planning to prolong his “supersub” status.
“I didn’t play too badly,” admitted the six-handicapper, “but I’m hoping that Craig will be okay for Tuesday night.”
Silverknowes, last year’s beaten finalists, take on Edinburgh Western tonight, when Craig Scott is hoping to edge closer to a first gold medal.
He has come in for Paul Heggie this year and is lapping up the experience, though he is no stranger to the event.
“I first came up here when I was 12 years old to watch Silverknowes, so I certainly know what the competition is about,” he said. “I’ve also got to the semi-finals before with Cramond and now it’s a great honour to be lining up for Silverknowes..”
Heggie is in the Cramond side that takes on Stewart’s/Melville tonight and has no complaints about having to change colours. “Silverknowes pick the four players with the lowest handicaps and I’m just happy to be playing in any team,” he said.
Stewart’s/Mel will resume tonight with the same team that started out on Saturday, when they beat Heriots at the fifth extra hole.
Derek Millar, who was unavailable for Sunday’s success over Harrison, comes back in for Ally Ritchie to partner Dave Donaldson.
Their experience is complemented by 19-year-old Stuart McLaren and 22-year-old debutant Douglas Maxwell – both Edinburgh University students.
Caermount, the winners two years ago, are also still standing – but a weekend win may have made Martin Hopley unpopular. “I’m a Watsonian and pick their team for the Halford Hewitt,” he revealed following a 19th-hole win over the school side.
Hopley, Ian Dickson and Gary Henshaw are all survivors from the triumphant 2012 team, with Rob Ainsworth, a three-handicapper at Longniddry and another debutant, completing the quartet this time around.
RICS, who take on Scottish Universities Golfing Society tonight, also have some new faces in their ranks. Joining forces with regulars Brian Tait and Mike Armstrong are Paddy Ledingham and Justin Lamb.
Hopes of a Braids club landing the spoils this weekend lie with Edinburgh Western and Silverknowes won’t be treating them lightly.
It follows Western having accounted for a useful-looking Network Cooling team that included two former gold medallists in David Ewan and Mike Currie.
“I’d say it was 20 feet but my team-mates would probably say four or five,” said Western’s Danny Cameron of the birdie putt he holed at the last to win that match.
Carrickvale could also be in for a tough test tonight as Gullane Comrades have already made their mark on the event by accounting for a strong Third team.
Greg Houlston, who came in as a Sunday sub for Stuart Menzies, was Gullane’s hero in that win after stiffing approaches to both the 16th and 17th.