Scotland Win Amateur World Title

19 October 2008 Respond to this article

Scotland Win Amateur World Title

Scotland have completed a historic double by winning their first World Amateur Team Championship in Adelaide.

Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren won Scotland's first World Cup in November last year.

Wallace Booth, Callum MacAulay and Gavin Dear secured the amateur crown to lift the Eisenhower Trophy with a nine-stroke win over the United States.

"It is history in the making for a small nation as the home of golf," said Scotland captain George Crawford.

"The way golf has developed on the continent means it's much more difficult to compete at this level. It's a historic occasion. It's tremendous."

The Scots finished with a 20-under-par total of 560 for 72 holes, with the American team second on 569 and Sweden third on 574.

MacAulay, who shot a one-under-par 72 on the Royal Adelaide Golf Club, said: "We set out to try to win but to go out and do it is unbelievable."

The trio held a four-stroke lead over the United States going into the final day with the Scots' final round of 147 five strokes better than the United States' total.

United States captain Walter Driver admitted the Scots had handled the conditions better.

"We got off to slow start and made some bogeys earlier and then we were really in a hole," Driver said.

"There were very testing conditions with the wind blowing hard. Obviously, the Scots loved it. They played well."

Scotland's Dear was in agreement: "It helps because we feel we are all good wind players," he said.

"It was good to have it blowing a mere gale and we know that par is a good score."

Article courtesy of the BBC