Tuesday, July 27, 2010

BOYS HOME INTERNATIONALS - McDonald retains place in Scotland team

Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) has been named in the Scotland team for the 2010 Boys Home Internationals.

(SGU Press release)

Pollok’s Conor O’Neil, runner-up at the recent Scottish Boys Stroke Play Championship, heads the Scotland line-up look for a victory on home soil at next week’s Boys Home Internationals at Southerness from 3rd to 6th.

O’Neil, who will travel to Michigan State University to begin a golf scholarship at the end of next month, finished just a shot behind Finland’s Linus Vaisanen at Craigielaw to record his best performance in a national championship last week and will make his full Scotland debut at Southerness. Jamie Lynch (Falkirk Tryst) gains an inclusion after his third place finish in the boys stroke play and semi-final appearance in the match play.

He is joined by Scottish Boys champion Grant Forrest and the runner-up from West Kilbride Ian Redford, while the in-form Scott Gibson will enjoy representing his country on his home course. SGU Boys Order of Merit leader Simon Fairburn is included, while Jack McDonald retains his place in the side from last year.

United Arab Emirates based Daniel Hendry, fourth at Craigielaw last week and the highest placed under 16s finisher, earns his first cap with 15-year-old Ewan Scott from St Andrews promoted to the under-18s team. Scottish Youths Championship runner-up Paul McPhee (King James VI), is also included.

Scotland will be looking to win the Boys Home Internationals for the first time since they triumphed at Moray back in 2006. The Scots are captained by former Amateur Champion Stuart Wilson, while national junior coach Spencer Henderson makes his final excursion with the boys team before departing to take up his role with the Turkish Golf Federation.

The Scotland Boys Team is sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management and TaylorMade adidas-Golf.

The full side is:

1. Simon Fairburn (Torwoodlee)
2. Grant Forrest (Craigielaw)
3. Scott Gibson (Southerness)
4. Liam Johnston (Dumfries & County)
5. Jamie Lynch (Falkirk Tryst)
6. Conor O'Neil (Pollok)
7. Paul McPhee (King James VI)
8. Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie)
9. Ian Redford (St Andrews New)
10. Ewan Scott (St Andrews)
11. Daniel Hendry (Dubai)

Non-playing captain: Stuart Wilson (Forfar)

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