At the Byrne Howard Junior Open at Royal Troon at the end of June, Freya Russell (Royal Troon) created a bit of history by becoming the first girl to take top points from a counting event after returning a scratch score of 74, which matched the CSS, against the best return from a boy, by Alyx Murray (Prestwick St Nicholas) of 75 which was two above the boys CSS.
Other top points scorers recently were Fraser Russell (Royal Troon) with a scratch 68 in the Cliff Francis Junior Open at Troon Darley, Patrick Smiley (Prestwick St Nicholas) with a scratch 72 at Largs, Ben Watson (Kilmarnock Barassie) with a scratch 67 at Loudoun and Patrick Smiley again with a scratch 73 at West Kilbride.
At the Scottish Boys Championship, Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) secured maximum points with his championship win and moved straight up to third place in the Order of Merit table whilst Freya Russell and Rachel Foster (Prestwick St Nicholas) gained points in the Scottish Girls Championship for their semi final appearances, Russell moving into fourth place in the table as a result.
With his two first places Patrick Smiley lies in second place, just behind Ross McDonald (Kilmanrock Barassie) who leads courtesy of a consistent number of good finishes, including second place at West Kilbride and joint second at the recent Ayrshire Boys Championship.
Kerr Brooks (Irvine) moved up to fifth place overall following his recent Ayrshire Boys Championship win.
The results are still awaited for the Tom Lehman Junior Open at the Troon Municipal courses, played on 30th July, whilst the next counting events are the Turnberry Junior Open on Monday 5th August, The Ayr Belleisle Junior Open on Thursday 8th August and the Prestwick Junior Open on Friday 9th August.
The present positions in the Ayrshire Junior Order of Merit are:-
|252.5||ROSS McDONALD||Kilmarnock Barassie|
|250||PATRICK SMILEY||Prestwick St Nicholas|
|250||RUBEN LINDSAY||Ayr Belleisle|
|227.5||FREYA RUSSELL||Royal Troon|
|175||BEN WATSON||Kilmarnock Barassie|
|150||DYLAN CAIRNS||Prestwick St Nicholas|
|132.5||HARVEY BROADFOOT||Troon Welbeck|
|120||FRASER RUSSELL||Royal Troon|
|100||RACHEL FOSTER||Prestwick St Nicholas|
|85||JOHN McCRACKEN||Kilmarnock Barassie|
|75||ALYX MURRAY||Prestwick St Nicholas|
|45||CAMERON JOHNSTONE||Kilmarnock Barassie|
|35||CONNOR WILLS||Prestwick St Nicholas|
|7.5||BEN WATT||Prestwick St Nicholas|
|2.5||EUAN RAMSAY||Prestwick St Nicholas|
|2.5||CAMERON McGARVIE||Prestwick St Nicholas|
|2.5||JOSH DAVIES||Troon Welbeck|