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Sunday, October 19, 2008

Scotland win the Eisenhower Trophy

SGU Press Release

Scots Take Over The World

Scotland soared to victory at the World Amateur Team Championships in Australia today (19 October) with another dominant performance to leave the field trailing.

Going into the final round with a four shot lead the three man Scottish team of Callum Macaulay (Tulliallan), Wallace Booth (Comrie) and Gavin Dear (Murrayshall) had all the pressure on them in their bid to lift the famous Eisenhower Trophy, yet they battled through a severe wind to cruise to a nine stroke victory.

It was a measure of the difficulty that an ecstatic George Crawford, who now bows out as team captain in spectacular style after a four year stint in the job, felt unable to relax until the penultimate hole.
“I somewhat felt we were in a strong position after 14, but ultimately I wasn’t sure until the 17th where Gavin chipped in for an eagle and Callum made birdie,” he said.
“It’s history in the making for our small nation, which is also the Home of Golf. 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!”

In what were the most challenging conditions of the week at the Royal Adelaide Golf Club Callum Macaulay’s one-under par round of 72 represented a magnificent performance under pressure.

That birdie at the 17th was one of six he produced on the day, including a blistering burst of four in succession from the second to help ease any nerves the team might have had early in the round.
“We set out to try to win but to go out and do it is unbelievable,” said an overjoyed Macaulay.

While Bidwells Scottish Amateur Strokeplay champion Wallace Booth failed to break par for the first time in the week that only served to underline the quality of the team effort as they dove-tailed perfectly throughout. With two scores counting each day Gavin Dear matched Macaulay in producing three counting scores and he felt the conditions on the last day played into Scotland’s hands.

“It helps because we are all good wind players,” said Dear, who has produced his very best golf when representing his country this season.
“It was good to have it blowing a near gale and we know that par is a good score in such conditions.”

Scotland’s win is all the more astonishing because it is only eight years since the Home of Golf first entered this event as a separate nation. Previously Scotland’s involvement was as part of Great Britain & Ireland teams who won the title just four times in the 50 year history of the event. Now Scotland dominates the world as it proudly boasts the world titles at both amateur and professional level.

Of the other three home nations Wales produced the best performance tying for 11th place, while England came in 14th and Ireland - winners of the European Team Championship and the Home Internationals this season - finished a deeply disappointing 22nd among the 65 competing sides.
Half a century after the inception of the event there was a delightful symmetry to the outcome since, when it was held for the first time in 1958, it was won by Australia at the Old Course.

This time the Eisenhower Trophy now heads back to the Scottish Golf Union’s base in St Andrews where it will be on display for the next two years.

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