The 2017 Boyd Quaich Memorial Golf Tournament
The earlier starters had the best of the weather during the first round of the 2017 Boyd Quaich. The mid afternoon drizzle was constant and made scoring tough over The New and Old Courses at St Andrews.
Students from American Universities dominate the top of the leaderboard after round one, with Eoin Leonard (Yale) the early leader with 67 (-4) on The New Course. He is closely followed by Adam Fisher (Missouri State) on -3 and Brad Robinson (Lenoir Ryne North Carolina) and Alastair Thurlow (Florida Tech) on -2. Defending champion George Burns (St Andrews) is well in the mix with a 70, -1, in a tie for fifth along with Daniel Lloyd (UCLAN) who shot the lowest score of the day (71) on The Old Course. The highlight of the day came from Liverpool’s Louis Birchall, who aced the 5th hole on The New Course to help him to a 70, -1 and also a tie for fifth.
The 69th running of the prestigious Boyd Quaich, organised by The University of St Andrews and supported by The R&A, attracts student golfers from all over the world. The 2nd round will begin at 7:00am on Wednesday 5th July, followed by a 36 hole cut and round 3 on Wednesday afternoon. The final round will take place on The Old Course on Thursday 6th July.
The players took full advantage of the kinder weather during round 2 of The Boyd Quaich, Eoin Leonard extended his lead with another excellent 67, the highlight being an eagle 3 on the par 5 5th hole. Daniel Lloyd (UCLAN) made a move, equaling Leonard’s 67. Andrew Davidson (Stirling), George Burns (St Andrews) and Adam Fisher (Missouri State) complete the top 5. The cut fell on +4 and the top 30 players will compete in round 3 which begins at 15:28 on The New Course.
Yale’s Eoin Leonard shot a second consecutive bogey free round during the 3rd round to extend his lead on the field to 6 shots. Leonard’s impressive display included birdies at the 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th and 12th holes, followed by 6 pars on the closing stretch.
Adam Fisher (Missouri State) and Andrew Davidson (Stirling) lead the chase at -8 and -6 respectively and will need to go low tomorrow to get near the leader. The 4th and final round begins on The Old Course at 7am on Thursday 6th July.
On a near perfect day for golf in St Andrews, Yale’s Eion Leonard shot a 7 under par 65 to finish on 265, 21 under, completing a wire to wire win and in turning smash the all scoring record for the Boyd Quaich by 13 shots. Leonard only shot three bogeys all week, his last coming on the 18th hole in round 1 during his opening 67 in tough conditions. The bogey free rounds to follow were every bit as impressive, giving his opponents little encouragement in trying to close the gap.
Adam Fisher, representing Missouri State finished second on 274, a score which in any other year would have been enough to win and break the scoring record himself.
Other notable performances came from Stirling duo James Wilson and Andrew Davidson, Duncan McNeil (McNeese State), Lucas Michel (Melbourne), Oliver White (Tyler Junior Texas), Maximilian Hirsch (Goethe University Frankfurt, Germany) and Josh Stancer (Northumbria). Defending champion George Burns (St Andrews) finished 10th with a score of 283, 3 under par.
Thanks go to The St Andrews Links Trust, The R&A, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, The St Andrews Golf Club and The University of St Andrews.
Next year’s tournament will take place on the 3rd, 4th and 5th July.
Final scores from the 2017 Tournament can be found on the GolfBox website.