George Burns (Saints Golf) wins the 2016 Boyd QuaichJuly 9th, 2016
After 3 rounds of intense competition under glorious St Andrews sunshine it was Saints Golf’s own George Burns who emerged victorious with a closing birdie on 18 and a 1 shot victory on -7, this was the first victory by a St Andrews student since 2009
Breezy conditions in St Andrews made scoring difficult for most of the field on Day 1 of the 68th Boyd Quaich. With the field split between the Old Course and New Course it was the New which played the more difficult, the lowest scores coming from Callum Cochrane (Newcastle University) and Jo Du Feu (University of south Wales) who both shot level par 71s. Alasdair McDougal, originally from St Andrews but now at Mercer University in the USA lay joint second on level par following a 72 on the Old course. However, it was Laird Shepherd from Stirling University who stole the show with an excellent 66 (-6) on the Old Course which included 7 birdies, his only blemish coming on 17.
14 golfers, including George Burns from host University, St Andrews, were sitting at +2 or better and were hoping to reduce Shepherd’s 6 shot lead during Wednesday’s 2nd round.
A perfect morning for golf gave the chasing pack an opportunity to chase down overnight leader Laird Shepherd (Stirling University) on -6. George Williams from the University of Central Florida made the most of the conditions with a 7 under par 65. This was closely followed by George Burns’ 66 (University of St Andrews) and Hunter O’Mahony’s 67 (Nova Southeastern University). The field after round 2 was reduced to 30 players, with the cut falling at +8. The morning rounds left the competition nicely poised with three joint leaders on -4, George Burns, Laird Shepherd and George Williams.
A third round 68 from George Burns gave the University of St Andrews student a two shot lead over George Williams (70) from the University of Central Florida. Other notable 3rd round scores were 68’s from Ross Dutton (Ulster University), lying tied third on -3 with Stuart Easton (Western Kentucky).Craig Hughes (Strathclyde University)was lying at -2, tied 5th together with Chris Maclean (Stirling University). The fourth and final round on The Old Course was due to begin at 7am on Thursday morning.
Day 3, Final Round Report
Sunny conditions at St Andrews allowed for some good scores during the final round of the Boyd Quaich, although a stiff breeze kept the players on their toes.
Hunter O’Mahony (Nova Southeastern University) came through the pack to finish with a 68 and -3 for the tournament. James Glen (Durham University) and Christopher Low (Abertay) also shot 68’s but were too far behind to challenge the leaders.
Stuart Easton (Western Kentucky) finished with a three under par 69 which included a great birdie on the 17th to challenge and draw level with overnight leader George Burns. However it was Burns, from the University of St Andrews and part of the Saints Golf Performance Programme who finished a mixed round with a birdie 3 at the last to win by one shot on -279, 7 under par. Burns’ win meant the Boyd Quaich had a home winner for the first time since 2009.