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Crichton continues to impress

February 28th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Former WNMU Mustang Scott Crichton continues to play well for the Scottish Amateur Golf Team as they winter in South Africa. Crichton opened play in February at the South African Stroke Play Championship against a star studded international amateur field. Crichton played solidly posting scores of 69-74-71-71 to finish in 6th place just 5 strokes behind tournament winner Haydn Porteous. Crichton’s final round 71 was the 3rd lowest round of the day in windy, rainy conditions, something he should be familiar with growing up in Scotland.

The following week Crichton lead the Scottish team in a head to head match with the South African Team in a format similar to that of the Ryder Cup. The Scots reclaimed the Leopard Cup which South Africa had held for two years. Crichton went undefeated in four matches, two with a partner and two in singles; all four matches came down to the last 2 holes and Crichton was able to put his opponents away. His wins were key as Scotland won by only 2 points, 11 1/2 to 9 1/2.

This week Scott is competing in the South African Match Play championship. He recovered from a first round 75 to shoot 68 in the second round of stroke play qualifying. That come back got him into the match play bracket as a top 32 qualifier; 142 players teed it up in round one trying to qualify. Scott faces teammate Brian Soutar in today’s matches.

Crichton and the Scottish team are in South Africa for 8 weeks as part of their winter program. They will return to Europe in March and get ready for the Order of Merit play on the Continent.

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