Stonehaven amateur Sam Locke will play in the Open Championship at Carnoustie later this month after winning the final qualifying event at The Renaissance Club.
Locke, 19, produced a scintillating second 18 holes during the 36-hole strokeplay final to leave him seven-under-par overall.
He will now tee it up with golf’s biggest names at the Angus links – where mentor Paul Lawrie won the Claret Jug in 1999 – starting June 18.
Scottish Amateur champion Locke shot 69 on the par-71 course over his first 18 holes yesterday, with five birdies, a bogey and a double bogey on his card.
However, he produced a blemish-free afternoon round, including an eagle two at the par-four fifth and three more birdies, for a 66.
This was enough to leave him better off than the rest of the mostly-professional field.
Meanwhile, Open champion Lawrie’s son, Craig, finished the day six-over-par, while nephew Sean was slightly better off at three-over.
The other two players to qualify for Carnoustie were Grant Forrest of Craigielaw and Englishman Thomas Curtis.