Alasdair McDougall took the next step in his golfing career and grabbed another bunch of world ranking points with a fantastic performance in the 36-hole qualifier for the Amateur Championship – a competition contested for by many of the world’s leading amateur golfers. Alasdair started early, at 7:11 a.m. to be bleary-eyed precise, on Monday at Pyle & Kinfig, setting the tone with a birdie at the 1st hole on his way to a mightily impressive 69 to sit 15th after the first round. With 64 players and ties making it through to the matchplay stage there was still work to be done and Alasdair delivered, and then some. In wet and windy conditions at Royal Porthcawl, the main course for the event, the young Elderslie phenom, carded another 3 under par round for a 138 total and the clubhouse lead eventually finishing second, 2 back of countryman and current Australian Amateur Champion, Conor Syme. When asked whether Alasdair could give us something for the website he responded, “Played very well in tough conditions, controlled the ball nicely, and my pace putting was exceptionally good”.
Responding for his golf club is something that Alasdair is known for. Unlike some other elite amateurs, Alasdair is always one of the first to make himself available to represent his club and this was demonstrated by his recent appearances – one for a Newton Shield game 24 hours after his transatlantic return from William Woods University in Missouri where he had just completed a very successful sophomore year and another, just last Saturday, at Hilton Park where he represented the club at the Speirs Trophy. Alasdair is also a popular and admired role model for our current crop of juniors for whom he recently provided a “Be Your Best” clinic.
Alasdair is clearly an Elderslie Golf Club member to be admired. But, of more immediate importance, at 2:24 this afternoon he will face the winner of the Rowin Carin (Netherlands) and Jamie Li (England) in the 2nd Round of the Matchplay stages.