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Muir of Ord teenager makes history to win golf competition for third consecutive time

By Will Clark

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Scott Mackenzie. Picture: Callum Mackay.
Scott Mackenzie. Picture: Callum Mackay.

Scott Mackenzie made history as he became the first player to win the North of Scotland Boys Amateur Championship for the third successive time.

The Muir of Ord teenager came out on top to win a hat-trick of titles as he claimed the championship for the third time in-a-row.

Mackenzie (17) won by five shots to take the HR Spence Trophy at Hopeman Golf Club in Moray.

It was the final year that he was eligible to play in the competition before he becomes too old.

Mackenzie previously won the competition in Golspie in 2022 as well as at Tain last year, in addition to his victory at Hopeman this year.

He was thrilled to produce such a good performance to defend his title and enter the record books as the first golfer to win it three consecutive times.

“It was the final year that I was eligible to play in the tournament, so it was nice that I was able to win it again,” he said.

“I think it is the first time that someone has won it three successive times and it is a great achievement to have.

“Conditions were OK to start with, but it did become more blustery and rained from the 13th to the 18th. It was tough and it was hard to score under par.

“Doing it three times is one of the biggest achievements that I have had in my career so far.“

Scott Mackenzie. Picture: Callum Mackay.
Scott Mackenzie. Picture: Callum Mackay.

The former Dingwall Academy pupil got into the sport from a young age with encouragement from his father Andy, when it was quickly ascertained he had a talent for golf.

He started off with ranking tournaments and then progressed to junior ranking events.

As well as playing golf, he also works as a greenkeeper at Muir of Ord Golf Club as well as caddying.

Mackenzie is looking forward to progressing his amateur golf career and would consider turning professional in the future.

Scott Mackenzie. Picture: Callum Mackay.
Scott Mackenzie. Picture: Callum Mackay.

He said: “Once I get out of the junior year, I am looking to play higher ranking events and get order of merit points.

“Those are the bigger events that I would like to play in and look to play competitions in England and Ireland.

“Turning professional is something that would be great to do, it is a different path in golf, but I would also like to get into coaching. All ventures are great golf.

“I would just like to have a decent amateur career. If I can progress in the next few years and earn a decent status, I would look at turning professional.

“But I will just see how it pans out.”

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