Golf: The Open - Scotland flies flag for youth

A 16-year-old from Surrey has fought his way through qualifying to test himself against the world's best

OTHER TEENAGERS will be queueing for Tiger Woods' autograph at the 128th Open Championship on Thursday. Zane Scotland will be competing against him. Yesterday the 16-year-old amateur became one of the youngest players to qualify for the world's oldest major.

Scotland hit a two-under-par 71 at Downfield to go with his first-round 69 to make it through the final pruning process that reduced 480 hopefuls into 48 starters.

Scotland, Manchester-born but attached to Woodcote Park, Surrey, was held up for an hour by mist yesterday but despite a sizeable gallery engendered by his first round, he began with a birdie. Even immediate successive bogeys could not shake his nerve and he reached the turn on par for the day.

He went one under with a four at the par five 11th, using his driver from the light rough to reach the green in two, and then chalked up a spectacular birdie four at the 14th. He played his drive into the undergrowth and could only hack out, but he lofted a shot high over the trees into a green-side bunker, then sunk his approach.

He then had to wait while the rest of the field finished, wondering whether his birdie putt at the 16th that lipped the hole would prove costly. In the end his 140 was enough.

"It was a really good putt but it just jumped out of the hole and I couldn't believe it," he said. "I always believe that it is best to put your bad shots behind you. I tend not to let things get me down. I've been pleased with my form the last two days and I have been striking the ball well."

The secretary at Woodcote Park, Tony Fensom, described Scotland as "the nicest lad you could ever meet. Everyone at the club is delighted. He doesn't come from a golfing background but he has clearly been one to watch right from the start. He won our club championship in 1996 and 1997 and he was coached by Derek Keppler, whose son Steve is a pro in America. Derek was always his mentor but he died at Christmas so I'm sure this will be a very emotional time for Zane."

By comparison to Scotland, Luke Donald's 21 years make him positively ancient but he qualified for the Open in royal style, breaking the course record at Panmuir with a five-under-par 65. His round included six birdies.

Donald is halfway through a four-year course in liberal arts at North Western University, Chicago, from where he won the National College Athletic Association championship, beating Tiger Woods' record stroke average on the way, and became the first Englishman to win the Fred Haskins Award for the college golf's outstanding player.

Warwickshire's Steve Webster, who won the silver medal as the leading amateur ahead of both Tiger Woods and Gordon Sherry at St Andrews in 1995, was disqualified along with German Thomas Gogele at Monifieth. The two playing partners' chances of qualifying were slipping away at two over and four over respectively when they putted each other's ball on the sixth green. The error was not realised until they had driven off on the seventh and so their championship was over.

Gary Wolstenholme, a member of the Britain and Ireland side which won the world amateur team title in Chile last November and also part of the BBC TV commentary team at the Open, failed to follow up his first round 66 on the same course.

Joint second at halfway, Wolstenholme scored a three-over 74 in the second round having gone out of bounds at the sixth. "When I wanted the ball to go left it went right and vice-versa."

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
footballArsenal 2 Borussia Dortmund 0: And they can still top the group
Arts and Entertainment
An unseen image of Kurt Cobain at home featured in the film 'Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck'
film
News
Andy Murray with his girlfriend of nine years, Kim Sears who he has got engaged to
peopleWimbledon champion announces engagement to girlfriend Kim Sears
Arts and Entertainment
Jake Quickenden and Edwina Currie are joining the I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here! camp
tv
Arts and Entertainment
George Mpanga has been shortlisted for the Critics’ Choice prize
music
News
Albert Camus (left) and Jean-Paul Sartre fell out in 1952 and did not speak again before Camus’s death
people
Arts and Entertainment
Roisin, James and Sanjay in the boardroom
tvReview: This week's failing project manager had to go
News
Ed Miliband visiting the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. The Labour leader has spoken more openly of his heritage recently
newsAttacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But are the barbs more sinister?
Arts and Entertainment
'Felfie' (2014) by Alison Jackson
photographyNew exhibition shows how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
News
i100
Extras
indybest
Life and Style
Fright night: the board game dates back to at least 1890
life
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Argyll Scott International: Financial Accounting Manager

£300 - £400 per day: Argyll Scott International: I am currently recruiting on ...

Recruitment Genius: Field Based Sales Surveyor - OTE £40,000

£16000 - £40000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Field Based Sales Surveyor is...

Ampersand Consulting LLP: UI Designer/ User Interface Designer (UI, User Flow, Design)

£6000 - £60000 per annum + Bonus and Benefits: Ampersand Consulting LLP: UI De...

Investigo: International Finance Analyst

£270 - £300 per annum: Investigo: An exciting opportunity to join an internati...

Day In a Page

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

Cameron, Miliband and Clegg join forces for Homeless Veterans campaign

It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
Millionaire Sol Campbell wades into wealthy backlash against Labour's mansion tax

Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
Nicolas Sarkozy returns: The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?

Sarkozy returns

The ex-President is preparing to fight for the leadership of France's main opposition party – but will he win big enough?
Is the criticism of Ed Miliband a coded form of anti-Semitism?

Is the criticism of Miliband anti-Semitic?

Attacks on the Labour leader have coalesced around a sense that he is different, weird, a man apart. But is the criticism more sinister?
Ouija boards are the must-have gift this Christmas, fuelled by a schlock horror film

Ouija boards are the must-have festive gift

Simon Usborne explores the appeal - and mysteries - of a century-old parlour game
There's a Good Girl exhibition: How female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising

In pictures: There's a Good Girl exhibition

The new exhibition reveals how female creatives are changing the way women are portrayed in advertising
UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover - from advent calendars to doll's houses

UK firm Biscuiteers is giving cookies a makeover

It worked with cupcakes, doughnuts and macarons so no wonder someone decided to revamp the humble biscuit
Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

Can SkySaga capture the Minecraft magic?

It's no surprise that the building game born in Sweden in 2009 and now played by millions, has imitators keen to construct their own mega money-spinner
The King's School is way ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology

Staying connected: The King's School

The school in Cambridgeshire is ahead of the pack when it comes to using the latest classroom technology. Richard Garner discovers how teachers and pupils stay connected
Christmas 2014: 23 best women's perfumes

Festively fragrant: the best women's perfumes

Give a loved one a luxe fragrance this year or treat yourself to a sensual pick-me-up
Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition

Arsenal vs Borussia Dortmund

The Ox celebrates century with trademark display of speed and intuition
Billy Joe Saunders vs Chris Eubank Jnr: When two worlds collide

When two worlds collide

Traveller Billy Joe Saunders did not have a pampered public-school upbringing - unlike Saturday’s opponent Chris Eubank Jnr
Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Drifting and forgotten - turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Homeless Veterans Christmas Appeal: Turning lives around for ex-soldiers

Our partner charities help veterans on the brink – and get them back on their feet
Putin’s far-right ambition: Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU

Putin’s far-right ambition

Think-tank reveals how Russian President is wooing – and funding – populist parties across Europe to gain influence in the EU
Tove Jansson's Moominland: What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?

Escape to Moominland

What was the inspiration for Finland's most famous family?