For the very first time in history Scotland are the World Amateur Team Champions. The trio of Callum Macaulay, Wallace Booth and Gavin Dear held off 13-time champions the USA at Royal Adelaide to win by a staggering nine-shots.
Scotland can now claim the unique double of being both the professional and the amateur world champions. Colin Montgomerie and Marc Warren hoisted the World Cup in China last year, again condemning America to second place.
The Scots started the final-day in Australia four-shots clear of their nearest rivals and Macaulay anchored the team home with a one-under-par 72. Macaulays eight-under-par aggreghate was enough to put him second in the individual standings, two behind World Amateur number three, Rickie Fowler from the USA.
“It is history in the making for a small nation as the home of golf,” said Scotland captain George Crawford. “The way golf has developed on the continent means it’s much more difficult to compete at this level. It’s a historic occasion. It’s tremendous.”
The gale-force winds during the final round were much to the Scots liking, with Gavin Dear admitting that he felt at home in such conditions. It helps because we feel we are all good wind players,” he said. “It was good to have it blowing a mere gale and we know that par is a good score.”