Sunday, May 18, 2003


Only one Scot will be competing in the American men's college golf national championship at Stillwater, Oklahoma from May 28 to 31.
Scott Jamieson (Augusta State & Cathkin Braes), although much lower ranked at 218th than David Inglis (Tulsa & Glencorse) (seventh) and Martin Laird (Colorado State & Hilton Park) (25th), qualifies to play as a member of the Augusta State team but Inglis and Laird were left on the outside looking in after their college teams failed to come through regional championship qualifiers at the weekend.
Jamieson, last year's Scottish amateur championship beaten finalist, finished tied for 109th place in the NCAA East Regional championship at Auburn, Alabama with rounds of 77, 80 and 77 for 18-over-par 234. The individual winner of the event was Troy Matteson (Georgia Tech) who shot 68, 67 and 66 for a brilliant 54-hole total of 15-under-par 201.
The performances of Jamieson's team-mates, Englishmen James Heath (eighth equal on 210) and Oliver Wilson (joint 47th on 222), helped Augusta State to come joint seventth in the team championship. The leading 10 teams' players all earned a ticket to play in the national championships.
Clemson incidentally won the East Regional title with another superb total, 25-under-par 839, 10 ahead of Georgia Tech. Augusta State totalled 873.
In the NCAA Central Regional championship at Colbert Hills, Kansas, David Inglis returned a total of one-under-par 215 with steady scoring of 71, 72 and 72 but that was good enough only to put the red-haired Scottish six-footer in a final placing of tied for 20th.
Brett Callas (Houston) won the individual championship with a nine-under total of 207 (71, 69, 67) but Tulsa were well outside the top 10 teams who qualified for the national championship. They finished joint 23rd on 887 behind winners Oklahoma State (856).
Martin Laird suffered a form slump at a time when he needed to be at his best. He finished joint 85th in the NCAA West Regional championship at Washington National Golf Club. Laird had rounds of 73, 80 and 77 for 14-over-par 230.
Michael Letzig (New Mexico) won the individual title with eight-under 208 (69, 68, 71) and Colorado State came 19th in the team event with 908, behind winners UCLA (864). Only the top 10 progressed to the national finals.