Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Scott Crichton, coming up to the end of four years at Western New Mexico University.

Crichton wins New Mexico college event by five strokes

Scott Crichton from Delgaty Bay, Fife, playing in his second US college golf tournament of the week, won the Mustang Intercollegiate tournament at the University of New Mexico course, Albuquerque on Tuesday.
Coming up to the end of his four-year course at Western New Mexico University, based at Silver City, Crichton finished second in a warm-up event over the same course on Sunday.
Monday and Tuesday's three-round tournament was hit by bad weather and the second round was reduced from 18 holes to nine.
Aberdour Golf Club member Crichton headed a field of 54 players with scores of 66 , 38 and 72 for a four-under-par total of 176 over the par. The opening round of six-under-par 66 - over a long course of 7,384yd was the lowest competititve score of his young career.
He won the Mustange Intercollegiate title by five shots from Ryan Gay (New Mexico University).
Steven Maxwell, from Glasgow and a junior student at Western New Mexico University, tied for 30th place on 197 with scores of 80, 40 and 77.
Western New Mexico won the team title by 24 shots in a field of nine teams.
Runner-up in last year's Scottish youths championship, Crichton aims to make his mark on the Scottish amateur circuit once he graduates in June and flies home for good.
He is meantime ranked No 716 in the R&A World Amateur Rankings.
Stuart Ballingall helps Missouri win team title
Also playing in back-to-back tournaments in quick succession, Anglo-Scot Stuart Ballingall from Norwich, a freshman student at the University of Missouri, finished joint eighth in the C&F Bank Intercollegiate tournament at Kingsmills Resort, Williamsburg in Virginia this week.
Stuart finished third in Delaware at the end of last week.
In his second outing, Stuart had rounds of 71 and 73 for a two-over-par total of 144 - five shots behind team-mate Jace Long with scores of 69 and 70 for 139. Long had two shots to spare at the head of a huge field of 120 players.
William Harrold from St Albans, like Ballingall a freshman student at Missouri, shared 35th place on 150 with scores of 73 and 77.
Ballingall's effort help Missouri win the team event by seven shots from William & Mary College in a field of 22 teams.