Tuesday, April 20, 2010


Dalgety Bay's Scott Crighton, coming up to the end of four successful golfing and educational years at Western New Mexico University, achieved one of his many top-10 finishes on the US college golf circuit, thanks to a final round of 69 in the Hanny Stanislau Invitational men's tournament at Turlock Golf & Country Club in California.
Scott had rounds of 74, 75 and 69 for a two-over-par total of 218 over the par-72, 6,641yd course. His final round was the fifth lowest of a tournament contested by 88 players.
On the strength of his finish, Crighton was named Rocky Mountain Athletics Conference Golfer of the Week for the third time this year.
The winner of the event, Gene Webster (CSU San Bernardino) had a spectacular course-record 63 after earlier rounds of 68 and 67 for a brilliant total of 18-under-par 198, 10 shots below the previous tournament record. No surprise that Webster won by 12 strokes, Crighton finishing only eight shots behind the runner-up.
Crighton, a former pupil at Inverkeithing High School, finished runner-up in the 2009 Scottish youths championship during his summer holidays from Western New Mexico University whose head golf coach Kent Beaty had this to say:
"Scott has shown remarkable improvement in his three years at WNMU. He is a fierce competitor, has a model short game, and his ball striking gives him many opportunities to make birdies. He's one of the best players in the region, and he will only get better ... Throw that in with the fact that he is a 4.0 student, and you have the total package. We will be sorry to see him go back to Scotland for good."