On Saturday, Minto Golf Club held its Junior Open, in conjunction with the BGA U14/1U16 competitions.
The course was in excellent order, with the competitors playing from the back tees. Some were experiencing Minto’s undulating greens and tight fairways for the first time. For two young holidaying Dutch golfers, Mattias and Oliver Henke, it was their first chance to play golf in the beautiful Scottish Borders, having entered the Open in February.
The scratch winner was Aiden Oldham from Hawick, with an excellent 74. Aiden also won the longest drive along the 18th – nearly 300 yards! Runner-up was Jack Macdonald, a former Minto member now playing at Musselburgh and Torwoodlee, who also won nearest the pin at the eighth hole.
Handicap winner was Robert Hastie from The Hirsel with a 70; second was Lily Towers from the home course with a 71, narrowly missing her third victory in four years.
Ten-year-old Mattias Henke collected third place with a 72, ahead of older brother Oliver on the better inward nine holes. Both boys really enjoyed the experience of a ‘Scottish Open’.