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Golf Tourney "A Fantastic Experience" for Portpatrick
golfer Euan Little was pitched onto the world stage at his
first ever British Open last week.
after watching the little known American Ben Curtis lift the
Claret Jug in front of packed galleries at Royal St George's,
Dunskey professional Euan emerged with a desire to lift his
own Major title one day.
missed the halfway cut after scores of nine over 80 and six
over 77 in the opening rounds of the 132nd Open.
on a course in which only the rookie Curtis managed to beat
par after four rounds, Euan's performance was more positive
than his score suggests.
a flying visit home before jetting out to the Irish Open at
Portmarnock Golf Club in Dublin, on Monday evening, Euan told
the Free Press his first Open experience was an eye
has to go down as the highlight of my career so far"
said the 27-year-old from Mahaar Farm, Castle Kennedy.
was a fantastic experience. I was standing on the first
tee and the big names were going out just after me so the
fans were all jostling for positions in the galleries.
atmosphere was really electric at that stage.
I parred the first hole and that calmed my debut nerves".
Euan, who progressed from the final qualifying with a course
record equalling 67 at Royal Cinque Ports near Dover last
Monday, found himself at one-under par after eight holes in
Thursday¹s first round.
as with most of the bigger names, his score fell apart on
the unforgiving back nine.
played 30 or 31 of the holes well and just made five or
six impatient errors"he said.
finish at nine over after the first round was very disappointing
- I was actually embarrassed when I stood on the first tee
have got to be patient in that type of situation and I just
made a few errors".
he could not resist a dig at the course design saying it was
"gimmicky", overloaded with blind shots and awkward
Euan, without a win on the Tour this season, needs another
£100,000 to retain his Tour Card for another year.
he knows that is not beyond the realms of possibility after
watching American Curtis walk off with the Claret Jug on Sunday.
Curtis showed last week it only takes four good rounds to
make your money.
always dream of these things happening but he has proved
it really can.
can say what you want about the experience and everything
but it just heightens the fact that you are capable of keeping
up with the big boys in golf"