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Ben Ferguson of The Vines finished as a finalist last night at the St Andrews Boys Open, played at the Old Course in St Andrews.
Ferguson qualified 18th in the strokeplay rounds, but cruised through the opening four rounds of matchplay to make the final.
Ferguson was behind early in the final, down 2 after 8 holes, he held Franssen there as the two traded wins throughout the afternoon with Franssen prevailing after being 2 up with one to play.
Established in 1948, the St Andrews Boys’ Open has a long tradition of providing a high level of competition for aspiring young players giving them the opportunity to compete on Championship courses at St Andrews Links, including the Old Course.
The Merchants’ Cup was presented by the St Andrews Merchants’ Association to recognise the scratch winner of the 18 hole qualifying and match play competition. A previous winner in 2005 was Chris Wood, now a successful participant on the European Tour.