New Goswick club champion Kurt Yule has set his sights on playing off scratch by the end of the year.
The 19-year-old Berwick golfer won his club championship at his second attempt by beating Gary Greenaway 6&5 in the 36-hole final. He is unbeaten in matchplay this year, but knows his game has room for improvement.
“I’m hoping to get down to scratch by the end of the year,” said Yule, whose current handicap is 1.5. “That would be the ideal situation.
“I shot a three-under 69 to qualify for the club championship, so I’ve been playing pretty well this year.
“To win it and play well was really good. I’d like to improve towards the end of the season. My short game is good, but I need to work on my iron play.”
He already plays three or four times a week at Goswick to sharpen up his game.
But that will stand him in good stead for the challenges ahead. Yule, who qualifies through his Scottish grandparents, plans to enter as many of the big Scottish Golf Union events as he can next year.
He was club champion at the Hirsel last year, but winning at Goswick was extra special. Yule has been a member at the links course since he started playing golf six years ago at the age of 13.
He reached the semi-final of the club championship last year, losing to Elliot Wilson. But he extracted revenge over the same opponent at the same stage this year before winning the final in convincing fashion.
A blistering start to the second 18, when Yule went three under over the first four holes, was decisive. “I played the second 18 really well,” he said.