A YOUNG Gourock golfer ranked third in Scotland for his age has been crowned junior champion at one of the world's most famous courses.

Scott Newman scooped the Colin Montgomerie trophy at the prestigious competition held on the world famous links at Royal Troon.

The talented teenager defeated the reigning champ, who was three years his senior.

The Clydeview Academy pupil is the youngest ever golfer to take home the title and now his name will be displayed next to legendary Open winners Tom Watson and Arnold Palmer on the club's championship boards.

Scott, 14, said: "The competition ran over three days with qualifying rounds before the final on Sunday. "It was quite tight throughout but in the final I finished the toughest hole on the course with an eagle and then I was three up with three holes to go.

"It was perfect weather and my mum and dad were there watching."

Scott started playing golf at just six years old and as well as being a member of Royal Troon, he also plays at West Kilbride and Gourock where his dad Andy is the club's development officer.

The young champ has played in many national and worldwide competitions - from coming 17th in the US Kids Golf European Championships when he was only eight to playing in the Polish National Championships.

He hopes to eventually go to college in America and play there - and dad Andy, mum Nicola and his 11-year-old brother Craig will be behind him every step of the way.

Andy, 41, told the Tele: Scott played incredibly well at the junior championship.

"It's a really tough course and there were other competitions on meaning there ended up being quite a few people on hand to watch.

"He's the youngest winner of the trophy ever, but he just takes it all in his stride.

"He's doing well in school and progressing very well in golf, so here's hoping he'll make it over to America to play in the near future."

Scott practices across the courses he's a member at to give him a variety of experience and also enjoys making use of the indoor studio at Gourock during the winter months.

Dad Andy said: "It's brilliant that the junior champions board is right next to the Major champions board at Royal Troon, so now Scott's name is up there with legends of the game."