A TOP golfing prospect from Gourock is teeing up a chance of a lifetime scholarship in America as he chases his dream of turning pro.

Scott Newman is only 17 but has established himself as the top player in Renfrewshire and Ayrshire under the European ranking system and is tipped for great things.

He is working hard to attract sponsorship from local firms and individuals as he works towards his goal of going to the States.

His mum Nicola Stewart said: "Scott is is such a determined and hard working boy, he deserves to do well. He's unlike a lot of teenagers, he's on the golf course every weekend. His dedication can't be faulted and the while family is so proud of him."

Even if Scott does get a scholarship to cover education and coaching fees he will still need help with living costs. His sponsorship push is driving ahead after a generous donation from financial planner Robert MacDonald, of Succession Wealth in Gourock.

Robert was the first to respond to Scott's appeal and has given £1,000 through MacDonald & Co Charitable Foundation, his own personal charity.

Robert said: "I was delighted to help when approached. One of the main aims of the foundation is to support young people in their studies and endeavours."

Scott is the current Ayrshire boys Stroke Play Champion and Greenock & District Stroke Play Champ.

He has been ranked in the top 50 under-16 golfers in Europe, out of 1,400 registered players. His aim is to study for a degree in accountancy whilst competing in college golf in the USA for the four years. 

College golf is the highest amateur level for players aged 18-23 and would offer him unrivalled opportunities to play alongside other potential future professionals while accessing the very best facilities and coaching.

Scott, a sixth year pupil at Clydeview Academy, is a member of Gourock Golf Club but his home club is Royal Troon. He practices there every Saturday and Sunday and at Gourock's indoor studio facility after school, while he also has a part-time job at the Key Store on Cowal View.

Once a month he also visits Fintan Bonnar, senior golf instructor at St Andrews Golf Academy, for an expert lesson.

Scott who has a younger brother Craig, 14, must apply for colleges in America by the end of the autumn to secure a place next year.

Mum Nicola, who is depute head at Craigmarloch Nursery in Port Glasgow, said: "How he does at golf this season and in his grades as school will determine the scholarship he will get.

"Scott has contacted quite a few businesses and Robert has been really kind and he reached out straight away when Scott dropped off his letter.

"He is very supportive and has taken a real interest in what Scott is doing and this very kind donation will go towards entrance fees for competitions this year."

Anyone who would like to support Scott can make contact with him by emailing scottnewmangolf@outlook.com