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Duff House Royal golfer Callum Bruce plays for Scotland at European Amateur Team Championship at Royal St George’s Golf Club

By Craig Christie

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Banff golfer Callum Bruce is representing Scotland at this week's European Amateur Team Championship.

Callum Bruce
Callum Bruce

The Duff House Royal member, who has been playing college golf in America as part of a scholarship, was selected in a six-man team to take on Europe's best amateurs.

The tournament is being played all this week at the Royal St George's course in Kent, where Collin Morikawa won The Open Championship last year.

Bruce carded a first round 74 with three birdies and Scotland trailed leaders by 19 shots.

Scotland's lowest scorer was Nairn golfer Calum Scott who carded a one-under-par 69.

Connor Graham (Blairgowrie) scored 71, Rory Franssen (Auchterarder) matched Bruce's 74 and Angus Carrick (Craigielaw) shot 75, the five best Scotland scores from six with Lewis Irvine (Kirkhill) scoring a 76.

Bruce joined a US scholarship in 2017, initially at the Midland College in Texas.

He was presented with the Jack Nicklaus player of the year award on two consecutive years by the legendary American golfer - Nicklaus has won a record 18 majors in his career.

The Banff boy was then recruited by San Diego State before moving to Kansas University.

Three years ago he won a place in a PGA Tour event, the Barbasol Championship alongside current top American names like Tom Hoge and Harris English, as well as former Open winner John Daly.

Bruce fired two birdies and an eagle for a first round 74, then scored a three-under 69 which included four birdies but narrowly missed the cut in the elite field.

This year with Kansas University he has achieved the best par-3 scoring record in the university's history and the eighth best average round of 71.87.

He tied for the best 54-hole total ever achieved by a Kansas university student when he scored 200 at the Ka'anapali Classic.

Bruce also managed three top-five and two top-ten finishes in college tournaments this season.

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