TALENTED golfer Angus Carrick has followed in his dad’s footsteps to be crowned the winner of the Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship.

Carrick, of Craigielaw, won an all-East Lothian final on Saturday when he defeated Castle Park’s Connor Wilson by two holes in the final at Murcar Links, near Aberdeen.

Carrick’s father, David, claimed the title at Southerness in 1985 and 36 years later his son emulated that feat to join an illustrious group of champions which also includes Ryder Cup players Colin Montgomerie, Stephen Gallacher and Eric Brown, and current Scottish number one Robert MacIntyre.

“I’m absolutely speechless, it’s all been a blur,” said the new champion.

“In fact, I’m still not sure what’s actually happened.

“I knew my game was good enough to compete and to win so I went out and gave it my all.

“It was a really tough game.

“We both hit some great shots and even after nine rounds of golf, or whatever it is, we were both playing very well.

“Yeah, there were a few tired swings in there, but not many.

“I think it was just the last six holes where I won it. I still can’t really remember what happened, but my caddie told me I had four birdies in the last six holes.

“So, I came back strong and ultimately that’s what won it for me.”

With former Walker Cup player David watching on, 27-year-old Carrick won the second but soon found himself two down when Wilson won the fourth, sixth and seventh.

Carrick pulled one hole back on the eighth but it was not until he claimed both the 13th and 14th that he edged in front again and not until a closing birdie on the 18th that his victory was finally secured.

“It’s great to emulate dad,” he added. “And great that we’ve now both got our names on the trophy.

“It’s nice, really nice, that we’ll always have that to share.”

One of the first people to congratulate the new champion was his proud father.

Carrick Snr said: “He played great golf the last four rounds and thoroughly deserved to win.

“I’m delighted now to be known as Angus Carrick’s father, rather than Angus being my son.

“It’s a fantastic result.”

Former Knox Academy pupil Wilson admitted it was “always hard to lose in a final”.

He said: “Coming second isn’t great initially, but when you look back at the week I’ve had, it’s been pretty good.

“I hit the ball great, I’ve hit the ball great all week to be honest.

“But there were a few mistakes that crept in and they were costly.

“Angus is a great player and he didn’t give anything away.

“It wasn’t as if either of us was ever going to run away with it, that’s for sure.”