Jack McDonald during round one, day two of the Fairstone Scottish Amateur Championship, Muirfield Golf Club, East Lothian Pic Kenny Smith, Kenny Smith Photography 6 Bluebell Grove, Kelty, Fife, KY4 0GX Tel 07809 450119,

Former Stirling Uni golfer wins first tournament as pro

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Golfer Jack McDonald won his first tournament as a Professional last weekend, as the former Stirling student claimed victory in a PGA EuroPro competition by one hole.

Jack’s win came in the Newmachar Golf Club challenge, scoring -16 after a convincing final day performance. Jack, who turned pro in 2016, was previously part of a Walker Cup winning side as an Amateur a year earlier in 2015.

The Kilmarmock-based golfer beat Northern Irishman Johnathan Caldwell and fellow Scot Paul McKechnie, to secure a £10,000 prize.

The final day of the competition saw Jack score -6 to stand strong against the challenge of his rivals. A late test from winner of the final day, Tim Rice, proved to be in vain, as McDonald won the competition by one point.

Jack said that he was: “absolutely delighted to get my first pro win”, and that he “can’t thank everyone enough for all the support”.  He described the tournament as a “great week” in his career, and gave thanks to his friends, family and supporters.

Congratulations came flooding in on social media with fellow Pro golfer Gary Hurley and Edinburgh Rugby player Mark Stewart-Bennett offering praise on Twitter.

McDonald’s record has been a mixed bag so far this season in the challenger tour, only earning points in the Euram Bank Open in July. His most recent appearance in the tour saw him finish 112that the KLM open in Amsterdam, earlier this month.

The Golf Pro will be hoping to use his victory in the Newmachar golf Club Challenge to improve his form in the Challenger tour and become a more consistent challenger for titles.

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