Scott Jamieson may be among the world elite now that he’s a proven winner on the European Tour and playing in the elite World Golf Championships but he never forgets that the roots of his success lie in the course that sparked his love of golf as a kid.
He credits the many hours spent practising with his father, Peter, at Cathkin Braes for firing an enthusiasm for the sport in which he now excels.
Scott joined Cathkin as a Junior and has never looked back, winning the 2001 Scottish Boys Strokeplay Championship before embarking on a four-year scholarship at Augusta State University in the USA.
He turned professional in 2006, immediately after representing his country in the Eisenhower Trophy, the world amateur team event, in South Africa.
In 2009, Scott topped the Euro Pro Order of Merit, earning him full Challenge Tour status for 2010. He made the most of that opportunity and top-20 finishes in his final six tournaments saw him finish 14th in the rankings, winning promotion to the European Tour.
He took the step up in his stride, recording two top-10 slots in his first six events then finishing third at the Spanish Open, BMW International and Barclays Scottish Open, securing a start in his first Major – the 2011 Open Championship.
2012 was an equally exceptional season for Scott, seeing him retain his tour card comfortably and make the season finale of the DP World Championship.
However, in 2013, Scott progressed even further, moving his career up a gear by winning the Nelson Mandela Championship, his debut European Tour victory in the very first event of the season. He followed this up with a 3rd place in the Alfred Dunhill Championship and a 2nd place in the Volvo Golf Champions.
Scott is currently 2nd on the European Tour’s Race to Dubai and 70thin the Official Golf World Rankings.
He has fond memories of learning his trade at Cathkin Braes where his father, a three-time Club Champion and Past Captain, first introduced him to golf.
Scott said: "I was about six when my dad started taking me up to the Club in the evenings. I had my grandad’s old clubs which were cut down to fit me.
We’d play a loop of five holes in the middle of the course. My dad was a good golfer, playing off a handicap of one, so I always wanted to emulate him. He was a good teacher and told me to focus on hitting the ball straight rather than far. That advice stood me in good stead as I progressed.
I do realise how lucky I was to get the chance to learn the game so young because it was a rarity at that time."
“Cathkin Braes is a fantastic place to play golf, whether you are beginning or very experienced. It’s a fantastic and challenging layout, perfect for honing your skills. It’s also extremely beautiful and there are great views, which is always a bonus.
As with any club, though, the really important thing is the people, especially for young people when they take up the game. At Cathkin Braes, the members and everyone at the club are extremely supportive, making the club a great place to be a part of. I am proud of my association with the club.”