The 70th Scottish Junior Open took place from the 8th-10th January 2016 at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh. The event saw almost 130 entries across eight different events with players travelling from as far as Egypt and India to compete.
A great entry from players throughout the Highlands was also shown with players playing from Thurso, Nairn and Inverness.
The biggest achievement came from Alasdair PROTT (Inverness) after he secured the first trophy for the home nation in the Under 15 Boys competition, overcoming Saksham CHOUDHARY (IND) 3-1 (11-2|8-11|11-5|11-6) in a physical game in which both players looked to dominate the ‘T’. The win saw Prott add his first Scottish Junior Open title to his recent European success.
Nairn’s Harry BARRON finished sixth in the under 15 competition putting in some great performances over the three day event. Also in action at Heriot-Watt over the weekend were Ross HENDERSON (Inverness) and Katie GREGSON-MACLEOD (Inverness). Henderson was a beaten quarter-finalist in the boys’ under 17 section after losing a close 3-2 to Aberdeen’s Nathan Sharp. Gregson-Macleod was edged out in a five-game thriller with compatriot Orla Young, giving her a sixth-place finish in the girls under 15 category.
Additional great performances were shown from Nairn’s Ben Barron, Ben Booker-Milburn, Struan Donald, William and Harry Jack, and Thurso’s Fraser Steven who also competed in the under 17 event.
Well done to all players who competed across the Highland region!
Final Finishing Places:
Boys Under 13
Ben Barron (Nairn) – 15th place
William Jack (Nairn) – 19th place
Ben Booker-Milburn (Nairn/Gordonstoun) – 22nd place
Struan Donald (Nairn) – 24th place
Girls under 15
Katie Gregson-Macleod (Inverness) – 6th place
Boys under 15
Alasdair Prott (Inverness) – 1st place
Harry Barron (Nairn) – 6th place
Boys under 17
Ross Henderson (Inverness) – 6th place
Fraser Steven (Thurso) – 19th place
Harry Jack (Nairn) – 23rd place
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