George Burns became the first host club member in over 30 years to win the Scottish Amateur Championship with victory in his own backyard of Crail.

The 22-year-old, who is originally from Glasgow but relocated to the East Neuk of Fife, edged out Kirkhill’s Lewis Irvine at the 19th hole of a keenly fought tussle.

Burns, a former Scotland under-16 team-mate of rising European Tour star Robert MacIntyre, is the first player to win the national title over his home course since Jim Milligan beat Andrew Coltart in the 1988 final at Barassie.

The tone for the 18-hole shoot-out was set early on as Burns and Irvine both birdied the opening three holes.

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A bogey from Irvine on the fourth gave Burns the lead for the first time and he doubled it on the sixth with his fourth birdie of the round.

Irvine was by no means out of it, though, and asked plenty of questions. Burns was forced to stave off his menacing advances with both players making birdies at eight and 10.

Irvine made another birdie on the 11th to cut the deficit but his rival responded swiftly with a birdie of his own on the 12th to double his lead again. Irvine countered with another birdie on 15 and squared the tie on 17 as Burns stumbled to a bogey.

Both players had a chance to nab it on the last green but the match went up the 19th and it was Burns who sealed the title as Irvine slipped to a costly bogey.

“Hearing people say I am the Scottish Amateur champion sounds really nice and I could definitely get used to that,” said a delighted Burns.

“We both got off to a flying start, it was just some really free flowing golf between the pair of us. It is not often that you get a match like that where both guys are going at it and playing exceptionally well,

“I knew I was playing well. I kept my head down and kept fighting and fortunately that was enough to be the winner.”