By COLIN FARQUHARSON
LEVEN, SCOTLAND (Aug. 7, 2011) -- Dundee's Ross Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday yesterday by completing a wire-to-wire victory in the Standard Life Leven Gold Medal 72-hole tournament - the oldest amateur stroke-play event in the world.
After a splendid opening round of seven-under-par 64, only two shots outside the course record, Bell shot a second-round 69 after a lengthy rain delay to lead by six shots at halfway. He was still six clear of the field after a par-matching Sunday morning third round of 71 before a three-over-par 74 in his final round clinched the gold medal and a £500 voucher by two shots from Fraser McKenna, who had a 68 for 280 to gain the silver medal and a £400 voucher.
The bronze medal and a £300 voucher went to US college student James Ross (Royal Burgess) who also closed with a 68 for 281. Peter Latimer (St Andrews News), Bell's closest rival overnight and his last-day playing partner, did exert some pressure in the early stages of the final round but slipped back to 282.