Story by COLIN FARQUHARSON Edinburgh player Kieran Cantley (Liberton) , 19, won a marathon sudden-death play-off against Stephen Roger (Cruden Bay) and Kyle Godsman (Moray) to be presented with the David Blair Trophy as North of Scotland open amateur stroke-play champion at Royal Dornoch this evening (Sunday). The trio had tied on three-under-par 277. The play-off lasted six holes and more than one hour. Had it continued much longer, they would have run out of daylight! “It’s my biggest achievement in golf so far,” said Cantley. “I played in the tournament for the first time at Inverness last year and finished in the top 10.”
Robin Wilson describes the play-off action: The play-off saw the first and 18th holes played twice. Then the first and second holes. All three players birdied the first extra hole where Godsman drove the green. Godsman drove into the rough at the second play-off hole and, with a bogey to his rivals’ pars, he was eliminated and placed third in the final standings. Back to the first hole again which was halved in par, and so too was the 18th. On to the second hole. Both Cantley and Roger were on the green with their tee shots. Cantley holed a 25ft winning putt for a birdie 2. Former Scottish youths champion and past winner of the North-east District 72-hole Open, Roger, 29, closed with a 69, birdieing the third and 15th but bogeying the 12th. Cantley had birdies at the eighth, ninth and 12th in a closing 70 but he could have won the title without the need for the extra time drama as he bogeyed the 11th, 13th and 14th.
Kieran Cantley receives the David Blair Trophy from Royal Dornoch GC captain Alan Ramsey. Stephen Roger is second from the right and North District SGU John Ross is on the extreme right. Pictures by Robin Wilson.
Congratulations to Kieran on winning the North of Scotland Open at Royal Dornoch this weekend.
After scoring 69, 68, 70 and 70 for a three under par total and share of first place Kieran went on to win the title at the 6th extra hole.
Congratulations again and well done.
Congratulation to Gary Scott and John Stewart on winning the A & B divisions this weekend, Gary won the A division with a total of 136 ( 71 & 65) and John won the B division with 165 ( 85 & 80 ),you can check all the scores on Master Scoreboard, click on the best of series link for the 36 hole total’s.
Congratulations to all the winners listed below in what was a very successful Seniors Open Greensomes.
Thanks to George Inglis and his team, Iain Seath, David Doig and Ailsa Davies and Brain Toall and his greens staff for all the hard work in preparation for the competition.
To Iain, all the starters and bar and catering staff on the day for making sure all players were made very welcome and had a very enjoyable day.
1st – D S Hood Trophy and £65 Voucher each – J Fairgrieve and G Dickson (Liberton)
2nd- £45 Voucher each – A Robertson and J Dunnett (Longniddrie/Murrayfield)
3rd – £35 Voucher each – C Craig and C Laing (Longniddrie/Kingsknowe)
4th – £30 Voucher each – S Ritchie and H Napier (Prestonfield)
5th – £20 Voucher each – P Lynch and J Hughes (Liberton)
1st – £40 Voucher each – W Morton and G Black (Dunbar/Torwoodlee)
2nd – £25 Voucher each – D Rennie and A Rennie (Liberton/Edinburgh Western)
3rd – £20 Voucher each – D Miller and B Yardley (Murrayfield)
Additional Prizes – £15 Voucher
6th hole – Nearest the Pin – K Miller (Duddingston)
8th hole – Nearest the Pin – K Cairns/R Lawrie (Duddingston)
11th hole – Nearest the Pin – G Black/W Morton (Dunbar/Torwoodlee)
13th hole – Nearest the Pin – T Whitecross (Liberton)
17th hole – Nearest the Pin – P Jackson/G Clunie (Kinross)
Very well done to Jill, Steph, Mandy, Fiona and Sheila for a great win against Turnhouse! The first time Turnhouse have lost this season….