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.
The Annual Marie Curie Golf Day being run by Jim Gardner is filling up fast. If you wish to play in this please contact the office next week, Entry is £100 per team with great prizes to be won. Raffle tickets for this fund raiser can be purchased behind the Bar at £2 per strip. with two main first prizes of a one year Membership at Liberton GC or a supplied & fitted 25 square metre hardwood floor. Various other prizes are also available, if your not in it you can’t win it!
As previously indicated to you John Hunter (Kingston) reached the quarter finals of the CoC and played his match a few days ago. Unfortunately for John he lost the match narrowly. Having taken his opponent Ian Dickson (Mortonhall) to the 20th hole it was just a step too far. However, as they say there is always next year John, if you can regain the Kingston title!
The draw for the Family Foursomes was made today by the Captain, the following ties should be played as dated.
Brian O’Neil & Lee Hamilton versus Graham Roberts & Spencer Roberts
Ian Doig & Jacqui Doig versus Alex Walker & Susan Walker
These matches are to be played on Thursday 24 August 2017 at 5.00pm & 5.07pm
The Final match will be played n Friday, 25 August 2017 at 5.00pm
The annual Kingston / Ladies / Juniors match was played on Friday evening. The rainy theme continued, although it wasn’t too bad this time…
Congratulations to Kingston for a fine performance – they were very clear winners (ladies, don’t worry! we will be looking at the format next year).
Special congratulations to Gordon Dickson for a hole in one at the 11th! It contributed well to his 45 Stableford points!
We all enjoyed a lovely meal and a few good laughs in the dining room afterwards. Many thanks to the catering and bar staff.
Members should note that after a short period of repair the clubhouse computer located at the bar is now back in use. Tee bookings can be made from here using your normal login details. The Club website can also be viewed from here informing members of the latest news and information from the club. The Club apologises for any inconvenience the loss of the computer has caused.