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.