Thursday, August 25, 2016

Chillas and Quinn finished fourth in PGA Super-60s at Gleneagles

Retired Aberdeen senior professional John Chillas and his amateur partner, Sandy Quinn, finished fourth on 129 (64-65) in the PGA Super-60s tournament over the Queen's Course, Gleneagles.
They finished six shots behind the winners.
Chillas earned £650 prize money



Bob Cameron and Gordon Hedley win 
Super 60s Championship
Bob Cameron and his amateur partner Gordon Hedley, pictured by courtesy of Getty Images(c), ensured lightning of the metaphorical kind did not strike thrice at Gleneagles by winning the PGA Super 60s Championship.
In doing so, the pair prevented defending champion Murray White from recording an unprecedented hat-trick of victories in the tournament for PGA Professionals and their amateur sidekicks aged 60 or over.
But it was a close run thing with the destiny of the £1,000 winner’s cheque in the balance well into their second circuit of the Queen’s Course at the world renowned Perthshire  resort and Ryder Cup venue.
They had begun the second round level on seven-under with White and Moor Park member Bob Head.
And with the duos trading birdies that’s how it remained until the pairs negotiated the par three 14th on the James Braid-designed course.
They went into it all square on 12-under and the eventual winners emerged from it two strokes to the good.
“That was the crucial hole,” said Cameron. “They bogeyed it and Gordon, who had a shot, made par so it resulted in a two-shot swing in our favour.”
White and Head reduced the deficit to one with a birdie at the 15th but a double bogey at the 16th effectively proved terminal to their hopes.
They were given a brief window of hope when Cameron and Hedley bogeyed the 17th, however, but it was left to the latter to deliver the coup de grace on the 18th, a hole he clearly likes.
Having recorded a nett eagle there in the first round, Hedley, a 10-handicapper who is a member at Sundridge Park Golf Club in Bromley, Kent, followed up with a nett birdie.
It all added up to a 13-under-par total of 123 and a three-stroke victory but, as Cameron admitted, the winning margin did not reflect the intensity of the contest.
“It was a tough battle, always competitive but very friendly,” said the 63-year-old who has played on the European Senior Tour and was once head pro at Sundridge Park.
“We play in a lot of pro-ams in the south but this was our first time in this tournament. We’ve enjoyed every minute of it. We’ve met a great bunch of guys, the course was in fabulous condition and we’re thrilled to win it.”
Meanwhile, Gordon Goldie and his amateur partner Geoff King were similarly delighted after winning the Superb 70s, the tournament within a tournament for players of 70 years or older.
The pair posted a two-round return of two-over to finish a stroke ahead of Gordon Gray and amateur partner Howard Sumner and two clear of defending champion and former European Tour winner Maurice Bembridge and Michael Curley.
“That has to be one the biggest thrills of my career – to have my name on the same trophy as Maurice Bembridge,” said Goldie, the owner of Chingford Golf Range.
“Geoff’s a member at West Essex, plays off three and we’ve been friends for 50 years. He played very well and helped me along in what has been a fabulous tournament.”



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