Wednesday, August 24, 2016

 Chillas and Quinn T4 in PGA Super-60s' 

tournament at Gleneagles

Aberdeen-born John Chillas and his amateur partner Sandy Quinn are lying joint fourth on 64, three behind the joint leaders, after the first round of the 36-hole PGA Super-60s tournament over the Queen's Course at Gleneagles.

Chillas, pictured, won the Scottish professional title twice - 25 years apart! - and was also a three-time winner on the European Senior Tour before he retired to set up a coaching school in Central Scotland. 



Anglo-Scot Murray White after historic hat-trick
A new partner but a familiar scenario. That was the story of Murray White’s latest foray into the PGA Super 60s Championship.
Having become the first PGA pro to defend the title successfully last year, White is well-placed to create an unprecedented hat-trick of wins.
Last year at Caldy Golf Club he was partnered by seven handicapper Glyn Radcliffe. This time at Gleneagles, Bob Head, a four handicapper from Moor Park, Hertfordshire, is riding shotgun.
And thus far it has been impossible to see the join. The pair negotiated the Queen’s Course, the shortest of the three at the world- renowned Perthshire resort and Ryder Cup venue, in seven-under-par.

White’s position at the business end of the tournament, which carries a £10,300 prize fund, was not the only similarity with last year, however.

Then the Scot, pictured, who represents the Centurion Golf Club, St Albans, needed to prevail in a sudden death play-off to claim the £1,250 winner’s cheque.
Now, 12 months on, the prospect of an action replay looms large.
Bob Cameron, who is retired and represents Sundridge Park, and his amateur partner Gordon Hedley, also negotiated legendary course designer James Braid’s handiwork in seven-under.
Cameron, who played on the Senior Tour, accounted for six birdies but was indebted to his partner after the pair bogeyed the par four 16th.
It was the solitary blemish on their scorecard and Hedley made amends in style with a nett eagle at the last.
While that ensured a share of pole position for the pair, White and Head were denied sole occupation of it by a bogey at the par four sixth.

By contrast, Bramall Golf Club pro Richard Green and Joe Kirwan went bogey free, as did Scots John Chillas and Sandy Quinn.
As a result, the former ended the first round of the 36-hole tournament in third place two shots adrift of the leaders on five-under and one clear of the latter.

Given the better-ball basis of the tournament – a format that can result in fortunes and scores changing with bewildering rapidity – the leading pair will know the final round is unlikely to become a private contest between them.
In addition to them and the duos on five and four-under, 11 other pairs plotted their way round the sun-kissed Queen’s Course in sub-par figures and will be hopeful of preventing Murray from making yet more golfing history



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