Thursday, October 13, 2016

Bell, Scott and Christie win North District 

junior match-play finals at Forres Golf Club

Home course player Thomas Bell won the Sandy Aird Cup by beating Jamie MacKintosh (Nairn) 2 and 1 in the Under-18s final of the North District junior match-play championships at Forres Golf Club today (Thursday).
Bell and MacKintosh halved the first five holes before the latter took a two-hole lead with a birdie on the sixth and par at the eighth. Bell won the ninth with birdie and then the 12th  and 13th hole to give him a two-hole cushion. His bunker save for par at the 17th gave him a 2 and 1 win
The Under-15s final was won by Nairn's Calum Scott at the 20th against clubmate Logan Gillies.
The second protege from Nairn's Scottt family, Calum, just became a teenager in August and added to his earlier district stroke-play title.  Scott and Gillies could not be separated after 18 holes but at the second extra hole  a 20ft birdie put won the day for Calum. 
Sam Christie (Rothes), who plays off 25,beat Lewis Fraser, a seven-handicapper at Inverness Golf Club, by two holes in the  Christie was receiving 18 strokes from Fraser and won the first three holes with nett birdies and held a one-hole lead at the turn. By the 16th he was dormie but lost the 17th hole before winning with a nett birdie on the last.
Forres Golf Club professional Sandy Aird sponsored the tournament.
Results of finals:
UNDER-18s - T Bell(Forres) bt J MacKintosh (Nairn) 2 and 1.
UNDER-15s - C Scott (Nairn) bt L Gillies (Nairn) at 20th.
HANDICAP - S Christie (Rothes) (25) bt L Fraser (Inverness) (7) 2 holes.



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