Wednesday, February 08, 2017


Newmachar's Chris Lamb continues to make the North-east Golfers' Alliance news. On a very windy day at Strathlene Golf Club, he scored his third win over the past four weeks.

Alliance joint secretary Joel Hopwood, senior assistant professional at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club, explains that it was not only the wind that pushed the scores up
"Strathlene were kind to step in as an alternative venue at relatively short notice when Newmachar was too wet for too much traffic and they provided us with a full length course, with all bunkers in play too!" said Joel.
"In advance of us arriving at Strathlene, the greens were rolled yesterday - and we're in fantastic condition. However, with a change in the forecast, we had crosswinds of 20 to 40mph.
"It was hard to keep balls on the greens and a couple of holes in particular had a high percentage of the field putting/chipping OFF rather than on to the greens repeatedly." 
Conditions were so tough that Chris Lamb headed a field of 64 players by five shots with a five-over-par 74. Out in five-over 39, young Lamb, pictured, birdied the 10th and 15th but bogeyed the 12th and 18th in parring the inward half.
In all there were 18 no returns and 11 scores of 100 and higher.
Nick Macandrew (Royal Aberdeen) filled second place on 79 with nine-over 43 (one triple bogey and two double bogeys) into the worst of the wind and one-over 36 in the "easier" conditions for the inward half.
 Home course player Jake Scott, whose 38 for the front nine, was the best of the day, tied for third place with Colin Nelson (Mackenzie Golf).
Newmachar tour pro John Duff, chasing what is believed to be a record eighth win of the NE Alliance season, had to settle for fifth place on 82 with halves of 43 and 39.
NOW switch over to SGV Alliances for Joel Hopwood's statistical report from Strathlene.



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