Wednesday, January 15, 2020

NORTH-EAST ALLIANCE AT CRUDEN BAY

Full Net Result
Overall
Position
PlayerScorePlacingCountback
Division 1
(Handicaps up to 8.4)
1Angus, Craig 73 - 04 = 69Lowest Gross Score
2Buchan, Michael 74 - 04 = 70
6Bedborough, Kevin 79 - 06 = 73Last Nine Holes
8Craig, Colin 79 - 06 = 73Last Nine Holes
10Finnie, Stewart 74 - 01 = 73
12Kidd, Stewart 81 - 07 = 74Last Nine Holes
13Nicolson, Brian 76 - 02 = 74Last Six Holes
14Addison, Declan 74 - 00 = 74
16Lamb, Chris 75 - 00 = 75Last Nine Holes
18Morrison, Phil 80 - 05 = 75
20Esslemont, Ian 78 - 02 = 76Last Nine Holes
21Leslie, David 80 - 04 = 76
24Hutcheon, Stephen 83 - 06 = 77Last Nine Holes
26Shand, Steve 82 - 05 = 77Last Nine Holes
30Mackie, Scott 81 - 04 = 77
31Fleming, David 84 - 06 = 78Last Nine Holes
32Booth, Doug 85 - 07 = 78Last Nine Holes
33Hutcheon, Greig 78 - 00 = 78Last Nine Holes
34Duff, John 78 - 00 = 78
35Borthwick, John 81 - 02 = 79Last Nine Holes
37Gibson, Gordon 87 - 08 = 79
38Allison, Stewart 87 - 07 = 80Last Nine Holes
39Sunley, John 87 - 07 = 80
40McWilliam, Stuart 86 - 05 = 81Last Nine Holes
41Meade, Graham 85 - 04 = 81
48Lamb, Robert 91 - 07 = 84Last Nine Holes
49Redman, Colin 92 - 08 = 84Last Nine Holes
50Barclay, Justin 90 - 06 = 84Last Nine Holes
52Ruddiman, Richard 92 - 08 = 84
56McLean, Dave 93 - 07 = 86
58Smith, Ritchie 96 - 08 = 88
59Duffus, Colin 96 - 07 = 89
60Rennie, Wilson 97 - 07 = 90
-Craigie, Derek No Return
-Davidson, Richie No Return
-Reid, Raymond No Return
-Ritchie, Brian No Return
-Gilbert, Chris No Return
Division 2
(Handicaps 8.5 to 54.0)
3Cheyne, Peter 82 - 10 = 72
4Duncan, Robbie 85 - 12 = 73Last Nine Holes

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

North-east Alliance

TEE TIMES at CRUDEN BAY (Main course)

 Wednesday,  January 15, 2020

GameTimeTeePlayers
18:451Booth, Doug
Reid, Raymond
Cornfield, Paul
Nicolson, John
28:541Boyle, Tom
Cassie, Charlie
Cassie, David
Craig, Colin
39:031McLean, Dave
Sorley, Ally
Rennie, Wilson
Morrison, Phil
49:121Ritchie, Brian
Duff, John
Stephen, Brian
Stephen, Richard
59:211MacKay, Mike
Gibson, Gordon
Birnie, Ian
Bedborough, Kevin
69:301Watson, Graham
Leslie, Gary
Cruickshank, Derek
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
79:391Wright, Dick
Cheyne, Peter
Sunley, John
McWilliam, Stuart
89:481Leslie, David
Homer, Gary
Redman, Colin
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
99:571Davidson, Sandy
Brown, Mike
Brown, Raymond
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
1010:061Allison, Stewart
Finnie, Stewart
Davidson, Richie
Meade, Graham
1110:151Cobban, Jim
Smith, Ritchie
Glass, Norman
Denning, Richard
1210:241Scott, Jim
Munro, Brian
Shand, Steve
Angus, Craig
1310:331Craigie, Derek
Christie, Stephen
Forster, Martin
Hutcheon, Stephen
1410:421Duncan, Mike
Fleming, David
Bisset, David
Hutcheon, Greig
1510:511Addison, Declan
Kidd, Stewart
Buchan, Michael
Gilbert, Chris
1611:001Ruddiman, Richard
Clark, Alistair B
Skene, Willie
Denholm, Morty
1711:091Thom, Graham
Duncan, Robbie
Esslemont, Ian
Nelson, David
1811:181Duffus, Colin
Townsley, Derek
Mathieson, Ken
Hardie, Neil
1911:271Lamb, Robert
Lamb, Chris
Borthwick, John
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
2011:361Barclay, Justin
Nicolson, Brian
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2111:451Mackie, Scott
Cochrane, Glen
Lawrie, Mark
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Play from White Tees

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Wednesday, January 08, 2020

GREIG HUTCHEON SCORES THIRD WIN OF NE ALLIANCE SEASON

Greig  Hutcheon today, at Inverallochy  GC, scored his third win of the 2019-20 NE Alliance season, having previously won at Montrose and Newburgh

Alan Gall
Secretary
North East of Scotland Golfers' Alliance


Paul Lawrie to lead Team Europe at Junior Ryder Cup


Paul Lawrie, the 1999 Open Champion and two-time Ryder Cup player, will captain Team Europe at The 2020 Junior Ryder Cup at Blue Mound Golf and Country Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, from September 21-22.
The Aberdonian, an eight-time European Tour winner, represented Europe at The 1999 Ryder Cup and was also a member of the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ team, which staged a monumental comeback on the final day to retain The Ryder Cup, winning 14 ½ – 13 ½ on American soil in 2012.
The 50-year-old’s involvement in junior golf started in 2001 with the launch of the Paul Lawrie Foundation, which provides opportunities for juniors to start playing golf. Its main goal is to encourage as many young people to play golf as possible.
The Junior Ryder Cup, held in the days before the Ryder Cup, sees the best male and female junior amateurs from Europe and the USA go head-to-head in a mixed event.
The biennial contest has seen many stars from world golf feature in the junior competition before excelling at The Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup. Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy both succeeded in the event before also winning The Ryder Cup, while Suzanne Peterson and Carlota Ciganda both triumphed as amateurs before lifting the Solheim Cup.
“As soon as the call came in, I didn’t need long to think about taking on the role,” said Lawrie. “To be able to lead a team of the best juniors in Europe against America will be a completely novel experience for me. In terms of how I see the game growing, it’s an important role.
“It’s going to be full-on over the next ten months. I’m really looking forward to getting to some events during the year and watching the kids play. I’m absolutely delighted that I have been asked to Captain the Junior Ryder Cup team.
“My wife, Marian, and I started the Foundation to get as many kids into the game as we possibly could. I bring a huge enthusiasm for junior golf to the role; it’s where the game needs to be – sadly that still gets lost on some members at golf clubs not treating juniors how they deserve to be treated. Today’s juniors are tomorrow’s adults, and that’s an important message.”
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Lawrie starred in The 1999 Ryder Cup, earning three and a half points for the European cause, with two and a half points coming from his partnership with Colin Montgomerie and then defeating Jeff Maggert in the Sunday singles.
He then earned his place in The 2012 Ryder Cup side at Medinah, winning Europe’s second point on Sunday, defeating Brandt Snedeker 5&3, as he and his teammates battled back from a 10-6 deficit to win the biennial contest 14½ – 13½. Lawrie was also part of Europe’s backroom team at Hazeltine in 2016 as one of Darren Clarke’s vice captains.
Both the European and United States Junior Ryder Cup teams will feature six boys and six girls who must not have turned 18 before January 1, 2020 and must not be enrolled to play college golf in the USA during 2020.
In 2018 at Golf Disneyland Paris, Europe narrowly missed out on a first victory since 2006, as Team USA triumphed 12 ½ – 11 ½.
The selection process for the European Junior Ryder Cup team, including confirmation of Qualifying Events, will be announced shortly.

Presidents Cup: Patrick Reed's caddie

involved in altercation with fanPatrick Reed


Reed has lost all three of his matches at the Presidents Cup this week

Patrick Reed's caddie has been thrown out of the Presidents Cup in Melbourne by the USA
PGA Tour after he "shoved" a fan who verbally abused his player.
The altercation came on Saturday after American Reed suffered his third defeat against the International team.
Reed has been heckled all week after he was penalised for improving the lie of his ball at the
Hero World Challenge.
The US PGA Tour said: "Following an incident, Kessler Karain will not return to caddie for
Sunday's singles."
Karain, who is Reed's brother-in-law, had earlier said via a statement: "I don't think there's
one caddie I know who would blame me.
"I got off the cart and shoved him, said a couple things, probably a few expletives. Security
 came and I got back on the cart and left.
"Unless his bones breaks like Mr Glass, the most harm done was a little spilled beer, which
I'm happy to reimburse him for."
The statement also said: "As a caddie, one of your jobs is to protect your player.
"We have been known for having fun with some good banter, but after hearing several fans
in Australia for three days some had taken it too far. I'd had enough. And this gentleman was
one of them."
Reed, the 2018 Masters champion, said: "I respect the Tour's decision. We are all focused on
 winning the Presidents Cup."
The incident stems from a controversial moment at last week's US PGA Tour event in the
Bahamas when Reed moved sand in a bunker with his practice swing - an offence which
carries a two-stroke penalty.
The American's infringement was only relayed to him at the end of his round.
"Every time I get in the bunker I'm scared to even get my club close to it [sand]," he said
at the time.
"After seeing the video, I accept that. It wasn't because of any intent, I thought I was far
 enough away."
He has since been criticised by members of Ernie Els' International team including Australian Cameron Smith, who said he "doesn't have any sympathy for anyone that cheats".
Reed has denied he was cheating and on Friday made light of the incident by pretending
to shovel sand after holing a putt and gesturing at the gallery.
He and playing partner Webb Simpson were beaten 5 and 3 by Hideki Matsuyama and
C T Pan as Tiger Woods' US team lost Saturday's morning session 2½-1½.
But the US rallied in the afternoon foursomes to win 3-1. The International team held a
 slender 10-8 lead going into Sunday's singles.
"We chipped away at it," US captain Woods told Sky Sports, "We knocked their lead down
but there are 12 matches to go. We're trusting each other and we love it.
"I expect my guys to fight, get some red out there, get some early momentum."
The US need 7½ points to win an eighth successive title, while the International team need 5½ points to record just a second victory in the 13th staging of the Ryder Cup-style event.

Analysis

BBC golf correspondent Iain Carter
It is difficult to remember a player who has generated more hostility than Patrick Reed.
His unrepentant stance following the rules controversy in the Bahamas aggravated the
situation. Miming a shovel action in response to crowd taunts dug up more trouble and
now his caddie has been thrown out of the Presidents Cup.
Reed has lost all his matches this week, compounding a loss of credibility and integrity.
He is now regarded as golf's most divisive figure. He will struggle for future wildcard picks
for his country. Captain America is suffering a huge fall from grace.

PGA in Scotland
Press Release
Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open qualifier heading back to Longniddry

Following two successful stagings at the East Lothian course, Longniddry is to host the
qualifier for the 2020 Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.
The two-round tournament, supported by Aberdeen Standard Investments, will take place on
 July 4 and 5 and, once again, will see four players secure spots in the $7 million Rolex Series tournament at The Renaissance Club the following week.

A prize fund of £35,000 will also be up for grabs in the event, which is a PGA in Scotland
Order of Merit tournament, for the sixth year running.

"The five Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open qualifiers so far have been a great
success, with some notable players qualifying for Rolex Series event itself over the years.
"We are looking forward to building on that success when the qualifier returns to Longniddry
in July," said PGA in Scotland manager Shona Malcolm.

"It will be a pleasure to work with the team at Longniddry again, where everyone from
The PGA is made to feel most welcome.The course provides a true test of golf and the
members offer great support either through volunteering or coming along to watch the tournament unfold."

Club captain Keith Bowman added: "We are delighted that Longniddry GC has been asked
for the third year in a row to be host.

"It has been a highlight for us and we are very much looking forward to welcoming back
players and supporters to our club next July.

"It's great to see how your course is played by top players and there is a great atmosphere in
and around the clubhouse over the two days of competition.

"As members, we have many new and exciting things happening at the club in 2020 as we
continue to build and enhance our reputation across East Lothian's Golf Coast."

Scott Henry, the last man into the field, won the 2019 qualifier, beating Calum Hill in a
play-off after the pair carded matching 10-under-par 126 totals in a low-scoring event,
hich saw Chris Doak and Kris Nicol secure the other two spots up for grabs.

“It is wonderful to return to Longniddry for this Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish
Open qualifying event after its huge success last year," said Rory Colville, Championship
Director for the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.

 “This qualifier gives young Scottish golfers the opportunity to earn their place on the world
 stage alongside some of the best golfers in the world at The Renaissance Club and last year,
Calum Hill took full advantage of that.

“After qualifying at Longniddry, he finished the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish
Open as the joint low-Scot which shows the importance of the qualifier for this event.

“We are delighted to partner with Aberdeen Standard Investments, VisitScotland and
EventScotland as we are able to showcase two great golf courses in East Lothian in the space
of two weeks.”

Jill Maxwell, Global Head of Sponsorship at Aberdeen Standard Investments, said: "Longniddry has proven to be a popular venue and superb host of the Aberdeen
Standard Investments Scottish Open qualifier for the past two seasons, so it makes great
sense to return for a third time in 2020.

"As a business, Aberdeen Standard Investments prides itself on supporting golf at all levels,
so to be able to offer four up-and-coming Scottish golfers the chance to play in their national
open is really important to us.

"Thanks to those at Longniddry, along with all the key partners for supporting this event,
which will undoubtedly be a huge success and will begin a fantastic stretch of golf in Scotland
next summer.”
Paul Bush, Director of Events at VisitScotland, added: “I am thrilled that through the support of our EventScotland team and other partners we are able to bring yet another great event to a fantastic venue in one of Scotland’s most renowned golfing regions.

"Longniddry is an excellent example of the strength in depth of venues we have in
Scotland, the Home of Golf and I’m sure it will once again prove a terrific host venue for
 the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open Qualifier having been so warmly
received by competitors last year.”

The criteria will be exactly the same as the first five years, with a field of 144 being made up
of exempt PGA players plus other PGA members and assistant professionals that enter,
assuming they have Scottish nationality under the PGA’s eligibility requirements or are
currently employed at a golf club in Scotland.

A number of amateurs will again be nominated by Scottish Golf while some sponsor’s
invitations will also be issued.  
--
Martin Dempster
PGA in Scotland Press Officdf

Friday, December 06, 2019

Calum Hill, who is playing in just his second event as a European Tour card holder, is out in front at the halfway stage in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open and has both Connor Syme and Grant Forrest backing him up on the leaderboard.

EDINBURGH AND EAST OF SCOTLAND ALLIANCE

REPORT FROM ALAN GREENSHIELDS
It was visit down the coast to Eyemouth for 55 members to contest The Berwickshire Trophy.
The name on the trophy this year will be Marc Owenson (Gullane), out in the first game just after a beautiful sunrise to record the best score of 70 on the par 72 course (35-37).
Marc scorched out in 30 with five birdies and started with a birdie on the back nine to set up his sub-par round and also claim top scratch prize.
Second scratch prize went to Joe Bryce (Bathgate) on 72 with Ian Anderson (Shotts) third on 74.
Top Handicap Prize was split three ways on net 72 by Toby Bailey (Duddingston (77 less 5). David Eardley (Brommieknowe) (81 less 9) and Graeme Johnston (Glenbervie) ( 76 less 4).
Top Trainee was Callum Greenhill (Renaissance Club) on 77.
Top Senior was Andrew MacDonald (Prestonfield) on net 74 (82 less 8).
Order of Merits see the top 2 in both Scratch and Handicap unchanged -
Scratch Top 5
1. David Rudd (Longniddry) - 354.0
2. Craig Surgeon (Newbattle) - 348.0
3. Zander Culverwell (Renaissance Club) - 339.5
4. Richard Johnston (Glenbervie) - 325.5
5. Neil Henderson (Renaissance Club) - 305.0
 Handicap Top 5
1. Scott Fraser (Mortonhall) - 117.5
2. Craig Surgeon (Newbattle) - 102.0
3. Mark Davies (Newbattle) - 101.0
4. Willie Laing (Prestonfield) - 91.0
5. Ross Callan (Bathgate) - 87.5

It's now Festive Break time for all and play resumes at Gullane No.3 on Wednesday, 15th Jan 2020 when the John Glen Trophy will be contested.

Wednesday, December 04, 2019

Last NE Alliance fixture until Inverallochy on January 8

Murcar Links

Competition played on 04 December 2019

Professional Chris Robb (Meldrum House) scored his first win on the North-east Golfers' Alliance circuit with a round of 69 at Murcar Links today.
Derek Craigie was pipped by a shot for the leading handicap prize in Class 1 with a 68 off a handicap of five.

Class 1 Handicap
(Handicaps up to 8.4)
2Craigie, Derek 73 - 05 = 68
3Robb, Chris 69 - 00 = 69Lowest Gross Score
5McLean, Phil 71 - 00 = 71
6Finnie, Stewart 73 - 01 = 72Last Nine Holes
7Nicolson, John 74 - 02 = 72
9Gilbert, Chris 72 + 01 = 73
10Addison, Declan 74 - 00 = 74Last Nine Holes
12Hutcheon, Stephen 80 - 06 = 74Last Nine Holes
14Watt, Neil 77 - 03 = 74Last Nine Holes
16Riley, Graham 78 - 04 = 74
17Duff, John 75 - 00 = 75Last Nine Holes
18Allison, Stewart 82 - 07 = 75Last Nine Holes
19Duncan, Kevin 75 - 00 = 75Last Six Holes
20Leslie, David 79 - 04 = 75Last Nine Holes
21Kidd, Stewart 82 - 07 = 75Last Nine Holes
22Buchan, Michael 79 - 04 = 75

Monday, December 02, 2019

Craig Cruickshank's 66 best at Lochgelly
A total of 54 members of the Edinburgh and East of Scotland Alliance visited Lochgelly Golf Club and despite a very wet course there were some good scores on the par 68 (34-34) course.
Best scratch score on 66 (33-33) was returned by to Craig Cruickshank (Ratho Park). Second on 67 was Ross Neill and 3rd place was shared on 68 by Michael Bacigalupo (The Glen) and Steven Dunsmore (Falkirk Tryst).
Best handicap was shared on net 66 by Craig Cruickshank (Ratho Park) (66 less 0) and Ian Wyse (Falkirk Tryst) (75 less 9).
However thanks to a better inward nine Craig Cruickshank gets his name on The Professional's Trophy.
As only one prize can be won per player Craig gets top scratch prize and Ian top handicap prize.
2nd handicap prize was shared on net 67 by Scott Girvan (Baberton0 (76 less 9) and Roy Renton (Archerfield Links( (73 less 6)
Trainee Prize is shared on 73 by Zander Culverwell (Renaissance Club) and Ross White (Haddingston)
Top Senior Prize is shared on net 69 by Phil Leggate (Musselburgh) (76 less 7) and Bill Miller (Baberton) (77 less 8)
Order of Merit top 5's are -
Scratch
1. David Rudd (Longniddry) - 299.5
2. Craig Surgeon (Newbattle) - 299.0
3. Zander Culverwell (Renaissance Club) - 283.0
4. Richard Johnston (Glenbervie) - 280.0
5. Ross Callan (Bathgate) - 260.0
Handicap
1. Scott Fraser (Mortonhall) - 99.0
2. Craig Surgeon (Newbattle) - 91.5
3. Ross Callan (Bathgate) - 87.5
4. Willie Laing (Prestonfield) - 80.5
5. Mark Davies (Newbattle) - 79.0

Next it is off to Eyemouth to contest The Berwickshire Trophy.

 
Alan Greenshields
Secretary/ Treasurer
Edinburgh and East of Scotland Golfers' Alliance
18 Woodfield Park
Edinburgh
EH13 0RB

Mobile: 07730 007100
E-mail: secretary.eesga@talktalk.net

Thursday, November 28, 2019

European Tour golfers allowed to wear shorts in Alfred Dunhill Championship in east South Africa

Golfers on the European Tour will be allowed to wear shorts while competing for the first time this week.
Players at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, a tournament played at Leopard Creek in Mpumalanga, east South Africa, have the option to wear shorts, with temperatures in the high 30s today and Friday, and potentially as high as 40C (104F) over the weekend

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

LADIES EUROPEAN TOUR PARTNERSHIP
WITH LPGA OF AMERICA

Ladies European Tour players have voted to venture into a partnership with the LPGA of the United States that could offer many of them a chance to compete in US events.
The merger was announced after the LET annual membership meeting in Spain ahead of this week's Andalucia Costa del Sol Open de Espana Femenino, while it was also revealed that the Order of Merit in Europe would be renamed the Race to Costa del Sol in 2020 with bonus prizes on offer to the top three players.
A joint statement released by the two Tours confirmed the venture will be "jointly managed by the LPGA and the LET and, through their combined resources, will seek to fast track an expanded LET schedule."

DUFF SCORES SECOND NE ALLIANCE WIN OF SEASON

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Newmachar-attached professional John Duff scored his second win of the North-east Golfers' Alliance season with a seven-under-par 63 at Peterhead Golf Club today (Wednesday).
Duff, who had one eagle, five birdies and a solitary bogey at the 10th in halves of 31-32, headed a field of 76 players by two strokes from leading amateur Michael Buchan (Cruden Bay), 31-35.


LEADING SCRATCH
Par 70
63 J Duff (Newmachar) 31-32
65 M Buchan (Cruden Bay) 31-35
66 R McConnachie (Peterculter) 33-33, D Buchan (Peterhead) 34-32
67 C Robb (Meldrum House) 33-34
68 G Riley (Craibstone), K Beveridge (Kippie Lodge), P McLean (Peterhead)
69 S Finnie (Caledonian), I Esslemont (Newmachar), G Hutcheon (Torphins)
70 S Shand (Kemnay), M Findlay (Cullen Links), B Nicolson (Newmachar), J Borthwick
(Craibstone), S Mackie (Hazlehead)
72 M Denholm (Deeside), C Gilbert (Cruden Bay), D Leslie (Bon Accord).
73 R Bruce (Peterculter), S McWilliam (Royal Aberdeen)
74 R Ruddimann (Royal Aberdeen), C Duffus (Royal Aberdeen)
75 S Hutcheon (Cruden Bay)
76 P Booth (Tarland), J Sunley (Newmachar), M Duncan (Murcar Links), D Lane (Deeside), G Homer (Aboyne)
77 K Bedborough (Deeside), R Duncan (Deeside), F Bisset(Banchory)
78 R Smith (Portlethen), W Rennie (Paul Lawrie GC), M Forster (Cruden Day), M Lawrie (Kemnay).
79 R Reid (Tarland), D McLean (Newmachar), D Nelson (Aboyne), R Denning (Inverurie), W Skene (Deeside).
80 T Boyle (Portlethen), G Gibson (Kemnay), I Birnie (Deeside), M Mackay (Kemnay), C Craig (Kintore), G Thom (Murcar Links), B Lumsden (Northern).
81 D Cassie (Nigg Bay), S Kidd (Longside).
82 C Cassie (Nigg Bay), R Davidson (Caledonian), C Cruickshank (Craibstone), A Brown (Peterculter), N Hardie (Kintore).
83 D Fleming (Portlethen), P Clare (Aboyne), K Mathieson (Kintore).
85 B Munro (Newmachar), D Bisset (Banchory)
87 A Sorley (Newmachar), P Cornfield (Hazlehead)
89 G Watson (Deeside), G Travis (Auchmill), D Wright (Auchmill)
91 G Leslie (Deeside), R Brown (Deeside).
92 N Glass (Portlethen).
93 M Brown (Deeside).
96 D Lawrie (Deeside)
NRs P Cheyne (Northern), S Davidson (Northern), N Watt (Cullen Links), D Addison (Cruden Bay), K Duncan (Cruden Bay), D Townsley (Peterculter)

Robert MacIntyre seals two prestigious 
awards in European Tour debut season
Scotland’s Robert MacIntyre capped a superb debut season on the European Tour by finishing tied 14th in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai to seal two prestigious awards.
The 23-year-old from Oban was named the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award and also picked up the Challenge Tour Graduate of the Year accolade after finishing 11th on the 2019 Race to Dubai.
He emerged top of the class from a strong crop of rookies which included two multiple winners – American Kurt Kitayama (14th on the Race to Dubai) and Italian Guido Migliozzi (40th), both of whom came through Qualifying School – and fellow Challenge Tour graduate Spaniard Adri Arnaus, who finished 41st.
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He becomes the tenth Scottish player to win the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year title since the European Tour’s inception in 1972 and the 12th overall.
Winning the prestigious award has laid the platform for some of the European Tour’s greatest careers, including this year’s Race to Dubai Champion Jon Rahm, who won it two years ago, and notable Scottish names including 1972 winner Sam Torrance, 1978 recipient Sandy Lyle and Colin Montgomerie, who took the honour in 1988.
MacIntyre also became the seventh annual winner of the Challenge Tour Graduate of the Year, finishing as the leading member of the 15 graduates from the previous year, having progressed as the 12th ranked player on the 2018 Challenge Tour Rankings following a season in which he finished runner up twice.
Previous winners of the Challenge Tour Graduate of Year are: Justin Walters (2013), Brooks Koepka (2014), Byeong Hun An (2015), Nacho Elvira (2016) Dylan Fritttelli (2017) and last year’s winner, Erik van Rooyen.
MacIntyre said: “I’m absolutely delighted. Halfway through the season when it became on the radar that we could win both awards, it’s something that we set out to do. Today we’ve finally achieved it and now I’m absolutely over the moon for it.
“I’ve enjoyed the battle. The last few weeks have been hard because I’ve been looking over my shoulder until last week when I got overtaken.
“But I could only control what I can control and that was putting some good golf shots on display and I finally managed to put in two good rounds this week to seal it off.
“Family’s everything to us. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them giving up so much time. My dad works two jobs, my mum previously worked three, four jobs. Now she’s starting to cool it down a wee bit but that’s nice.
“It’s been down to them and they have given me the chance. Now I just thank them so much.”

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