Monday, September 28, 2009

Only Kelly is up to par at

windy Duke's Challenge

The Duke’s Course, St Andrews proved too tough a test for the majority of the Tartan Tour field who played in the Duke’s Challenge today.
In windy conditions, only Cawder’s Chris Kelly was able to match the par of 71 to win the top prize of £455.
Bogeys, double bogeys and triple bogeys – and even a 12 at par-4 fifth by a player who shall remain namelessss – abounded as even players of the calibre of former PGA champion Andrew Oldcorn (Kings Acre) and PGA Cup team player Craig Matheson failed to break 80.
“It is a tough course and it was quite windy,” said PGA Scottish Region tournament director Hugh Malcom. “I should also add that quite a few of the field are not regular tournament competitors.”
Kelly kept a double bogey off his card in halves of 34 (two under par) and 37 (two over par). He birdied the second, fourth and long sixth before he dropped a shot at the seventh. Coming home, Kelly bogeyed the long 11th, 15th and short 16th with only one birdie, a 2 at the short 12th.
Kelly was one of the later starters as was the man he demoted from the clubhouse lead, Northern Open champion Craig Lee. Lee picked up £370 with a one-over-par 72, thanks to four birdies (first, fifth, 11th and 14th) and five bogeys in halves of 37 and 35.
The three men who tied for third place on 73 and won £236 apiece were former Scottish PGA champion Mark Loftus (Cowglen), who had a triple bogey 7 at the 15th, past European Tour rookie of the year Scott Henderson (Kings Links), despite a double bogey 7 at the 11th ., and past Ryder Cup player Ronan Rafferty who had three birdies and five bogeys on his card.
Sixth placed Greig Hutcheon (Banchory) could have more than doubled his money (£155), even won the tournament had he not run up a quadruple bogey 7 at the short seventh in an outward half of 40 en route to a 74 which included hard-fought pars at the last eight holes.
Oldcorn had a double bogey 7 at the first and a triple bogey 7 at the 13th in halves of 41 and 39 for an 80.
Matheson had a triple bogey 7 at the seventh and a triple bogey 6 at the short 16th in his 81 (39-42).
An eagle 2 at the 396yd ninth helped Alan Lockhart (Ladybank) finish joint seventh on 75.

Par 71
71 Chris Kelly (Cawder) £455.
72 Craig Lee (unatt) £370.
73 Mark Loftus (Cowglen), Scott Henderson (Kings Links), Ronan Rafferty (unatt) £236 each.
74 Greig Hutcheon (Banchory) £155.
75 Ken Campbell (Machrihanish), Gregor Abel (Alloa), Alan Lockhart (Ladybank) £118 each.
76 Scott Herald ( Mearns Castle ), Malcolm Isaacs (Nairn Dunbar ), Ayden Roberts-Jones (Duke’s Course), Fraser Mann (Musselburgh) £25 each.
77 David F G Scott (Duke’s Course, James McGhee (Turnhouse), Lee Harper (Archerfield Links).
79 Stuart Kerr (Strathaven), Alan Mackay (Pumpherston), Graeme Brown (Montreose).
80 Anthony Caira (Kirkcaldy), Ron Walker (unatt), Jamie Carver (St Andrews Golf Store), Alastair Love (Charleton), Chris McCalman (unatt), Andrew Oldcorn (Kings Acre).
81 Craig Matheson ( Falkirk Tryst).
82 Ewan Davie (Dunblane New), Garry Forrester ( St Andrews Golf School ).
83 Paul Wardell (Whitekirk).
85 Ross Neill (Drumpellier), Patrick Walker (PGA Golf Management).
86 Scott Grieve (Turnhouse).
87 Stewart Winter (Callander).
94 William Fairfull-Smith (Cowglen), Stuart McEwing (Montrose).
107 Matthew Laughtland (Cawder)
NRs Ian Robertson (unatt), Peter McLachlan ( West Kilbride ).
Retired Ross Dixon (Renaissance Club).



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