Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Laing and Kennedy win finals at Aberdeen Links

Caley's Chris Laing and Bon-Accord's Frank Kennedy were celebrating tonight after capturing their respective titles in the 2010 Aberdeen Links Championships.
Chris played fantastic golf to beat Bon-Accord's Matt Smith by 3 and 2 and immediately dedicated the win to his best mate Andy Massie who was a regular participant in the Links himself but sadly passed away earlier this year.

Chris got off to a flyer with a par, par, birdie start to go three up with Smith looking very nervous in his first "major" final.
Matt steadied the ship with a win at the fourth only for Chris to regain his three-hole advantage with his second birdie of the night at the fifth. The sixth was halved in pars.
Then Smith holed a 50yd wedge shot for a half in birdies at the long seventh. Birdies were traded at eight and pars at the ninth put Laing out in three under par and three up.
Holes were halved up to the 13th and Chris went dormie at the 14th with a par 4. Smith rallied to win 15 but a solid par 3 at the 16th by Chris was good enough for the title.
The Murray Cup final it was a much tighter affair. Frank Kennedy won the first but his lead was short-lived as Northern's John Hosie won the third. They then exchanged holes four to seven and a par 4 at the ninth put Frank one up at the turn.
Kennedy's bogey 4 at the short 10th was good enough for a two-hole lead but John rallied again to take the 11th. A solid 4 at 13 put Frank two up again only for John to take the 15th. A superb pitch at 16 to within inches of the cup had Frank dormie standing on the 17th tee only for John to show great fighting qualities to win 17 and take the match up the last.
Kennedy showed his experience by hitting a solid shot on to the last and putting stone dead for victory.

Tonight's results:
Chris Laing (Caledonian) (7) bt Matt Smith (Bon Accord) (6) 3 and 2.

Frank Kennedy (Bon Accord) (11) bt John Hosie (N) (11) 1 hole.

5.30 Barrie Edmond (Bon Accord) v Alex Cruickshank (Cruickshank).



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