Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Treble title winners Ian Hutcheon and David Lane will both be bidding for their fourth Scottish Seniors Open Stroke Play Championship when the event gets underway tomorrow (Wednesday 30 June – Friday 2 July) at Pollok GC.
Defending champion Lane, from Goring & Streatley in Berkshire, returns to Glasgow a few miles across the city from where he collected his first Scottish title, nine years ago at Killermont. The former Senior British Open Amateur Champion pipped Hutcheon to the title by two shots last year at Panmure and a win this week would take him within one title of record-breaker Charlie Green, who collected the title no fewer than five times between 1991 and 1998.
Hutcheon, now 68-years-old, continues to show the younger generation how the game should be played and won the Angus Men’s County Championship over his home course of Monifieth earlier this month for a remarkable seventh time, edging out current Scottish Champion of Champions title-holder Ross Bell. The former Walker Cup star’s Scottish Seniors title wins came in 2003, 2004 and 2007 and will once again start among the favourites for the flagship event in the domestic seniors’ circuit.
The winner of the last year’s SGU Seniors Order of Merit, George Paterson (Northern) is seeking his first national title, while the former Scottish Seniors Champion Stephen Ellis, from Innellan GC in Dundoon, is a good candidate to pick up his second win in the event.
Former shinty star and seniors internationalist John Fraser (Royal Burgess) – a non executive director on the SGU Board – will be looking to improve on his bronze medal finish from twelve months ago, with Peter Jamieson (Cathkin Braes), father of European Challenge Tour player Scott, aiming to replicate some of his son’s recent good form in the professional ranks.
A strong field of 132 players from across the UK and further afield will line-up on Wednesday, with the top 40 players and ties making the cut for Friday’s final round. Pollok, laid out by the famous course architect Dr Alister MacKenzie, hosts the Championship for the first time.



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