Friday, July 30, 2010

Scroll down to read Ian Bratton's silver lining footnote

Hutcheon, Kelly share Ellon victory after Bratton nightmare finish

Greig Hutcheon (Banchory) and Cawder's Chris Kelly earned £955 a piece in sharing victory with four-under-par 66s in today's Asset Brokers International pro-am at McDonald Ellon Golf Club.
Hutcheon birdied the first, fourth, fifth, ninth and 14th, dropping a costly late shot with a bogey at the 17th.
Kelly birdied the first, second, fourth, 13th and 14th but shed a shot at the seventh.
But the real "loser" was Newburgh on Ythan club pro Ian Bratton who fell foul of the notorious difficult finishing holes at Ellon. Needing two pars to win by a couple of shots, he bogeyed the 17th and ran up a double bogey at the 18th for a 67, which put him a tie for third place with former Northern Open champion Fraser Mann, now unattached. Bratton and Mann both earned £557.45.
Mann led the Surelift trio of amateurs, Brian Emslie (handicap 14), George McIntosh (9) and Gordon Thomson (11), to victory in the team event with a best-ball net score of 20-under-par 120.
Par 70
66 Greig Hutcheon (Banchory), Chris Kelly (Cawder) (£955.64 each).
67 Fraser Mann (unatt), Ian Bratton (Newburgh on Ythan) (£557.45 each).
68 Stephen Gray (Hayston), Mark King (Kingsfield), Ross Cameron (McDonald Ellon) (£325.55 each).
69 Scott Henderson (Kings Links), Jason McCreadie (Buchanan Castle), Graeme Lornie (Paul Lawrie Foundation) (£205.35 each).
70 Lindsay Mann (Carnoustie), Robert Arnott (Bishopbriggs), Chris Doak (unatt), Brian Leishman (Gleneagles Hotel) (£137.99 each).
71 Sandy Aird jun (McDonald Ellon), Colin Gillies (Braid Hills), Andrew Oldcorn (Kings Acre), Steven Taylor (Bothwell Castle), Paul McKechnie (Braid Hills) (£84.98 each).
72 Clarke Lutton (Qatar Golf International), Alan E Reid (West Lothian), Craig Matheson (Falkirk Tryst) (£48.79 each).

The morning after the day before, Ian Bratton, the Newburgh club pro writes:

Although disappointed with my last two holes at Ellon yesterday, I was quite surprised with my form during the round.
I have only managed three rounds of golf in the last month, once on holiday in Spain with rented clubs , once at Newburgh with friends and once at Royal Aberdeen on Thursday in preparation for the EllonPro Am. That depends if you call shooting 84 round Royal Aberdeen good preparation.
So on the 1st tee at Ellon I decided to hit my three iron as I was not quite sure what planet my driver may finish on. I then quietly stumbled to the seventh tee in two over par. I decided to give my playing partners a wee team talk. I thought we needed to pick up a few birdies if we were to stand a chance of picking up a team prize. Well I thought at least I might earn a hundred quid if the team played well.
Anyway I missed the seventh green to right, happy that it didn't finish in some bodies front garden. I decided to pitch on to the green. The ball came off the club face nicely and popped in for a birdie two. More relief that I hadn't duffed than joy at holing it. It seemed to help a wee bit and I then birdied the eighth, ninth, tenth, eleventh, twelve and thirteenth. ( 7 birdies in a row).
I then knocked it close on fourteen and three putted for bogey from above a treacherous pin placement. I then decided to birdie the fifteenth and sixteenth as well. ( 9 birdies in 10 holes) . Six under with two holes to play. A couple of bad breaks on the last two holes, probably the toughest closing holes in Scotland and a good day's work was done. I picked up £557 for my score and £125 for second team score. We then won the raffle for £280 and my team who I play with every year called "The three Kings" gave me their prize vouchers to pay into my shop.
A silver lining on the last two holes at Ellon. Not many people can say that.
My score 67 (3 under)
Team score 121 ( 19 under)
Ian Bratton,
PGA Golf Professional,
Newburgh on Ythan Golf Links



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