Friday, July 23, 2010

Amateurs over-55s' final at Kinross on Saturday morning (9.52)

Sandy Pirie v Tony Stafford for seniors' match-play title

Former Walker Cup player Sandy Pirie, playing out of Aberdeen's municipal Hazlehead course and
13th of the 32 qualifiers from the stroke-play stage, will play No 3 seed Tony Stafford (Gleneagles) in tomorrow morning's 18-hole final of the Scottish senior men's amateur match-play championship over the Montgomerie course at Kinross Golf Club.
Pirie, who played for Great Britain and Ireland in the 1967 match and is now 68, came from three down to win his semi-final by 2 and 1 against the 24th qualifier, Jim Watt (Edzell) who KO'd the No 1 see3d, Colin Christy (Malcolm) at the 24th hole in the morning quarter-finals.
Stafford, aged 57, won his semi-final at the 19th against the No 7 qualifier, Stephen Ellis from the nine-hole Innellan course near Dunoon.
The final will start at the unusual time of 9.52am. That's because the championship, which is sponsored by Abbeyfield (UK) Ltd), should have finished today but because a day's play was lost earlier in the week due to flooding, the tournament has spilled over into Saturday morning when the Kinross club hold a medal competition for members.
Club officials kindly agreed to give the senior finalists one of their tee times - so 9.52am it is!
Spectators will be made welcome.
Jim Watt (Edzell) bt Colin Christy (Kilmacolm) at 24th.
Sandy Pirie (Hazlehead) bt John McDonald (Cowglen) 3 and 2.
Steve Ellis (Innellan) bt Ian Taylor (Royal Burgess) 2 and 1.
Tony Stafford (Gleneagles) bt David J Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie) 4 and 3.
Pirie bt Watt 2 and 1.
Stafford bt Ellis at 19th.



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