Friday, July 09, 2010

Turkish Delight in store fore Dumfries

and Co's Stuart Syme and Ian McEwan

Dumfries and County's Ian McEwan admitted his year is getting better and better after winning the BMW-supported PGA International Pro-Captain Challenge Scottish Region qualifier at Crail.
Club captain McEwan teamed up with PGA professional Stuart Syme to win the event by one shot from Lundin's Ron Walker and Stuart Clunie after carding a seven-under-par 65.
Now the duo will be playing in the Turkey final which will take place over 36 holes at the PGA Sultan Course at Antalya Golf Club in December (7-8).
And McEwan explained that his year as captain has been memorable in more ways than one after he was also mentioned on the BBC's US Masters commentary and won a £350 electric trolley in a magazine competition.
He said: "I've had a great year as captain so far and reaching the final in Turkey caps it off."
Syme added: "I met Peter Alliss on the plane over to the Masters and asked if he could say that our club's centenary coming up and give Ian a mention on air.
"I never told Ian so he jumped out of his chair when his name was read out! Then he won the powered trolley so it's all going his way this year."
For Syme the win went some of the way to making up for missing out on the final previously when a wrongly filled-in scorecard meant he was disqualified after looking like he would qualify.
However Syme has played in a final before - 13 years ago when it was held at Wentworth.
But he was frustrated to miss out a second time - until now.
McEwan added: "It's fair to say that Stuart had his game face on! He was up for it and after birdies on the first two holes we thought we might be in with a chance.
"But we made sure we filled our card in very carefully at the end."
The pair could even afford the luxury of a bogey at the 18th - their only one of the day.
McEwan, who plays off 10, added: "Stuart played very well but we just went away for a couple of hours to St Andrews at the end, there was no point watching everyone to see if we were going to get beaten."
Syme was delighted to finally make the final: "It's payback time for what happened with the scorecard a few years back.
"I made the final in 1997, but I couldn't have come closer the second time, we'd had our pictures taken and were talking to the press people, everything like that. Then we found out we'd been disqualified.
"So this win is great. We were very solid, made a good start, an eagle at the eighth and then four birdies in five holes on the back nine. Our only blip was at the 18th.
"I've heard a lot about the Sultan course so it'll be fantastic to go out there and play it."

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