Monday, June 02, 2014




Murcar Links emerged comfortable winners over Nigg Bay in the 2014 final of the City of Aberdeen men's doubles foursomes matchplay tournament for the Maitland Shield at a cold and breezy Stonehaven this evening (Monday)
Even years seem to be lucky for the Murcar men in this competition as they have contested six finals in the last eight years, with wins in 2008, 2010, 2012 and now this year.
It proved a real team effort, with both couples finishing four up.
Nigg Bay could perhaps count themselves unfortunate that the final was delayed for ten days owing to fog as it cost them the services of one of their leading players, Ian Welsh,
who was checking into a pleasure park in the United States at the same time as his colleagues were teeing off for the final.
The player who replaced him, Richard Nielsen, promptly won the first hole but lost the second and the third. He and partner Steve Jamieson were never level again against
Murcar's top pair of Corin Stewart and Anthony Bews.
Stewart and Bews seemed more comfortable on the true but slower-than-usual greens and a couple of good putts at six and seven helped them to a two-hole lead at the turn.
The Balnagask men hung on grimly but dropped another hole when they three-putted the 15th.
Nielsen holed a brave 12-footer on the next for a half but Stewart returned the compliment on the 17th for another birdie to complete the scoring.
Murcar Links were never behind in the second match.
Bryan Innes and Duncan Raitt won the first hole with a par and birdied the fifth to go two up. Nicky Slater and Ryan Forbes hit back by winning the seventh and Innes had to hole a 12-footer at the eighth to maintain Murcar's lead.
At the ninth, Slater rolled in a putt from 25 feet for a par, but Innes matched it from six feet. The Balnagask men made a mess of the short 11th to lose it to a par and go two down.
They cut the deficit at the 13th after a fine iron shot on to the green by Forbes but then conceded the 15th after Forbes' tee shot failed to carry the gully.
Raitt then holed a 12-footer for a birdie at the 16th and repeated the feat at the last for a four-hole win.
Murcar Links bt Nigg Bay by eight holes
Corin Stewart, Anthony Bews 4, Steve Jamieson, Richard Nielsen  0;
Bryan Innes, Duncan Raitt 4 Nicky Slater, Ryan Forbes 0.


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