Sunday, August 03, 2014


Sean Lawrie and North-east District SGU president Jim Hunter. Picture by Cal Carson Golf Agency.



Sean Lawrie, nephew of Paul, won the North-east District youths golf championship for the second year in a row at Auchmill Golf Club, Aberdeen today (Sunday).
The 21-year-old Portlethen player, pictured in action at Auchmill, shot rounds of 67 and 64 for a three-under-par total of 131 to win by two shots from Jack Harling (Banchory) (66-67), the only other player to finish under par for the 36 holes in latterly difficult conditions.
Lawrie's second round was a particularly good effort in a strong wind which got up after the morning round. He had six birdies in the 64 (32-32), including four in a row from the sixth to the ninth.
Lawrie's scorecard for the 64 read:
OUT: 4-3-5-3-4-4-4-3-2: 32 (three under par)
   IN: 4-4-4-4-3-3-4-3-3: 32 (level par)
(birdies in red, bogeys in purple)
"I putted well in the afternoon, particularly that birdie run," said Sean who had a spell at Midland College, Texas but now works in Aberdeen in a job unrelated to golf.
"I still fancy turning pro at some time in the future. but not immediately."
Lawrie, incidentally, had words of praise for the condition of the course which is on a 30yr lease from Aberdeen Town Council to the Auchmill Golf Club.
"I think Auchmill is a very under-rated course. I thought it was in very good condition considering the recent we've had and I liked the pace of the greens," said Sean. 
Harling, last year's Under-18 district boys' stroke-play champion, temporarily held the outright lead early in Round 2 after sharing the pole position with Aboyne's Craig Stephen on the 66 mark at lunchtime.
The Banchory player started his second round with a hat-trick of birdies and after bogeying the fifth, he notched a fourth birdie at the sixth.
But that was as good as it got for Jack. He did not get a single birdie over his last 11 holes which he covered with three-over-par figures, bogeying the 12th, 14th and 18th in halves of 32-35 for a 67.
Cheyne had a triple bogey 6 at the short 16th in his second round 69, a repeat of his morning score. He finished third on 138, five behind runner-up Harling.
Deeside's Dylan Smith (73-66) earned fourth prize on 139 after a card comparison with Chris Lamb (Newmachar) who also totalled 139 (71-68).
Dylan's 66 contained six birdies in halves of 34-32, including the 15th, 16th and 18th.
+Work is under way at Auchmill to replace the 13th and 14th holes with two better holes and also to build a new practice area to the right of the clubhouse (as you look at it from the 18th green). This, and the planting of some 5,000 trees, will be funded from the Town Council's Common Good Fund. Because some of the holes are affected by the ongoing work, the Youths Championship was played from the White Tees over a course around 5,100yd.
Auchmill GC committee have built roads within the course for disabled golfers to drive their motorised buggies. The club has 250 members and ideally would like to raise this to 400 to provide more income from membership fees to meet the running costs of the club who pay for the maintenance of the course, etc. 
Par 134 (2x67) CSS 66 67
131 Sean Lawrie (Portlethen) 67 64
133 Jack Harling (Banchory) 66 67
138 Calvin Cheyne (Newmachar) 69 69
139 Dylan Smith (Deeside) 73 66, Chris Lamb (Newmachar) 71 68.
140 Craig Stephen (Aboyne) 66 74
144 Jamie Pryde (Deeside) 76 68
146 Cameron Davidson (Stonehaven) 72 74
147 Ben Murray (Portlethen) 72 75
149 Lewis Gordon (Portlethen) 71 78
152 Kevin Willox (Deeside) 77 75, Fintan McKenna (Royal Aberdeen) 73 79
153 Jay Hutton (Murcar Links) 83 70
154 Calvin Duffton (Torphins) 70 84
165 Kyle Duthie (Newmachar) 79 86
NRs Grant Joss (Royal Aberdeen) 68 NR, Cameron Grant (Portlethen) 73 NR
Disq Aynslie Wallace (Portlethen) 74 dq




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