Thursday, September 11, 2014

FORTROSE and Rosemarkie pair win Captains and Secretaries Tournament

Fortrose and Rosemarkie’s Mike MacDonald and John Jack produced a superb better-ball score of 63 to storm to a four-shot victory in Tuesday's  Belhaven Best Captains and Secretaries Championship final at Crail’s Craighead Links.
MacDonald, the club secretary, and Jack, the match and handicap secretary, dovetailed to perfection as the Highland club took the title for the first time.
They finished four shots clear of the Turnhouse duo of Douglas Sime and Lindsay Gordon, who combined for a net 67.
Duddingston took third place with a 68, edging out Strathaven, courtesy of the better inward half, on a glorious sunny and calm day in the East Neuk of Fife, with the speedy greens of the Craighead course proving a testing challenge for the field.
Scratch player MacDonald, playing in his fourth final, attributed his team’s success to consistency from both players throughout the round:
“We gelled really well out there today and it helped having a practice round yesterday to get to know the course. We were both in nearly every hole so we gave ourselves good chances, and I managed to knock in quite a few birdies.
“I’ve been to a few Captains and Secretaries finals so its nice to finally win one – it must be down to my partner John! We only just scraped through the regional final so probably weren’t expecting to win, but it’s great to be crowned champion of what is a great national event on a superb golf course.”
The win caps a fine year for Fortrose and Rosemarkie, who’s fantastic work in developing grass roots golf in their community earned them the title of RBS Junior Club of the Year at the Scottish Golf Awards back in February.


Home CSS 70. Away CSS 73 
Players from Fortrose and Rosemarkie unless otherwise stated
M MacDonald 69; A Cameron 73; D. Ewen (Whitekirk) 74; E. Skinner 75
Class 1 – P Schnier (6) 66; D Younie (7) 69; D Tuach (9) 70; A Brown  (4) 71; 
Class 2  – G Godsman (16) 65; D Lackie (14) 65; R MacLeman (12) 69; D Newbigging (10) 70



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