Thursday, June 08, 2017

Wire-to-wire win for Paul O'Hara in Northern

Open, Bryan Fotheringham wins amateur cup

Paul O'Hara added the Northern Open to his ever-expanding Tartan Tour CV after completing an impressive wire-to-wire win at Moray Golf Club in Lossiemouth.
Three shots ahead at the halfway stage, the 30-year-old Motherwell man closed with rounds of 66 and 71 for a seven-under-par 277 total to win the prestigious title and a £1,400 prize.
The only player in the 86-strong field to finish in red figures, he triumphed by seven shots from Paul McKechnie, Gavin Hay and Greg McBain.
"This win is right up there with my best," admitted O'Hara after landing a £1400 top prize. "It was great to win on the EPD Tour in Germany (2011) while last year's P and H Championship had bigger prize-money than here.
"However, this was over 72 holes and it also offers more Order of Merit points and one of my goals is to finish in the top three again so that I get into the PGA Play-Offs at the end of the season.
"I would like to try and get into the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth next season through that event - that's definitely a target."
O'Hara, a two-time Scottish Amateur Championship finalist, had fallen out of love with the game before deciding to enter the PGA training programme in 2012.
Since taking that career step, he's won the Scottish Young Pros three times in four years and has now joined some illustrious names on the Northerh Open trophy.
"To lead from start to finish in an event like this  is pretty good, especially with the likes of my brother Steven, Alastair Forsyth, Greig Hutcheon and Paul McKechnie in the field," he added.
"My ball-striking won it for me and my iron play in particular as I was hitting it down the sticks in all four rounds.
"I also hit some great drives today at some of the tight holes, enabling me to get home at them while some of the other guys were probably struggling to do so."
The win was O'Hara's third on the Tartan Tour this season, having shot 61 at Largs and 63 at Bishopbriggs in pro-ams. 
"I'm really enjoying myself at the moment as I'm teaching as well as playing," added the North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd-attached player. 
Newmachar pro McBain finished birdie-birdie in the third round before starting the closing circuit with another one only to have his momentum halted by a double-bogey at the short fourth.
He closed with a 73 to finish alongside Braid Hills Golf Centre-attached McKechnie (71) and Grantown-on-Spey's Hay (72).
The Bookless Cup, for the top amateur, was won by Bryan Fotheringham, the Forres man claiming the prize for the first time with a 295 total.

par 284 (4x71)
1Scotland Paul O'Hara
  North Lanarkshire Leisure
T2Scotland Gavin Hay
  Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club
T2Scotland Paul McKechnie
  Braid Hills Golf Range
T2Scotland Greg McBain
  Newmachar Golf Club
5Scotland Graham Fox
  Clydeway Golf
6Scotland Christopher Currie
  Caldwell Golf Club
7Scotland David Orr
  Eastwood Golf Club
8Scotland Kris Nicol
  Dunes Golf Centre
9Scotland Scott Henderson
  Kings Links Golf Centre
T10Wales Gareth Wright
  West Linton Golf Club
T10Scotland Greig Hutcheon
  Paul Lawrie GC Inchmarlo
T12Scotland Marc Owenson
  Gullane Golf Club
T12Scotland Thomas Higson
  Gleneagles Hotel
T12Scotland Ross Cameron+5F+975707276293£325.00
15Scotland Alastair Forsyth
  Mearns Castle Golf Academy
T16Scotland Alan WelshA. Welsh
  Cathkin Braes Golf Club
T16 Brian Fotheringham (amateur)
  Forres GC
T18Scotland Kenny Hutton
  Downfield Golf Club
T18Scotland Stephen McAllister
  Stephen McAllister Golf
T18Scotland Stewart Savage
  Dalmuir Golf Club
T18Scotland Steven O'Hara
  North Lanarkshire Leisure
22Scotland Mark O'Donnell
  Linlithgow Golf Club
23Scotland Andrew Crerar
  Panmure Golf Club
T24Scotland Norman Huguet
  Musselburgh Golf Club
T24England Samuel Binning
  Mearns Castle Golf Academy
T24Scotland Louis Gaughan
  Bathgate Golf Club
T27Scotland Paul Wardell
  North Berwick Golf Club
T27Scotland Graeme McDougall
  Elie Links
T27 Graham Murray (amateur)
  Moray GC
30Scotland Ross Harrower
  Boat of Garten
T31Scotland David Stein
  Ranfurly Castle Golf Club
T31Scotland Rodger Clarke
  Golf Dedication Centre
T33Scotland Steven Maxwell
  Eastwood Golf Club
T33Scotland Michael McAllan
  Elgin Golf Club
35Scotland Paul Robinson
  Largs Golf Club
36Scotland Jamie Treasurer
  Loch Ness Golf Club



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