Wednesday, August 02, 2017



with some additional words by Colin Farquharson

Gavin Hay described himself as ‘delighted’ after capturing his first PGA Scotland Tartan Tour Order of Merit tournament win in the 2017 Emtec Group Deer Park Masters.
Hay, who is based at Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club in the Highlands, followed up his first round 67 with a one-under-par 71 to enter a three-man play-off against Clydeway Golf’s Graham Fox (68-70) and Bishopbriggs Golf Range’s Robert Arnott (67-71).
Hay birdied the eighth, 12th and 14th but bogeyed the sixth and 17th while Arnott's only bogey came at the first and he went on to birdie two par-5s, the 12th and 14th.
Fox had a great run of birdies - eighth, 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th - but he also had four bogeys, including the 17th, in halves of 37-33.
The trio finished in tie at the top on six-under-par 138 and headed down the first hole again in search of victory. Hay secured victory with a birdie at the first extra hole.
It was his fourth Tartan Tour win of the season, all within a six week span from Ayr on June 22, through Turriff on July 21 and Panmure on July 26. At Deer Park, Gavin earned £2,520, the biggest cheque of his career. He has now won £10,739 this season.
Gavin said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have won my first order of merit tournament title. I came into the final day confident of being able to post a score as I was just one back. The weather wasn’t particularly kind to us with the rain throughout the round but I managed to post a score.
“I’d made a bogey and missed a couple of chances for birdie in my closing holes of normal play but I was confident heading into the play-off. I was up against a couple of big names and experienced players so to come out on top is brilliant.
This year marked the 14th staging of the event at Deer Park Golf and Country Club in Livingston with a total of 50 PGA professionals and 300 amateurs taking part.
Alan Tait, the club’s general manager, said: “I’m proud to say the Deer Park Masters has been a fantastic success and I’m delighted to congratulate Gavin Hay as the winner.
“Having taken over my new position in May, I was keen to make this the biggest and best Emtec Group Deer Park Masters yet for my fellow PGA professionals. All of the feedback I’ve received from the participants has been fantastic and they were all raving about the condition of the golf course.
“Special thanks has to go to our the greenkeeping team, as well as the staff inside the club, who worked tirelessly over the last few days to make this event a great success. I’m already looking forward to trying to top this year in 2018.”
Deer Park Golf and Country Club, Livingston 
Par 144 (2x72)
138 G Hay (Grantown on Spey) 67 71 (£2,520), R Arnott (Bishopbriggs) 67 71 (£1,555), G Fox (Clydeway Golf) 68 70 (£1,555).
139 P McKechnie (Braid HJills) 67 72, P O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) 68 71, G Hutcheon (PLGC Inchmarlo) (£751 each).
140 C Currie (Caldwell) 66 74, R Cameron (Saltire Energy) 69 71 (£533 each).
141 R Munro (Duddingston) 72 69 (£490).
142 D Stein (Ranfurly Castle) 70 72 (£454).
143 G Wright (West Linton) 74 69 (£427).
144 G Brown (Montrose Links) 76 78, A Forsyth (Mearns Castle) 76 68, S Gray (Lanark) 72 72, C Marr (Musselburgh) 73 71, A Welsh (Cathkin Braes) 72 72 (£371 each).
145 M Patterson (Kilmacolm) 76 69, R Leeds (Archerfield Links) 70 75,V Brown (Logos Golf Ministries) 72 73, S Binning (Mearns Castle) 72 73 (£284 each).
146 G Hardy (Prestwick St Nicholas) 75 75, J Lomas (Caprington) 76 70, P Wardell (North Berwick) 73 73 (£221 each).
147 A D Wills (Lanark) 76 71, I Colquhoun (Loch Lomond) 77 70, I Stoddart (Deer Park) 76 71 (£176 each).
148 J McGhee (Swanston New) 76 72
149 S Henderson (Kings Links) 70 79.
150 C Ronald (Carluke) 75 75.
151  K McNicoll (Carnoustie) 73 78, D Wood (Hirsel) 73 78.
153 S Gillies (North Berwick) 81 72, C Nairn (Kilmarnock Barassie) 70 83.
154 F Thomson (Trump Turnberrry) 79 75, J McCreadie (Largs) 76 78, H Burness (Paul Lawrie GC) 78 76, S McAllister (Bruntsfield Links) 79 75.
156 S Milne (Balbirnie Park) 78 78.
157 A Waugh (Clydebank andDist) 79 78.
159 C Adams (Harburn) 83 76.
160 F Robertson (Kingsbarns) 85 75.
161 M Mackenzie (Edzell) 81 89.
162 K McLean (Whitecraigs) 77 85
166 A Hutchison (Douglas Park) 83 83.




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