Sunday, September 17, 2017


Chris Corbett (Dumfries and Galloway) is the new South of Scotland Golfers' Association match-play champion.
He beat Danny McConnachie (Dumfries and County) by one hole in the final at Stranraer Golf Club today.
The semi-finals and final took place on a typical autumnal day with a slight breeze.
Both the morning semi-finals were very tight games with McConnachie beating Martin McNae (Lochmaben) at the 19th and Corbett beating Neil Hamilton (Powfoot) by one hole.
The final was another closely fought and friendly game. Danny got off to the perfect start by winning the first hole after both he and Chris hit wayward drives. Chris won holes 4 and 5 with regulation pars to go one up and held this slim advantage to the turn before a birdie at the tenth increased his lead to two holes.
A par at the short tenth by Danny reduced Chris’s lead to one hole before Chris won 13 and 14, with another birdie, and they halved the short fifteenth for Chris to be three up. 
Danny then produced a spirited and rousing surge, winning 16 and 17 to stand on the eighteenth tee needing a win to take the match into extra time. The hole was halved in par 4s and Chris emerged as the worthy South match-play Champion for 2017.


Danny McConnachie (Dumfries and County) bt Martin McNae (Lochmaben) at 19th.
Chris Corbett (Dumfries and Galloway) bt Neil Hamilton (Powfoot) 1 hole.

Corbett bt Hamilton 1 hole.

The photograph shows, left to right, Jim Burns, past president of Scottish Golf, winner Chris Corbett and runner-up Danny McConnachie 



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