Sunday, April 22, 2018

Tynesider Wilson (18) wins Battle Trophy after third-round 63 at Crail

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Tyneside's James Wilson, only 18 years old, came up over the Border at the weekend to win the 72-hole Battle Trophy Open over Crail Golfing Society's Craighead links.
Wilson came surging up the field and into title contention with a brilliant third round of nine-under-par 63, which included an eagle and eight birdies. On paper, that equalled the course record of 63 set by Jack McDonald in 2014 but as preferrred lies were in operation on Sunday, Wilson's 63 will not officially "count."
However, Wilson's great round slashed the pacemaking Euan Walker's lead from five strokes to one and the Kilmarnock Barassie man could birdie only two holes in his last 27 so he was unable to hold the charging Wilson at bay.
Wilson signed off with final round of 73 for five-under-par 283 as the weather worsened but that was good enough to finish one stroke in front of Walker whose last round was a 75.

Stonehaven's Scottish champion Sam Locke finished third with 69 for 285.
The third round was played in very benign conditions, which allowed James Wilson the chance to go for every pin and make the most of his chances.
However, the wind got steadily stronger as the day wore on until it was tearing through the course at over 20mph. In such conditions, Locke’s closing 69 was impressive and it also puts Wilson’s last-round 73 into some perspective.
Commenting on his win, Wilson said: “I have entered the Lytham Trophy, so felt that I needed some competitive golf as preparation and having heard about the Battle Trophy tournament , I took a chance and travelled up from Newcastle.
"I have been very impressed with the standard of the Crail course, the condition of the greens and the very high standard of golf being played. There are a lot of good golfers in the North-east of England who should make the effort to come here and play in this competition. They would enjoy it.”


LEADING FINAL TOTALS
par 288 (4x72) SSS 74 CSS 74 74 74 77
283 J Wilson (Tyneside) 71 76 63 73
284 E Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) 68 67 74 75
285 S Locke (Stonehaven 68 72 76 69
287 D Howie (Peebles) 71 73 71 72
288 K Cantley (Liberton) 75 67 74 72
289 J Wilson (Balmore) 71 71 71 76.
290 A Davidson (Charleton) 74 72 70 74
292 S Roger (Peebles) 71 75 70 76
293 A Wilson (Portmarnock) 74 73 70 76, J Fox (Portmarnock) 71 72 73 77, A J Sutherland (Cupar) 74 68 71 68.
294 J Paterson (St Andrews New) 73 73 71 77
295 E McIntosh (Turnhouse) 70 72 80 73
297 J Wright (Forres) 75 70 79 73.
298 K Godsman (Moray) 74 73 75 76
299 J Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) 569 74 76 80
300 N Blyth (Germany) 71 70 74 85.
301 C Smith (unatt) 73 71 77 80, S Crichton (Aberdour) 67 76 81 77
302 C Lamb (Newmachar) 80 73 75 74, J Glenn (Bishop Auckland) 70 82 77 73, C D Scott (Nairn) 74 77 70 81, S Blair (Royal Musselburgh) 71 74 82 75.
303 G Dalziel (Airdrie) 70 74 80 79.

SELECTED TOTALS
307 J Shaw (Boat of Garten) 72 77 74 84 (37th)
308 L Smart (Banchory) 75 73 77 83 (38th)



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