Saturday, August 25, 2018


Sam Locke picture on Banchory Golf
Club’s 'Wall of Fame'

By FERGUS BISSET

A photograph of Open Championship Silver Medal Winner Sam Locke is the latest addition to Banchory Golf Club’s incredible “Wall of Fame.”

Sam, a former junior club champion at Banchory GC, posed for photos with his Silver Medal, awarded to the low-amateur in The Open Championship, in front of Banchory’s iconic “Doocot.”

After winning the Scottish Amateur Championship of 2017, Sam was granted honorary membership at Banchory and he continues to make use of the course and facilities at the club. In fact, in the week before Carnoustie this July, Sam was out playing with friends at Banchory, fine-tuning his game.

Sam finished as low-amateur in the 147th Open Championship and as the leading Scottish player. In winning the Silver Medal, Sam joined an illustrious list of golfers to receive the award, including: Tiger Woods, Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy.

Sam’s picture will sit alongside photographs of an impressive selection of great players and champions who have an association with Banchory Golf Club. The Banchory GC “Wall of Fame” also includes:

Paul Lawrie – The 1999 Open champion began his professional career at Banchory, working as an assistant under Doug Smart from 1986 to 1989. A commemorative stone from Aberdeenshire Council recognising Paul’s achievement sits by the first tee at Banchory and the 14th hole was re-named “Paul Lawrie.”

Harry Bannerman – Club professional at Banchory GC between 1970 and 1974, Harry was one of Scotland’s finest players in the second half of the 20th Century. He was three-times a winner of the Northern Open and represented
GB and I in the 1971 Ryder Cup, winning 2.5 points out of 5.

Greig Hutcheon – A Scottish internationalist as an amateur representing Banchory, Greig has gone on to become one of the country’s most successful domestic professional players. He is twice a Northern Open winner and a six-time winner of the Tartan Tour Order of Merit. He played for GB and I in the victorious 2017 PGA Cup team.

James Byrne – As an amateur, James enjoyed great success, reaching the final of the British Amateur Championship of 2010 and then playing in the victorious GB and I 2011 Walker Cup team at Royal Aberdeen. As a professional, he won the Northern Open in both 2012 and 2013.

Mark Lothian – Mark won the Senior Men’s World Deaf Golf Championship of 2016 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mark, a long-time member at Banchory, proved that achievement was no fluke by finishing as runner-up in the event at Carton House, Ireland this summer.

For a small, town club Banchory GC can boast an impressive list of alumni and Sam Locke is the latest on the roll of honour.

+Pictures of Sam Locke by courtesy of Dave Cowe, Banchory


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