Sunday, September 09, 2018

North are Scottish men's area champions after win over Fife in final at Cawder


North won the GolfKings Scottish men's area title at Cawder Golf Club, Glsgow  today with a hard-fought 5-4 win over Fife in the final. It is 18 years since North last won the national title at East Kilbride in the year 2000.
North, 3-2 conquerors of North-east in the semi-finals, looked on their way to a runaway victory in the final when they won all three morning foursomes but the Fifers hit back in the singles which they won 4-2.
Wins by David Joel and Chris Gaittens proved vital for North in the final set of singles.
In the last 20-odd years, North have won the national title at Edzell in 1995 and at East Kilbride in 2000.
With six points up for grabs in the afternoon singles session, Fife responded to win the opening three matches after victories from James White, Greg Wishart and Andrew Davidson. The two teams traded one more point each to make it 4-4 with wins for Scott Crichton (Fife), 4 and 3 over Lewis Reid, and Chris Gaittens (North) defeating David Mitchell jun 6 and 4.
It all came down to the match between David Joel (North) and Fraser Carr (Fife), which went right down to the wire with Joel winning by one hole to claim a 5-4 victory for North overall.
After his crunch match, David Joel said: “I was so nervous. It is bad enough when you are playing for yourself, but when it is a team event it is so much more nerve-racking as you don’t want to let the other guys down.
“It was nice to have two putts for it on the last and I dribbled it down safely. I don’t think I would like to go through it again if I am being honest.
“There will be some champagne on the team bus on the long road back up to Inverness tonight, I am sure we will enjoy ourselves.”
Moray’s Kyle Godsman said: “It’s a big honour to represent the North District and to come out as the winners gives us a feeling that is difficult to put into words.
“It was a close match this afternoon and it always looked like it was going to come down to David’s match. Chris Gaittens won his match quite comfortably early on, 6 and 4, and I am absolutely delighted that David managed to pull through for the team and get the win.”
Peter Abbott, Secretary of the North District, said: “I am very proud of the team today. We would like to congratulate Fife Golfing Association on a great tournament, they played very well and it was a tight game that went right down to the last putt on the last green.
“I would also like to thank Cawder Golf Club, who have been fantastic hosts. Cawder is a beautiful course with a beautiful clubhouse and we have all made a lot of friends this week. We look forward to next year when we will try to retain the trophy.”
Cawder Golf Club.
Ayrshire 3, Borders 2
Fife 3, Lanarkshire 2
North 3, Glasgow 2
North-east 3, Stirlingshire 2


Foursome (0-1)
David Mitchell jun (Leven Th) and Scott Crighton (Aberdour) lost to Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) and Scott brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) 2 holes.
Singles (3.5-1.5)
Fraser Carr (Crail GS) bt Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) 4 and 3.
James White (Lundin) halved with Michael Smyth (Royal Troon).
Greg Wishart (Lundin) w.o. Sandy Buchanan (Prestwick St Nicholas) scr.
Andrew Davidson (Charleton) bt John Shanks (Irvine) 1 hole.

Foursome (0-1)
Lewis Reid (Fortrose and Rosemarkie) lost to B Edmond (Bon Accord) and Anthony Bews (Murcar Links) 1 hole.
Singles (3-1)
Kyle Godsman (Moray) bt Christopher Lamb (Newmachar) 1 hole.
Jeff Wright (Forres) bt Adam Dunton (McDonald Ellon) 4 and 3.
Jordan Shaw (Boat of Garten bt Mark Thomson (Kintore) 3 and 1.
David Joel (Inverness) lost to Clark Brechin (Portlethen) 4 and 2.


Foursomes (3-0)
Reid and Gaittens bt Mitchell and Crighton 1 hole.
Wright and Shaw bt Wishart and Davidson 2 and 1.
Godsman and Joel bt White and Carr 3 and 2.
Singles (2-4)
Godsman lost to White 3 and 2.
Wright lost to Wishart 4 and 3.
Shaw lost to Davidson 3 and 2.
Joel bt Carr 1 hole.
Reid lost to Crighton 4 and 3.
Gaittens bt Mitchell 6 and 4.



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