Wednesday, October 03, 2018

Highlands and Islands take Students' Autumn 
 
Trophy by runaway margin
 
James Glenn (Durham) gained his first Students' Golf Tour event victory of the year while Mirren Fraser (Stirling) claimed her maiden Tour title on an exciting final day’s play at the Autumn Trophy, being hosted for the first time by Alyth Golf Club.
 In the team competitions there were wins for the University of St Andrews women’s team and the men’s team from the University of the Highlands and Islands.
Glenn produced a final round of six-under 64 for a 54-hole aggregate pf 202, pipping UHI's Alistair McNaughton by a single shot.
Third was Robert Watson from the University of Strathclyde on 212/
In the men’s team event, a fantastic performance from the team from the University of Highlands and Islands saw them race to a 23-stroke victory. The team of Alistair McNaughton, Michael Schinkel, Riccardo Cellerino and Graham Minton recorded a team total of six-under-par, with Stirling I and Stirling III coming second and third respectively.
In the women’s competition there was an equally close contest  with Mirren Fraser taking a single shot lead over Alexa Hammer (St Andrews) into the final day. Two dropped shots over the first four holes from Fraser opened the door but Hammer was unable to take advantage and over the front nine it was Mirren who extended her lead to three shots.
Alexa fought back, shooting two under on the back nine, but Fraser was able to match her total to secure a three-stroke victory.
In the women's team competition, it was St Andrews who took the win, Hammer, Clark, and Kirsten Brown finishing seven stokes clear of Stirling I.
The Students' Golf Tour returns to the Fairmont St Andrews for the Fife Tournament, starting on October 12.
 
LEADING MEN'S TOTALS
202 J Glenn (Durham) 69 69 64
203 A McNaughton (UHI) 67 70 66
212 R Watson (Strathclyde) 71 70 71
213 J Pope (Exeter) 70 74 69, M Schinkel (UHI) 68 70 75.
LEADING WOMEN'S TOTALS
216 M Fraser (Stirling) 74 73 69
219 A Hammer (St Andrews) 71 77 71
225 F Clark (St Andrews) 78 74 73, J Mackintosh (RGU) 72 79 74, G Hirst (St Andrews) 73 77 75.

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