Wednesday, 22 November 2017

McLEAN WINS NE ALLIANCE AT WET
MONTROSE WITH A 65

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Peterhead's Philip McLean scored his second scratch win of the North-east Golfers' Alliance season with an eight-birdie, six-under-par 65 in very wet conditions at a shortened, winter Montrose Links course over which 11 players in all got under the par of 71, despite the weather.
McLean, pictured, collected first prize of £160 by heading a field of 95 players, despite a double bogey 7 at the 15th where he drove out of bounds.
In a round of only 26 putts, the Buchan man had eight birdies - at the second, third, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 17th and 18th in halves of 34 (two under par) and 31 (four under).
McLean's birdie-birdie finish - he hit a nine-iron to 4ft at the 17th and got down in two shots from 100yd out at the last, holing a 12ft putt - enabled him to pip clubhouse leader John Duff (Newmachar) by one stroke. 
The so-consistent Duff, winner in the corresponding meeting at Montrose last season, had the best outward half of the day - 31 shots which included eagles at the shortened sixth and ninth. He had nine pars after the turn and earned £130.
Peterculter professional Ross McConnachie finished third with a 67 to earn £100. He was four under par after only six holes.
Lowest net score of the day was 63, achieved by both Steve Scott (Hazlehead) and Graeme Riley (Craibstone). Scott, who plays off  seven, pipped five-handicapper Rileyfor first-place voucher of £80 in Class 1 net returns with a better inward half.
Class 2's £80 voucher was won by two shots with a net 64 by Dougie Booth who plays off nine at Tarland Golf Club.

FINAL TOTALS
Par 71
65 P McLean (Peterhead)
66 J Duff (Newmachar)
67 R McConnachie (Peterculter)
68 C Stewart (Murcar Links), S Finnie (Caledonian), C Robb (Meldrum House), G Riley (Craibstone)
69 Laura Murray (Kippie Lodge),
70 S Allison (Bon Accord), S Scott (Hazlehead), A Locke (Paul Lawrie GC)
71 J Hopwood (Royal Aberdeen), F Bisset (Banchory)
72 R Blackmore (Tarland), D Templeton (Murcar Links), J Sunley (Newmachar), P McKenna (Paul Lawrie GC), S Shand (Kemnay), D Adam (Kemnay), C Dempster (Paul Lawrie GC), S Mackie (Kemnay)
73 D Booth (Tarland), J Nicolson (Hazlehead), G Munro (Newmachar).
74 S Hanson (Paul Lawrie GC), R Sinclair  (Kintore).
75 R McNeill (Westhill), M Merchant (Newmachar), J Stewart (Banchory), A Gall (Deeside), B Fyfe (Paul Lawrie GC), R Ruddiman (Royal Aberdeen), J Borthwick (Craibstone).
76 C Craig (Kintore), M Herbertson (Newmachar), L Fowler (Royal Aberdeen), S Kidd (Longside), M Forster (Cruden Bay).
77 I Esslemont (Hazlehead), Grant Leslie (Newburgh), P Cheyne (Northern), J Calder (Newmachar), J Chalmers (Alford), G Cochrane (Kemnay).
78 R Davidson (Caledonian), I Birnie (Deeside), D Craigie (Portlethen), G Chalmers (Alford), A Ramage (Banchory), C Duffus (Royal Aberdeen)
79 P Morrison (Newmachar), C Cassie (Nigg Bay), K Bedborough (Deeside), M Smith (Newmachar), B Lumsden (Northern), D Nelson (Aboyne), M Lawrie (Kemnay)
80 W Beattie (Craibstone), M Duncan (Murcar Links), R Denning (Inverurie), W Skene (Deeside)
81 J Forrest (Northern), B Elsby (Peterculter)
82 P Robertson (Westhill), S Davidson (Kemnay), G McLaggan (Bon Accord), D McLean (Kemnay)
83 L Roger (Royal Aberdeen), I Still (Craibstone), D Townsley (Peterculter)
84 S Ross (Hazlehead), N K Parker (Murcar Links)
85 P Low (Craibstone), P Cornfield (Hazlehead), N Stewart (Northern), T Collie (Kemnay)
86 T Boyle (Portlethen), G Thom (Murcar Links)
87 J Scott (Peterculter), S Christie (Aboyne), D Bisset (Banchory), R Duncan (Deeside)
88 D Robertson (Hazlehead), D Lawrie (Deeside), R Coupar (Inverallochy)
90 M Brown (Kemnay)
91 M Tough (Banchory)
92 R Wright (Auchmill)
94 R Brown (Kemnay)
97 Gary Leslie (Deeside)
There were only five No Returns which, considering the rain, was a surprisingly low figure from a field of 95 starters.

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PRIZEWINNERS
SCRATCH
65 P McLean (£160).
66 J Duff (£130)
67 R McConnachie (£100)
68 C Robb (£46), C Stewart (£46 voucher), S Finnie (£46 voucher).
HANDICAP
Class 1
vouchers
63 S Scott (7)  bih (£80), G Riley (5) (£70).
64 S Allison (6) (£60).
65 J Sunley (7) (£50)
66 S Shand (6) (£40)
Class 2 
vouchers
64 D Booth (9) £80
66 R Ruddiman (9) bih (£70), J Stewart (9) bih (£60), B Lumsden (13) (£50).
67 I Birnie (11) £40).

BEST CARDS

PHIL McLEAN 65 (34-31) (-6)
Birdies: 8 (2nd, 3rd, 10th, 11`th, 12th, 13th, 17th, 18th).
Double bogeys: 1 (15th)
Bogeys: 0.

JOHN DUFF 66 (31-35) (-5)
Eagles: 2 (6th, 8th).
Birdies: 1 (5th).
Bogeys: 0.

ROSS McCONNACHIE  67 (33-34) (-4)
Birdies: 5 (1st, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 15th).
Bogeys: 1 (9th)

CHRIS ROBB 68 (35-33) 
STEWART FINNIE 68 (35-33) 
GRAEME RILEY 68 (33-35) 
CHRIS STEWART 68 (34-34) 
LAURA MURRAY 69 (34-35) 

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