Kemnay crowned Ryder Cup Challenge champs at Nairn

Grampian golf club Kemnay secured a victory on away turf by defeating Brora in the final of the ClubGolf Ryder Cup Challenge at The Nairn Golf Club

The teams of four, each representing their respective ClubGolf regions, had come through stiff competition in Matchplay qualifying to reach the grand finale. Brora had beaten off the challenge of Aigas and Strathpeffer over the summer, while Kemnay's route to Nairn saw them overcome Alford, Stonehaven and Peterculter.

The regional competitions were open to all volunteer coaches of ClubGolf clubs and organised by Highlands and Grampian ClubGolf Regional Managers Willie MacKay and Audra Booth.

The event was organised as a small token of thanks from ClubGolf for all of the work being done at a regional level by volunteers to encourage the development of grass roots golf. Its volunteer workforce is invaluable to the ClubGolf programme, without which the progress being made to introduce more children to the sport would be impossible.

With one pair from each club playing Foursomes and the other Fourball Better Ball, it was always likely scoring would be tight. While a late surge from Brora in the Fourball Better Ball secured a hard-fought draw and half-point, an earlier one-hole victory for Kemnay ensured the inaugural Ryder Cup Challenge spoils would belong to Grampian.

Delighted by her region's victory, Booth said: "It was a fantastic day, the coaches thoroughly enjoyed themselves, even though a few nerves were evident on the first tee. 

"This has been a really successful competition and the Grampian vs. Highland match taking place on the same date that the singles matches will be played next year to determine who wins the 2014 Ryder Cup made it all the more special''

Highland Regional Manager MacKay added: "As well as having a fun event, the matches allowed the coaches to play different courses, meet other coaches and share their ClubGolf experiences for the benefit of their junior members. 

"For five of the eight coaches in the final, this was their first time playing the world-famous Nairn links course that has hosted the Walker and Curtis Cup competitions and, as well as a course in fine condition and superb catering, the weather was perfect which rounded off this inter-club Ryder Cup event in style."

Photo caption L to R.
Billy Bell; Liam Macdonald-Macleod; George Duncan (with the runners-up trophy); Marlene Bokas (with the Highland ClubGolf Coaches Ryder Cup Challenge Cup), all Brora Golf Club; Karen Scott (with the Grampian ClubGolf Coaches Ryder Cup Challenge Cup); Richard Temple (with the winner trophy for the Grampian Vs. Highland Final); Scott Langlands; Scott Knox, all Kemnay Golf Club.


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