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
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