Aboyne Victory For Scottish Champion
Aboyne Golf Club is celebrating after successfully hosting the Scottish Golf North-East Men’s’ Open this weekend.
Selected by the sport’s governing body ‘Scottish Golf’ to stage the flagship district event, it was the first time the tournament had been held at Aboyne and attracted a strong field of elite players from across the region and further afield.
The 72-hole strokeplay competition started off with strong winds on Saturday morning and then players had to endure some heavy rain on Sunday before the weather eased.
Making his debut at Aboyne was the recently crowned Scottish Amateur Champion Euan McIntosh who proved too strong for the other contestants adding further silverware and prizemoney to his already impressive season.
The victory is McIntosh’s third win this month, straight on the back of winning the Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship at Blairgowrie and last weekend’s Leven Gold Medal.
Euan, who travelled up from Edinburgh for the tournament, had a -9 four round total of 263 winning by 2 shots over Kintore’s Mark Thomson. Out in only 29 shots in his last round, Euan had the course record in his sights before bogeys at holes 10 and 11 ensured the record stayed intact.
The Turnhouse Golf Club player, who plays of a handicap of +4.4, said ”Credit to Aboyne and their green staff for laying on a tremendous competition. The course was in unbelievable condition. It is a fantastic layout with wonderful scenery and a real pleasure to play.
I am thrilled with the victory.
The course really does exceed expectations.”
President of Aboyne Justin Grant said “It was a great honour and privilege for Aboyne to be hosting such a prestigious tournament attracting the top amateur players in our region.
We demonstrated what a great course we have at Aboyne which can prove a challenge for even the most elite of players. We are delighted with the glowing feedback we have received from the competitors and the representatives of Scottish Golf.
It has further established Aboyne on the golfing map and demonstrated we can hold future national golfing events.
We congratulate Euan and hope to welcome him back to Aboyne someday.”