Greenkeeper wins second BIGGA tournament in 201318th October, 2013 by Jenny Yu
The assistant greenkeeper at Cathkin Braes Golf Club in Glasgow has won his second industry / BIGGA championship this year.
Gordon Sangster won BIGGA’s Scottish National in June, and has now won the BIGGA National Championship at Frilford Heath Golf Club in Oxfordshire, sponsored by Charterhouse and Kubota.
His one-shot triumph earned him the coveted BIGGA Challenge Trophy and a first prize of £500.
Plus two handicapper Gordon had led overnight after a two under par 70 in his first round, and fought off fierce competition from the field to win by just one shot with a gross 147. In fact, only four shots covered the top five gross golfers – showing the depth of the greenkeeping association’s golfing talent. There was even a hole-in-one on the first day when Paul Davy from Porters Park Golf Club aced the 186-yard ninth with a six iron.
Gordon said: “It’s always good to win. At this level it’s one or two putts that make or break you, the scoring was so close. I birdied the last three holes on the first day which put me in a good position.
“It’s a fantastic course – a tough but fair test of golf. The greens are the fastest I’ve played on all year and the whole set up is phenomenal.”
The runner-up was James Dair from Toft House & Golf Course who shot a 70 on the second day to finish with a gross 148. He was closely followed by Gary Burgess from Grange Park Golf Club (149), James Egerton from Welwyn Garden City Golf Club (150) and last year’s champion Oly Browning from Stocks Golf Club (151).
Daniel Scott from Woburn Golf & Country Club won the BIGGA Challenge Cup for the best nett score with 140 which was rewarded with £150.
“Thanks to all the golfers who travelled from far and wide to play, to Sid Arrowsmith MG and his team for presenting a first-class course and to the sponsors Charterhouse and Kubota for their kind support of the event,” said a spokesman for BIGGA.
BIGGA CHALLENGE TROPHY – Best gross score
1) Gordon Sangster (Cathkin Braes Golf Club) – 70, 77 (147) £500
2) James Dair (Toft House & Golf Course) – 78, 70 (148) £300
3) Gary Burgess (Grange Park Golf Club) – 78, 71 (149) £250
4) James Egerton (Welwyn Garden City Golf Club) – 74, 76 (150) £150
5) Oly Browning (Stocks Golf Club) – 75, 76 (151) £100
BIGGA CHALLENGE CUP – Best nett score
1) Daniel Scott (Woburn Golf & Country Club) – 68, 72 (140) £150
2) Terry Cheese (Sandwell Park Golf Club) – 75, 73 (148) £100
3) Alastair Higgs (Windlesham Golf Club) – 73, 75 (148) £50
BIGGA CHALLENGE PLATE – Stableford Day Two only
Stewart Rogers (Orsett Golf Club) 36pts
BIGGA CHALLENGE BOWL – Affiliate prize
Andrew Cornes (BMS Ltd) 87, 88 (175) £75
HANDICAP PRIZES DAY ONE – Nett
+2 – 5 David Grant (Cherwell Edge Golf Club) 67 Golf Balls
06 – 12 Daniel Scott (Woburn Golf & Country Club) 68 Golf Balls
13 – 24 Anthony Thacker (RAF Marham Golf Club) 77 Golf Balls
HANDICAP PRIZES DAY TWO – Nett
+2 – 5 Gary Burgess (Grange Park Golf Club) 68 Golf Balls
06 – 12 Daniel Scott (Woburn Golf & Country Club) 72 Golf Balls
13 -24 Lee Whyte (Bowood Golf & Country Club) 73 Golf Balls
NEAREST THE PIN (9th)
Day One – Paul Davy (Porters Park Golf Club – hole in one!) Champagne
Day Two – Dan Norsworthy (The Richmond Golf Club) Champagne
LONGEST DRIVE (15th)
Day One – Antony Kirwan (Playgolf Colchester) Champagne
Day Two – Leigh Mordy (Knowle Golf Club) Champagne
TEAM PRIZES – Day One Only
First – Midland (David Grant, James Egerton, Oly Browning, Harry Larkins) £75 x 4 plus medals
Second – South East (Jason Hunt, Ron Christie, Mark Harvey, Paul Davy) Medals