Lloyd Jaguar Land-Rover Kelso
BGA Strokeplay Championship played at Kelso Golf Club 0n Sunday 19th August 2018
The Border Championship returned to Kelso Golf Club after a number of years. Ian Lauder was the winner the last time and he started off with the best score in the morning round. His 68 put him ahead of Angus Massie, Alan Chalmers and Andy Lawrie by 1 shot. Hovering on rounds of 70 were the two ultra-low handicappers of Darren Howie and Simon Fairburn, both who play off +3. Also on 70 was Paul McVie.
The weather was unkind at the start but improved as the day went on which helped the scoring which was much better than in the first round. Unfortunately this was not the case for Ian who had 2 bogeys and a double on the first 9 which put him out of contention.
David Gillie and Mark Collins came into contention with 67’s and Paul Mcvie followed his first round 70 with a 69. But all eyes were on the hot pair of Darren and Simon. Darren stormed to the turn in 31, 4 under and Simon, one behind on 32. Simon skipped ahead on the 11th hole with an eagle to Darren’s par. A birdie on the 14th gained another shot for Simon. It swung the other way on the 16th with a Darren birdie.
Things were heating up and an untidy 5 from Simon on the 17th against Darren’s birdie left the young Peebles golfer ahead. It was here where the golf gods kicked in. Unbelievable, Darren’s drive went out of bounds on the par 5, 18th hole. He recovered slightly scoring a birdie his second ball for a bogey 6.
So here it was, Simon needed a birdie to win and a par for a playoff. I received information from a playing partner that on the 488 yard par 5 hole, Simon hit an eight iron through the back of the green for his second shot and got up and down for the win to make it back to back wins for the Torwoodlee man.
Congratulations to all players for making it a great Championship
The BGA thanks Kelso Golf Club for the use of the course and of course their green staff and catering staff. Thanks also to Lloyd Jaguar Land-Rover of Kelso for sponsoring the event.
The top 16 players have now qualified for the BGA Match-play to be held at
Roxburghe Golf Club on Sat/Sun 29th & 30th September.