Andrew is junior champion
Published 1 Aug 2012 13:20 0 Comments
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HANDY ANDY: The Montgomery trophy is handed to Andrew by Captain Roddy Boyle.
ANDREW Carmichael is junior champion at Gourock Golf Club as he pipped junior captain Graham Minton at the end of 36 holes of fantastic golf.
Weather conditions were excellent for the players and with the greens in immaculate condition it was hoped that low and competitive scoring would be the order of the day.
Two-time defending champion David Slack, still recovering from a knee operation, turned up to wish all of the players good luck on the day.
In the morning round, Jack Broadley raced to the turn in a brilliant 33 but faltered a little on the home stretch.
His 79, however, would leave him only three shots off the pace going into the second round.
Also on 79 was in-form player Daragh Cuddihy, whilst Andrew Carmichael shot a 78 which would keep him in touch.
Recent winner at Cowal Greg Taylor and Greg Sandison both shot fine 77s but it would be Graham Minton who would lead the field after 18 holes with an excellent 76.
In the afternoon, the wind freshened a little and Jack Broadley and Daragh Cuddihy would see themselves slip out of contention after nine holes.
Greg Taylor battled away to a commendable 79 but his 156 total was just a couple too many to upset the leading three players.
Minton, Carmichael and Sandison were all playing fantastic golf and were all level par through the 14th hole.
Greg Sandison slipped up at the 15th and 16th holes whilst Graham Minton similarly made an unwelcome error at hole 16 but did go on bravely to birdie the 17th hole.
However, Andrew Carmichael was continuing to play in a cool and determined fashion, churning out par after par under severe pressure.
Andrew then birdied the 17th hole to go one under par for his round in the afternoon.
A textbook par at hole 18 gave him the title by two from Graham Minton in what had been a wonderful display of golf played in the spirit of the game.
Andrew went on to receive the Montgomery trophy from club captain Roddy Boyle whilst Greg Sandison took the Hamish McNab trophy for best net score.
This article appeared in Greenock Telegraph 01 Aug 12