The female trio of Hannah McCook, Louise Duncan and Elaine Moffat are celebrating after winning their respective domestic 2018 Order of Merit titles.
Winner of the women’s title for the third year-in-a-row, McCook’s impressive season included phenomenal back-to-back victories at both the Irish and Welsh Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship, a semi-final finish in the Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship at Elie and a top-5 finish at the St Rule Trophy.
Grantown-on-Spey’s McCook also enjoyed success on the team front, playing a pivotal role in Scotland’s first Women’s Home Internationals victory since 2010 at Ballybunnion, Ireland.
Following her victories, McCook said “I’ve won a couple of University events, but this is the first time I have found some form in an International sense. At the beginning of the year my goal was to win but to have done so twice in a row was just amazing.”
At the girls’ level, West Kilbride’s Louise Duncan topped the rankings after a fantastic season which included victory in the Fairhaven Trophy, runner-up in the Xact Scottish Girls Amateur Championship and a total of seven top-10 finishes.
In the seniors, Elaine Moffat came out on top after a fine season which included three victories in six events. Moffat’s wins included the Scottish Senior Women’s Match-play Championship, the Midlands Regional Vets Championship and the SVLGA Championship.
Moffat also made her international debut, representing Scotland in both the European Team Championships and the Senior Ladies Home Internationals.
- Women’s Order of Merit Winner – Hannah McCook (Grantown-on-Spey)
- Girls’ Order of Merit Winner – Louise Duncan (West Kilbride)
- Senior Women’s Order of Merit Winner – Elaine Moffat (St Regulus Ladies)
On the male front, Euan McIntosh, Greg Dalziel and Ronnie Clark capped off fine seasons finishing top of the rankings in each of their respective Order of Merits.
Turnhouse’s McIntosh was a man-on-fire, running away with the Men’s title after a superb season that included three victories in the month of August alone.
Most notable was a 3&2 victory over talented Renfrewshire teenager Jamie Stewart in an enthralling Scottish Men’s Amateur Championship final at Blairgowrie, followed up by victories at the Amateur Gold Medal (Leven) and the North East Open Amateur Championship.
McIntosh, who represented Scotland at the European Team Championships and Home Internationals, was a model of consistency all year adding a further four top-5 finishes to his three victories.
In the boys’ rankings, Airdrie’s Greg Dalziel amassed 1233 points as the Scotland International held off fellow teammates Connor McKinney (2nd) and Nairn’s Calum Scott (3rd).
Consistency was the key for Dalziel who claimed two victories, the Barrie Douglas Scottish Junior Masters at Blairgowrie and the Junior Tour at Monifieth. He also finished second in the Scottish Boy’s Open Championship at Montrose and in total secured six top-5 finishes in 14 events.
In the seniors, Erskine’s Ronnie Clark topped the Order of Merit rankings after winning the Scottish Senior Men’s Open Championship at Irvine in a tense three-man play-off and the Scottish Seniors Match Play Championship at Drumpellier.
Clark said: “To finally win a major championship is really special. I’ve been close in the past so it’s truly great to have made it this year to win my first national title.
Clark who last topped the rankings in 2015, capped off another fine season by helping Scotland win the Senior Men’s Home Internationals at Southerness for the first time since 2014.
- Men’s Order of Merit Winner – Euan McIntosh (Turnhouse)
- Senior Men’s Order of Merit Winner – Ronnie Clarke (Erskine)
- Boys’ Order of Merit Winner – Greg Dalziel (Airdrie)
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