Ronnie Clark has secured his first national title with an incredible victory in the Scottish Senior Men’s Open Championship at Irvine (Bogside) Golf Club in Irvine this afternoon.
Putting in a solid performance on day one and day two of the competition with just four over par (75 & 73), Clark was marginally behind the lead going into today’s final round.
But a third day tie of five over par in the top three resulted a gripping three-way playoff against A E Atkinson (Windermere) and Richard Partridge (Wildernesse), with the Scotsman going on to secure the title with a fantastic putt on the par four hole.
Ronnie 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.
“I played well across the first two days, but just couldn’t putt for some reason. I tried not to look at the scoreboard during play as I wasn’t sure how well I was going but when I heard my playing partners egging me on towards the end, I knew I must be in contention.”
“I’ve had an amazing time playing this week and always enjoy playing in this competition. It’s really competitive but is always played in such a great spirit. You really get a sense of the camaraderie here.”
Past champions include two of Scotland’s Walker Cup greats, Charlie Green and Ian Hutcheon, and the championship has visited many of the country’s top class links venues, with Panmure, Luffness New, Elie and The Royal Burgess Golfing Society all playing host in recent years.