Pirie Rolls Back Years for Club Glory at 75

Hazlehead GC stalwart Sandy Pirie, a club champion at the age of 15, became Braemar club champion at the weekend – this time aged 75.

Sandy qualified in third place, beating his age twice, and won his quarter-final and semi-final after tight matches before, on Sunday, beating the leading qualifier, Paul Black, in the final.

Sandy Pirie

Pirie was never behind but another tight match went all the way to the 18th before Sandy prevailed. He had gone round in an approximate 70 strokes.

Sandy’s son Neil said: “I know that Ian Hutcheon and my father shared the distinction of winning the same club championship 50 years apart (Hazlehead and Monifieth), but I am not aware of anyone who has been a club champion 60 years apart. The new knee last November has undoubtedly played its part!”

Pirie was a Scotland international from 1966 to 1975, playing in 10 consecutive Home International series.

He lost to Hugh Stuart in the 1972 and to Gordon Murray in 1974 in two Scottish Amateur championship finals, both in Ayrshire, at Prestwick and Western Gailes respectively.

He played for Great Britain and Ireland in the 1967 Walker Cup match against the United States at Royal St George’s Golf Club, Kent.