Four Scottish pairs are now planning their journey to Royal Portrush to play on the eve of The Open Championship next month after successfully qualifying for the Grand Final of the R&A 9 Hole Challenge from the Scottish Final at Milnathort over the last two days.
On Thursday, Susan Randall and Diane Moncrieff from Comiston Ladies Golf Club were the top qualifiers with a fantastic total of 41 points. They were joined in qualifying by father-son duo, Troy and Barry Teunion from Rothes Golf Club, whose score of 37 points was enough to secure them a place at Portrush.
Rothes member Troy was the youngest player in the field over the two days, at only nine years old.
Speaking to Scottish Golf after her round on Thursday, winning team member Susan Randall said, “It was my first time here and I must say I was impressed by the course. We managed to get here a bit early and get a practice on the green which I think made all the difference.
“It started with a par at the first and I thought it would only be downhill from there, but it was all good, I’m really pleased!”
On Friday, it was Glenearn duo Alistair Norman and John O’Brien Cooper who came out on top with 39 points.
They were closely followed by Colvend pair Brian Jamieson and Graeme Reid who finished on 38 points and booked their place at Portrush by the narrowest of margins; on countback of the last six holes.
Colvend’s Cooper told Scottish Golf after his round, “It would be really cool (to play at Royal Portrush), I think we would put a bit of pressure on Rory. The 9-hole format is good; it’s quick and it’s fast. There’s lots of different representations here, with different age groups and abilities.”
The four qualifying pairs will now look forward to the once in a lifetime, all expenses paid trip to Royal Portrush on the eve of this year’s Open Championship. The Scottish qualifiers will compete for the overall title against winning pairs from England, Ireland, Wales and, for the first time this year, Australia.