The Carnegie Shield is Royal Dornoch’s most prestigious open golf competition and it has celebrated its 100th outing with seven enthralling days of golf.
The Shield itself, one of the oldest trophies in golf, was donated to the club by the world renowned philanthropist, Andrew Carnegie.
It is a large silver shield that boasts beautiful engravings of the Dornoch Cathedral, Skibo Castle and the Bishops Palace, (now the Castle Hotel) in Dornoch.
The competition is a true test of golfing prowess open to all gentlemen golfers, seniors and club golfers with a handicap less than 21 and juniors with a handicap of 4 or less.
The centenary competition was celebrated with a number of specials for all players, with each receiving a special competition Carnegie Shield money clip.
Past winners all received personally engraved quaichs, with their name and year of their win, at a special Winners Dinner after the first day of play.
In total, 14 past winners took part, including Jim Millar (70) who holds the present record of 10 wins, helping make up the field of 270 competitors, from as far afield as the US, Germany and Sweden.
The centenary competition proved to be as dramatic as many events with local golfer and past winner Christopher (Chippie) Mailley, winning ahead of American golfer Trey Wilkinson of Champions Club, Texas.
The Carnegie Shield is one of the oldest open amateur competitions, starting in 1901 with only the two world wars preventing play. The competition also includes the Silver Medal which is the oldest club prize dating back to 1878 and this is presented to the Royal Dornoch club member with the lowest scratch score total in qualifying rounds.
The EC Fraser Cup and The Davidson Trophy are also available for the Higher and Lower handicap golfers respectively.
Neil Hampton, General Manager remarked: “The Carnegie Shield is an important week for the club, every year, but we have had a truly enthralling competition for our centenary match.
“The weather was kind with only a few light showers and with the greens in excellent condition it has allowed everyone the opportunity to really raise their game on our world class links course.”
Mailley added to the occasion by summing up his win as “very, very special”. He went on to add: “The start of the week was not great with an 81 in the first qualifying round, but I was off to a good start today, a bit up and down, my putting was crucial and I managed to hold my nerve.
“It is extremely special to win the 100th playing competition of the Carnegie Shield.”