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Scottish Am tees off at Royal Dornoch
30 Jul 2012
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DORNOCH, Sutherland, Scotland (July 30, 2012) -- Former Scotland international Bryan Innes (Murcar Links), a beaten semi-finalist in 2009, edged through by the narrowest of margins this morning to set up an intriguing second round battle with number one seed Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie) as the Scottish Amateur Championship got underway at Royal Dornoch.

The Scottish Golf Union’s flagship event teed off in near perfect conditions at 0645 this morning, but early sunshine gave way to heavy rain showers forcing challenging conditions on the afternoon starters on the Dornoch firth.

Innes, who played alongside Martin Laird in the 2003 Home Internationals, got off to a flying start in his first round match against Calum McCombie (Meldrum House) by opening with two birdies and was three up at the turn, but the 42-year-old was pegged back to all square after 16. He then won the 17th with a par and sealed the match on the final green, with Robertson easing past Lewis Reid 4 and 3.

“The first round match is always a tough one but I’m delighted to get through,” admitted Innes, who was also a bronze medallist in the 2010 Scottish Stroke Play Championship. “The course is set up tremendously well, the rough is up which is good and I don’t mind playing in the wind. The second round draw was a good incentive to win this morning and I’m looking forward to playing Graeme.” he added.

Fellow North East golfer Chris Robbb (Meldrum House) was the first player through to the second round with a convincing 6 and 5 win in the opening tie against Grange’s Mark Thomson, while Charlie MacNeal, a Troon Welbeck club-mate of 2010 champion Michael Stewart, was also an early winner beating Glasgow’s Clark Nelson.

Lundin’s James White, winner of the 2011 SGU Order of Merit, eased past last year’s quarter-finalist Neil Henderson (The Glen) with a resounding 6 and 4 win, with fellow Fifer and Scotland international Scott Crichton reaching round two after a 3 and 2 victory over Burhill’s Callum MacKay.

Former champion Glenn Campbell, victor at Southerness seven years ago, enjoyed a fine one-hole win over Royal Aberdeen’s Scott Larkin, but Scotland squad member Conor O’Neil made a first round exit at the hands of Merchants’ Brian Erskine at the first extra hole.

ABOUT THE Scottish Amateur

The Scottish Amateur Championship began in 1922 and has witnessed many famous victors, including legendary amateurs Ronnnie Shade and Charlie Green as well as some of the stars of the modern game, Colin Montgomerie and Stephen Gallacher.

Entry to the Championship is open to any male golfer who was either born in Scotland, has Scottish parentage, permanent residency in Scotland for not less than 5 years and has not played international golf or competed in a closed Championship for any other country other than Scotland. The starting field shall be 256 and, in the event of an over-entry, the number shall be reduced in order of exact handicap. Each match shall consist of one round of 18 holes except the final which will be played over 36 holes.

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Results For Scottish Amateur Golf Championship
Place  Pts
WinScotlandGrant ForrestScotland500
Runner-upScotlandRichard DochertyScotland400
SemifinalsScotlandLewis MutchScotland300
SemifinalsScotlandBryan FotheringhamScotland300
QuarterfinalsScotlandGraeme RobertsonScotland200

View full results for Scottish Amateur Golf Championship

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