McIntosh Wins Amateur Golf's Oldest Medal Play Competition
Euan McIntosh shot 13 under to prevail at Leven Links
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LEVEN, SCOTLAND (August 13, 2017) - Turnhouse’s Euan McIntosh took route 66 to stage a strong finish to win the Leven Gold Medal with a 13-under-par total over the Leven Links today.
Last year’s Men’s Order of Merit winner had led at halfway with a pair of 67s over the par-71 course, but he lost the pole position in the third round with a 71.
But then McIntosh, 48, the former pro who returned to the Home Internationals team last season, used all his experience to card a brilliant last round of five-under-par 66 to finish three strokes ahead of Calum Fyfe (Cawder).
Fyfe strung five birdies together from the 11th to the 15th in his final round 69 which followed rounds of 72, 67 and 66. Steven Stewart (Clydebank and District) finished third, while third-round leader Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) tied with James White (Lundin) for fourth spot.
The Leven Gold Medal is the oldest stroke play championship in amateur golf, having first been contested in 1870.
The competition for the Amateur Champion Medal (strictly the correct title) was contested over 18 holes until 1966 with the exception of the war years 1915 to 1918 and 1940 to 1945.
From 1966 to 1968 the competition was played over 36 holes before moving to 72 holes in 1969. Today the tournament is two days of 36 holes played each day.
ABOUT THE Leven Gold Medal
The World's Oldest Open Amateur Stroke Play
Competition - inaugurated in 1870
hole stroke play championship; 36 holes on day
one followed by a cut and 36 holes on day two.
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