Cudahy, Sabin win 9-hole event at Carnoustie ahead of Open
Christopher Cudahy and Andrew Sabin (R&A photo)
CARNOUSTIE, SCOTLAND (July 14, 2018) - On the eve of Open Championship week, a group of club golfers had the opportunity to experience the famous links in the second playing of the R&A’s 9 Hole Championship Final. The stableford event featured 42 players competing on the first four and last five holes at Carnoustie’s Angus course.
Christopher Cudahy and Andrew Sabin of Tadmarton Heath in Banbury, England, were the overall winners with a net aggregate score of 41. Behind that two-man team, Gary Aitken and Richard McLuckie finished runner-up for their club, Dunblane New in Scotland.
Interestingly, the third-place team included 10-year-old Evan Taylor, who combined with Andy Drees. Both hail from Foxills, England.
“To play Carnoustie in its best condition just before The Open was a real privilege and it was exciting, thrilling golf,” said Cudahy, who along with Sabin accepted first prize from European Tour player Paul Lawrie and R&A Captain Bruce Mitchell. “It feels brilliant to have won the final and it was a great experience.
Cudahy noted that the matches went out just ahead of Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy, on site beginning Open preparation.
“When you stand on the first tee and they call your name out, with all the grandstands around you, it raises the hairs on the back of your neck,” Sabin said. “It’s a nerve-wracking but fantastic experience. I will remember it for years to come.”
More than 15,000 golfers entered nine-hole qualifying events at clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland in an effort to reach this event. That’s more than double the number who played in 2017. The R&A says its 9 Hole Championship is central to the organization’s drive to promote this form of golf as an ideal way to enjoy playing the sport in less time, either recreationally or competitively for handicap purposes.