Bell wins Standard Life Leven Gold Medal event
By COLIN FARQUHARSON
LEVEN, SCOTLAND (Aug. 7, 2011) -- Dundee's Ross Bell celebrated his 23rd birthday yesterday by completing a wire-to-wire victory in the Standard Life Leven Gold Medal 72-hole tournament - the oldest amateur stroke-play event in the world.
After a splendid opening round of seven-under-par 64, only two shots outside the course record, Bell shot a second-round 69 after a lengthy rain delay to lead by six shots at halfway. He was still six clear of the field after a par-matching Sunday morning third round of 71 before a three-over-par 74 in his final round clinched the gold medal and a £500 voucher by two shots from Fraser McKenna, who had a 68 for 280 to gain the silver medal and a £400 voucher.
The bronze medal and a £300 voucher went to US college student James Ross (Royal Burgess) who also closed with a 68 for 281. Peter Latimer (St Andrews News), Bell's closest rival overnight and his last-day playing partner, did exert some pressure in the early stages of the final round but slipped back to 282.
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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