Saturday, August 13, 2005

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - hat trick of wins for McInally in Champion Of Champions event

Tommy McInally (Loudoun) gained a trio of successive wins in the Champion Of Champions Trophy competition defeating 2002 champion Tony Fraser (Annanhill) in the final at Royal Troon on Friday 12th August 2005.

In a perfect evening for golf, the players faced the challenge of the Championship tees for the final.

McInally made the first move, gaining a winning birdie 3 at the opening hole. A birdie 3 at the third hole levelled the match for Fraserbut a birdie 4 at the 4th immediately restored McInally's advantage.

Both players played poor third shots at the 6th hole, but it was McInally who recovered better, increasing his advantage to 2 holes.

A par 4 was enough for Fraser to reduce the defecit to one after 8 holes, and with the notorious postage stamp yielding birdie 2's to both players, the difference between the finalists was one hole.

Fraser maintained his pressure on McInally towards the turn, and when McInally lost the first of two balls during the match, on the 9th hole, the match result remained tied as the players turned for home.

As in the opening nine, McInally secured a birdie 3 at the 10th hole to go 1 up, but a second lost ball of the match, this time at the canteen area, resulted in the match being levelled again.

At the 14th, Fraser bunkered his tee shot giving McInally the task of securing a par 3, which he did.

Par was sufficient to hold a 2 hole advantage, and when the next two holes were halved, McInally emerged the winner by 4 & 3.

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