Friday, August 13, 2004

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION CHAMPION OF CHAMPIONS 2004 - McInally retains title in exciting finish

Tommy McInally (Loudoun) retained the Ayrshire Champion Of Champions Trophy at Royal Troon tonight after a final against John Sloan (Doon Valley) which went all the way to the final green, McInally going ahaed for the first time in the match for a one hole victory.

Sloan started very well, taking the opening two holes for a lead which he maintained through the turn. McInally however rallied and managed to square the match at the 14th hole. A half at 15 was followed by some excellent recovery play on 16 by McInally, who managed a par 5 to half the hole,despite being in two bunkers. Afurther halved hole at 17 left the players all square at the 18th tee.

Sloan's drive to the right was some 40 yards behind McInally's from the tee, but the Doon Valley plaayer knocked in a good approach to 20'. McInally however produced the shot of the night, a well struck chip which came to rest some 18 inches from the cup. Sloan's effort for a three just missed, leaving McInally a simple three and the 2004 title of Champion Of Champions.

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