Published: 01/06/2015 12:25 - Updated: 01/06/2015 12:42

Moray Golf Club hosts international-class field

MORAY Golf Club hosted an international-class golf field as the Carrick Neill Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship came to Lossiemouth.

Englishman Marco Penge won the event on Sunday after carding a six-under par total of 278 over four rounds of the Moray Old Course.

The event, one of the Scottish Golf Union’s flagship events, featured players from 13 countries including one who played at Augusta in this year’s Masters.

Australian Anthony Murdaca earned his prestigious place in one of world golf’s four majors by winning the Asia Pacific Amateur Championship. But he could only manage joint 23rd place on Sunday in a competition where three players pulled away from the rest of the field.

Goodwood Golf Club member Penge could afford the luxury of a bogey at the last hole to claim victory, having eagled the 17th.

He won by one shot from GB&I Walker Cup squad player Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie), who managed his first birdies of Sunday’s round on 16 and 17 but couldn’t catch his English rival.

Irishman Cormac Sharvin was a shot further back in third place, five clear of Australian Lucas Herbert who was the highest-ranked player in the field at No. 20.

Five local hopefuls taking part were Jordan Milne (Elgin Golf Club), Forres' Jeff Wright and home course trio Kyle Godsman, Ryan Bain and Malcolm MacLeman, with all three narrowly failing to make tyhe halfway cut.

Full story and pictures from the Scottish Open Stroke Play Championship in this week's Northern Scot print edition.

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