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Bain equals Strathlene scratch silverware record haul

By Alan Beresford

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THERE was plenty of glory for local golfers at the Sandy's Carpets and Furnishings Strathlene Four Day open.

The scratch Craigendarroch Cup went to the 19th hole before home golfer Ryan Bain claimed victory over Scott Vass. It was to mark milestone for Bain, who recorded his fourth triumph in the scratch trophy, equalling that of his grandfather James L Duthie, the only other Strathlene golfer to have done so.

The Badenoch Cup was also to stay at Strathlene thanks to David B Clark, who saw off the challenge of Bob Gray 3/2 to take the silverware.

Meanwhile, the Banffshire Advertiser Cup was bound for other shores after being won by Mal Owens of Padeswood and Buckley, Wales. The final went to the 19th hole before he overcame Chris Maynard.

The Gordon Cup made the short trip down the road to Cullen thanks to Calvin Lee Wright, who defeated challenger Chris Ross in the final.

Attendance was up on last year, with 146 taking to the fairways compared to 123 in 2022, the first open to take place after the pandemic.

Club captain Robbie Nicol said: "It was an excellent four day open, we're delighted with how things went.

"The weather was grand and the course was great condition.

"For the two qualifying rounds there wasn't a breath of wind but it got up for the matchplay, which made things more interesting and competitive, especially for the scratch guys.

"The standard of golf was very high again, especially in the scratch.

"Ryan [Bain] was quite emotional in his speech accepting the scratch trophy which he won for the fourth time, equalling his grandfarther's record.

"It was a big occasion for the dozen Welsh lads who come up to play every year with an all-Welsh final in the Banffshire Advertiser Cup. It was the first time for 12 years one of the group had won a trophy at the open."

"We'd like to thank Sandy's Carpets and Furnishings for once again sponsoring our four day open."

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