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Club stalwart Main claims Cullen four day open title

By Alan Beresford

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THERE was a warm welcome back for the for the Scottish Links Golf Tours Cullen four day open when it took to the fairways after last year's Covid-enforced absence.

There was a healthy turnout, with competitors from local clubs and those further afield, including Manchester, coming to test their skill not only against the other participants but the challenging links course itself.

The host club almost completed a clean sweep of the silverware, nailing three of the four major titles up for grabs.

It was an all-Cullen affair in the scratch final where local Bruce Main faced Scottish Links Golf Tours Michael Findlay. In the end Main went on to secure his eighth Cullen four day open crown.

There was another Cullen clash to decide the fate if the Handicap Section 1 trophy, with John Wilson prevailing over opponent Alan Horberry.

Cullen, in the shape of Derek McDonald, faced Buckpool's Iain Barclay in the Handicap Section 2 decider. The silverware was to make the short trip down the A98 after Barclay was triumphant.

Buckpool were not so fortunate in the Handicap Section 3 final, where Steven Murray could not overcome the challenge of home golfer Kenny Paterson.

Taking the Junior Section prize was Cullen's Calvin Wright.

The return of the open left club captain Davie Sellar delighted.

"It's really good to get back to some sort of normality," he said.

"We did make some changes – for example, we didn't do a live draw and used a number generator instead – but it was great to see the golf back.

"There was a very good number of entries, with 156 in the end. That's excellent in the circumstances – I thought we might get 100 or maybe 120. It's very encouraging for next year.

"All the finals were of a high standard and it was good to see two long-time Cullen members, Bruce Main and John Wilson, winning trophies."

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