European Disabled Golf Association
EVENT REPORT - Scottish Open 2016 - The Sidey Cup
EVENT REPORT - Scottish Open 2016 - The Sidey Cup
From left: (1)-Dave Standing), (2)-Paul Ellison, (3)-Trevor Crombie, (4)-Mike Jones, (5)-Andy Gardiner, (6)-Daren Grey, (7)-Mick Horsley, (8)-James Gales MBE
England’s Gardiner triumphs in Scottish Disability Open
Mike Jones in memorable Stableford win, Dave Standing secures Nett victory
England’s Andy Gardiner is the Scottish Disability Open Golf Champion for 2016 after soaking up the pressure on the challenging Montgomerie course at Kinross Golf Club and responding with back-to-back birdies to pull away from his worthy challengers.
Andy’s ‘Gross’ Strokeplay win was completed on Thursday when he finished with a very solid 82, including birdies on the 11th and 12th holes to move up a gear at the crucial time. This round was founded on great drives along the tree-lined fairways, accurate iron play and holing putts when they were needed most for a three-round total of 252 (81, 89, 82).
His closest competitors for this approved European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) Access competition were another Englishman, Mick Horsley, and Scotland’s Paul Ellison, who was well supported by the home fans. Horsley’s closing 85 (84, 90, 85) gave him the same 259 total as the consistent Ellison 87, 85, 87 but he would win second place to the Scot’s third on the card play-off.
After his round, Andy Gardiner said: “It was very tough as the scores have shown. Today I got a little tight towards the turn but then I found my game a little bit and had the back-to-back birdies. I felt solid coming in and the others started to make a few mistakes. I thoroughly enjoyed walking up 18... It was an excellent day and I’m chuffed to bits with that.”
It was Gardiner’s first EDGA event of the year and it will boost his position in the Ranking for Golfers with Disability supported by PING, which is open to all golfers with an EDGA pass or an R4GD pass.
James Hourigan of Ireland, who started the day just one behind Gardiner, had to settle for a final round 90 but should be pleased with his efforts, finishing in a tie for 4th with Nett winner Dave Standing and earning third place himself in the Nett category.
It was a good few days for The Netherlands; Tineke Loogman, the leading female player, finished in 6th place after rounds of 96, 89, 96, and two places further back was Hans Vanelven after rounds of 99, 88 and 92. Englishman Darren Grey’s final day 85 moved him up the leaderboard into 7th place with the bonus of being second in the Nett standings, with a final Nett 73.
Competitors from Great Britain, Netherlands, France, USA, Germany and Italy teed-off together on The Montgomery course (par 72, 6,508 yards) and the The Bruce (par 73, 6,231 yards). The parkland courses, close to the beautiful Loch Leven, created a great venue for staging this event.
Winner of the Nett category was Dave Standing and it was well deserved, as he adapted to the Montgomerie course better than anyone, with improving Nett scores of 80, 77 and 74.
Mike Jones of Wales scored an excellent 41 on the adjacent Bruce course to wrestle the Stableford prize away from three Scots – Trevor Crombie, Robert Inness and Jim Thompson, who flew the flag well for the home country. Places 5th to 8th also deserve a mention, as England’s Ian Halliwell and Roger Hurcombe, Italy’s Gregorio Guglielminetti and Germany’s Anka Gahler all fought well to bring the best out of the Welshman.
Mike Jones said of his victory: “Ian, Gregorio and Roger were great company today and I really enjoyed it. The course was fantastic...it bites you big time. The bunkers are in great positions, good greens, tricky putts. It was just a great day today.”
EDGA Tournament Director Robert Moss said: “Well played to all the competitors taking part this week. They all know they have encountered a tough challenge in some wonderful Scottish scenery and everyone has enjoyed it. The organisers from Scottish Disability Golf and the team at Kinross Golf Club have given us the warmest of welcomes and we were very grateful for their support and hospitality.”
English and Irish eyes still smiling Day-2 report by Ben Evans
English and Irish eyes still smiling in Scottish Open after Montgomerie course wins the day. The Montgomerie course at Kinross Golf Club bared its teeth on Wednesday, forcing the ‘Gross’ Strokeplay leaders to battle hard on day two of the Scottish Disability Open Golf Championship.
First-round leaders Andy Gardiner of England and James Hourigan of Ireland will have hoped for low rounds in the hot conditions in Perthshire to help them pull away from the field in this approved European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) Access competition over three rounds.
But their scores of 89 and 90 respectively, to add to their first rounds of 81, leave Gardiner on 170, Hourigan on 171, and tough competitors just behind. Gardiner will be rueing his front nine of 46 shots, while Hourigan started the better but came back in 48. This challenging, tight, tree-lined course with testing greens will have caused a few players sleepless nights this week!
Gaining ground was Paul Ellison (172), his solid second round of 85 could yet create a home winner for Scotland, while two Englishman, Mick Horsley (84, 90 for 174) and Dave Standing (90, 87 for 177) remain a serious threat for the title.
While home country players currently hold sway in the top ten, there are two good golfers flying the flag for The Netherlands; Tineke Loogman is in 6th place after rounds of 96 and 89 (185), and Hans Vanelven is in tied-8th spot after rounds of 99 and 88 (187). France’s Mathiew Lebon is tied-11th with 96 and 98 (194).
Competitors from Great Britain, Netherlands, France, USA, Germany and Italy teed off on two fine courses at Kinross, the Gross and Nett medals taking place on The Montgomery (par 72, 6,508 yards) and the Stableford on The Bruce (par 73, 6,231 yards). The parkland courses, close to the beautiful Loch Leven, make for some spectacular and memorable holes for the players and spectators and a great venue for staging this event.
In the ‘Nett’ Strokeplay standings, round of the day belonged to 15-handicapper Paul Cunningham of England, who fired a Nett 73 to improve on his first round 84. He shares the lead with Dave Standing (both 157) with third-placed James Hourigan threatening a Gross and Nett double if his form continues into today’s final round.
In the Stableford on The Bruce course, overnight leader Scotland’s Robert Inness scored 34 points for a two-round total of 67 to maintain pole position, while his co-leader Mike Jones of Wales slipped to 4th spot on 63 after scoring 30 points. Mike has been leapfrogged by fellow Scots Trevor Crombie, in second place by just a point after a birdie on the par-4 6th (a 5-pointer!) helped him to 38 points for the day (66 overall) and Jim Thompson who matched that 38 to be one point further back on 65. England’s Roger Hurcombe on 59 points and Ian Halliwell with 58 are surely still in with a good shout on the final day.
EDGA Tournament Director Robert Moss said: “All the players taking part know they face a real skill test at Kinross Golf Club and it will be fascinating to see who rises to this challenge today. The organisers from Scottish Disability Golf and the team at Kinross Golf Club have given us the warmest of welcomes and the players are now primed to hit more fairways and sink more putts to make progress up the leaderboard in the final round.”
Some cloudy and humid conditions await the players today to see who can sleep easy tonight having earned the title of Scottish Open Champion.
Steady play from Gardiner and Hourigan Day-1 report by Ben Evans
Steady play from Gardiner and Hourigan sets the pace in Scottish Disability Open
An Englishman, Irishman, Welshman and a Scotsman are leading the gross and Stableford categories after the first round of the Scottish Disability Open Golf Championship, held at Kinross Golf Club in Perthshire, starting on Tuesday.
Competitors from Great Britain, Netherlands, France, USA, Germany and Italy teed off for this approved European Disabled Golf Association (EDGA) Access competition over three rounds. They were playing on the two fine tree-lined courses in spectacular surroundings, The Bruce (par 73, 6,231 yards) and The Montgomerie (lower handicap competitors playing on the latter, par 72, 6,508 yards).
In the gross category on The Montgomerie, Andy Gardiner of England and James Hourigan of Ireland used their experience to navigate through the trees and tricky greens to both card scores of 81. Hourigan played consistently for nines of 39 and 42, his outward nine containing five pars and a birdie and he was well placed to ‘go low’ after another birdie on the par-5 15th, only to drop five shots in the last three holes.
Meanwhile, Gardiner matched the Irishman’s ‘nines’ with 39 and 42, his birdie moment coming on the par 4 8th, while he too saw his steady early play eroded by dropping six shots in the last six holes. England’s Mick Horsley (84) and Scotland’s Paul Ellison (87) are among the early chasers.
In the Stableford on The Bruce course, Mike Jones of Wales is joint-leader alongside Scotland’s Robert Inness with 33 points, with Italy’s Gregorio Guglielminetti on 32, and England’s Ian Halliwell and Roger Hurcombe both on 29 points.
The parkland courses, close to the beautiful Loch Leven, are flanked by a range of trees making for some spectacular albeit challenging holes. A few of the greens are undulating and therefore dangerous to the players, adding to the drama on a calm day wind-wise although the golfers had to get used to the drizzle overhead.
For round two today we are promised sunshine and summer breezes for some good scoring potential.