BUCS Tour – Scottish Championships (Lossiemouth)March 31st, 2017
The Scottish Student Golf Championships once again returned to the fantastic Moray GC in Lossiemouth where both it’s New and Old Courses would provide a stern links challenge for the best student golfers in Scotland.
As the final event on the BUCS Tour players were scrambling to make enough qualifying points to guarantee their spots at the Tour Finals in Kent next month. Both the men and ladies would play over 72 holes and with the weather up in northern Scotland being notoriously fickle at this time of year it was to everyones relief that blue skies and sunshine were in abundance!
Round 1 saw low scoring throughout the field with both Matthew Myers (68) and Alexa Hammer (72) breaking par and feature near the top of the leaderboards. Peter Kerr (71), Bjorn Bojesen (71) and Lieve van Veggel (75) all continued their solid play of late and would go out at the back of the field the following day. On day 2 all competitors were on the short and tight New Course but with still relatively benign conditions the scoring continued to impress. A record number of Saints Golf players made the cut with several feeling they had a real chance going into the final day.
With 36 holes on the Old Course scheduled for the last day it was all to play for but stronger winds would cause problems for the players. Both Alexa and Matthew played in the final groups but on the men’s side of the draw Laird Shepherd from Stirling University was to race ahead of the pack and open up a sizeable advantage. A morning 74 saw Matthew give up too much ground and with the wind up in the afternoon a really low score was just going to be too difficult, it was to be a solid 72 (+1) in the afternoon for Matt resulting in a credible 5th place finish. Alexa’s morning round of level par 75 kept her right in the hunt and when she grabbed some early birdie in the final round to get to -2 for the tournament she was still right there. However a bogey on the back 9 halted her progress and despite carding a one under 74 she would eventually finish in 3rd place, 7 shots back of winner Gemma Batty from Stirling University.
Notable performances came from Fern Clark who would make the cut and then post a fantastic 72 in the 3rd round only to be undone by the stronger winds of the afternoon. Jack Rogan would also back up his 13th place finish at Dundonald by going 75-72 on the final day to push himself into 12th position – this was important for Jack as these two top-15 finishes have pushed him all the way up the Order of Merit meaning he will now travel to Prince’s GC in April for the Tour Finals, well done Jack!
Full results can be found at the following links: