KirkwoodGolf: Haggs Castle Golf Club, Glasgow championship winners

Monday, August 31, 2015

Haggs Castle Golf Club, Glasgow championship winners

             Left to right: Calum Elliott, Craig Morrison and Jennifer Rankine with their respective trophies 

Jennifer (14) is youngest-ever club champion 

Haggs Castle GC held its Finals Day on Sunday in what was an unusually dry day, given the weather this summer.
In eJunior Championship Final, played over 36 holes, Calum Elliott took control in the first round of his match against Ronan Johnston and at the end of the first round had an eight-hole lead.  Although Ronan competed well in the second round he was unable to make inroads to the substantial lead Calum had established and eventually Calum won 8 and 7
The Ladies Championship Final pitted the defending champion Laura McGeachy against 14 year old Jennifer Rankine who had represented Scotland at the European Young Masters in Switzerland earlier this year.  
Laura held a two-hole lead after the first nine but Jennifer chipped away at this and with wins at the 10th, 13th and 14th took the lead. 
Jennifer had an opportunity to close out the match on the 17th but missed a putt.  She redeemed herself by winning the 18th to win the championship by two holes and become the youngest ever Champion of the Ladies Section at Haggs Castle GC.
In the men's championship final Craig Morrison, champion in 2010, played Chris Dunbar, champion in 2013.  Both players are members of the Haggs Castle GC winning 2015 Brand Putter Team and both were keen to add to their Championship wins. 
 Neither player could establish a dominant lead and the momentum swung back and forth.  All square with two to go and still all square going down the 36th Chris was on the putting surface in two with Craig on the fringe in 3.  Chris just missed his putt and Craig holed to take the match into extra holes.  
Craig made a very good birdie at the 37th to become 2015 Champion.