Youth trio above par at Spey Bay
THE rise of young, talented golfers continued at Spey Bay four day open when the young guns got to three of the four section finals.
In the Scratch Section there was a battle of youth over experience when Buckpool's Taylor Findlay faced up to Trevor Geddes from the host club. It was to be the former who held sway in the end.
Young talent again featured in the Section 2 final when 12-year-old Cullen golfer Calvin Lee Wright took on Buckpool's Christopher Dawson. Wright was not to repeat his trophy triumph in the Buckpool four day open as the silverware made the short trip along the road.
Buckpool made it a clean sweep of the trophies when young golfer Justin Murray was crowned the Section 2 champion, vanquishing Spey Bay's Ermin Jaganjac in the final.
While the number of competitors – 78 in all drawn mainly from the local area – was down on last year there were still more than a few positives for club captain John Greene.
"It was a very good four day open all round," he said.
"In the Scratch, young Taylor proved just too good for Trevor on the day, many congratulations to him.
"It was great to see young talent coming through as they're the lifeblood of the game.
"The weather stayed nice for most of the competition though turned a bit nasty towards the end.
"The course itself was in an excellent condition and many thanks go to our greenkeepers."
Greene added that in terms of the lower entry level, this was partly due to regular participants being away during the competition for various reasons such as work and holiday commitments.
He went on to thank Jim Gordon for all his endeavours in supporting the club and for his work with the sponsors, the Murray family for their ongoing backing and open sponsors Gray's Recycling Services, Keith Motor Co, Regency Oils, Fochabers Ice Cream Parlour and DJMG Pipeline.