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19 June 2013

KING JAMES VI CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS

The 2103 Club Championship Finals started in glorious weather on a course showing the benefits for all the improvement work carried out over the winter. In the scratch final defending champion Russell Patterson took an early lead against Drew Campbell with a par at the 1st. After the 3rd was halved in birdie 2, wins at the 4th and 6th with another birdie saw Drew take a one hole lead which was maintained to the half way stage. The 10th was halved in birdies but par at the 11th and birdie at the 12th saw Russell regain the lead. Drew then completed the last 6 holes in level par against one over par for Russell to leave the match square at the end of round 1. After lunch, Russell took a quick 2 hole lead but Drew's par at the 5th and birdie at the 7th levelled the match. Russell then made a significant move by holing a long put at the 8th and making a great birdie 3s at the 9th and 10th to open up a 3 hole lead. Drew hit back to win the 11th and 14th to cut the deficit to 1 hole and leave the championship in the balance but, after the 16th was halved in birdie 4, Russell's par at the 17th was enough to close out the match by 2 and 1. In a high quality match the players shared 12 birdies and Russell retained his title after a brave effort by Drew. In the Handicap Championship Final, Bill Scorgie faced Nick Hutt with Nick receiving 1 shot. Bill got off to the worst possible start with a drive out of bounds at the 1st to hand Nick an early lead with his par 4. Nick the proceeded to hit par at every hole on the 1st 9 except the 4th where Bill's par 4 was good enough to win despite giving away a shot. The fact that Nick was only 2 up after 9 holes showed that Bill was also on good form but he was really up against it as Nick hit 3 pars and 2 birdies to go 6 up after 14 holes. A great drive to 6 feet at the 15th saw Bill reduce the deficit but Nick went in to lunch 5 up after a tremendous display of scoring. Bill need a quick start after lunch and a par, birdie start reduced the deficit to 3 holes. It was immediately back to 5 holes as Nick won the 3rd and 4th but Bill kept the tie interesting with wins at the 5th , 7th and 8th, against a loss to a birdie by Nick at the 6th to leave Nick 3 up with 9 holes to play. The first 4 holes of the back 9 were halved in 4 before a disastrous 6 at the 14th all but ended Bill's hopes. A win for Bill at the 15th prolonged the match but a half in par at the 16th saw Nick clinch the Handicap Championship by 3 and 2.