Loch Ness Golf Club’s Gordon Grant is the new Castle Stuart Local Open champion in a record-breaking year for the competition.
Gordon topped the field of 12 golfers who contested the final over the four-time Scottish Open course, winning by one point in a closely-fought match.
The 9-handicapper notched 36 Stableford points to earn a narrow victory over nearest rivals Scott Duff (Strathpeffer Golf Club), Keith Dinwoodie (Inverness GC) and Muir Morton (Alness GC), who all finished on 35 points.
Consistency was the key to Gordon’s victory, scoring at least one point on each hole, the only player in the field to do so. His win earned him two hospitality tickets for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open at Gullane next year.
The seventh Castle Stuart Local Open attracted 208 golfers, the highest ever number, with qualifying rounds held over two days to determine the final line-up.
The traditional end of season event at the links, it has grown steadily since being launched in 2011 for golfers living in the Highland postcode areas IV, KW and PH19 – PH41.
Castle Stuart director of golf Jeremy Matte, said: “Congratulations to Gordon on a great win. The Local Open is always a keenly-anticipated event in our calendar and this year attracted an unprecedented number of entries, so to come out on top was a fantastic achievement.”
This year’s other qualifiers were –
Michael Russell, Gary Watt and John Maciver (all Inverness Golf Club); Mark Drummond, Gregg Smith and John Jack (all Fortrose and Rosemarkie GC); Michael MacDonald (Nairn GC) and Alasdair Grant (Isle of Skye GC).
This year during qualifying, all players received a Castle Stuart welcome bag, including a Tomatin whisky miniature. They also had chances to win vouchers to play Royal Aberdeen, Cruden Bay, Royal Dornoch and Nairn Golf Club in nearest-the-pin competitions.