Andrew Stracey’s brilliant 67 secures the North of Scotland Seniors title
With a brilliant second round of 67, Andrew Stracey (Denham) charged through the field to post a total of 141 to win the North of Scotland Seniors Open (sponsored by McCrea Financial Services) at Elgin today by three shots.
Nick Robson (Meldrum House), winner of the Spring Open at Monifieth, was second after a fine score of 70 to produce an aggregate of 144. Maurice Lindsay (Broughty), who was the runner-up at Monifieth, added a fine 68 today to share third place with John Fraser (Royal Burgess) and Robert Smith (Nairn) on 146.
Duncan Hamilton (Mortonhall) was sixth on 147 with Graham Bell (Downfield) a shot further back in joint seventh place with the holder, Ronnie Clark (Erskine).
A regular visitor to events in Scotland, Stracey is aged 62 and an English Senior Internationalist who plays off a plus 1 handicap. He had looked set for a good first round yesterday when he turned in 34 but then faded to an inward half of 40. Determined to do better today and turning in 33, Andrew made fine birdies at holes 15 and 17 to come home in 34 and secure victory.