2017 Finals Day and Order of Merit Winners.
Stewart Henderson pips Graham Bell to OOM title by narrowest of margins.
In an exciting finish to this year's OOM Stewart Henderson narrowly wins award from Graham Bell, with the title only being decided on the last putt on the last green at Blairgowrie.
Due to cancellation of Annual Dinner in March, the presentation of the McCrea Trophy to Stewart was delayed until the West of Scotland Open at Ranfurly Castle in June 2018. Stewart is pictured below receiving the trophy from Jonathan Campbell, Director at McCrea Financial Services, our main Sponsor.
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STEWART HENDERSON WINS SCOTTISH SENIORS ORDER OF MERIT IN CLOSE FINISH
Our Finals day was held in blustery conditions on Blairgowrie's Lansdowne course today. At the start of the day there were only three players who could win the Order of Merit title - Graham Bell (Downfield), Stewart Henderson (Hamilton) and Nick Robson (Meldrum House).
All three played together today in the last group and Nick, who finished with an 80, saw his hopes vanish with a poor start. Only 3pts separated last year's winner, Graham Bell, and Stewart Henderson at the start of play, meaning that Graham needed to stay at least level with Stewart to retain the title.
After a few twists and turns the pair stood on the 18th tee level at two over par for the round. However, Graham missed a 5 ft putt and bogeyed the last hole. Stewart’s par was enough to give him the title by the smallest of margins.
Stewart finished tied for third place on the day, giving him 113 pts, while Graham finished alone in fifth place and earned 90 points.
Best score of the day were level par 72s from Keith Bruce (Edzell) and Duncan Hamilton (Mortonhall). Keith bogeyed the seventh and eighth but recovered with birdies at the 11th and 17th. Duncan got off to the best possible start with an eagle at the par 5 first hole and a birdie at the fourth, but he bogeyed the third, seventh and 11th. Stewart and Phil Dempsey (Tulliallan) tied for third spot on two over par 74.
Stewart had a very steady round with 16 pars and bogeys at the fifth and seventh. Phil’s round was rather different - he birdied the first, sixth, seventh and 11th, but bogeys at the third, fifth, 15th, 17th and a double bogey at the 13th gave him a 74.
Final Order of Merit placings:
Stewart Henderson (Hamilton) 903 pts, Graham bell (Downfield) 883, Nick Robson (Meldrum house) 785, Robert Smith (Nairn) 633, Paul Moultrie (Royal Troon) 632.
Keith Bruce (Edzell) won the Super Seniors (age 65+) Order of Merit.
The SSGS Order of Merit is sponsored by McCrea Financial Services.
In the SUPER SENIORS OOM Keith Bruce (Edzell) had a clean sweep this year winning both the Gross and Nett OOM's . Congratulations to Keith.
OOM results can be viewed in Competitions page, under Order of Merit tab.
Stewart is pictured receiving his Trophy from Scottish Golf Ltd President, Don Bremner and our Captain, Gordon Doig.