Ross Cameron completed an unforgettable September by following up his victory in the Scottish PGA Championship at the start of the month by winning the Northern Open in Aviemore yesterday.
Cameron had to combat wet and windy conditions in winning the Loch Lomond Whiskies Scottish PGA Championship but Mother Nature did him a huge favour in overcoming the 90-strong field at Spey Valley Championship, Aviemore.
Torrential rain washed out the second of the two scheduled rounds and Cameron was declared the winner by virtue of leading the tournament after the first.
Having posted a five-under-par score of 67, Cameron was a shot clear of Gavin Hay, Scott Henderson plus the amateur pair, David Rudd and Calum Scott.
The round featured an eagle, at the par-five fifth and six birdies and Cameron was so pleased with his form he had no cause to perform a rain dance in the hope the tournament would be abandoned.
“The weather obviously worked in my favour,” said Cameron, who earned £2,560 from his victory at Spey Valley. “But I was looking forward to playing and would have preferred to. I was hitting nicely and my putting was good. I was also mentally strong – winning the Scottish PGA Championship has given me a lot of confidence.”
The victory meant the 41-year-old from Peterhead has won the Tartan Tour order of merit for the first time.
His triumph in the Loch Lomond Whiskies Scottish PGA Championship at Deer Park Golf and Country Club earned him an invitation to play in the European Tour’s Scottish Championship at Fairmont St Andrews later this month.
“The Scottish Championship coincided with final qualifying for next year’s PGA EuroPro Tour,” said Cameron, who represents Saltire Energy.
“I needed to play in that to earn my place on EuroPro for next year, so I was torn between the two.
“The only way I could earn exemption from qualifying for the PGA EuroPro Tour was by winning the Tartan Tour Order of Merit, which I’ve done. I’m chuffed to bits.”