Greig Hutcheon (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) spreadeagled the field with a superb round of seven-under-par 63 at Deeside Golf Club yesterday to win the first pro prize of £1,241 by three strokes at the VSA Tartan pro-am.
There was no indication of what was to come when he bogeyed the par-3 opening hole. But then Hutcheon birdied the second, long third and fourth, got an eagle 3 at the long sixth and still reached the turn in three-under 33 despite a second bogey at the seventh.
Hutcheon cruised home in a flawless four-under 30, raising his total of birdies to seven with sub-par figures at the short 12th, long 13th, 15th and 17th.
He said: “The putter worked well, but generally I kept the ball in play, except driving it in two fairway bunkers, at the seventh which cost me a bogey at the 11th where I managed to salvage a par. We played from the white tees. Deeside is a stiffer test from the gold tees but I’m still really pleased with a great score.
“We will see how good my golf really is next week when I will be playing in the BMW PGA championship as there is nowhere to hide around Wentworth.”
Scott Henderson (Kings Links Golf Centre) and Craig Ronald (Carluke) shared second place on 66. Henderson had a double bogey 6 at the second hole but he covered the remaining 16 holes in six under par. Both men earned £869.
Iain Donaldson (Meldrum House), playing with the NYOP amateur trio, led the way to win the team event with a best ball net score of 123. Iain’s amateur partners were Gordon Edwards (handicap 17), Mike Milne (14) and Ross Sangster (14).