Course was above par

THE fourth event on the Optical Express Pro Golf Tour, held at The Roxburghe Golf Course last week, has been hailed a great success despite two inches of rainfall just 24 hours before the first players were due to tee off.

Course manager Bob Mackay was a relieved man when everything went ahead to plan.

He said: “I was concerned before the event started, but I am very pleased at how the course dried out and I believe that the players were all very complimentary about it, which obviously makes me very happy.”

Indeed, tournament director Alan Tait led the compliments.

“This was a hugely successful event at The Roxburghe and the staff and officials could not have been more welcoming, which played a huge part in its success,” he praised.

“Every single game that came in, at least one player commented on how good the golf course was and how much they enjoyed it. For me, The Roxburghe will undoubtedly be a permanent fixture on The Optical Express Pro Golf Tour, for many years to come.”

The event finished in a two-way tie for the top spot. Overnight leader Neil Fenwick from Dunbar added another 69 to his opening 69 for a 138 total, 6 under par.

Eastwood’s David Orr, who was two behind Fenwick at the start of the day, posted a best-of-the day 5 under par 67 to tie with the Dunbar man.

Orr could have won it outright had it not been for a bogey 5 at the par 4 18th, his only blemish of the day. Paul McKechnie from Braid Hills made a gallant effort to win his third consecutive Optical Express Tournament and after closing with a second-round 68, finished equal third, only one behind the joint winners.

Hilton Park’s Gemma Webster, who is based in the United States, scored two excellent rounds of 74 and 71 for a one over par 145 and a tie for 11th place. On the same mark and also tied for 11th, Colin Robinson scored 73 and 72 to win the title of leading amateur.

The next of the two remaining events will be played at Letham Grange on September 21-22.

Designed by Dave Thomas, the Roxburghe Golf Course was opened in 1997 and is one of the top inland courses in the country, and one of only two championship golf courses in the Borders. The course is owned by His Grace the Duke of Roxburghe and endorsed by Former Ryder Cup player and winner of seven European Tour events, Ronan Rafferty.

z The Borders Chamber of Commerce has teamed up with The Roxburghe Hotel & Golf Course to host a Network & Play Charity Golf Day with all profits going to The Borders Children’s Charity.

This exciting partnership invites you to book a team or individual place on Thursday, September 15. At only £105 a ticket you’ll enjoy a fun and relaxed day of golf on The Roxburghe’s championship course and for non-golfers the chance to enjoy clay pigeon shooting, fly fishing and a golf clinic. Golfers will also have the chance to shoot and fish. Also included are welcome coffee and bacon rolls, a sumptuous buffet lunch and competition prizes.

The Borders Children’s Charity helps local children who, through no fault of their own, find themselves in desperate situations and 100 per cent of money donated goes directly to helping these children.

To book a place or team or for more information contact Sally Scott Aiton, Scottish Borders Chamber of Commerce, tel: 01573 410607. Email: sally.scottaiton@borderschamber.org.uk