Simon smashes Torwoodlee record

Simon Fairburn - course record
Simon Fairburn - course record

IT was the greatest round ever in the 118-year history of Torwoodlee Golf Club in Galashiels.

Simon Fairburn smashed the course record when he recorded an incredible 61 - eight under par - score at Tuesday’s stroke competition.

The previous record was held by Stevie Lamb from Peebles in 2005 when he shot 63 although it has been equalled since by a couple of members.

But 21-year-old Simon could even afford the luxury of a bogey at the 9th and recording three pars in the final three holes on his way to setting the new record over the 6,000 yard long course which is a par 69.

Competitions secretary Colin Shanks said:”It is an incredible achievement.

“Simon is an awesome striker of the ball.

“It was one of those rounds where everything went for him even allowing for his bogey at the par four ninth.

“The round has been the talk of the clubhouse and people want to see the scorecard.”

Mr Shanks said the plan was to get the scorecard framed so it can hang on the clubhouse wall.

Simon from Abbotsford Road, Galashiels, - who plays off one and represented Scotland at under 18 level - recorded six birdies in a row at the very start of his round and shot 29 going outward.

He took 32 on the way back in to break the course record by two shots. In all his round had nine birdies.

Simon, who was partnered by Colin Lawrie during his record breaking round, said: “It was when I sank a 25 yard putt from off the green to birdie the fifth hole which is the toughest at Torwoodlee that I thought something was on.

“I birdied the first six holes and everything just seem to be falling into place.

“Obviously I am delighted and it’s something I always wanted to achieve. It is right up there among my career highlights so far.”