Alan lifts Shield

Rutherglen Reformer - - Sport -

Alan Fordyce with the Vic­tory Shield flanked by Graeme Rodger with the James Gray Tro­phy and cap­tain Jim Stevenson (right) Back-to-back de­fend­ingVic­tory Shield cham­pion Kevin Loughrie lost his ti­tle af­ter an en­thralling fin­ish to Cam­bus­lang’s mem­bers event.

The best play­ers were keen to wres­tle the Shield from Kevin who was aim­ing for a third ti­tle in a row on July 1.

The first of two rounds saw some mixed for­tunes where Graeme Rodger led the pack with a gross 68, one shot ahead of sev­eral play­ers in the chas­ing pack and five shots ahead of Alan Fordyce. He was also six clear of Kevin.

The sec­ond round was to prove all about the fi­nal three ball with Kevin and Alan in­tent on chas­ing the im­pres­sive Graeme down. Kevin gave a spir­ited de­fence of his ti­tle – but his two-un­der 68 fell short.

Alan was four un­der par for 17 holes and Rodger one over par, mean­ing they were tied for the ti­tle on the last.

A 25-foot birdie putt from Alan left Graeme need­ing to make a birdie to force a play­off. And the 10-foot putt was duly dis­patched and the play­ers headed for another three holes.

A fiercely con­tested play-off saw Alan tri­umph by two shots with a su­perb sec­ond round come­back of 65 be­ing one of the club’s most im­pres­sive cham­pi­onship dis­plays in re­cent times.

Graeme won the James Gray Tro­phy for best net score of the day.

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