Back to back in Alliance wins for Hutch

NORTHERN OPEN 2012 AT MELDRUM HOUSE GOLF CLUB. ''PICTURED:  GREIG HUTCHEON (BANCHORY GOLF CLUB)'(Photo Michal Wachucik/Newsline Scotland)
NORTHERN OPEN 2012 AT MELDRUM HOUSE GOLF CLUB. ''PICTURED: GREIG HUTCHEON (BANCHORY GOLF CLUB)'(Photo Michal Wachucik/Newsline Scotland)

Banchory’s Tartan Tour No 1 Greig Hutcheon won his second North-east Golfers’ Alliance top scratch award in a row this week when he followed up last week’s success at Cruden Bay with a flawless round of six-under-par 66 at Newburgh-on-Ythan GC, Aberdeenshire.

Hutcheon, who will continue to play the weekly Alliance circuit to keep him competitive for the PGA Play-offs in Turkey in December, was in scintillating form with an outward half of 31 - five-under-par - and held his score together despite nonstop rain.

“That outward half was just about as well as I can play,” said the Banchory tour pro who earned £140 for heading a field of 80 players.

“The 20-footer I holed for a 2 at the short fifth was the longest putt I had all day.”

He birdied the long third, short fifth. sixth, seventh, long ninth and the 17th and did not have a single bogey, despite missing the green at the short 16th “by a long way” with his tee shot.

Hutch, winner of the money table and the Order of Merit in the PGA Scottish Region circuit this year, got down in two more with a brilliant wedge recovery shot and a short putt.

Joint runners-up on 69 were Newmachar +1 amateur John Duff (33-36) and Fraserburgh tour pro Kris Nicol (35-34).

There were 23 No Returns, mainly due to the afternoon rain.