Hutcheon notches up third Alliance win

Greig Hutcheon has won the North-east Alliance three times in the past four weeks
Greig Hutcheon has won the North-east Alliance three times in the past four weeks

Greig Hutcheon must be wishing the PGA Play-offs in Turkey were next week instead of next month.

His form is currently at a high level - he won the North-east Alliance on Wednesday for the third time in the past four weeks.

The Banchory tour pro won the £140 top cash prize with a four-under-par 65 on a wet Craibstone course, heading a field of 88 by two shots from Ryan Fitzpatrick (Inchmarlo) and David Law (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre).

John Duff (Newmachar) was the leading amateur in joint fourth place on 68 alonside Kris Nicol who has also won three times on the NE Alliance in recent weeks.

“I played rather well in the wet conditions,” said Hutcheon. “I stayed out of trouble off the tee and the 12-footer I sank for a 2 at the short sixth was about my longest putt. I didn’t have anything higher than a 4 on my card.”

Hutcheon birdied the long fourth, long fifth, short sixth and two par-4s after the turn, the 14th and 16th.

His only bogey came at the short 10th in halves of 32 (three under) and 33 (one under).

Early starter Fitzpatrick set the clubhouse target of 67 with birdies at the second, third and 16th with only one bogey, at the 10th in halves of 33-34.

Law was out in 32 and was stlll three under par with six holes to play.

Even though he birdied the 14th, 16th and 18th, David finished only two under as he had a double bogey 6 at the 13th and three-putted both the 15th and 17th.

CAL CARSON GOLF AGENCY