Sam plays it again to win!

Paul Lawrie golfers
Paul Lawrie golfers

It was a case of deja vu at the Paul Lawrie Foundation Junior Open at Deeside on Sunday.

Last year, Sam Locke (Banchory) beat Michael Lawrie (Deeside) on a countback for first scratch prize.

And the same thing happened again this time.

Sam, stepson of Paul’s swing coach, Andrew Locke, and Michael, Paul’s younger son, both shot one-over-par 71s. Sam had halves 36-35 and Michael 35-36 – so Locke triumphed again on the better inward half.

Sam had birdies at the ninth and 12th, as well as a double bogey six at the 11th and a bogey at the fourth.

Michael had birdies at the fifth, sixth and 17th but bogeys at the seventh, 11th, 15th and 18th. That last late bogey made the difference between winning and losing for young Lawrie.

Brad Murray, who plays off six at Fraserburgh, had the best net score of 69.

LEADING SCRATCH:

Par 70

71 Sam Locke (Banchory), Michael Lawrie (Deeside).

73 Adam Fisher (Newmachar), Dylan Smith (Deeside)

74 Kieran Spence (Portlethen).

Selected scores:

75 Marc Watt (Inverallochy), Brad Murray (Fraserburgh), Cameron Fraser (Oldmeldrum)

76 Jack Pirie (Hazlehead)

78 Calvin Duffton (Torphins)

79 Connor Forbes (Deeside), Cameron Black (Royal Aberdeen).

80 Reece Smith (Caledonian)

LEADING HANDICAP:

69 Brad Murray (Fraserburgh) (6)

71 Cameron Black (Royal Aberdeen) (8), Jack Pirie (Hazlehead) (5)

72 Cameron Fraser (Oldmeldrum) (3)

73 Reece Smith (Caledonian) (7), Marc Watt (Inverallochy) (2). Connor Forbes (Deeside) (6).