Cormack crowned Alliance champion

INCHMARLO tour professional Paul Cormack won the North-east Golfers' Alliance championship by a resounding margin of eight strokes.

Wednesday, 24th March 2010, 12:06 pm

Cormack's two-under-par 68 at Cruden Bay coupled with his first round one-under-par 67 at Duff House Royal gave him a total of 135 and earned him the Uniroyal Quaich.

However there was an anxious two-hour wait to discover if Cormack was to be crowned champion after a scorecard hitch.

During Alliance secretary Ron Menzie's thorough scrunity of all the scorecards at the end of the day, he noticed that Cormack's inward half total had been entered by his marker as 35 while the figures entered per hole added up to 34.

The 26-year-old player, who spends much of his time playing on satellite tours in the United States, had left Cruden Bay for his Banchory home before the secretary could check out the discrepancy.

It was after 7.30pm before Cormack was able to confirm that the figures he had signed for at each hole were correct. And that's all that matters, the totals for halves are irrelevant if the the score per hole is correct.

Had it been the other way round, the player would have been disqualified, almost an astonishing repeat of the previous week's events at Duff House Royal where Phillip McLean, the leader, was disqualified long after he had left the course.

It was a double-eagle performance by Cormack who had a 3 at the long sixth and a 2 at the par-4 14th. He birdied the second, fourth, and 12th - and also had five bogeys in halves of 34 (two under par) and 34 home (level).

"There was a fair mix of the good and the bad in that round," said Paul. "I'm glad it all worked out in the end."

Joint second overall were Newburgh professional Ian Bratton who came home in 40 with six bogeys for a 76 and 143, a total matched by Kevin Duncan (McDonald Ellon) with a 69 at Banff and a 74 today, which made him the winner of the J K Hall Quaich as the leading amateur.

Scotland international Laura Murray (Alford), the only female in the field, won the Chapper's Pot with the lowest Class 1 net 36-hole aggregate of 138 with a pair of net 69s off her Alliance handicap (she plays off the men's tees) of four.

Alister Petrie (Oldmeldrum), who plays off 10, won the Major's Pot for the best Class 2 aggregate of 140.