Hutcheon prevails in Kirkhill pro-am event

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The tussles - on paper - between Stephen Gray (Hayston) and Banchory’s Greig Hutcheon were one of the features of last year’s Tartan Tour.

Gray won both the Order of Merit and the money title with Hutcheon in second place each time.

Hutcheon is determined to reverse the roles over the 2012 campaign and last week’s victory for the Banchory man in the Kirkhill GC pro-am, Cambuslang was a step in the right direction.

Gray was the long-time clubhouse leader with a one-under-par 69 until late starter Hutcheon came sweeping through to victory by two shots with an impressive 69 in the later windy conditions.

Gray had had to contend with the miserably wet weather earlier in the day.

It was Hutcheon’s fifth win of the season, following one-day successes at Portpatrick, Gleneagles, Buchanan Castle and Kemnay.

The £1,315 prize was Hutcheon’s biggest so far this season. He had six birdies - five of them in the space of a bogey-free nine holes in the middle of the round - and three bogeys. Gray also had six birdies but five bogeys dragged him down.

Joel Hopwood (Royal Aberdeen) led the club trio of Alistair Ferguson (handicap 24), Sheila Ferguson (26) and John Dixon (12) to victory in the pro-am team event with a net score of 12-under-par 58. Hopwood himself had an 84 which means his team played rather well.

Kirkhill GC Pro-Am

Leading pro scores (Par 70)

67 Greig Hutcheon (Banchory).

69 Stephen Gray (Hayston)

70 Gareth Hardy (Belleisle), Mark Kerr (unatt)

71 Craig Ronald (Carluke), Craig Matheson (Falkirk Tryst).

72 Scott Herald (Means Caslte), Jason Mc Creadie (Buchanan Castle), Ian Graham (Crow Wood), Terry Burgoyne (Glencruitten).

73 Robert Arnott (Bishopbriggs), Samuel Cairns (Colville Park), Steven Duncan (Carnoustie), Stuart Kerr (Strathaven).