Victory for Edzell golf duo in Belhaven competition held on Torrance course

Pictured are Gary and William at the Belhaven Handicap Final, Torrance course, St Andrews Bay'. Pictured by Kenny Smith.

Pictured are Gary and William at the Belhaven Handicap Final, Torrance course, St Andrews Bay'. Pictured by Kenny Smith.

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Edzell golf duo Gary Tough and William Bremner won the Belhaven Best Scottish Club Handicap Championship Grand Final on Friday, September 20.

The victory came some 17 years after Tough won the Craigmillar Park Open on the SGU Men’s Order of Merit.

The pair, who are cousins, posted an eight-under-par score of 64 for national glory on the Torrance Course at the Fairmont St Andrews,

Tough, a plus-one handicap, was a regular competitor on the national domestic scene, taking the Craigmillar title – one won by the likes of Sir Nick Faldo – in 1996.

The Montrose Golf Links greenkeeper showed he has lost none of his talent as he and Bremner, an eight-handicapper, recovered from back-to-back opening bogeys to go on a birdie blitz.

Having started on the back nine, they picked up four shots before a crucial nett eagle from Bremner at the third hole highlighted their efforts.

Bremner said: “The third hole, our 12th, really got us going. It was a bit of a bonus for us and we pushed on from there. We gelled well together all day.”

Tough added:“It’s nice to win another national event. The Torrance’s greens were among the best I’ve putted on all year, so it was an all-round great day for us.”

The pair – whose prizes included the famous trophy, Belhaven goodies and a Fairmont voucher – edged out Earlsferry Thistle for top spot, with Andy Hodge and Vince Walker posting a fine 65.

Now in its 14th year, the competition gives club golfers the chance of competing on the big stage on a top course.

Clubs across Scotland were invited to host a local qualifying event for its members, with the two players topping the leaderboard going onto represent their club at one of four regional finals which took place this summer.

Gordon Muir, marketing manager for Belhaven, said: “It was a fantastic day at the Fairmont and well done to Edzell on their victory.”