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Jake Carpenter takes the crown as Forres Golf Club's championship is big success despite coronavirus restrictions and freak weather


By Craig Christie

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THE coronavirus pandemic and freak weather conditions couldn’t stop Forres Golf Club hosting their big competition of the year.

Another accurate approach from Jake Carpenter. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Another accurate approach from Jake Carpenter. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

The five-day open traditionally attracts home golfers as well as players from across the country, but this year had to be different.

Club manager Sean Blacklaw said: “Unfortunately with the restrictions in place we were not permitted to allow any visitors to take part.

"But our members supported the event in great numbers with 110 entries for the competition.”

Jake Carpenter emerged as champion in the gross competition, the Grant Cup.

Bryan Fotheringham competes in the Grant Cup final. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Bryan Fotheringham competes in the Grant Cup final. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

He defeated five-time champion Bryan Fotheringham by a single hole in the final.

Fotheringham had beaten Stuart Maclennan in the semi-finals while Carpenter beat Robert Wilson.

A big swing from John Ellis. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
A big swing from John Ellis. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

The Fraser Cup (low handicap), in its centenary year, was won by John Ellis beating Martin Mackay four and three in the final.

Martin Mackay competes in the final of the Fraser Cup. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Martin Mackay competes in the final of the Fraser Cup. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

The Capri Tray for high handicap saw Jon Coveney come through as the winner with a four and three victory over Robbie Fraser.

Jon Coveney won the Capri Tray. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Jon Coveney won the Capri Tray. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

The first round of qualifying had to be abandoned due to the wet weather. Even then, early starter Steven Trevey managed to score a hole-in-one at the 17th.

Robbie Fraser competes in the Capri Tray final. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Robbie Fraser competes in the Capri Tray final. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

“We would like to thank our members for their continued support throughout these challenging times and welcome the news from Scottish Golf that open competitions may now resume meaning that we can welcome visitors back to Forres Golf Club,” Blacklaw added.

Jake Carpenter on his way to Grant Cup glory at Forres Golf Club's five-day championship. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Jake Carpenter on his way to Grant Cup glory at Forres Golf Club's five-day championship. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Fraser Cup winner John Ellis plays his approach shot. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Fraser Cup winner John Ellis plays his approach shot. Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

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