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Mailley wins Carnegie Shield

By Will Clark

CHRIS Mailley’s domination of the Sutherland golfing scene continued at the 106th Carnegie Shield at Royal Dornoch when he won the trophy for a fifth time since 2009.

Chris Mailley with the Carnegie Shield
Chris Mailley with the Carnegie Shield

The Royal Dornoch and Brora Golf Club member went into a repeat of last year’s final against Ian Rennie, from Hindhead Golf Club in Surrey, beating him for the third time.

Mailley had coasted his way into the final where only once he was taken past the 13th hole – in his semi final won on the 17th green against Welshman Richard Evans.

In the other semi final, Rennie earned his fourth final attempt since losing his first to Mailley 10 years ago, with a 16th green win over William Short of Longniddry.

In the final, Mailley’s short iron play was edgy.

He thinned a wedge through the fifth green to halve his early two hole lead then bunkered his approach to the seventh green.

A lost ball from the eighth tee allowed Rennie to take a one hole lead to the 10th tee.

Mailley’s weak pitch onto the 11th green allowed Rennie go two ahead and only at the 15th hole did Mailley get his wedge working correctly.

The birdie putt was holed as he won his first hole since the fourth green.

His long iron second shot found and won the 16th hole and when the finishing two holes were halved, the final went into extra holes.

From his second shot, Mailley fired the ball to within 15ft from where he holed for a winning birdie three that secured him the Carnegie Shield for a fifth time.

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