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Ross takes golf title at Moray

By Will Clark

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Fortrose and Rosemarkie's Morty Ross and Inverness' Alistair Thomson brought home championship silverware at the North Scottish Golf Alliance at Moray Golf Course.

Morty Ross with his trophy
Morty Ross with his trophy

Ross who thought his day was over when he struggled with 43 shots through his first nine holes then began his inward half with two bogies before his round changed dramatically.

A birdie three on the 13th hole was the change of fortune followed up with three more birdies in his last four holes, the 15th, 16th and 17th before a final par took him home in one under par 35. Ross's gross 78 reduced to net 72 to win the Bank of Scotland Quaich from Class 1.

The outward half played into a very tough wind taking its toll on many of the favourites for the championship title, including the defending champion Jeff Wright (76) and Alliance aggregate trophy winner home member Kyle Godsman (77) who were two of only 15 to return cards under 80.

In the Sir Hugh Mackenzie Trophy, Thomson missed a three-foot putt to win the championship after 18 holes and was forced into a tie-break with David Grindell and Darren Pitchforth.

The trio returned to the course for the two hole play-off where they all parred the first hole. From the final tee Thomson hit the poorer of the three drives but found the iconic final green with a seven iron, downwind the other pair using wedges. He rolled a 20-foot birdie putt to win the trophy for the first time since 1987.

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