Links pro wins assistants’ title

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Montrose Links assistant professional Graeme Brown has secured one of the biggest wins of his career by capturing the 2012 Scottish Assistants Championship at West Lothian Golf Club, near Linlithgow.

Graeme won by one shot from Kilmacolm’s Michael Patterson, with a four-round level par total of 284 under extremely windy conditions.

The title is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the PGA Scottish region, with previous winners including 1999 Open Championship winner and Ryder Cup star Paul Lawrie.

Graeme commented: “The conditions were extremely tough with high winds and fast greens meaning the scoring was never going to be super low, so I knew patience was key.

“I think my experience paid off and it’s a massive relief to get the job done to secure my playing rights for next season.

“I have had a lot of help from my various sponsors including Clik Software, Cooper Golf, Montrose Golf Links Limited, and Golf Fit Limited – it’s a great way to repay their faith by winning!”

Jason Boyd, Montrose Professional, added: “After a stellar amateur career where he represented Scotland, Graeme has played on various tours including the Asian Tour and European Challenge tour before joining the PGA in 2009. He completed his final exams in April this year.”

This excellent win in such a prestigious tournament ensures he has a full playing exemption for the 2013 Tartan Tour season and he wraps up the 2012 Assistants’ Order of Merit in first place.

Alan Crow, chairman of Montrose Golf links, said: “I am personally delighted with this very considerable achievement by Graeme as he now has his name on the same trophy as that of Paul Lawrie.

“Montrose Golf Links have sponsored Graeme and this win shows has been worth the money invested in him.”

Graeme splits his time between playing at Montrose and teaching now that he is fully qualified.