Montrose Golf Links secretary on par with Sandy Lyle

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Claire Penman, Montrose Golf Links secretary, is on a golfing par with Major winner Sandy Lyle.

While Claire was winning the Ladies’ event at the World Hickory Championship at Panmure Club, Barry, Sandy was taking the Men’s title.

“I am very honoured to have won the World Hickory Open 2014,” said Sandy, who was the first British winner of The Masters.

“I came into the tournament quite late when I decided that, as I was in this corner of Scotland for the Dunhill, staying on for the World Hickory Open would be a great opportunity to test my hickory skills, while also helping to advance hickory golf in Scotland.

“It’s been a very good experience which certainly got my ticker going, especially over the last two or three holes of the last round, which were very nerve-wracking.”

At the presentation, WHO chairman Lionel Freedman cheekily announced that Sandy had won another Major!

Golf professional Andrew Marshall, Norfolk tied for second with defending champion Paolo Quirici, a Swiss golf professional who specialises in hickory golf.

Handicap winner Jim Rohr from Pinehurst, North Carolina also won the Veterans’ category. “It feels pretty good to be going home with two trophies the first time I’ve played in the World Hickory Open,” said Jim, who only took up hickory golf a year ago. “I really enjoy the challenge of hickory golf and the great people I meet.”

Sheila Brunton from Carnoustie won the Ladies’ Handicap and Claire, Sheila and Carnoustie’s Pat Sawers won the Ladies’ Team Competition.