Sangster at the double at BIGGA national championship

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Gordon Sangster has completed a remarkable double by winning the BIGGA National Championship sponsored by Charterhouse and Kubota.

The assistant greenkeeper from Cathkin Braes Golf Club in Glasgow was victorious at the Scottish National in June - and he followed this up with a thrilling one-shot triumph at Frilford Heath Golf Club to win the coveted BIGGA Challenge Trophy and an improved first prize of £500.

Plus two handicapper Gordon had led overnight after a fantastic two under par 70 in his first round, and fought off fierce competition from the field to win by just one shot with a gross 147.

In fact, only four shots covered the top five gross golfers showing the depth of the Association's golfing talent - and there was even a hole in one on the first day when Paul Davy from Porters Park Golf Club aced the 186-yard 9th with a six iron.

Gordon said: "It's always good to win. I think I drove better than at the National last year but at this level it's one or two putts that make or break you, the scoring was so close. I birdied the last three holes on the first day which put me in a good position.

"It's a fantastic course - a tough but fair test of golf. The greens are the fastest I've played on all year and the whole set up is phenomenal."
The runner-up was James Dair from Toft House & Golf Course who shot a superb 70 on the second day to finish with a gross 148.

He was closely followed by Gary Burgess from Grange Park Golf Club (149), James Egerton from Welwyn Garden City Golf Club (150) and last year's champion Oly Browning from Stocks Golf Club (151).

Daniel Scott from Woburn Golf & Country Club won the BIGGA Challenge Cup for the best nett score with 140 which was rewarded with £150.

Thanks to all the golfers who travelled from far and wide to play, to Sid Arrowsmith MG and his team for presenting a first-class course and to the sponsors Charterhouse and Kubota for their kind support of the event.

Full results and prizes

BIGGA challenge trophy - Best gross score

1) Gordon Sangster (Cathkin Braes Golf Club) - 70, 77 (147) £500

2) James Dair (Toft House & Golf Course) - 78, 70 (148) £300

3) Gary Burgess (Grange Park Golf Club) - 78, 71 (149) £250

4) James Egerton (Welwyn Garden City Golf Club) - 74, 76 (150) £150

5) Oly Browning (Stocks Golf Club) - 75, 76 (151) £100

BIGGA challenge cup - Best nett score

1) Daniel Scott (Woburn Golf & Country Club) - 68, 72 (140) £150

2) Terry Cheese (Sandwell Park Golf Club) - 75, 73 (148) £100

3) Alastair Higgs (Windlesham Golf Club) - 73, 75 (148) £50

Bigga challenge palte - Stableford Day Two only

Stewart Rogers (Orsett Golf Club) 36pts

Bigga challenge bowl - Affiliate prize

Andrew Cornes (BMS Ltd) 87, 88 (175) £75

Handicap prizes - Nett

+2 - 5 David Grant (Cherwell Edge Golf Club) 67 Golf Balls

06 - 12 Daniel Scott (Woburn Golf & Country Club) 68 Golf Balls

13 - 24 Anthony Thacker (RAF Marham Golf Club) 77 Golf Balls

Handicap prizes Day 2 - Nett

+2 - 5 Gary Burgess (Grange Park Golf Club) 68 Golf Balls

06 - 12 Daniel Scott (Woburn Golf & Country Club) 72 Golf Balls

13 -24 Lee Whyte (Bowood Golf & Country Club) 73 Golf Balls

Nearest the pin (9th)

Day One - Paul Davy (Porters Park Golf Club - hole in one!) Champagne

Day Two - Dan Norsworthy (The Richmond Golf Club) Champagne

Longest drive (15th)

Day One - Antony Kirwan (Playgolf Colchester) Champagne

Day Two - Leigh Mordy (Knowle Golf Club) Champagne

Team prizes - Day One Only

First - Midland (David Grant, James Egerton, Oly Browning, Harry Larkins) £75 x 4 plus medals

Second - South East (Jason Hunt, Ron Christie, Mark Harvey, Paul Davy) Medals

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