11 Jun 19
Former European Tour player Alastair Forsyth produced a polished performance to win the Northern Open - two decades after he landed the Tartan Tour title for the first time.
Forsyth, who is attached to Mearns Castle Golf Academy, carded rounds of 65 and 68 at Newmachar for an 11-under-par total, winning by three three shots from Clydeway Golf's Graham Fox.
Forsyth, a two-time European Tour winner, signed for 14 birdies over the two days at the Aberdeenshire venue as he repeated a success at Nairn Dunbar in 1999.
“The Northern Open is a very prestigious event to win," said the double champion. "In it’s heyday, it was the second oldest 72-hole event, so I’m delighted to have won it again 20 years later.
Forsyth had headed into the event in good fettle, having carded a 10-under-par 61 to win the Bishopbriggs Pro-Am while he'd also triumphed in a 36-holer at Stirling.
Returning to a venue where he'd tasted success in a two-round event on the Tartan Tour last year, he was a shot off the pace, which was set by Scotland for Golf's Chris Kelly, after an opening effort that included three birdies to finish.
As Kelly had to settle for a share of fifth following a second-round 75, Forsyth made four birdies in the space of six holes from the fifth before adding two more back-to-back at the 14th and 15th.
“Someone was going to have to come from the pack to challenge me," he added. "I knew that if I managed to get into the 60s again somebody was going to have to shoot a real good one."
Fox, who helped Great Britain and Ireland pull off a first PGA Cup win on US soil in 2015, shot rounds of 67 and 69 to secure second spot, a shot ahead of Tartan Tour No 1 Paul O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure Ltd).
The Bookless Trophy for top amateur was won by Carnoustie’s Will Porter, who added a splendid second-round 68 to his opening 72 for a four-under total.
"I’ve flown in from university at Chattanooga in Tennessee and I had to make a bit of an adjustment for the weather over here as it was pretty warm when I left the States," said the former Scottish Boys champion.
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