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About the Championship

The Scottish PGA Championship can reflect on a long and distinguished history of competition dating back to 1907.

All of Scotland's greatest names, with the exception of one or two, have enjoyed success at the tournament, helping add to the prestige and standing that surrounds the event.

During the early years, the figure of Thomas Fernie loomed large over proceedings winning four times either side of the Great War.

A native of Troon who held posts at Turnberry and Royal Lytham & St Annes, Fernie was victorious in 1909, '10, '19 and '20 with each victory achieved on a different course - Montrose, Lossiemouth, Monifieth and Gleneagles.

Another to have written a chapter in the event's history was Falkirk Tryst and Cruden Bay professional Stewart Burns who was a multiple winner between the wars, chalking up victories in 1925, '27 and '28.

Burns was later appointed pro at Hendon and his favourite shots listed in the Golfers' Handbook were the 'half-iron' and 'mashie niblick'.

Rochester & Cobham Park pro Mark Seymour left his imprint on championship history with a hat-trick of wins in 1931, '33 and '34.

After the Second World War, the legendary John Panton made the championship virtually his own, managing seven outright victories in 1948 - '51,'54,'55 and '59 plus a tied first finish with Eric Brown in 1966.

Brown, who held positions at Haggs Castle, Sandy Lodge, Hartsbourne and Buchanan Castle, was equally as successful at Panton, lifting the title seven times in 1956, '57, '58, '60, '62, '65 and '68.

The early 70's witnessed the beginning of Bernard Gallacher domination of the event which netted him five victories in 1971, '73, '74, '77 and '83.

Not to be outdone, fellow Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance emulated Gallacher with five wins also, claiming the championship in 1978, '80, '85, '91 and '93.

Other notable names to have lifted the title are two time major champion Sandy Lyle, who triumphed at Glasgow Gailes in 1979, and Carnoustie Open champion Paul Lawrie who has twice savoured the joys of winning his home championship, repeating his success of 1992 in 2005.

Perhaps the most remarkable win came in 2001 when John Chillas lifted the trophy at Gleneages PGA Centenary course - some 25 years after his first triumph in the championship at Haggs Castle in the baking hot summer of 1976.

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