Kamran Zeynalov has become the first golfer born in Azerbaijan to score an outright victory on the North-East Golfers’ Alliance circuit, writes Colin Farquharson.
He headed a field of 60 competitors at McDonald Ellon Golf Club with a fine round of six-under-par 64.
Portlethen pro Zeynalov, pictured above, whose mother comes from Scotland, earned £130 for his efforts. Last October, he gave notice that he was becoming a force on the winter campaign when he figured in a three-way tie for first place in the fixture at Peterculter.
“I reckon that 64 was the best golf of my career so far,” said the 24-year-old. “Like all good rounds, it could have been even better. I did not expect to land in a pot-hole on the 17th green. That cost me three putts and that was my only bogey.”
Zeynalov had six birdies, five of them in the space of seven holes from the tenth to the 16th.
There were no courses in oil-rich Azerbaijan - although there is one now - when Zeynalov left with his mother as a youngster to make a new home in the north-east.
Meanwhile, Royal Aberdeen’s senior assistant pro Joel Hopwood marked his last event as the North-East Alliance organiser by taking second place with a two-under-par 68. Hopwood plays right-handed but putts left-handed and holed a 40-footer for the first of his birdies at the third hole.