Centenary year for Carnegie
Competition was staged for the 100th time at Royal Dornoch
The Carnegie Shield celebrated reaching a fantastic milestone this year as it was staged for the 100th time at Royal Dornoch Golf Club. Despite the competition being 112 years old, it did not take place for the 12 years during the two World Wars making this year’s event one to remember.
Dunfermline-born steel magnate Andrew Carnegie made his fortune in the USA but he and his wife Louise were regular visitors to Skibo Castle during summer holidays and grew to love the game of golf which they learned in the gardens of the castle.
As part of the celebration, an invitation from the club went out to all previous winners to attend and take part in the landmark event. Twenty of those previous winners turned up to compete but it was left to local golfer Chris Mailley to ensure the Carnegie Shield remained in Scotland.
A product of the club’s junior section, Mailley went up against Trey Wilkinson from the Champions Golf Club in Houston, Texas in the final. Wilkinson was bidding to become only the third American to lift the trophy in 100 years of competition but his attempt suffered a setback in the early stages as Mailley made him pay for some early errors.
By the time Wilkinson and Mailley reached the ninth tee, the Scotsman was three-up and despite the American taking that hole with a long par putt to reduce the deficit to two, Mailley’s three hole advantage was restored at the 11th and the local man never allowed his opponent another chance in the match.
The lead was extended to four on the very next hole and Mailley eventually walked away a 5&3 winner when his accurate wedge shot to the pin on the 15th green gave him his third birdie of the match.
The trophy presentation took place shortly after the match ended and it was a surviving member of the Carnegie family, great, great grand-daughter, Margaret Thomson, who presented the trophy to Mailley following his win.