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Pirie rolls back the years at Braemar

Pirie rolls back the years at Braemar

Hazlehead Golf Club stalwart Sandy Pirie, club champion at the age of 15, has become the Braemar club champion at the age of 75, writes Colin Farquharson.

Sandy qualified in third place, beating his age twice, won his quarter-final and semi-final after tight matches and then took down the leading qualifier, Paul Black, in the final.

Pirie was never behind but the match  went all the way to the 18th before he finally  prevailed. He had gone round in approximately 70 strokes.

Sandy’s son Neil explained: “I know that Ian Hutcheon and my father shared the distinction of winning the same club championship 50 years apart [Hazlehead and Monifieth] but I am not aware of anyone who has been a club champion 60 years apart. The new knee last November has undoubtedly played its part!”

Pirie was a Scotland international from 1966 to 1975, playing in ten consecutive Home International series.

He lost to Hugh Stuart in the 1972 Scottish Amateur final at Prestwick and again, two years later, to Gordon Murray at Western Gailes.

He also represented Great Britain & Ireland in the 1967 Walker Cup match against the United States at Royal St George’s Golf Club, Kent.

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