The Fulton Trophy is the major match-play competition contested between 'First Class' golfers - those members with a handicap of nine or less, and is played off scratch.
After taking the consolation position in the Club Championship, Euan Brown, certainly a golfing star in the making, had the desire to complete a fine season with victory in Fulton Trophy. His opponent, Club Captain David Miller, with his sets on a fifth Matchplay title, had other ideas.
It's never a bad thing to come out strongly right from the start and Euan, with his game finely honed following his year in the American college system, certainly did that. Excellent birdies at the opening two holes gave him an early, but temporary advantage.
DJM reduced the deficit with a birdie at the difficult third, halved four and five before a pin-point tee shot at the Par 3 sixth squared the match.
It was a titantic encounter with no quarter surrendered. All square at the turn ...and nine holes from glory or disappointment. as they turned to face the wind on the way home.
It didn't take el ninjo long to grab the initiative. A birdie at ten saw Euan regain a one hole advantage. Again this was short-lived as some uncharacteristic slack play from Mr Brown, combined with solid pars at eleven and twelve allowed David to take the lead for the first time in the match.
Golf can be such an unpredictable game as it can swing to either player by a matter of inches. Miller's ball just found the greenside bunker at fourteen ...he surrenders his lead ...a fine approach to fifteen saw him regain the initiative ...shaves the hole at seventeen...Brown drops a crucial twelve footer for birdie.
All-square going up the eighteenth ...two good drives. Euan's approach finds the back of the green - on the dance-floor, but some way from the band. Davis's second just misses the green on the left leaving him a tough up and down. A neat little pitch to eight feet ...will it be good enough? A beautifully weighted putt from distance by Euan leaves the game hanging in the balance and David's eight footer to take the contest to extra holes.
It slips past, missing by inches ...and with that film-star smile, we have a new champion!
Well played, Euan!!