BARRY – Sandy Lyle made a winning debut in the 10th World Hickory Open golf championship at Panmure Golf Club. He won the two day tournament with rounds of 74 and 69 for a total score of 143 and headed an international field of 114 competitors by three strokes. Runners-up on 146 were Norfolk-based pro Andrew Marshall (76-70) and defending champion Paolo Quirci (72-74), a Swiss pro who specialises in hickory golf.
“I am very honoured to have won the World Hickory Open 2014,” said Sandy to the Scottish Golf Review. “I came into the tournament quite late when I decided that, as I was in this corner of Scotland for the Dunhill, staying on for the World Hickory Open would be a great opportunity to test my hickory skills, while also helping to advance hickory golf in Scotland.”
“I have a great love for hickory golf, which is about playing hickory on courses like Panmure,” continued Sandy. “I’ll hopefully be back to defend my title when the World Hickory Open is played over the Carnoustie championship links next year.”