Stuart Whyte admitted he was unaware of the prestigious recognition associated with the Aberdeen Links Championship … until he was on the brink of being crowned champion at his first attempt.
Caledonian member Stuart, 41, defeated Steve Jamieson, of Nigg Bay, by 2&1 in the final at the Kings Links after only joining the Links club at the end of March.
Stuart, who is originally from Inverallochy said: “It was only after my father Robert told me how highly the Aberdeen Links tournament is regarded that I realised how important it is.
“The final was a great match of really high quality and carded five birdies ahead of the match finishing on the 17th.”
Stuart, who spent the last five years in Spain, Dubai and Oman working in the oil industry, took a stranglehold on the match from the turn after he won four holes in a row.
However, Steve battled back to win the 14th and 16th but Stuart’s strong burst at the midway point of the match saw him run out the 2&1 winner.
The trophy cabinet at the Caledonian will house all four Aberdeen Links trophies after Stewart Finnie won the seniors title for a third successive year, Dave Forbes lifted the Handicap Shield and Stuart Wemyss secured the Murray Cup.
ABERDEEN LINKS CHAMPIONSHIP – Stuart Whyte (Caledonian) bt Steve Jamieson (Nigg Bay) 2 and 1.
HANDICAP SHIELD – Dave Forbes (Caledonian) (7) bt Stuart Slessor (Northern) (4) 6 and 5.
MURRAY CUP – Stuart Wemyss (Caledonian) (20) bt Michael Boyd (Bon Accord) (14) at 20th.
139 Stewart Finnie (Caledonian) 71 68 (winner by three strokes). 142 Graham V Somers 72 70. 143 Steve Forsyth 70 73.144 George H Paterson 70 74. 146 David Mullen 71 75. 148 Ron Watson 73 75. 149 Graham McBeath 75 74. 151 Scott Spiers 79 72. 152 Roy Pirie 74 78. 153 George Reid 76 77, R A Fraser 75 78.158 James Muir 82 76. 159 Benny Lumsden 80 79. 160 Walter Rae 89 72. 161 Dave Fowler 81 80, Jim Skinner 80 81, Norman Stewart 78 83. 162 Thomas Bremer 82 80.