Former professional Mark Rae has ended the hopes of David Morrison completing a hat-trick of Evening Express Champion of Champions scratch titles this year.
Mark, who is back in the amateur ranks at Newmachar, used home advantage to card a 2&1 victory over David after a rollercoaster of a match.
Plus-two handicapper Mark, 32, said: “It was the first time that I had played against David.
“He is a fantastic player and it was clear how he has won the Champion of Champions competition twice.
“I started strongly, winning the second, third and fourth to go three up.
“David fought back with birdies on the fifth, seventh and eighth to square the match.
“I won the ninth to take a one hole advantage into the back nine, which I thought I would need as a cushion because David was starting to hole a few birdie putts.
“We exchanged the 11th with the 13th and I remained one up before David levelled the match again with a birdie at the 14th.
“I won the difficult par three 15th to move ahead again, ahead of us both finding the greenside bunker at the par five 16th.
“I managed to get up and down for a winning birdie to take a two-hole lead with two holes remaining.
“A par at the 17th was sufficient for me to secure victory.
“I was pleased to have never been behind and was glad to take an early lead as I knew David would come back strongly.”
Mark returned to the north-east four years ago, after spending seven years teaching and playing professionally at The Grove Golf Club in South Wales, to help with his family’s door system company.
“I’m enjoying my golf more than ever after getting my amateur status back two years ago and I’m particularly keen to help the north-east district team.
“I’m really looking forward to my second round match against Gary Cooper at Trump International.
“I haven’t played the course before so I hope to get some practise in there before our tie.”
Both the Champion of Champions scratch and handicap tournaments, which will culminate in finals at Inverurie on Sunday, September 1, are again sponsored by Aberdein Considine.
The property, legal and financial law firm are providing a total of £800 of vouchers.