This year's AGA Champion of Champions competition was played at Whiting Bay, with the quarter finals played on Friday 13th on a glorious evening. In the opening tie Donald Logan of Corrie got off to an unfortunate start against Malcolm Pennycott of Whiting Bay when the head came off
his club as he struck his opening shot up the hill! Unperturbed Donald went on to make his par 4, but found Malcolm too good on his home course, Malcolm winning the match at the 12th. The 2nd tie between Neil Young of Lamlash and Willie Kelso from Machrie was the closest of the night with the lead changing hands several times before Neil sank a winning birdie putt at the first extra hole. The third tie saw Jimmy Armit of Brodick beat Hamish Bannatyne of Shiskine at the 17th, in a match where Jimmy was never behind. In the final tie defending Champion Euan McKinnon was paired against Graeme Andrew representing Lochranza Castle, with Euan running out a comfortable winner at the 13th hole. The semi Final draw paired Euan against Malcolm and Neil against Jimmy.
The semi finals were played in rather different conditions, with a steady downpour after the first few holes. The first semi saw defending champion Euan McKinnon against the local champion, Malcolm Pennycott. Malcolm got off to a steady start with 4 straight 3s and a 2 hole lead, and although Euan reduced the deficit at the 5th he could never quite draw level with him. At the 11th Malcolm's fine tee shot increased his lead to 3, and although Euan fought back, Malcolm closed out the match by 4&3 with a birdie putt at the 15th. The other semi between Jimmy Armit and Neil Young was closer, with Neil opening up a 3 hole lead by the 8th, only to see Jimmy pull him back and then go 2 up himself at the 14th. Neil then birdied the 15th to get it back to 1 hole but Jimmy held on to win the tie by one hole with a brave putt at the 18th. The final was played on Friday, the 20th, at Whiting Bay at 5.30, between Malcolm and Jimmy.
The final was played in excellent conditions with scoring again being low. Malcolm's superior length off the tee helped him to drive the green and win the 1st with a birdie 3, although Jimmy drew level with a 3 of his own at the 2nd. It was the last time the scores were level with Malcolm being 3 up after 6 and looking comfortable. Undaunted, Jimmy won the 7th and 8th and looked in control at the 9th with his 2nd shot finishing only a few feet from the hole,but Malcolm then rattled in his putt from just off the green for an eagle 2 and back to a 2 hole lead. After winning holes 11, 12 and 13 Malcolm was dormie 5, and although Jimmy pulled back the 13th with a birdie Malcolm went on to close out the match by winning the 15th and claiming the trophy by 5&3.
The match was played in excellent spirit with both players demonstrating how golf should be played. The trophies were presented to the 2 finalists in the clubhouse by AGA President Donald Logan.