Despite Rob and Nick’s efforts the 2018 R&A 9 Hole Championship winners were Christopher Cudahy and Andrew Sabin from Tadmarton Heath in Banbury England with a winning nett aggregate score of 41 stab points to be crowned champions.
The Final was contested over the first four and last five holes of the Championship Course at the famous Angus links before The 147th Open which began the following week.
Champion Golfer Paul Lawrie, together with Bruce Mitchell, Captain of The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews, presented the prizes to the leading teams.
“Rob said to play Carnoustie in its best condition just before The Open was a real privilege and it was both exciting and frightening at the same time,
“When you stand on the 1st tee and they call your name out, with all the grandstands around you, it raises the hairs on the back of your neck. It’s a nerve-wracking but fantastic experience. I will remember it for years to come especially as I pared the first for 3 points”
Over 15,000 golfers entered nine hole qualifying events held at clubs throughout Great Britain and Ireland; more than double the number who played in 2017.
The R&A 9 Hole Championship is central to the organisation’s drive to promote this form of golf as an ideal way to enjoy playing the sport in less time, either recreationally or competitively for handicap purposes.
Rob and Nick tee off at the first hole,
All competitors with Paul Lawrie