Ballochmyle Golf Club hosted the inaugural Killie Masters Invitational competition on Wednesday 23rd May organised by the Kilmarnock Supporters Trust. Legendary ex-Kilmarnock FC players joined forces with Killie supporters on the sun soaked Mauchline course to compete for a number of team and Individual prizes and, judging by the smiles on faces, everyone was a winner.
Alan Robertson, Paul Clarke, Derrick McDicken, Stuart McLean, John Bourke, Jim Clark, Sam McGivern, Robert Connor, Robert Reilly, Tom Black, Garry Hay, James Fowler, Gary Holt and Craig Dargo each ‘captained’ a supporter’s team as well as battling it out amongst themselves to win the Killie Masters Invitational trophy. You can have a look at the gallery to see who was in each team.
Hole 03: Nearest the Pin (Sponsored by McSherry Halliday) - Derek Stark (The Egg Chasers)
Hole 05: Longest Drive (Sponsored by Mauchline KFC Supporters Club) - Morris Young (Urquhart’s Opticians)
Hole 09: Nearest the Pin in Two (Sponsored by Ayrshire Roofline Specialists) - Steven Gas Jnr. (Mauchline Club 'B')
Hole 14: Nearest the Pin (Sponsored by Kilmarnock FC Supporters Association) - Ally Ross (The Burns Inn 20/20)
Hole 17: Nearest the Pin: (Sponsored by The Killie Trust) - Steven Gas Jnr. (Mauchline Club 'B')
1st - Mauchline Club 'A' (Andy Rodger, Davie Agnew, Steven Gass and Robert Connor)
2nd - The Burns Inn 20/20 (Ally Ross, Craig Ross, Paul Clarke and Derrick McDicken)
3rd - Ballochmyle Golf Club (William Jamieson, Ian Hunter, William Fleming and Craig Dargo)
There was also a ‘Short Game Challenge’ with all competitors required to chip the ball to the flag from various distances and ‘hole out’ in a similar putting competition. Robert Connor proved that he had lost none of his deft touch and accuracy seen throughout his playing career by picking up the trophy.
And so to the main event. In a keenly contested competition, John Bourke added to his legendary status by being crowned the Killie Masters Invitational Champion 2018, but only after a count back which saw him beat Robert Connor into second place by virtue of a better score on the last nine holes. Garry Hay was third, one shot behind.
The Killie Trust would like to thank Kilmarnock Football Club, KFC Supporters Association, 7Saints Bar (hopefully opening a branch soon Kilmarnock), Ayrshire Roofline Services, McSherry Halliday Solicitors and all competitors supporting the event for their ‘Trust in Killie’ campaign and in particular Andy Harrow and Lorrie Headley and the staff of Ballochmyle Golf Club. Thanks also to Trust Board members Elaine Millar and Andy Millar for help on the day and giving out the prizes
Get the 22nd May 2019 into your diary for next year and round two of the Killie Masters Invitational!