Scots golfer Greig Hutcheon said after his 40th birthday last March that he really felt that his best had still to come. And the tour pro’s crystal ball was bang on target in Turkey he put the icing on the cake of a superb domestic season by winning the Titleist PGA play-offs for a second time. The 40-year-old Tartan Tour kingpin from Crathes earned the PGA No 1 player accolade again in a dramatic season-ending finale at Antalya Golf Club where he edged out Matt Cort in a sudden-death shoot-out at the third extra hole at the PGA Sultan Course. Hutcheon and compatriots Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf) and Chris Kelly (Cawder), by finishing in the top 10, earned themselves places in the field at next spring’s BMW PGA championship at Wentworth. Hutcheon and Cort had tied at nine-under-par for the 54-hole tournament just ahead of overnight leader Matt Ford from Kent but following pars on the first and second holes, Hutcheon delivered a perfect blow to six feet to secure the title and £2,000 with Cort only able to make birdie in increasingly gusty conditions. Apart from an invitation to the 2014 BMW PGA Championship, Hutcheon’s spoils include, a place in the field for the Wales Open. Hutcheon’s final round 67 was a veritable rollercoaster with three bogeys, including two on the first two holes, five birdies and an eagle.
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A man once jailed for stabbing a dog has admitted a bottle attack and having a knife in a public place. Kevin Hutcheon described as a prisoner at Perth, spent his 29th birthday in the dock at Forfar Sheriff Court and pleaded guilty to two charges. The case was due to go to trial before a jury until an 11th hour plea was made through defence solicitor Ian Flynn. Hutcheon admitted that on November 6 last year, on Ferry Street, Montrose, he assaulted a man, striking him on the arm with a bottle, while on bail. He further admitted being in possession of a knife in a public place on Union Street, Montrose, the following day. The court heard the victim of the bottle attack was 18 when he was approached in the street by Hutcheon who asked him his name. When the victim confirmed who he was, Hutcheon walked towards him with a bottle, and, without warning, struck him on the arm with it. The glass bottle itself smashed on the ground and the victim was not injured as a result of the assault. The following day police were called to a disturbance and Hutcheon was detained. A search was carried out and a knife fell out of Hutcheon’s right hand and landed on the street between his legs. It was a kitchen-style knife of about four inches with a three-and-a-half-inch blade. The Crown asked for the forfeiture of the knife after it was presented to Sheriff Pino Di Emidio on Monday. Solicitor Ian Flynn said: “Today is his 29th birthday and he appears in court. “His previous convictions don’t make good reading.” Sentence was deferred until February 26 for background reports. No motion was made for bail and Hutcheon was remanded in custody. Hutcheon was previously jailed for 21 months at Forfar Sheriff Court in December 2013 for repeatedly stabbing a dog in Montrose. When police arrived at the scene they found the staffordshire bull terrier with multiple injuries and covered in blood. Despite its wounds, the animal survived the attack.
Buchanan Castle tour pro Jason McCreadie is turning 43 years old but, as leader by two shots at the halfway stage of the £50,000 Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship, he will delay any celebration until the end of the 72-hole tournament over the Kings Course. On a perfect day for low scoring no wind and soft, holding greens McCreadie added a 66 to his opening 64 for a 12-under-par aggregate in the Tartan Tour’s flagship event. It doubled his first-round advantage over Gareth Wright after the Welshman followed up his first-round 65 with a 67. But the pair might not be left to battle it out for the title on their own in the final two rounds after Aberdonian Greg McBain and Greig Hutcheon (Banchory) both surged up the leaderboard. McBain, winner of the Paul Lawrie Invitational at Deeside last year, was three-over with five holes to play in his first-round 71. But, helped by a hot putter, the 29-year-old bagged nine birdies second time out in carding an eight-under 63, the best of the week. It catapulted him into third on eight-under, three ahead of Hutcheon after the Tartan Tour No 1 signed for a 64. Illuminated by an eagle at the tenth, it helped repair an opening 73 that included a quadruple-bogey 8 at the third. But McCreadie, a two-time Northern Open winner and the 2008 winner of the SPGA title, is the man they all have to catch in Perthshire. “I hit a couple of bad ones today but got away with them, which is what you need,” said the leader, who reckons a win could be written in the stars. He’s working with Rowallan Castle-based Ross Aitken, who helped Graham Fox claim this title at the same venue 12 months ago. “That’s maybe an omen, you never know,” added McCreadie with a smile. The cut fell at four-over, with 37 players making it through to the final two days. The third round starts at 7.30am with McBain, Wright and McCreadie out in the last group at 9.30am. Gullane’s Emma Fairnie, only the third woman to play in the championship since Meg Farquhar in 1933 and Heather MacRae just a year or two ago, failed by two shots to survive the cut but she gave it her best shot. Emma can be proud of a second-round, one-under-par 70 for 148. She covered her last 10 holes in four under par with birdies at the ninth, 10th, 14th and an eagle 3 at the last. She had a bogey at the 17th but it did not make all that difference as she missed the cut by two.
Greig Hutcheon, the main man in Scottish pro golf in recent years playing out of Banchory Golf Club, has signed a deal with the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre to represent the Aberdeen venue in 2014. Hutcheon, winner of the Gleneagles Scottish PGA title last year when he was the Tartan Tour’s leading money-winner and Order of Merit winner, is the highest ranked PGA Professional in GB&I since winning the PGA play-offs title in Turkey late last year. The centre, which has a nine-hole par-three course, driving range and a state-of-the-art short-game practice facility, is already home to the Paul Lawrie Foundation’s stable of eight supported professionals, including Northern Open champion David Law, Kris Nicol, Philip McLean, Laura Murray and Paul Lawrie’s elder son Craig. Greig will play in a number of European and Challenge Tour events and, in addition, starts in the BMW PGA Championshipat Wentworth, and the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, which is staged at Royal Aberdeen Golf Club for the first time. Hutcheon, 40 and a PGA professional since 1995, will also continue to compete on the Tartan Tour circuit. Lawrie and “Hutch” have known one another for many years, having both played, practised and worked at Banchory Golf Club during their formative years in the game. Lawrie said: “Greig has long been the top player on the domestic scene in Scotland. “His consistency at the head of the Tartan Tour Order of Merit over the last few years is evidence of this, as are his performances in the European Tour events he’s gained entry to. He consistently makes cuts and finishes well whenever the opportunity arises”. “Greig is also brilliant with pro-am teams. “Whenever he’s done days for us in the past with clients and friends he always strikes the right balance, making playing partners feel at ease whilst imparting some of the knowledge he’s built up over the years in the sport. “He’ll be a great addition to our personnel at the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre.” Hutcheon said: “I’m honoured to be joining such a strong team of professionals at unquestionably one of the finest golfing establishments in the country.”
Welsh wizard Gareth Wright cast a spell over his rivals with a round to go in the £50,000 Gleneagles Scottish PGA championship. The West Linton tour pro started the third day two shots off the pace but finished it four strokes clear of the field after adding a six-under-par 65 to earlier rounds of 65 and 67. At 16-under-par 197, Wright has shaken off long-time leader Jason McCreadie, who shot a two-over-73 and on his 43rd birthday to boot. The nearest challenger is now Banchory’s Greig Hutcheon, who finished birdie-birdie-eagle for a 64 and a running tally of 201. Hutcheon won the Scottish pro title in 1999 when he was based in Bristol. Wright shows no signs of coming down from the crest of his wave, with the 2012 Glenmuir club pros champion is full of confidence after making the cut in the Open at Muirfield at fortnight ago. McCreadie, the winner in 2008, slipped back to third on 10-under after a sloppy 73, with Aberdonian Greg McBain, lying third overnight, also denting his hopes with a 74 to sit on five-under. “I played well again,” said Wright, bidding to go one better in the Tartan Tour’s flagship event after losing in a play-off to Chris Doak three years ago. “My swing didn’t feel great on Monday but I went and did some work on the range last night and it felt good again when I came out this morning.” The Edinburgh-based Welshman produced a flawless effort containing four birdies and an eagle, which came at the last. “I’m just sticking to my gameplan, trying to play sensible golf and taking one shot at a time,” he added. Hutcheon enjoyed another hot day with the putter as he followed five birdies in his opening 17 holes by also closing with an eagle. “It was 24 putts yesterday and I might have beaten that today, which is ridiculous,” he said. “I’ve got a new putter that I picked up at the start of this year and I’m undoubtedly putting the best I have in my life.” He admitted Wright will be hard to catch but added: “At least my last two rounds have given me a chance to try to put some pressure on him.” McCreadie said: “Gareth played phenomenal today and then finished it off nicely as well, but I’m still in the mix.”
Banchory’s Greig Hutcheon won the Gleneagles Scottish PGA championship for a second time some 13 years after his first win when he was based at Bristol. In a remarkable last-day turnaround over the par-71 King’s Course at the Perthshire golf resort, Hutcheon, 40, made up four shots on overnight leader Gareth Wright (West Linton) with a five-under-par 66 for a total of 17-under-par 267 to win the £9,000 first prize. Wright failed to break 70 for the first time over the four days and a par 71 for a total of 268 relegated him to second place and a £6,500 cheque. The two men finished well clear of third-placed Jason McCreadie (Buchanan Castle) who had made the running over the first two rounds. McCreadie signed off with a 70 for 273 and a payslip for £4,500. Hutcheon, who was No 1 on the Tartan Tour last year, heading both the Order of Merit and the Money table: “I’m really chuffed to win this event, especially as it was part of the European Tour event in 1999 and I won as the leading Scot in that. “I managed to claw my way back into it this week after an opening 73 and the main reason I was able to do that was definitely my putting. “Gareth and I both played some loose shots today as well as some good ones and it all came down to some lucky breaks here and there.” Wright said: “It’s disappointing to have lost a four-shot lead. I didn’t get off to a goods start but all credit to Greig as he putted well all day.”
An Angus man has been jailed for more than two years after admitting a bottle attack and having a knife in a public place. Kevin Hutcheon, 29, described as a prisoner at Perth, had previously been jailed for stabbing a dog. He previously admitted at Forfar Sheriff Court that on November 6, 2014, in Ferry Street, Montrose, he assaulted a man, striking him on the arm with a bottle, whilst on bail. He further admitted being in possession of a knife in a public place in Union Street, Montrose, the following day. The court previously heard the assault victim was 18 when he was approached in the street by Hutcheon who asked him his name. When the victim confirmed who he was, Hutcheon walked towards him with a bottle, and, without warning, struck him on the arm with it. The victim was not injured as a result. The following day police were called to a disturbance and Hutcheon was detained. A search was carried out and a knife fell out of Hutcheon’s right hand and landed on the street between his legs. Defence agent Ian Flynn said: “He said he picked up the knife so that it could not be used on him. He should have let it lie.” The court previously heard it was a kitchen-style knife of about four inches, with a cutting blade of three-and-a-half inches long. While sentencing on Thursday, Sheriff Pino Di Emidio said Hutcheon, who had been remanded in custody since November 10 last year, had an “unenviable” record. He said: “You have previous convictions in relation to possessing knives and the court has to take a serious view of that matter. “I sentence you to 28 months’ imprisonment, discounted to 26 months because of your plea, and that is backdated to November 10. “In addition, giving regard to your record and to protect the public, I will add a supervised release order on your release from custody for a period of nine months. “During that period you will report to a supervising officer. If you breach this order you are likely to be brought back to court and remanded in custody.”
DEFENDING champion Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf) is among eight former winners in the field for the £50,000 Gleneagles Scottish PGA Championship starting on Sunday. Fox joined a distinguished roll, that includes the likes of John Panton, Eric Brown, Bernard Gallacher, Sandy Lyle and Paul Lawrie, 12 months ago Three shots clear heading into the final round, he holed a 10ft eagle putt at the 72 for a 15-under-par aggregate of 269 and a two-shot victory over Banchory’s Greig Hutcheon. The 1999 winner, Hutcheon heads into this year’s event in fine fettle, having made the cut in the PGA Championship at Wentworth and Scottish Open at Castle Stuart this season. West Linton’s Gareth Wright did likewise in the Open at Muirfield last week and will also be heading into the Tartan Tour’s flagship event feeling bullish. Former European Tour rookie of the year, Scott Henderson, joins PGA Cup team-mates Fox, Hutcheon and Wright in a 66-strong field. It also includes host club professional Andrew Jowett and Gullane’s Emma Fairnie, only the third woman to play in the event. Gordon Law, Chris Kelly, Craig Ronald, Mark Loftus, Jason McCreadie and David Orr are the other former winners in the line-up. “We are all looking forward to the week,” said Brian Mair, secretary of the PGA in Scotland. “Gleneagles is looking magnificent and I am sure the King’s Course will prove, yet again, to be a great test for the players. “The field contains many of our ex-champions, including defending champion Graham Fox. “In addition, we have Emma Fairnie competing, only the third female to do so in the history of the championship. “Whoever wins will join a very distinguished roll of honour and we wish all the players every success for the week.”
A Dundee man who stole a designer shirt only two days after appearing in court was sentenced to six months in prison. Steven Greig, 36, also attempted to make off with another two high-end items worth £774 from Threads on Commercial Street. Appearing at the city’s sheriff court on Saturday, Greig, of Adamson Court, admitted that on Thursday he stole a designer shirt costing £250. He also admitted removing the security tags and price labels from a Stone Island jacket and Stone Island shirt and attempting to steal them. Depute fiscal Isma Muktar said: “Around 4.50pm a member of staff at the store saw the accused. “The member of staff entered the second room area to speak with the male and he noticed a grey Stone Island jacket on the floor. “The accused said someone had dropped it. The member of staff hung it up and want to serve another customer.” Ms Muktar said the shop assistant thought it was strange the item had just been dropped as the second room housed the more expensive merchandise. Greig then left and the staff member found the labels had been ripped off the jacket and a shirt. He reviewed CCTV footage and contacted the police who were dealing with other matters. Ms Muktar said: “Around 6pm, the member of staff saw the accused standing outside Waterstones. He phoned the police on his mobile and began following the accused.” Police then traced Greig in Meadowside. He was searched and officers found two labels in his backpack and the £250 Stone Island shirt. Greig’s solicitor Jim Laverty said his client had left court on Tuesday with instructions to report to the social work offices. He said he had been on remand and had taken up residence with his wife but the family had not been in receipt of benefits. Mr Laverty said: “He came upon the idea of shoplifting to, in effect, put food on the table.” Sheriff Richard Macfarlane sentenced Greig to six months in prison.