Leven to host golf champions tournament

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THREE former winners are in the select field of 48 for the Scottish Champion of Champions’ 72-hole tournament, organised by the Leven Golfing Society, over the Leven links on Saturday and Sunday, April 6 and 7.

Fraser McKenna (Balmore) will be out to repeat his victory of 12 months ago while Ross Bell (Downfield), winner in 2010 and Glenn Campbell (Blairgowrie), winner in 2009, also know what it takes to lead the field home in what is regarded as the curtain-raising event to the domestic calendar of national amateur tournaments.

It was first played in 1970 and, having missed a year (1973), this will be the 42nd staging of a tournament that was instigated by and also always been hosted and run by Leven Golfing Society.

For most of the field, expectations of victory will not be high after a long, cold winter when golf was out of the question on many occasions.

But that is not the case with McKenna. The Balmore man spent nearly two months in South Africa with the SGU Elite Squad, practising and playing in warm-weather conditions.

Aberdour’s Scott Crichton was also in South Africa and he could shape up as McKenna’s leading opponent, although it should be far from a two-horse race.

Scott Borrowman (Dollar), a former Scottish youths champion and Palmer Cup player who won the SGU Order of Merit last year, always plays well over the Leven links.