Bob Humble, 72, wins Kilspindie championship in six decades

Fifty years after landing the title for the first time, Bob Humble is the Kilspindie club champion, having now achieved the feat in six decades.

After facing each other in the final, Bob Humble, right, receives the Kilspindie club championship trophy from captain Chris Stirling. Picture: Kilspindie Golf Club

The 72-year-old claimed the crown for the 21th time in total at the East Lothian club with a 7&6 win over Chris Stirling, the club captain, in the 36-hole final.

The pair were all square after 18 holes before Humble, who plays off three, covered the next 12 holes in six-under-par.

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“I was reading an article in Scotland on Sunday about Ian Hutcheon winning the Monifieth club championship in six decades and thought to myself, ‘if I win today, I will be the same as Hutch’,” said Humble.

One down with two to play, he finished eagle-eagle to beat James Fox in the quarter-finals before coming out on top against 73-year-old Kenny Johnston in the last four.

“It feels very strange to win it again and a bit of a surprise, to be honest,” added Humble. “I have been playing oay, but not as competitive as I would like to be, having not played in any of the Scottish Seniors’ events this year.

“It is fantastic to achieve this in my 70s, especially after I had both a prostate cancer operation and hip operation. I am over the moon to have come back from them and pull off this win.”

Elsewhere, Kilmacolm’s Matthew Clark won the Tennant Cup, the oldest amateur stroke-play trophy in the world, for a second time after a controversial finish at Glasgow Golf Club.

In the same week he carded a course-record 62 at Nairn en route to leading the qualifiers in the Amateur Championship at Nairn, the 39-year-old closed with rounds of 67 and 66 at Killermont for a one-shot win.

Forres man Matthew Wilson, who had shared the halfway lead after a pair of 69s at Gailes Links on Saturday, finished second after thinking he had a two-shot lead when he was actually tied for top spot.

“It was a sore one for Matty, but, as I did myself when something similar happened to me, he will learn from it and I am sure he will get a win soon,” said Clark.

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