Strong back nine takes Tony Stafford to victory
Pirie, 68-years old and the 13th of 32 qualifiers, was three up at the turn with par golf, but a week's competitive golf seemed to catch up on him after that, plus the fact that Stafford came on to his game.
Stafford won the 10th with a birdie, the 12th with a par and the 13th with a birdie to square the match.
Stafford, the No?3 seed and 11 years younger than his opponent, went two up with a par at the 14th and a birdie at the 15th. He completed his come-from-behind victory with a par at the 17th where Pirie was bunkered.
Stafford was roughly two over par for the holes played.
It was not a case of third-time lucky for Pirie. He also lost in the Scottish men's amateur championship finals of 1972 and 1974.