Geo puts best foot forward in Duns classic
David ‘Geo’ Stewart produced a blistering performance in blustering winds in Berwickshire to be crowned South of Scotland FootGolf Champion at the weekend.
The Scotland star carded scores of -9 and -14 during two 18-hole rounds of the par 72 course at Duns Golf Club.
The tournament, attended by over 60 players from across the country, was the first FootGolf Association of Scotland event ever to be held in the Borders.
Geo’s -23 total earned him the win over Glasgow teammate Michael Eardley by three shots, while Kevin McCrum secured a 1-2-3 for Glasgow.
McCrum had tied with Thomas Innes, who plays for Linlithgow-based Bridgend FootGolf Cub, on -17, but took the bronze on countback.
And it was double delight for Geo as he and pairs partner Rory ‘Cass’ Cassidy scooped gold in the better ball pairs competition with a combined score of -30 – taking their season tally to three wins from seven events.
Ex-St Mirren and Partick Thistle youth player Geo, who took up footgolf after suffering two cruciate ligament injuries and has played twice for the national side, said: “The course was absolutely fantastic and there were plenty of chances out there, so I knew if I took my chances I’d have a go. I’m very happy.”
In the Over 45s category, Fife’s Gavin Howe carded rounds of -4 and -6 to seal the gold, with Cumbernauld FootGolf Club’s Donny McKenzie and Ayr FootGolf Club’s David Craig second and third.
In the ladies section, serial Scotland and Team UK star Claire Williams took the gold with her -6 total, while Bridgend’s Carolyn Kent was second, and Fife’s May Vidal third.
Cumbernauld’s Sam McGoldrick won the junior category, with Glasgow Ben Cleary second and Fife’s Zack Boag third.
The event conformed to the Scottish Government’s guidelines around mixing with other households outdoors, while all players observed social distancing rules, and penalty strokes were imposed for anyone not complying with the new regulations.