Carnoustie win for Seaton’s Martin Scarborough

Martin Scarborough followed in the footsteps of some of golf’s greatest champions by lifting a trophy at Carnoustie.

The Seaton Carew member edged a dramatic final in the Maulesbank Trophy, part of the Craw’s Nest Tassie event which takes place annually at the Open Championship venue.

Martin, whose handicap index is 7.9, was part of a 348-strong field for the week-long Tassie event, which was first held in 1927. After two strokeplay rounds on the Championship and Burnside courses, the top 64 scratch players head into the knockout stages to compete for the Tassie while the top 64 handicap scores battle it out for the Maulesbank Trophy.

Martin, a senior partner at Smith & Graham Solicitors, said: “My aim at the start of the week was to qualify for the Maulesbank. I never expected to get as far as I did, let alone to win. I was absolutely thrilled to do so, on such an iconic course.”

Martin shot rounds of 81 and 80 on the Championship and Burnside courses respectively to qualify in 17th place for the knockout. He reached the final with wins on both courses, before facing Robert Vaisey from Marple for the trophy and £500 prize. Two down after seven, he managed to get back to all-square at the 10th. He then won the 11th, 13th and 14th holes to go 3up with four to play, going on to close out the match with a five on the 18th.