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Inverness Four Day Open swings into action as first round begins


By Will Clark

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Forbes Mellis tees off at the Inverness Four Day Open on Monday with the second qualifying round set to take place today. Pictures: James Mackenzie
Forbes Mellis tees off at the Inverness Four Day Open on Monday with the second qualifying round set to take place today. Pictures: James Mackenzie

One of the top amateur events in Highland golf has swung into action.

The Inverness Golf Club Four Day Open teed off on Monday.

Tournament Chairman Barry Gunn got play underway, hitting the first tee shot at 7am.

David Oddy swings into action at the Four Day Open.
David Oddy swings into action at the Four Day Open.

Last year’s winner Kieran Mackay will be looking to win his third title and become the first player to successfully defend the championship since current PGA Tour player Russell Knox won 3 in a row from 2004.

Having won the club championship last week, a win would also see Mackay become the first player to win both championships in the same season since Billy Maclennan in 1994.

John Fox tees off at the Inverness Four Day Open on Monday.
John Fox tees off at the Inverness Four Day Open on Monday.

Inverness based Orion Group are headline sponsors and a top class field has once again assembled including current North District and North of Scotland Amateur champion Jordan Shaw (Boat of Garten), 2023 runner up Lewis Reid (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) and previous winners John Forbes, David Joel and Paul Savage.

Kieran Mackay, Inverness Golf Club Club Champion and Ruairidh Greenwood. Picture: James Mackenzie
Kieran Mackay, Inverness Golf Club Club Champion and Ruairidh Greenwood. Picture: James Mackenzie

Aiming to win the Rosswood Trophy for the first time will be current Brora Club Champion Ross Naismith along with Inverness members Bruce Thomson, Ruairidh Greenwood, Jamie Whittet and Connor Hall.

David Oddy and James Story. Picture: James Mackenzie
David Oddy and James Story. Picture: James Mackenzie

Several prizewinners from 2023 return including James Greenwood, Michael Martin and Graham Nicolson.

Stuart MacKenzie. Picture: James Mackenzie
Stuart MacKenzie. Picture: James Mackenzie

One of the pre-tournament favourites has had to withdraw due to his continued success elsewhere. Jonathan Keith followed up a leading amateur finish at the Northern Open by winning the first stage of Open Championship Qualifying at Kilmarnock Barassie.

Andrew Chrichton. Picture: James Mackenzie
Andrew Chrichton. Picture: James Mackenzie

He will now tee it up at Dundonald Links this week for a chance to play in the 152nd Open Championship at Royal Troon.

This year sees the introduction of a new hole in one prize of £5000 at the 9th hole in round one along with additional £750 prizes for an ace at the 2nd, 7th and 13th.

Barry Gunn and Bruce Thomson from Inverness and Richard McPherson from Moray. Picture: James Mackenzie
Barry Gunn and Bruce Thomson from Inverness and Richard McPherson from Moray. Picture: James Mackenzie

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