Moray golfer wins Inverness Four Day Open
KYLE Godsman has been crowned Inverness Four Day Open champion for the second time in his career.
The Moray Golf Cub member was the pre-tournament favourite and lived up to expectations after a dominant performance over four days.
Godsman secured the Rosswood Trophy after defeating Inverness teenager Calum Daun 3/2 in the matchplay final.
The 28-year-old first won the Four Day Open 10 years ago and was pleased to lift the trophy a decade on.
"It is nice to get my name on the trophy again after a gap of 10 years," he said.
"Hopefully i've still got a few years left in me to get my name on the trophy again.
"It is always good to win a four day open in Inverness."
Godsman hit the best score during the qualifying round of 138, a 65 on day one and 73 on day two.
In the matchplay rounds, he experienced a straight forward route to the final when he defeated Aidan Stewart 4/3 in the first round and Steven Buchan 5/4 in the quarter final.
This morning he won his semi final comfortably after defeating Ruaridh Greenwood 6/5 before beating Daun in the final.
"I played steady over the four days," he said.
"I had a good opening round which made life easy to qualify.
"I had a stress free round on Tuesday to go into the matchplay.
"I was never down during the matchplay at any point."
Godsman paid tribute to Daun who gave him his toughest examination over the four days saying he beat a future tournament champion.
"Calum is a good player and has a good future ahead of him.
"He is only 15 and i'm sure one day he will get his name on the trophy."
Inverness teenager Daun finished third in qualifying with a score of 142, hitting a 74 on day one and 68 on day two.
He started his matchplay campaign off defeating Alan Coutts 5/4 in the first round before beating Neil McPhie 3/2 on Wednesday.
This morning he stunned 2016 champion and last year’s runner-up Kieran MacKay 2/1 to reach the final.
Despite missing out on the top prize, Daun, the youngest ever finalist in the competition, was pleased with his performance.
"It has been good week of golf, but Kyle played well and there was not a lot I could have done.
"I played some steady golf and it was a close game and a good final.
"This week is up there with the highlights of my career.
"I have won club championships at Nairn juniors which is good as well, but this is as big an achievement for me in the men's game.
"Hopefully I can get my name on the trophy one day."