After the disappointment of defeat in last year’s final, Ryan Donaldson came back stronger, more determined and practicing harder than ever to ensure that he succeeded in this year’s club championship.
After being the hole-in-one hero of Portlethen’s first ever Aberdeen Pennant League championship win the previous week, Ryan faced Barry Macdonald in the 2011 club championship final on a windy Sunday.
Ryan got off to the best possible start in the 36-hole final, winning the first four holes and never looked back. Indeed, he was to lose only two holes all day and wins at the 17th and 18th holes saw him take a 7 hole lead over lunch.
One under par over the first eight holes in the afternoon was enough to move further ahead, despite Barry holing a number of solid putts for pars. Ryan’s steady play with almost every fairway hit and persistent greens in regulation were enough to see him ahead by 12 holes with just ten to play and claim the Red Baron Trophy for the first time.In the handicap championship, Mark Dunbar and Stuart McLaughlin needed all 36 holes to separate them.
All square playing the last, Mark’s par five was enough to win the championship by a margin of 1 hole.
The junior scratch championship was won by Sam Kiloh by a margin of five and four over Robbie Murdoch and in the junior handicap final, Ben Murray won by one hole over Ross Anderson.
In the seniors final Robby Gilmour defeated Peter Griffiths by two holes.
Ryan Donaldson is pictured with the club championshiptrophy.