Neil’s the top of the Scots

Neil McKerrell, left, saw off Mark Davis in the final of the Captain's Shield Match Play competition at Ivinghoe Golf Club
Neil McKerrell, left, saw off Mark Davis in the final of the Captain's Shield Match Play competition at Ivinghoe Golf Club

Ivinghoe Golf Club was left toasting victory for Scotland at this year’s Captain’s Shield Match Play competition.

Neil McKerrell – who describes himself as a proud, golf-mad Scot – won the final of the men’s section tournament as he edged past runner-up Mark Davis to lift the trophy.

Both finalists had tough matches in every round of the competition, with Davis in particular having to beat match play specialists Paul Black, Chris James and Brian Haworth en route to the final.

It was McKerrell, though, who prevailed to make sure it was a Scottish name on the shield.

“I’m made up to have got my name on this one, but there were several moments out there when I felt Mark was going to leave me for dead,” said McKerrell.

“He has played brilliantly to get past some very stiff opposition and really went for it today.

“It was a great match and, as they say, it’s just a pity someone had to lose.”

Gracious runner-up Davis said: “Never mind RoryMac (Rory McIlroy) and GMac (Graeme McDowell), we need to keep our eyes on NeilMac!

“I’m pleased with my performance overall and delighted to have given Neil a decent run for his money today but, truth be told, Neil’s a very worthy winner indeed.

“He not only played some really fine golf, but did so while showing great courtesy and respect for his opponents throughout. Well played mate!”