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Fresh from staking a claim among golf’s elites at the weekend, Oban golfer Robert MacIntyre was a special guest of honour at the Camanachd Cup second round draw on Monday.
Having clinched a tied second-place finish at the British Masters European Tour event on Sunday, beating world number 16 Tommy Fleetwood by six places, MacIntyre, was on hand to make the draw from the Jacobite Steam Train at Fort William Station the next day.
The twenty-two-year-old Glencruitten golfer drove back from Hillside Golf Club in Southport to his home in Oban immediately after securing the biggest result of his career so far with a 15 under par finish, earning him a £225,000 prize.
‘It’s huge,’ MacIntyre told the Lochaber Times. ‘That guarantees my full playing rights on the tour for the rest of the season. It changes everything.’
Despite having gone toe-to-toe with the best golfers in the world, MacIntyre spoke fondly of his shinty playing days and said he was honoured to make the Camanachd Cup draw.
‘Shinty has always been there in the background growing up. I’ve played since I was in primary one, all the way up through school, the under-17s and so on. It’s in the family. I only stopped playing to focus on golf.’
McIntyre added: ‘It’s all about promoting the local community, so anything I can do for the community
Another guest of honour at the draw was 77-year-old shinty stalwart Duncan Henderson, who has not missed a Camanachd Cup final since 1959 – even managing to catch two replays, taking his final tally to 62.
‘It all just comes down to an interest in the game,’ said Mr Henderson, a former shinty referee who played for Strachur, Inveraray and Taynuilt during a 40-year career. ‘I’m just honoured to be invited here for the draw.’
Camanachd Association president Keith Loades was pleased to have two great supporters of shinty to help make the draw.
Speaking about Robert MacIntyre, he said: ‘It’s absolutely fantastic to have someone that’s done so well in professional golf and just secured a fantastic result. He’s obviously a keen shinty player as well. It’s great for a boy from Oban to achieve what he’s doing in golf.’
As for Henderson, Loads said he should be added to the Guiness Book of Records, saying: ‘It’s very nice for him to come along to the draw and we’re very grateful for him doing so.’
This year’s Camanachd Cup Final takes place at An Aird in Fort William on Saturday September 14.
Photos: Abrightside Photography.
European Tour golfer Robert MacIntyre (right), from Oban, made the Camanachd Cup second round draw with Duncan Henderson, from Taynuilt, who has attended the last 62 Camanachd Cup finals. Photo: Abrightside Photography. NO F20 Camanachd Cup draw 02
(left to right) Camanchd Association president Keith Loades, Robert MacIntyre, Duncan Henderson and Camanachd Association CEO Derek Keir. Photo: Abrightside Photography. NO F20 Camanachd Cup draw 01