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BUNKERED: Champ's team were one over the eight.

GOLF champ Colin Gillies stormed off a course because his team- mates were DRUNK.

Colin quit after just seven holes during a pro-am competition at Glasgow's Sandyhills Golf Club.

Other players were later told he had pulled out of the tournament because he was taken ill.

But the real reason was that he was feeling rough over the conduct of his three amateur teammates.

Gillies said: "It wasn't one of my more fun days on the golf course.

"I need to be careful what I say here.

"The Scottish Professional Golf Association has told me not to say too much about it.

"I explained myself to the SPGA the next day and told them what happened.

"They are happy with the explanation, as far as I know.

"That's the position at the moment. It really is a personal matter."

SPGA secretary Peter Lloyd said Colin had "difficulties" with his team.

He added: "I couldn't say how drunk they were because I wasn't there.

"Colin has spoken to us about what happened and the matter rests there."

Buchanan Castle Golf Club assistant Jason McCreadie - who went on to win the tournament - was behind Colin on the course.

He said: "I didn't know what had happened until after the game.

"The official line is that Colin was ill and had to leave the course.

"But the other story is that his team mates were too drunk to play." Colin, 32, will defend his Scottish PGA Championship title at Gleneagles later this month.

He has won two Tartan Tour events this year and holds the Sunderland of Scotland Masters title.

Officials at Sandyhills Golf Club yesterday refused to comment.

A club committee member told the Sunday Mail: "The Pro-Am is organised by the SPGA.

"We can't tell you anything about what happened at the event."

But one player said: "We heard Colin was annoyed because the other team members were quite boisterous.

"I don't think they were steaming drunk, but it was a matter of etiquette."

The Sandyhills committee man added: "The three men concerned were not club members."
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Date:Aug 22, 1999
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