Friday, March 27, 2015


NEW COMPETITION CEMENTS RYDER CUP 


LEGACY AT PERTHSHIRE VENUES
NEWS RELEASE

Two of Scotland’s brightest golfing talents have hailed the introduction of a new competition which will build on the massive interest generated by the 2014 Ryder Cup year.
Over 600 million viewers watched Europe triumph on The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles last September, while Blairgowrie’s Rosemount course hosted one of the best attended Junior Ryder Cup events in history.
Now both Perthshire venues, in conjunction with Ryder Cup Europe and sponsors Highland Spring, have introduced The Legacy Cup, which will ensure 2014’s achievements create lasting benefit.
The new two-round Stableford competition for amateurs, boasting a prize pot to the value of £2000, will enable golfers to play both courses over two days in September, refocusing the interest once again on Perthshire.
Homegrown starlets Bradley Neil and Carly Booth, who have both savoured Junior Ryder Cup occasions, believe the new trophy, launched today at The Scottish Golf Show, will build on the buzz created around Scottish golf last year.
“It is really important now to build on 2014 and keep people coming back. Giving golfers from across the UK the chance to play these two great courses on the same weekend is brilliant,” said 19 year old Blairgowrie member, Neil, taking time out of preparations for his US Masters debut in Augusta next month.
“The Junior Ryder Cup at my own club and the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles were up there with Scotland’s greatest moments of 2014, alongside the Commonwealth Games, in Glasgow. They showed what a great county, and country, we have,” said the Amateur Champion, part of the Junior Europe side that lost to USA at Rosemount.
European Ladies Tour player Booth (22), who grew up in the Perthshire village of Comrie, watched last year’s Ryder Cup from Spain but was proud of her home county’s time in the spotlight.
The new Legacy Cup, she believes, maintains momentum.
“It was incredible thinking that there were some of the world’s biggest superstars just 15 minutes from my home,” said the player, who starred in the 2006 and 2008 Junior Ryder Cups.
“Having the Legacy Cup means people get the chance to play two of the best courses in Scotland.”
With Sheffield Hallam University set to publish its Economic Impact Study from the events, both clubs are already seeing benefits.
Blairgowrie Golf Club’s school and community links have strengthened and Managing Secretary Douglas Cleeton is excited at the prospect of welcoming newcomers through the competition.
“The trophy is precisely what it says; a legacy to 2014, the most exciting year in golf Perth and Kinross is ever likely to have.”
Gleneagles’ Golf Marketing Manager Billy Murray, who has seen a significant shift in volume of play on the Centenary Course, agreed: “2014 was an incredible year for golf in the county and for Scotland, as a whole. The Legacy Cup aims to prolong that success for years to come.”
All parties are hoping the weather will once again show Perthshire in its most favourable light.
Perth and Kinross Provost Liz Grant, said, “Perth and Kinross is home to world-class golf courses, set in unrivalled scenery. This is sure to be a wonderful event and ensures that the many benefits from golf tourism are long-lasting in our area.”
Richard Hills, Ryder Cup Director hailed the work of the hosts at the two Ryder Cups held in Scotland, in 1973 and 2014.
“We hope that by donating The Legacy Cup we can, in a small way, preserve the memory of friendship and teamwork that have flourished during these treasured moments we have shared at The Home of Golf.”

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TRUMP TURNBERRY MULTI-MILLION 

TRANSFORMATION ON COURSE

 NEWS RELEASE


 Details behind the multi-million pound plans to renovate Trump Turnberry have been revealed for the first time as the project to  upgrade substantially the world’s first ever golf resort takes shape
An extensive 18 month refurbishment programme is now underway and the resort will re-launch on June 1, 2016 when the redesigned Open Championship golf course, The Ailsa, will be available for play for the first time.
In May, Trump Turnberry hotel will re-open its doors following an extensive upgrade to world leading standards, which includes the lavish refurbishment of all hotel bedrooms.
The detailed and sensitive project requires a partial closure commencing September 27, 2015 until mid to late May 2016 when improvements to the hotel and Ailsa course are carried out.
During this time, the new clubhouse, The Villas and golf academy will be open for business with tee times available to members and guests on the Kintyre, a challenging course which hosted the qualifying rounds for the Open Championship at Royal Troon in 2004.
Detailing the changes, Donald J. Trump, Chairman and President of The Trump Organization, commented;
“In close consultation, we will be refining the great Ailsa Championship course including lengthening, re-grassing and making certain changes, many of which have been sought by the R and A for over 25 years. 

"This work will be carefully and studiously crafted and when completed, will bring this already amazing masterpiece to a level that even it has never attained.
“At the conclusion of our hotel rebuilding, we will have exquisite new suites, magnificent ballrooms, restaurants and meeting facilities plus a sprawling and luxurious spa. When completed, Trump Turnberry will be the finest resort of its kind anywhere in the world.”


IMPROVEMENTSIncluded in the exciting plans being revealed for the first time are the following improvements:

    The upgrading of conference and banqueting facilities with the creation of The Caledonia Ballroom, The Old Tom Morris Suite and The Ailsa Craig Suite, as well as three new meeting rooms and a luxurious business centre. (March 2015)
    The creation of a new world class 18 hole pitch and putt in front of the hotel, designed by the internationally renowned golf architect Martin Ebert.
    The creation of a new Lobby bar featuring over 250 whiskies within the Grand Tea Lounge.
    The launch of the refurbished clubhouse, proshop with largely extended retail facility, The Duel in the Sun restaurant and a purpose built east facing viewing balcony in April 2015.
    The creation of a luxurious two bedroomed suite and the Halfway House for the Ailsa course will be located within the iconic Turnberry Lighthouse.
    The repositioning of 1906 restaurant to its original location from when the hotel opened.
    The creation of a new Crystal Ballroom named in recognition of the six original crystal chandeliers which are a historic feature of the room.
    Development of the new destination spa, The Trump Spa by Ivanka Trump.
    The creation of a masterpiece, The Donald J Trump Ballroom, situated at the north elevation of the hotel facilitating 500 guests with panoramic sea views.
    Extensive renovation of the self-catering Villas at Trump Turnberry and the creation of a new family centre will take place with work commencing in the winter of 2016 completing spring 2017.

Meanwhile, works to complete the £5m refurbishment of the clubhouse continue as a priority in preparation for hosting the RICOH Women’s British Open which takes place at Trump Turnberry 30 July – 2 August 2015.  The new clubhouse will open its doors in late April 2015, also in time for the summer golf season.


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MyGolfRanking Fife Men and Fife Men's Clubs




www.mygolfranking.net, Fife Men, Week 2015/12
1 Barry Logan (Dunnikier Park) 1197pts

2 George Lorimer (Cupar) 1106

3 Ryan Brown (Dunfermline) 1088

4 Steve Elias (Thornton) 1064

5 George Gibson (Dunnikier Park) 1042

www.mygolfranking.net, Fife Clubs Men, Week 2015/12
1 Dunnikier Park 802

2 Lochore Meadows 782

3 Burntisland GHC 781

4 Dunfermline 768

5 Earlsferry Thistle 764

 
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Marc Warren 'pleased' with a 74 in Texas wind

FROM SKYSPORTS.COM
Charley Hoffman fired a five-under 67 in strong winds to hold a one- shot first-round lead at the Valero Texas Open.

​Strong winds played havoc with the scoring at TPC San Antonio, with over threequarters of the field signing off over-par and 31 players, including two-time major winner Martin Kaymer, posting first round scores of 80 or higher. Part of the afternoon group playing in slightly improved conditions, Hoffman posted two birdies from his first three holes before making three further gains from less than 12-feet in a blemish-free round to move one shot clear of Australia’s Aaron Baddeley.

First Round leaders

par 72
67 Charley Hoffman (USA)
68 Aaron Baddeley (Aus)
69 Max Homa (USA)
70 Ryan Palmer (USA)

70 Phil Mickelson (USA)
71 Chesson Hadley (USA)
71 Cameron Beckman (USA)
71 Daniel Summerhays (USA)
71 Jimmy Walker (USA)
71 Chris Kirk (USA)
71 Jordan Spieth (USA)
71 Zach Johnson (USA)
 SELECTED SCORES
73 Brian Davis (England) (T23)
74 Marc Warren (Scotland), Shane Lowry (Ireland) (T32)
76 Martin Laird (Scotland), Jim Furyk (US) (T57)
78 Russell Knox (Scotland) (T79).

Hoffman, the world No 259, without a USA PGA Tour title in four years, opened with back-to-back gains and recovered from missing an eight-foot par-save putt at the seventh by making a third birdie at the next.
Baddeley picked up two further strokes in his back nine, including a remarkable birdie at the 17th where he took a penalty and returned to the tee after striking his initial shot into trees, only to hole his third shot from over 330 yards.
Max Homa finished with successive gains in a first round 69 containing six birdies to stay within two of the lead, with Phil Mickelson also having a birdie-birdie finish to join the group a further stroke back.
Mickelson, a five-time major winner, lost the head of his 8-iron when it snapped off as he played a bunker shot at the 13th but finished strongly with three late birdies, while seven players including Jordan Spieth and Zach Johnson ended one-under.
Four years on from posting a US PGA Tour record 16 at the par four ninth, Kevin Na  found the cup in par to reach the turn two-over, making two gains in a bogey-free back nine to sit alongside Matt Kuchar and FedEx Cup winner Billy Horschel in a ten-man group level par.
“It was extremely tough,” Kuchar told Sky Sports 4. “This golf course is a great challenge in still conditions, so you throw on 30mph winds and it becomes really hard.
“It’s hard, if you get out of place here you’re really struggling and I was glad to just walk off with a bogey on the ninth today.”
With low scores hard to come by, Scotland's Marc Warren, who needs a high finish come Sunday to make it into the Masters field, missed two 10-foot par putts in his first three holes and also made bogeys at the eighth and the par three 13th, where his five-foot par putt ended further away from the cup than it started.
The Scot was able to post two birdies to close with a two-over 74 first round, telling Sky Sports 4: “Really pleased with that start, as it was a really tough day. The front nine seemed to be the more difficult of the two and seemed to go on forever.”
Graeme McDowell was one of three players forced to withdraw during the opening round, with the Northern Irishman five-over through nine when dropping out with an ankle injury.
The unwanted title of highest round when to amateur Sam Burns, who failed to register a single birdie in an opening day 89, with the American reaching the turn 12-over and making five more bogeys on the front nine.

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

David Drysdale in Morocco mix with a 67

EUROPEAN TOUR COMMUNICATIONS
Frenchman Adrien Saddier fired a seven under par opening round of 65 to lead the Trophee Hassan II by a single shot, with Masters Tournament hopeful George Coeztee among the chasing pack in Morocco.


David Drysdale, pictured right, is the leading Scot. He is certainly in the mix with a five-under-par 67. The only other Scot under par is Andrew McArthur.
Saddier, whose 2015 schedule will focus mainly on the European Challenge Tour, only earned a spot in the field in his own category on Monday morning, but he made the most of his big chance from the outset, chipping in for an eagle three on the first hole and repeating the feat for birdie on the par four sixth, before picking up further shots on the seventh, tenth, 15th and 18th holes.

Those latter two birdies moved him clear at the top of the leaderboard, with late-starter Daniel Gaunt of England also briefly reaching the summit, before a closing bogey meant he finished a shot back on six under par.
Tshwane Open champion Coetzee needs a victory at Golf du Palais Royal in Agadir on the Atlantic coastlineto secure an invite to the first Major Championship of the year, and the South African made a strong start with a five under par round of 67.
Coetzee recovered from a double bogey five on his penultimate hole – the eighth after starting on the tenth tee – by posting a birdie on the last. He shares third position with Scotland’s David Drysdale, whose eventful back nine included an eagle on the tenth hole, a double bogey on the 12th and four birdies, and Englishman Chris Wood, who shot his best round since suffering a wrist injury six months ago.
Germany’s Marcel Siem, the 2013 Trophee Hassan II champion who can also secure a trip to Augusta National with victory this week, is a further shot back on four under par in a nine-way tie for sixth position.
Key player quotes
Adrien Saddier (-7)
“To chip in for an eagle on the first and again on the sixth was a good start – I didn’t need my putter. I just tried to be focused on the back nine. It’s almost my best round. I shot 64 in Qatar last year, which was eight under, so this is one of my best rounds. I felt like I was in good shape. If I could get a win it would change my schedule as at the moment I’m playing on the Challenge Tour. I just need to focus on each shot now and see what happens.”
Daniel Gaunt (-6)
“I played really good golf today and had the ball under control from the start. I was a little disappointed to bogey the last as it could have been a bogey free round, but I hit one bad shot in 18 holes so I’m happy. I’ve got a new putter this week and it is the best I’ve felt over a putter in god knows how long. I’ve always said if I can putt well, I can contend. There’s a long way to go though.”
George Coetzee (-5)
“Augusta is on my mind obviously. I’m here to try and qualify, but I’m just trying to play golf and hopefully on Sunday I will be in contention.
I’m happy with my start. It looks better than it felt, but I’m happy to post a good number. I made a couple of putts on the front nine, but I hit two provisionals. So it was good to make the putts and get the birdies. There is still a lot of work to be done.”
Chris Wood (-5)
“I’d take five under par round any course at the moment. It’s been a long time since I’ve shot under par with a card in my hand. I played as well as I have done for six months today, so I’m much more pleased.
Things haven’t been going in the right direction until this point. This is my third tournament of the season and the first two weren’t too good. I obviously had a long break so it is nice to finally find the form I left in October.
It’s always different with a card in your hand. Missing competition for five months was difficult and it took me a while to get back into my routine and feel comfortable again. It’s different for some as Alex Noren had a year off and came back and nearly won in Dubai. It just shows we are different.”
Marcel Siem (-4)
“It’s only the first round but I’m really excited about (the possibility of) playing the Masters. I’ve not played that before. I won here two years ago and it still wasn’t enough, which was horrible. I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and work on the range. Let’s try hard and to focus and not make any stupid mistakes. I’ve got the experience and I know the golf course. I can make enough birdies so I just need to avoid the mistakes.”

FIRST ROUND SCORES

Par 72
65 A Saddier (Fra)
66 D Gaunt (Eng)
67 C Wood  (Eng) , D Drysdale (Sco) , G Coetzee (RSA) ,

68 S Kjeldsen (Den) , E De La Riva  (Esp) , M Lampert (Ger) , O Wilson (Eng) , R Wattel  (Fra) , M Siem  (Ger) , R Green (Aus) , M Korhonen (Fin) , A Wall (Eng)
69 J Olazábal (Esp) , T Lewis (Eng) , R Bland (Eng) , J Van Zyl (RSA) , R Cabrera-Bello (Esp) , B Evans  (Eng) , R Santos  (Por)  

70 P Waring  (Eng), J Quesne  (Fra), O Farr (Wal) , D Howell (Eng) , M Lundberg (Swe) , P Larrazábal (Esp) , K Phelan (Irl) , R Jacquelin (Fra) , M Orrin (Eng) , F Fritsch  (Ger) , M Hoey  (Nir) , T Fleetwood  (Eng) , D Horsey (Eng) , G Stal  (Fra)
 71 N Fasth (Swe) , T Pieters  (Bel) , A McArthur  (Sco) , B Ritthammer (Ger), S Hend (Aus), W Ormsby (Aus) , M Tullo (Chi) , P Edberg (Swe) , E Pepperell (Eng) , J Campillo (Esp) , P Oriol (Esp) , A Pavan (Ita) , C Paisley  (Eng) , A Marshall (Eng) , A Otaegui  (Esp) , J Walters (RSA)  

72 P Maddy (Eng) , B Dredge (Wal) , A Tadini (Ita) , J Morrison  (Eng) , M Matsumura (Jpn) , S Kapur (Ind) , R Karlsson (Swe) , J Lagergren (Swe) , M Manassero (Ita) , B An (SKor) , A Levy (Fra) , R Ramsay  (Sco) , A Johnston (Eng)
 73 E Espana (Fra) , M Schneider (Ger) , D Brooks (Eng) , M Carlsson  (Swe) , K Broberg (Swe) , M Crespi  (Ita) , J Fahrbring (Swe) , A Quiros  (Esp) , N Elvira  (Esp) , M Kieffer (Ger) , S Benson (Eng) , M Foster (Eng) , P Widegren  (Swe)

74 R Paratore (Ita) , J Parry (Eng) , E Grillo (Arg) , R Rock (Eng) , A Sullivan (Eng) , G Maybin (Nir) , M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) , S Hutsby  (Eng) , S Jamieson  (Sco) , O Fisher  (Eng) , M Keskari (Ger) , S Manley (Wal) , Y El Hassani (Mar) , G Storm  (Eng) , B Virto Astudillo (Esp) , J Palmer (Eng)
 75 J White (Eng) , B Hebert  (Fra) , L Jensen (Den) , J Scrivener (Aus) , R McEvoy  (Eng) , F Serghini  (Mar) , J Roos (RSA) , G Bourdy (Fra) , R Finch  (Eng) , J Lee (am) (SKor)
 76 M Baldwin (Eng) , C Lloyd (Eng) , A Velasco (Esp) , J Barnes (Eng) , J Garcia Pinto (Esp), R Dinwiddie  (Eng) , D Lipsky (USA) , M Nixon (Eng) , D McGrane (Irl), P Lawrie (Irl), R Gonzalez (Arg) , C Del Moral (Esp)
 77 D Woltman (USA) , J Edfors (Swe) , L Slattery (Eng) , A Cañizares  (Esp) , M Ford (Eng) , M Fitzpatrick  (Eng) , T Murray (Eng) , A Hortal  (Esp) , R Fisher (Eng)
 78 L Bjerregaard  (Den) , C Lee (Sco) , J Hahn (USA)
 79 T Hatton (Eng)
 80 C Bouniol (Fra), S Henry  (Sco) , P Dedek (am) (Cze) , A Lguirati (am) (Mar) 

 81 J Lando Casanova  (Fra)
 82 R Davies (Wal) , R El Kharraz (Mar)
 83 T Levet (Fra) , A Marjane  (Mar)


  




































































David Drysdale in the Morocco mix with a 67

EUROPEAN TOUR COMMUNICATIONS
Frenchman Adrien Saddier fired a seven under par opening round of 65 to lead the Trophee Hassan II by a single shot, with Masters Tournament hopeful George Coeztee among the chasing pack in Morocco.
Saddier, whose 2015 schedule will focus mainly on the European Challenge Tour, only earned a spot in the field in his own category on Monday morning, but he made the most of his big chance from the outset, chipping in for an eagle three on the first hole and repeating the feat for birdie on the par four sixth, before picking up further shots on the seventh, tenth, 15th and 18th holes.
Those latter two birdies moved him clear at the top of the leaderboard, with late-starter Daniel Gaunt of England also briefly reaching the summit, before a closing bogey meant he finished a shot back on six under par.
Tshwane Open champion Coetzee needs a victory at Golf du Palais Royal in Agadir on the Atlantic coastlineto secure an invite to the first Major Championship of the year, and the South African made a strong start with a five under par round of 67.
Coetzee recovered from a double bogey five on his penultimate hole – the eighth after starting on the tenth tee – by posting a birdie on the last. He shares third position with Scotland’s David Drysdale, whose eventful back nine included an eagle on the tenth hole, a double bogey on the 12th and four birdies, and Englishman Chris Wood, who shot his best round since suffering a wrist injury six months ago.
Germany’s Marcel Siem, the 2013 Trophee Hassan II champion who can also secure a trip to Augusta National with victory this week, is a further shot back on four under par in a nine-way tie for sixth position.
Key player quotes
Adrien Saddier (-7)
“To chip in for an eagle on the first and again on the sixth was a good start – I didn’t need my putter. I just tried to be focused on the back nine. It’s almost my best round. I shot 64 in Qatar last year, which was eight under, so this is one of my best rounds. I felt like I was in good shape. If I could get a win it would change my schedule as at the moment I’m playing on the Challenge Tour. I just need to focus on each shot now and see what happens.”
Daniel Gaunt (-6)
“I played really good golf today and had the ball under control from the start. I was a little disappointed to bogey the last as it could have been a bogey free round, but I hit one bad shot in 18 holes so I’m happy. I’ve got a new putter this week and it is the best I’ve felt over a putter in god knows how long. I’ve always said if I can putt well, I can contend. There’s a long way to go though.”
George Coetzee (-5)
“Augusta is on my mind obviously. I’m here to try and qualify, but I’m just trying to play golf and hopefully on Sunday I will be in contention.
I’m happy with my start. It looks better than it felt, but I’m happy to post a good number. I made a couple of putts on the front nine, but I hit two provisionals. So it was good to make the putts and get the birdies. There is still a lot of work to be done.”
Chris Wood (-5)
“I’d take five under par round any course at the moment. It’s been a long time since I’ve shot under par with a card in my hand. I played as well as I have done for six months today, so I’m much more pleased.
Things haven’t been going in the right direction until this point. This is my third tournament of the season and the first two weren’t too good. I obviously had a long break so it is nice to finally find the form I left in October.
It’s always different with a card in your hand. Missing competition for five months was difficult and it took me a while to get back into my routine and feel comfortable again. It’s different for some as Alex Noren had a year off and came back and nearly won in Dubai. It just shows we are different.”
Marcel Siem (-4)
“It’s only the first round but I’m really excited about (the possibility of) playing the Masters. I’ve not played that before. I won here two years ago and it still wasn’t enough, which was horrible. I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing and work on the range. Let’s try hard and to focus and not make any stupid mistakes. I’ve got the experience and I know the golf course. I can make enough birdies so I just need to avoid the mistakes.”

FIRST ROUND SCORES

Par 72
65 A Saddier (Fra)
66 D Gaunt (Eng)
67 C Wood  (Eng) , D Drysdale (Sco) , G Coetzee (RSA) ,

68 S Kjeldsen (Den) , E De La Riva  (Esp) , M Lampert (Ger) , O Wilson (Eng) , R Wattel  (Fra) , M Siem  (Ger) , R Green (Aus) , M Korhonen (Fin) , A Wall (Eng)
69 J Olazábal (Esp) , T Lewis (Eng) , R Bland (Eng) , J Van Zyl (RSA) , R Cabrera-Bello (Esp) , B Evans  (Eng) , R Santos  (Por)  

70 P Waring  (Eng) , J Quesne  (Fra) , O Farr (Wal) , D Howell (Eng) , M Lundberg (Swe) , P Larrazábal (Esp) , K Phelan (Irl) , R Jacquelin (Fra) , M Orrin (Eng) , F Fritsch  (Ger) , M Hoey  (Nir) , T Fleetwood  (Eng) , D Horsey (Eng) , G Stal  (Fra)
 71 N Fasth (Swe) , T Pieters  (Bel) , A McArthur  (Sco) , B Ritthammer (Ger), S Hend (Aus), W Ormsby (Aus) , M Tullo (Chi) , P Edberg (Swe) , E Pepperell (Eng) , J Campillo (Esp) , P Oriol (Esp) , A Pavan (Ita) , C Paisley  (Eng) , A Marshall (Eng) , A Otaegui  (Esp) , J Walters (RSA)  

72 P Maddy (Eng) , B Dredge (Wal) , A Tadini (Ita) , J Morrison  (Eng) , M Matsumura (Jpn) , S Kapur (Ind) , R Karlsson (Swe) , J Lagergren (Swe) , M Manassero (Ita) , B An (SKor) , A Levy (Fra) , R Ramsay  (Sco) , A Johnston (Eng)
 73 E Espana (Fra) , M Schneider (Ger) , D Brooks (Eng) , M Carlsson  (Swe) , K Broberg (Swe) , M Crespi  (Ita) , J Fahrbring (Swe) , A Quiros  (Esp) , N Elvira  (Esp) , M Kieffer (Ger) , S Benson (Eng) , M Foster (Eng) , P Widegren  (Swe)

74 R Paratore (Ita) , J Parry (Eng) , E Grillo (Arg) , R Rock (Eng) , A Sullivan (Eng) , G Maybin (Nir) , M Lorenzo-Vera  (Fra) , S Hutsby  (Eng) , S Jamieson  (Sco) , O Fisher  (Eng) , M Keskari (Ger) , S Manley (Wal) , Y El Hassani (Mar) , G Storm  (Eng) , B Virto Astudillo (Esp) , J Palmer (Eng)
 75 J White (Eng) , B Hebert  (Fra) , L Jensen (Den) , J Scrivener (Aus) , R McEvoy  (Eng) , F Serghini  (Mar) , J Roos (RSA) , G 

Bourdy (Fra) , R Finch  (Eng) , J Lee (am) (SKor) ,
 76 M Baldwin (Eng) , C Lloyd (Eng) , A Velasco (Esp) , J Barnes (Eng) , J Garcia Pinto (Esp), R Dinwiddie  (Eng) , D Lipsky (USA) , M Nixon (Eng) , D McGrane (Irl), P Lawrie (Irl), R Gonzalez (Arg) , C Del Moral (Esp)
 77 D Woltman (USA) , J Edfors (Swe) , L Slattery (Eng) , A Cañizares  (Esp) , M Ford (Eng) , M Fitzpatrick  (Eng) , T Murray (Eng) , A Hortal  (Esp) , R Fisher (Eng)
 78 L Bjerregaard  (Den) , C Lee (Sco) , J Hahn (USA)
 79 T Hatton (Eng)
 80 C Bouniol (Fra), S Henry  (Sco) , P Dedek (am) (Cze) , A Lguirati (am) (Mar) 

 81 J Lando Casanova  (Fra)
 82 R Davies (Wal) , R El Kharraz (Mar)
 83 T Levet (Fra) , A Marjane  (Mar)

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Edinburgh and East of Scotland Alliance championship
Net scores at Gullane 2 (par 71) and Gullane 3 (par 68)

                                                                      G2   G3
135 Daniel Airens (Falkirk Tryst) (8)            69    66  
135 David Nicolson (Craigielaw) (4)            71    64    

135 Donny Munro (Kingsknowe) (3)             69    66   
138 Steven Lees (Dalmahoy) (6)                   66    72    
139 Paul Bradbury (Kingsknowe) (4)            74    65    
140 Philip Leggate (Musselburgh) (8)           71    69    
140 Liam Allison (Bathgate) (4)                    67    73   
140 Malcolm Pennycott (Ryl Burgess) (+1)  72    68    
141 Ian Taylor (Eyemouth) (3)                      74    67   
141 George Wither (Duddingston) (2)           72    69  
141 Tony Boyle (Glenbervie) (4)                   75    66   
142 Robin Cockburn (Harburn) (5)                77    65   
142 Andrew Rothney (Deer Park) (3)           74    68   
143 Neil Bain (Duddingston) (5)                   74    69   
143 Kevin Murphy (Gifford) (4)                    74    69   
144 Martin Rennie (Uphall) (3)                      74    70  
144 Ewan Robertson (Longniddry) (5)           77    67     
145 Bob Allan (Cardrona) (10)                       73    72    

145 Steve Dand (Pumpherston) (5)                 72    73    
145 David Meldrum (Uphall)  (3)                    71    74    
145 Anthony Blaney (Liberton) (+1)                77    68    
145 Graham Hillan (Strathaven) (4)                 79    66 
146 William Laing (Prestonfield) (6)                71    75    

146 Ian Fyfe (Musselburgh) (3)                        76    70    
148 Joshua Lamb (Peebles) (1)                         77    71   
149 Paul Porteous (Uphall)  (4)                         71    78   
149 David Brydon (Torwoodlee) (5)                 76    73    
150 Zander Culverwell (Dunbar) (+2)               80    70    
150 Colin Fraser (Peebles)  (scr)                       77    73    
156 Thomas Cordery (Musselburgh)  (3)          84    72  
158 Michael Louden (Glencorse)  (3)               80    78   
NR John Denham (Torwoodlee)  (6)                 81    NR   
NR Steven Doyle (Liberton)  (5)                      NR    65   






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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Elliot Saltman wins East of Scotland Alliance 

championship

Elliot Saltman (Archerfield Links) won the Edinburgh and East of Scotland Alliance championship for the Uniroyal Trophy (pictured receiving the trophy from East president Steven Doyle), and a £300 prize over the Gullane Nos 2 and 3 courses today (Wed)
Saltman had scores of 63 and 65 for an 11-under-par aggregate of 128 - two shots ahead of runner-up Duncan J Stewart (Turnhouse) who earned £250 for rounds of 68 and 62 for 130.
Lloyd Saltman (Archerfield Links) finished third on 132 with a pair of 66s. He earned £200.
Gullane's Keir McNicoll was fourth on 137 (69-68) and received a £150 pay-out.
Malcolm Pennycott (Royal Burgess) earned £100 for finishing fifth on 138 (71-67).
Duncan J Stewart (Turnhouse) posted a morning round of six-under 62 on No.3 to set the pace there followed by Gordon Law (Uphall)  on 64 with Sandy Strachan (Deer Park) and Ross Neill (Drumpellier) a shot further back on 65, writes Alan Greenshields

Strachan had a hole in one at the 186yd 13th with a five-iron.
Meanwhile on No.2 in the morning Elliot Saltman stole the show with an 8-under-par 63 (31-32) , while three shots better than brother Lloyd (36, 30). Lloyd's level par outward half of 36 included four penalty shots due to lost balls
The 33 amateurs playing had the opportunity to get their name on the Gavin Clark Trophy for the best net score over 36 holes. This proved to be a closely fought contest with three players having  lowest net aggregates of 135.
Danny Airens (Falkirk Tryst) (69-66), Donny Munro (Kingsknowe) (69-66) and David Nicolson (Craigielaw) (71-64).
The net 69s on No.2 by Airens and Munro resulted in them  sharing the trophy for the year.
The  championship also decided the final standings of the Scratch Order of Merit. 

 Final top three:
1 Chris Morris (Kingsknowe) 754.5
2 Ross Munro (Duddingston) 665
3 Ryan Buckley (Royal Musselburgh) 637.5

LEADING FINAL SCRATCH TOTALS
Gullane No 2 (par 71) scores before Gullane No 3 (par 68) Total par: 139
128 Elliot Saltman (Archerfield Links) 63 65
130 Duncan J Stewart (Turnhouse) 68 62
132 Lloyd Saltman (Archerfield Links) 66 66
137 Keir McNicoll (Gullane) 69 68
138 Malcolm Pennycott (Royal Burgess) 71 67


LEADING HANDICAP
 Winner of the Gavin Clark Trophy (Best net score)          
Daniel Airens (Falkirk Tryst) and Donny Munro (Kingsknowe)          
(Both with better score of 69 on No.2)          
          
Handicap    Prize    Name (Club)    Net
1st=    £125    Daniel Airens (Falkirk Tryst)    135
1st=    £125    Donny Munro (Kingsknowe)    135
1st=    £125    David Nicolson (Craigielaw)    135
4th        £75    Steven Lees (Dalmahoy)          138
5th        £50    Paul Bradbury (Kingsknowe)    139


ALL THE SCRATCH SCORES
128 Elliot Saltman (Archerfield Links)    63    65       
130 Duncan J Stewart (Turnhouse)          68    62      

132 Lloyd Saltman (Archerfield Links)    66    66      
137 Keir McNicoll (Gullane)                    69    68         
138 Malcolm Pennycott (Royal Burgess) 71    67    

139 Neil Henderson (Renaissance Club)   71    68      
140 Cameron Marr (Musselburgh)            72    68     
141 Donny Munro (Kingsknowe)               72    69   

141 Sandy Strachan (Deer Park)                76    65       
142 Mark Kerr (Dalmahoy)                       73    69     
142 Scott Grieve (Turnhouse)                    73    69     
142 Calum Smith (Royal Musselburgh)      74    68     

142 Steven Dunsmore (Falkirk Tryst)         74    68      
142 Nathan Free (Longniddry)                     75    67    
142 Ross Neill (Drumpellier)                       77    65       

142 Ross Munro (Duddingston)                   76    66     
143 Graham MacKay (Melville Golf)          72    71      
143 David Nicolson (Craigielaw)                 75    68    

143 Anthony Blaney (Liberton)                     76    67   
144 Ryan Buckley (Royal Musselburgh)       75    69       
144 Zander Culverwell (Dunbar)                   77    67    

144 Andrew Erskine (Ratho Park)                 77    67     
145 George Wither (Duddingston)                 74    71    

145 Stuart Callan (Bathgate)                          77    68       
145 Gordon Law (Uphall)                              81    64     
145 Daniel Wood (The Hirsel)                       75    70      

145 Andrew Marshall (Houston G R)            75    70     
147 Ian Taylor (Eyemouth)                             77    70  

147 James Dick (Duddingston)                       73    74     
147 Paul Bradbury (Kingsknowe)                   78    69    

147 Chris Morris (Kingsknowe)                      78    69    
148 Liam Allison (Bathgate)                            71    77   

148 Andrew Rothney (Deer Park)                    77    71  
149 Tony Boyle (Glenbervie)                            79    70    
149 Craig Gordon (Edinburgh Golf Centre)      80    69     
150 Kieran Cooney (Kingsfield Golf)                75    75       
150 Joshua Lamb (Peebles)                               78    72   

150 Martin Rennie (Uphall)                               77    73    
150 Jamie Fraser (Renaissance Club)                75    75       
150 Colin Fraser (Peebles)                                 77    73   
151 Daniel Airens (Falkirk Tryst)                      77    74   
151 Kevin Murphy (Gifford)                             78    73  
151 David Meldrum (Uphall)                            74    77   
152 Robin Cockburn (Harburn)                         82    70    
152 Ian Fyfe (Musselburgh)                              79    73  
153 Neil Bain (Duddingston)                             79    74 
153 Graham Hillan (Strathaven)                         83    70   
154 Ewan Robertson (Longniddry)                     82    72   
155 Steve Dand (Pumpherston)                           77    78  
156 Philip Leggate (Musselburgh)                       79    77   
157 Paul Porteous (Uphall)                                  75    82   

158 William Laing (Prestonfield)                         77    81    
158 Steven Lees (Dalmahoy)                               80    78   
159 David Brydon (Torwoodlee)                          81    78  
162 Thomas Cordery (Musselburgh)                    87    75   
164 Michael Louden (Glencorse)                          83    81   
165 Bob Allan (Cardrona)                                     83    82    
NR John Denham (Torwoodlee)                            87    NR   
NR Louis Gauhan (Bathgate)                                69    NR  
NR Steven Doyle (Liberton)                                  NR


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Gary Tough leads team to Midland Alliance Texas Scramble win
 
Edzell +2 amateur Gary Tough and the team of Ian Butchart (Strathmore), Euan Rae (Arbroath) and William Taylor) won the Midland Golfers' Alliance Eddie Sherry Texas Scramble at Burntisland Golf House Club, Fife today.

The Fife course was in fantastic condition and that was reflected in the low scoring. Tough's team won by less than a stroke with a net 56.2 to the 57 scored by the runners-up.

LEADING TEAM SCORES

56.2 G. Tough (Edzell) (+2), I Butchart (Strathmore) (5), E Rae (Arbroath) (5), W Taylor (Edzell) (scr).
57 S McKendrick (Dunkeld and Birnam) (scr), M Williamson (Pitlochry) (3), R Bell (Pitlochry) (7), D Spaven (Pitlochry) (10).

57.6 C Armstrong (Burntisland) ap, A Maxwell (Burntisland (6), D West (Burntisland (4), J Edmiston (Burntisland (14)



Next Meeting
SAS Ltd Team Competition
Thursday, April 2:
The Duke's, St Andrews
Tee reserved: 8.30-12.30


Lee Sutherland

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SAM KILOH LEADS WAY AT ELLON FOR FIRST WIN

OF ALLIANCE SEASON - AT FINAL COMPETITION

Paul Lawrie Golf Centre professionals, headed by first-time winner Sam Kiloh (20)  from Portlethen, produced four of the eight sub-70 scores at today's  North-east Golfers' Alliance competition, the last of the 2014-2015 season, at McDonald Ellon Golf Club, writes Colin Farquharson.

To be fair, sojourns by second-year pro Kiloh (pictured),  to Morocco and Egypt to play on the German PGA Development Tour have restricted his Alliance appearances.
Kiloh, struggling, like would-be pro John Duff, to gain sponsorship to help meet the costs of being a tour player based in the North-east of Scotland,  is gaining experience all the time and his future looks bright, judged on a five-under-par 65 which headed a field of 74 and earned him the £100 first prize.
Sam's six birdies came at the fifth, sixth, ninth, 12th, 13th and 14th in halves of 34 (three under par) and 31 (two under). A bogey at the last was the only blemish on his card.
Craig Lawrie, another promising young PLGC player, looked like finishing second with a 67 (36-31), including an eagle 2 at the 255yd 14th, until local amateur, Scotland cap Adam Dunton, one of the last men to finish, posted a 66 to snatch the runner-up amateur voucher.
Dunton, who will not turn pro and sees his future in the oil industry, birdied four of the last six holes but a bogey at the 17th cost him a share of first place.
In all eight players broke the par of 70, the others being amateurs NE Alliance champion John Duff, who came back in 29, Tony Robertson (Peterculter) and Nick Macandrew (Royal Aberdeen) and Jordan Findlay (Paul Lawrie GC), the quartet joint fourth on 68, and yet another PLGC player on 69, Kamran Zeynalov from Azerbaijan.
Challenge Tour player David Law (PLGC), the pre-tournament favourite, saddled himself with 6-5 start against the par of 4-4 and he had to come home in 31 to salvage a 71.

David had birdies at the 10h, 11th, 13th, 14th and 16th with bogeys at the 15th and 17th.

HANDICAP PRIZEWINNERS
Class 1 - C Cassie (7) 66; D Mackay (7) bih, A Gall (4) 70; D Bisset (9) bih, D Lane (9) 71.
Class 2 -  D Lawrie (16) 66; J Sunley (10) 71; L Roger (10) 72; D Townsley (14) bih, R Masson (11) 73


SCRATCH SCOREBOARD
Par 70 (37-33)
65 S Kiloh (Paul Lawrie GC) p 34-31
66 A Dunton (McDonald Ellon) am 35-31
67 C Lawrie (Paul Lawrie GC) p 36-31
68 J Duff (Newmachar) am 39-29, T Robertson (Peterculter) am 36-32, J Findlay (Paul Lawrie GC) p 35-33, N Macandrew (Royal Aberdeen) am 38-30
69 K Zeynalov (Paul Lawrie GC) p 37-32
70 K Nicol (Paul Lawrie GC) p
71 D Law (Paul Lawrie GC) p, K Duncan (Cruden Bay) am, B Nicolson (Hazlehead) am.
73 C Cassie (Nigg Bay) am, R McConnachie (Peterculter) p
74 C Nelson (Mackenzie Shop) p, A Gall (Deeside) am, D Leslie (Northern) am
75 G Paterson (Northern), D Fanthorp (Dungannon)
76 J Hopwood (Royal Aberdeen)
77 D Fleming (Portlethen), D Mackay (Hazlehead), S Finnie (Royal Aberdeen), J Duncan (Oldmeldrum), J Borthwick (Craibstone)
78 H Roulston (Stonehaven), A J Smith (Turriff)
79 W Skene (Deeside), I Taylor (Hazlehead)
80 D Bisset (Banchory), D Lane (Deeside)
81 B Harper (Newburgh), I Clark (Deeside), J Sunley (Northern)
82 L Roger (Royal Aberdeen), D Lawrie (Aboyne), W Shaw (Banchory). G Milne (Newburgh), D Nelson (Aboyne), S Griffiths (Duff House Royal)
83 Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne)
84 G Leslie (Northern), R Masson (Auchmill), F Bisset (Banchory), S Mackie (Hazlehead)
85 S Shand (Kemnay)
86 W Beattie (Craibstone)
87 D Townsley (Peterculter), P Low (Craibstone), G Allan (Newmachar)
88 M Forster (Cruden Bay), L Duncan (Craibstone), J Forrest (Northern), J Scott (Peterculter), D Wright (Northern), H McNaughton (Cruden Bay), D McKay (Caledonian), N Chisholm (Kemnay)
89 A Benton (Kemnay), M Smith (Newmachar), L Fowler (Royal Aberdeen)
90 S Davidson (Northern), G Homer (Northern), N Stewart (Northern), M Duncan (Murcar Links)
91 M Rendall (Stonehaven), R Brown (Kemnay), J Jessiman (Oldmeldrum), G Thom (Kemnay)
93 M Brown (Kemnay)
94 M Rogers (Kemnay)
 95 J Murray (Banchory)

BEST SCORECARDS
Par 37 out, 33 in. 

SAM KILOH 65
OUT: 4-4-4 5-3-3 3-3-5: 34
   IN: 4-3-2 3-3-3 4-4-5 31

ADAM DUNTON 66
OUT: 4-4-4 4-3-5 3-4-4: 35
   IN: 4-4-3 3-3-3 3-5-3 31 

CRAIG LAWRIE 67 
OUT: 4-4-4 5-4-4 3-3-5: 36
    IN: 5-3-3 3-2-3 4-4-4: 31 
+Craig's 2 at the 14th was an eagle 
 

Nigel Parker with Major's Pot as Class 2 championship   winner
 
 
Nigel K Parker (Murcar Links) was not in the field at Ellon today but he turned up in the clubhouse at the finish to have his picture taken with the Major's Pot (the late Major Graham was a past secretary of the Alliance), as the leading Class 2 player at last week's North-east Alliance championship.
Here is how Nigel looked in the afternoon sunshine outside the McDonald Ellon clubhouse. 

NEW SEASON STARTS AT CRAIBSTONE ON SEPTEMBER 2

The 2015-2016 North-east Alliance season will tee off at Craibstone Golf Club on Wednesday, September 2. The annual meeting will be held in the Craibstone clubhouse on the Monday evening (August 31) that week.

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