Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Charlie Dann
Charlie Dann representing Queensland at the recent Interstate Series.

For 14 of Australia’s brightest young prospects, Scotland and Wales is home for a month of invaluable on-the-fly golfing lessons.
Queenslanders Charlie Dann, Anthony Quayle and Steven Cox, New South Welshmen Cam Davis, Blake Windred, Harrison Endycott and Travis Smyth, West Australian Kiran Day, South Australian Matt Lisk and Victorians David Micheluzzi, Cameron John, Brett Coletta, Zach Murray and Blake Collyer are all part of what Golf Australia high performance director Brad James describes as an “incredible golf and lifetime investment”.
“These athletes have the chance to compete in several outstandingly run tournaments and an international challenge of which we’re a part – it’s a tremendous learning opportunity,” James said.
“It’s a chance for them to gain enormous international experience, not only of some great British courses which many of them have never seen, but also to test themselves against the best in the world.
“It’s just a brilliant investment in their future development if they decide to take golf on as a career down the road.”
Under the guidance of a rotating series of Golf Australia national coaches, various combinations of the 14 young men will play in a series of events beginning this week at the Scottish Stroke Play Championship at Gullane, near Edinburgh.
After a practice round at nearby Renaissance Club next Monday, the troupe heads to the “home of golf” for next week’s St Andrews Links Trophy.
South-west through Glasgow, the Aussie contingent then gathers in Kilmarnock for a growing tradition, a two-day match against Scotland, with England and South Africa also possible opponents.
Following that, the group heads south into Wales for the British Amateur Championship to be played at the Royal Porthcawl and Pyle and Kenfig courses west of Cardiff from June 13-18.
“It’s a brilliant itinerary for any young golfer,” James said.
“They’ll learn a lot both from their opponents and the courses. We put great stock in our relationships with Scottish Golf and England Golf – and the relationships we’ve struck with them really benefit everyone.”
“In particular, that match against Scotland really shows how tight our relationship is and that’s a ripping couple of days of really competitive and instructive golf – we can’t wait.”

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tee times for final round of P and H Championship

7:30 1

Stephen Gray 148
Scotland Lanark Golf Club
07:38 1

Malcolm Isaacs 148
Scotland Gamola Golf

Colin Robinson
Scotland Elderslie Golf Club
07:46 1

Craig Matheson 148
Scotland Falkirk Tryst Golf Club

Sam Dodds 148
England Coventry Golf Club
07:54 1

Mark Kerr 148
Scotland Marriott Dalmahoy Golf and Country Club

David Orr 148
Scotland Eastwood Golf Club
08:02 1

Scott Grieve 148
Scotland Turnhouse Golf Club

Graeme McDougall 148
Scotland Elie Links
08:10 1

Graham Forbes 148
Scotland Mar Hall Hotel and Resort

Kyle Kelsall 148
Scotland Quin Direct (Golf)
08:18 1

Paul Wardell 148
Scotland North Berwick Golf Club

Jason McCreadie 147
Scotland Largs Golf Club
08:26 1

Robert Arnott 147
Scotland Bishopbriggs Golf Range

Gordon Robertson 147
Scotland Airdrie Golf Club
08:34 1

Alan Welsh 147
Scotland Cathkin Braes Golf Club

Paul Robinson 147
Scotland Largs Golf Club
08:42 1

Keir McNicoll 146
Scotland Gullane Golf Club

Graeme Brown 146
Scotland Montrose Golf Links Ltd.
08:50 1

David Stein 146
Scotland Ranfurly Castle Golf Club

Cameron Marr 146
Scotland Musselburgh Golf Club
08:58 1

Craig Ronald 146
Scotland Carluke Golf Club

Craig Gordon 146
Scotland Edinburgh Golf Centre
09:06 1

Louis Gaughan 145
Scotland Bathgate Golf Club

Scott Henderson 145
Scotland Kings Links Golf Centre
09:14 1

Mark Hillson 145
Scotland Kilconquhar Castle Estate

Stephen McAllister 145
Scotland Stephen McAllister Golf
09:22 1

Lindsay Mann 145
Scotland Carnoustie Golf Links

James McGhee 144
Scotland Whitehill House Golf Club
09:30 1

Ronan Rafferty 144
Ireland Monte Rei Golf  and Country Club

Gavin Hay 144
Scotland Grantown-on-Spey Golf Club
09:38 1

Chris Kelly 144

Steven Maxwell 144
Scotland Eastwood Golf Club
09:46 1

Alastair Forsyth 143
Scotland Mearns Castle Golf Academy

David Gilford 143
England Greenway Hall Golf Club
09:54 1

Iain Stoddart 143
Scotland Greenburn Golf Club

Fraser Mann 143
Scotland Carnoustie Golf Links
10:02 1

Paul McKechnie 143
Scotland Braid Hills Golf Range

Graham Fox 142
Scotland Clydeway Golf
10:10 1

Ross Munro 141
Scotland Duddingston Golf Club

Marc Owenson 141
Scotland Gullane Golf Club
10:18 1

Greig Hutcheon 140
Scotland Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Inchma

Christopher Currie 139
Scotland Caldwell Golf Club
10:26 1

Brendan McGovern 139
Ireland Headfort Golf Club

Paul O'Hara 136
Scotland Clydeway Golf


Only Cameron, Kiloh and Collier make the 

cut in Austria

Ellon's Ross Cameron (tied 12th), Sam Kiloh (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre), joint 28th, and former Scottish boys' champion Ben Collier, tied 37th, were the only Scots to survive the 36-hole cut in the German PGA Development Tours Adamstal Open at Adamstal Golf Club, Ramsau, Austria today.
Cameron has had rounds of 69 and 71 for one-over-par 141 and would have been in the top overnight but for a triple bogey 6 at the short 12th in his second round.
Kiloh had a bigger disaster - a triple bogey 7 at the opening hole and a bogey at the second - but he birdied the third, fifth and 15th, to salvage a second-round 71 for 145.
Collier, originally from Callander and Scottish boys champion in 1990, strung together his best two rounds since he joined the tour, shooting 75-71 for 146, the limit mark for qualifying for the final round.
Phil McLean (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) missed the cut by one with 73-74 for 147, a double bogey 6 at the 11th proving very costly.
Former Scottish amateur championb Alexander Culverwell (Dunbar) shot 74-76 for 150 while Kevin Duncan (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) had a quadruple bogey 8 at the fourth after bogeying the first three holes. He took 46 blows to the turn on his way to a second-round 81 for 152.
Chris Robb (Meldrum House), beaten in a play-off last week, had a 10 at the seventh and took 45 to the turn on his way to a 77 for 153.
Germany's Dominik Pietzsch leads by two with rounds of 67-66 for seven-under 133

Adamstal GC, Ramsau, Austria
Par 140 (2x70)
133 D Pietzsch (Ger) 67 66
135 J Lopez Lazaro (Fra) 67 68

141 R Cameron 69 72 (T12)
145 S Kiloh 74 71 (T37)
146 B Collier 75 71 (T37)

147 P McLean 73 74
150 A Culverwell 74 76
152 K Duncan 71 81
153 C Robb 76 77




Flooded Deeside course re-opens on Friday

Deeside Golf Club's Haughton Course will re-open as an 18-hole course on Friday, almost five months after the River Dee flooded the course and left a covering of mud all over the Bieldside parkland venue when it subsided.
"We were flooded on December 23 and then Storm Frank hit us on December 30," said director of golf Frank Coutts.
"Hopefully the Blairs course will be in play the following Friday."
A lot of work has been done by the greenkeeping staff and a lot of money has had to be spent on returfing areas.


Cawder Pro-Am tee times
June 3

 Tee  Time      Name

  1   9:00 AM   Jennifer Potter, Cawder GC

  1   9:10 AM   Derek Watters, Gourock GC

  1   9:20 AM   Alan Welsh, Cathkin Braes GC

  1   9:30 AM   Samuel Binning, Mearns Castle GA

  1   9:50 AM   Graham Fox, Clydeway Golf

  1   10:00 AM  Paul Brookes, Pitreavie GC

  1   10:10 AM  Stephen Gray, Lanark GC

  1   10:20 AM  Scott Henderson, Kings Links GC

  1   10:30 AM  Calum Lawson, Gleneagles Hotel GC

  1   10:40 AM  Greg McBain, Newmachar GC

  1   10:50 AM  Gareth Wright, West Linton GC

  1   11:00 AM  Chris Kelly

  1   11:10 AM  Christopher Currie, Caldwell GC

  1   11:20 AM  Paul Robinson, Largs GC

  1   11:30 AM  Craig Ronald, Carluke Golf Club

  1   12:00 PM  Paul O'Hara, Clydeway Golf

  1   12:10 PM  Stuart Williamson, Clydeway Golf

  1   12:20 PM  Alan Tait, Marriott Dalmahoy GandCC 

  1   12:30 PM  David Orr, Eastwood GC

  1   12:40 PM  Paul McKechnie, Braid Hills GR

  1   12:50 PM  Greig Hutcheon, PLGCInchmarlo

  1   1:00 PM   Gordon Stewart, Cawder GC

  1   1:10 PM   Malcolm Isaacs, Gamola Golf

Complete information is available at Tournament Information Page (TIP)


Paul O'Hara takes a three-shot lead into 

P and H Championship final round

Overnight leader Louis Gaughan (Bathgate)  started the second round of the Tartan Tour's £50,000 P and H Championship with a two-stroke lead and finished it nine strokes adrift of the new leader, Paul O'Hara (Clydeway Golf), pictured.

Gaughan followed a sparkling five-under 66 with a dismal 79, which included a double bogey 5 at the short ninth and eight bogeys, as well as two birdies in halves of 45-37 for a 36-hole tally of 145 at Renaissance Club, between Gullane and North Berwick.
At least the Bathgate boy figured among the 45 qualifiers with totals of 148 and better who qualified for Wednesday's final round.
Biggest name among the non-qualifiers in a starting field of 126?
Probably Downfield senior Kenny Hutton with 77-72 to miss the cut by one.
O'Hara, after a disappointing one-over 37 to the turn, got into top gear after the turn, birdieing the 10th, 12th, 13th and 17th for 31 home and a repeat of  his first-day 68 for six-under 139. The Clydeway Golf man leads by three shots from Irishman Brendan McGovern (69-70) and  Christopher Currie (Caldwell) (69-70), one of the most consistent performers on the Tartan Tour.
Don't rule out Greig Hutcheon yet! The Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Inchmarlo man - who is due to tee it up in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on Thursday - shot a 69 for 140 to be fourth on the leaderboard - four off the pace - as he bids to make it three Tartan Tour wins in a row.

He won the Largs and West Dunbartonshire pro-ams last Friday-Saturday.
Defending champion Paul Robinson (Largs) is on 147 (75-72) as is new Senior PGA champion Robert Arnott (Bishopbriggs), winner of the P and H title in 2014.

Renaissance Club, East Lothian
Par 142 (2x71)
136 P O'Hara (Clydeway Golf) 68 68
139 B McGovern (Headfort, Ireland) 69 70, C Currie (Caldwell) 69 70
140 G Hutcheon (PLGC Inchmarlo) 71 69
141 M Owenson (Gullane) 68 73, R Munro (Duddingston) 68  73.
142 G Fox (Clydeway Golf) 69 73.
143 P McKechnie (Braid Hills), F Mann (Carnoustie) 73 70, I Stoddart (Greenburn) 69 74, D Gilford (Greenway Hall) 74 69, A Forsyth (Mearns Castle) 71 72
144 S Maxwell (Eastwood) 71 73, C Kelly (unatt) 71 73, G Hay (Grantown on Spey) 71 73, R Rafferty (Monte Rei) 70 74, J McGhee (Whitehill House) 72 72
145 L Mann (Carnoustie) 73 72, S McAllister (S McAllister Golf) 74 71, M Hillson (Kilconquhar Castle) 73 72, S Henderson (Kings Links) 71 74,L Gaughan (Bathgate) 66 79.
146 C Gordon (Edinburgh GC) 73 73, C Ronald (Carluke) 75 71, C Marr (Musselburgh) 73 73, D Stein (Ranfurly Castle) 76 70, G Brown (Montrose Links) 73 73, K McNicoll (Gullane) 72 74. 
147 P Robinson (Largs) 75 72, A Welsh (Cathkin Braes) 75 72, G Robertson (Airdrie 73 74, R Arnott (Bishopbriggs) 75 72, J McCreadie (Largs) 75 72.
148 P Wardell (North Berwick), K Kelsall (Quin Direct) 75 73, G Forbes (Mar Hall) 75 73, G McDougall (Elie Links) 77 71, S Grieve (Turnhouse) 72 76, D Orr (Eastwood) 76 72, M Kerr (Marriott Dalmahoy) 74 74, S Dodds (Coventry) 75 73, C Matheson (Falkirk Tryst) 72 76, C Robinson (Elderslie) 74 74, M Isaacs (Gamola Golf) 72 76, S Gray (Lanark) 74 74.

149 J Porteous (Craigielaw) 74 75, C Sutherland (Cherry Lodge) 74 75, G Brown (Ganton) 73 76, J Fraser (Renaissance) 79 80, S Binning (Mearns Castle) 75 74, K Hutton (Downfield) 77 72.
150 D Russell (Archerfield Links) 73 77, D Smith (Swinton Park) 76 74, J Lomas (Caprington) 79 71, C Elliott (Haggs Castle) 76 74, J Bell (Lanark) 77 73, S Speirs (unatt) 76 74, P Walker (Ballumbie Castle) 76 74, C Haugh (Cawder) 77 73. 
151  N Job (Eligo Club) 77 74, M Patterson (Kilmacolm) 78 73, C Corrigan (Chilli Dip GA) 765 76, M Loftus (Mearns Castle) 75 75, R Clarke (Golf Dedication) 78 73.
152 S Fay (Royal Dornoch) 74 78, R Neill (Drumpellier) 75 77, A Reid (West Lothian) 76 76, P Malone (Braid Hills) 78 74, B Mason (Callaway) 75 77, C Farrell (Cardross) 74 78, C Davis (J Andrews GS) 75 77, N O'Briain (Old Conna) 77 75, C Billows (Gleneagles) 77 75, J Brown (Dumfries and Co) 78 74.
153 R Leeds (Archerfield Links) 73 80, S Williamson (Clydeway Golf) 78 75, S Savage (Dalmuir) 80 73, N Huguet (Musselburgh) 75 78, P Brookes (Pitreavie) 79 74, P Jamieson (Dunblane New) 78 75, C McMaster (Wellsgreen) 71 82, T Minshull (Carnoustie) 76 77
154 C Lawson (Gleneagles) 81 73.
155 G Mackay (Loretto) 79 76, D James (Axenstein) 72 83, A Hutchison (Douglas Park) 79 76, A George (Ely City) 79 76.
156 M Bradfield (Elie Links) 80 76, R Tinker (Piperdam) 74 82, S Watters (Balbirnie Park) 79 77. 
157 C Armstrong (Burntisland) 77 80, D Gemmell (Aberdour) 78 79, P Edgcombe (Forrester Park) 79 78
158 G Miller (Gleneagles) 80 78, O Huish (North Berwick) 79 79, F Rummins (Canmore) 79 79.
159 M Mackenzie (Edzell) 81 78, C Beveridge (Gailes Golf) 77 82, I Taylor (Drumpellier) 78 81, D Ramsay (Moray) 78 81
160 S Morrison (Tain) 79 81, P Wytrazek (Burntisland) 81 79, A Burns (Bothwell Castle) 78 82, F Robertson (Lundin) 81 79, M Rae (Drumoig) 81 79, A Pillans (Banchory) 80 80, S McLaren (Blairgowrie) 80 80, G Paxton (Ralston) 78 82. 
161 J Smallwood (Irvine) 80 81
162 Linzi Allan (West Kilbride) 81 81
163 J Allan (Peebles) 80 83, C Goodwin (Duff House Royal) 82 81.
164 L Burnett (Mearns Castle) 80 83
165 A McDonald (Dunnikier Park) 82 83, V Brown (Logos Ministries) 83 82, D Flannery (Caldwell) 79 86.
166 S Craig (Craig Golf) 84 82 
168 S Wilson (Carrick on Loch Lomond) 85 83
174 C Tierney (Bishopbriggs) 90 84, J Dick (Duddingston) 87 87, F Smith (Great Western Golf) 90 84.
175 Kirstin Scott (Gleneagles) 84 91.
Retired - W Longmuir (London GC).




Stars of the future take centre stage at East 


Golf fans are being given the chance to see some of the pros of the future when more than 600 budding junior golfers will take to the tee on Scotland’s Golf Coast. Spectators can be sure they will see some high quality action from some of the best young golfers in the world, playing on East Lothian’s world-class golf courses.
The tournament, which gives a million pound plus boost to the local economy, brings in talent from as far afield as Australia and Mauritius.
With five days of play culminating in the Ryder Cup style Van Horn Cup, junior golfers and their families often take the trip over as a family holiday and take the opportunity to explore East Lothian and beyond.

Dan Van Horn, President and founder of U.S. Kids Golf, said: “I’m always blown away at the talent and dedication shown by the players at the European Championship. But even more, the passion and enjoyment that the players and their families have for being here is my greatest takeaway. We love coming to Scotland, the Home of Golf, and appreciating the history and beauty of the game that this community promotes so well.

“This event is proof that you can have a major championship for kids, where the competition level is the highest you’ll find anywhere, and still enjoy the laughter, camaraderie and energy that young players bring to golf.

“Many of these players will go on to have great successful careers in golf, whether it’s in college, working or hopefully, playing on Tour. I hope all of them continue to keep golf a big part of their life. In watching them play and have fun, I am confident they will.”

The tournament benefits more than just the skills of the players involved as the influx of tourists staying in Gullane and the surrounding area fills hotels and B and Bs providing a welcome economic injection to local businesses.

As one of the biggest junior international golf tournaments in the world, the European Championship also helps to raise the profile of the five courses played; Gullane No.3, Craigielaw,LongniddryLuffness and The Glen and draw attention to East Lothian as one of Scotland’s premier golf destinations.

The Tournament takes places from Tuesday, May 31 - Thursday, June 2 with the Van Horn Cup on Friday, June 3.


Teams for Scottish boys' area championship

The North-east team for the Scottish boys' area team golf championship at Grangemouth on Sunday, June 5 is:

Callum Bruce (Duff House Royal), Michael Lawrie (Deeside), Craig Leith (Royal Aberdeen), Sam Locke (Banchory).

 The Dunbartonshire team is:
Calum Burns (Balmore), Kyle Reid (Balmore), Ian Taggart (Lenzie),  Rhys Thomson (Palacerigg).

The Renfrewshire team is:
Lewis Breslin (Fereneze), Jack Currie (Greenock), Matthew Dalrymple (Old Ranfurly), Jamie Stewart  (Old Ranfurly),

+Teams not published so far should be Emailed to List the players alphabetically and remember to put the boys' home clubs in brackets after their names.


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