Monday, March 19, 2018

@ Meldrum House Country Hotel, Oldmeldrum
July 18-19-20.

54 HOLE STROKE PLAY TOURNAMENT with a cut after 36 holes to the leading 50 players and ties for the final 18 holes. Super senior prizes.
PRACTICE ROUNDS  to be played on July 16 and 17. All practice rounds must be booked via the professional shop on 01651 872294.
PRACTICE BALLS available on tournament days free of charge.
ACCOMMODATION: MELDRUM HOUSE COUNTRY HOTEL. Situated on the course. A special rate for players has been negotiated for players playing in this event and can be booked on the following number 01651 872294.
AIRPORTS: Aberdeen 13 miles from course. Edinburgh 80 miles

All entries must be sent via The Masters Pro Golf Tour website at Or alternatively by phone to Mike Best on 07855 767906 or Rob Jones on 07795 414040.
Closing date for entries will be 1 pm on Monday, July16.
All entry fees must be paid at registration on  Monday., July 16 or Tuesday 17th July  4.30 pm and 6.30 pm. 

All entries must be paid in cash ,  UK sterling.


George Burns on fire at Western Gailes

George Burns (St Andrews University) shot a bogey-free round of 66 to lead the men’s field of the 13th West of Scotland Trophy after day one. Burns clearly enjoyed the change of venue as the competition settled into its new home at Western Gailes Golf Club and, though the weather was kind, his lead of four demonstrates the quality of his round.

Behind Burns, the field is very bunched with five strokes covering the next 19 golfers. Leading that group at one under are Stefan Labuschagne (Durham University) and Jack Cope (Stirling University).

Just one shot further back is Ronnie Mitchell (Bournemouth University) who led the field with seven birdies, reaching three under at one point before a triple bogey on 17 dropped him back to level par.

The tough competition is reflected in the men’s team competition with 10 strokes separating Stirling I in first, from Exeter I in fifth. Day two is certain to be a tight day as all of the golfers try to make the cut, with only the top 30 playing on Wednesday.

In the women’s competition, there was a similar story with Hazel MacGarvie (Stirling University) establishing a five-stroke lead over the rest of the field with a two under par 69. After going out in a one over 37, an eagle at ten set her up to come back in 32.

Behind MacGarvie, Lieve van Veggel (St Andrews University) and Louise Duncan (Edinburgh University) sit at three over, with 12 golfers within five of that score of 74. With only twelve golfers continuing on from Tuesday to Wednesday, good scoring will be needed tomorrow to guarantee a third round.

In the women’s team competition, Stirling I (+2), lead by seven from St Andrews I, with Stirling II alongside Maynooth I two strokes back at +11.

Full leaderboard and tee times for second round are available at:

Ben Philip | Head of Competitions | Scottish Student Sport (SSS)
3rd Floor | 48 Pleasance | Edinburgh EH8 9TJ


Gavin Hay and Craig Ross share honours at snowy Dunbar

Dunbar head greenkeeper Paul Armour and his team worked hard to clear the course of snow, a monumental effort considering on Sunday evening the event looked to be in jeopardy of going ahead. Once play in the Big Johnson's Tour got under way, the players found the course to be in magnificent condition, especially the greens which are some of the best surfaces the Tour has played on this winter. 
Sixteen  players took part, including Challenge Tour player Jack McDonald, former European Tour Order of Merit winner Ronan Rafferty, and current winter series leader John Henry. 

First place today was shared by Gavin Hay (Grantown on Spey) and Cambuslang's Craig Ross who both had excellent four-under 67s, one stroke ahead of Paul O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure).

T1 Gavin Hay 67 (90pts)
T1 Craig Ross 67 (90pts)
3 Paul O'Hara 68 (70pts)
T4 Neil Henderson 69 (50pts)
T4 John Gallagher 69 (50pts)
T4 Jack McDonald 69 (50pts)
T7 Ollie Roberts 70 (25pts)
T7 Ronan Rafferty 70 (25pts)
T9 Danny Young 72 (7.5pts)
T9 John Henry 72 (7.5pts)
T11 Scott Gillies 74
T11 Mark Loftus 74
13 Conor O'Neil 76
14 Paul Reilly 77
15 Jamie Savage 78
16 Chris Maclean 79


Top 10 Florida finish by Duncan McNeill from Annan

Annan's Duncan McNeill achieved  a top-10 finish and helped Toledo University to finish second in the weekend Mission Inn Spring Spectacular college 54 hole tournament at Mission Inn Resort and Club's El Campeon course at Howey in the Hills, Florida.

Duncan, pictured, had rounds of 73, 75 and 73 for a total of 221 over a par 72 course of 6,834yd.
He finished T10 behind the winner by four shots, David Ravetto (Texas Christian) who scored 70, 69 and 70 for 209.
There were two other Toledo students with UK connections in the field of 85 competitors.
Thomas Thurloway from Crawley, England finished T16 on 223 with rounds of 78, 71 and 74.
Stephen Watts from Larne, Northern Ireland shot scores of 78, 73 and 75 for a total fo 224 and a T19 finish.
Another Toledo student, Bathgate's
Joseph Bryce had to retire with a back injury after completing rounds of 77 and 72.
Top placings in the team event contested by 14 squads:
866 Texas Christian
886 Toledo, Indiana.




McIlroy win puts him back in World Top 10
Rory McIlroy returned to the top 10 in the world rankings on Monday after ending an 18-month drought with a thrilling victory at Bay Hill, while Tiger Woods closed in on the top 100.
Four-time major winner McIlroy has moved up six places to seventh in the rankings, after playing the last six holes in five-under par to claim the Arnold Palmer Invitational title.
It was the Northern Irishman's first win since the 2016 PGA Tour Championship.



North and North-east golf professionals did well in today's (Monday) Scottish PGA four-ball competition at Nairn Golf Club.
Derek Ramsay (Moray) and Rodger Clarke (Golf Dedication Centre, Lossiemouth) won the £400 first prize with a better-ball score if six-under-par 65.
They won by one stroke from two pairs, Fraser Cromarty and Sean Burgess (both Nairn) and Alan Tait (Deer Park) and Murray Urquhart (Nairn). Each pair earned £230.
The prize list was completed by two pairs on 67 - Ross Black and David Grindell (both Inverness), and Ross McConnachie (Peterculter) and Ben Munro (Elgin). Each pair earned £50.
Sixteen pairs took part.

par 71
65 D Ramsay (Moray) and R Clarke (Golf Dedication Centre, Lossiemouth).
66 F Cromarty and S Burgess (Nairn), A Tait (Deer Park) and M Urquhart (Nairn).
67 R Black and D Grindell (Inverness), R McConnachie (Peterculter) and B Munro (Elgin).
68 C McMaster (Downfield) and R Leeds (Archerfield Links).
69 R Cameron (unatt)and S Murray (Murcar Links), C Everett (unatt) and S Savage (Dalmuir), G McBain and M Timpson (Newmachar).
70 S Henderson (Kings Links) and D Thomson (Carnegie Club), M McAllan (Elgin) and B Mason (Callaway Golf)
71 S Aird (Forres) and S Aird jun (McDonald Ellon), J Calam (Duff House Royal) and G Still (Turriff)
72 R Stewart (Buckpool) and N Murray (Cruden Bay)
73 S Gray (Airdrie) and D Torrance (Nairn Dunbar)
76 M Douglas and A Thomson (Inverness).



Tom McKibbin following in Rory McIlroy's footsteps

Northern Ireland teenager Tom McKibbin is doing even better than compatriot Rory McIlroy did in his early teens - and that is some achievement!

McKibbin, pictured, scored his latest victory - his third noteworthy success in the United States - when he triumphed by one stroke from an international junior field in the Major Champions Invitational at Bella Collina Golf Club, Monteverde, Florida in a 54-hole tournament from March 12 to 14.
Tom, from Newtonabbey, won the Under-12 world junior boys title at Pinehurst, North Carolina in August 2015. He was 14 when he won again in the United States, leading the way home in his age category at the Junior Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
And he won the Irish Junior Open Under-12 title a couple of years ago.
McIlroy knows all about his fellow Ulsterman and has played and practised with him.
McKibbin had a hole in one at the 16th in the second round of his win in Florida last week. That was to prove a decisive stroke because he finished one shot ahead of the star-studded field with a 12-under-par total of 204, having put together brilliant rounds of 68, 67 and 69.
Runner-up on 205 was American Julian Perico Ibaicena with scores of 64, 71 and 70.
Two more top American prospects, Ben Wong and Akshay Bhatia, finished joint third on 206, Wong with scores of 69, 66 and 761, Bhatia 66, 68 and 72.
The tournament was open to girls as well as  boys. The leading European after McKibbin was Sweden's Linn Grant, whose grandfather James Grant hailed from the Inverness area and won the Scottish boys championship in the late 1950s.
James Grant went to Sweden when he turned pro .... hence his granddaughter's nationality.
Scottish men's champion last year, Stonehaven's Sam Locke finished 13th on 213 with scores of 71, 73 and 69.
English "wonder girl" Lily May Humphreys, who might make it into the GB and I Curtis Cup team for the June defence of the trophy at Quaker Ridge GC, New York State. She scored 75, 70 and 69 for a two-under trotal of 214 and joint 14th place.
Stirling University student Chloe Goadby from St Andrews finished T17 with scores of 72, 74 and 69 for one-under 215.
There was a field of 81 golfers, all of whom had won titles of some description to get into the Major Champions Invitational tournament.

NE Alliance switch from Craibstone to Newburgh

Melting snow has made Craibstone golf course too wet to stage the North-east Alliance Championship second round on Wednesday.
Organiser Michael MacDougall has therefore switched the venue to Newburgh.
Competitors, when they book in with Michael on Wednesday morning, must tell him if they are available or not to play in Thursday's pro-am/am-am, which will be contested at Portlethen by eight teams of three players: one from the scratch section, one from Handicap Class 1 and one from Handicap Class 2.


Scholarships support UHI student golfers to compete at elite level

Five University of the Highlands and Islands students have been awarded scholarships from international golfing organisation, The R and A.

Jamie Macintosh (18) from Inverness, Kieran McCormick (18) from Glasgow, Michael Schinkel (20) from Kirkwall, Alistair McNaughton (20) from Paisley and Riccardo Cellerino (23) from Italy have each received between £750 and £1000. The money will support the students to compete at an elite level in regional and golf national competitions, including the British Universities and Colleges Sport tournament.

Speaking about his scholarship, Alistair McNaughton, said: “The R and A bursary will greatly assist me by allowing me to compete in national competitions and to work towards achieving my goals for the student golf season and the full golf season beyond. 
"The support means we are not limited for financial reasons and allows us to support our training, coaching and equipment requirements as well as travel and entry to events. As a full time student, this support is invaluable.”

The R and A has also provided an institutional grant of £3000 to support the university’s golf curriculum. The university offers a BA (Hons) in golf management and a BA (Hons) in professional golf at North Highland College UHI’s campus in Dornoch, where it has developed strong links with the Royal Dornoch Golf Club.

Alan Fleming, programme leader of golf curriculum and university coach, said: “Our golf curriculum is an important area for the university and, part of this, is our performance programme. This includes providing our students with daily access to excellent practice and training facilities as well as our Level 3 coaches. 
"The relationship with Royal Dornoch Golf Club also provides excellent playing and practice opportunities. We are delighted our relationship with the R and A has progressed and our golf programme has been recognised for support alongside the Foundation Scholarship awards.”

Jackie Davidson, assistant director - golf development at the R and A, commented: “We are committed to supporting the next generation of golfers to reach their potential, as well as encouraging young people to look towards the career prospects and opportunities the golf industry has to offer. 
"The University of the Highlands and Islands has invested heavily in its golf programme in recent years and we look forward to continuing to work collaboratively to achieve our mutual aims.”

The R and A, together with the United States Golf Association, governs the sport of golf around the world. It invests more than £300,000 in student and university golf each year. It currently supports golf programmes at 16 universities and awards 100 Foundation scholarships to players from all over the world.

To find out more about the University of the Highlands and Islands golf programmes, visit




8.30 Steven MaxwellEastwood G C
 1Steven MaxwellJohn Rushbury
  John WattAlasdair Malcolm
8.40 John HenryClydebank and District 
 2John HenryAdrian Orton
  Peter ThomsonAllan Paterson
8.50 Michael PattersonKilmacolm G C
 3Michael PattersonSteve Forest
  Fergus MaitlandJonath d'Aguilar
9.00 Jonny MullaneyUnattached
 4Jonny MullaneyDavid Wordsworth
  Reg ShortJohn Greene
9.10 Mark O'DonnellStirling G C
 5Mark O'DonnellAlan McCaw
  Jim Shearertbc
9.20 Fraser McKennaCaldwell G C
 6Fraser McKennaTom Rogers
  Ian McConnochieJames McPherson
9.30 Stephen GrayAirdrie G C
 7Stephen GrayAlan Williams
  George CrawfordJohn Cameron
9.40 Campbell ElliottHaggs Castle G C
 8Campbell ElliottNeal Stewart
  Iain RossGeorge Higgins
9.50 Stephen McAllisterThe Renaissance
 9Stephen McAllisterJohn Leitch
  Thomas ThomsonDavid Allan
10.00 Paul O'HaraN Lanarkshire Leisure
 10Paul O'HaraDuncan Scott
  Chris McKenzieChris Currie
10.10 Stephen WilsonDundonald Links G C
 11Stephen WilsonJim Johnston
  Alex FallisJohn Tanner
10.20 Craig RossKirkhill G C
 12Craig RossEric Ewart
  Jim McEwanScott Chisholm
10.30 Bryan WhartonClydeway Golf
 13Bryan WhartonColin Peddie
  Scott BissettAlan Auld
10.40 Stuart HouldenEast Kilbride G C
 14Stuart HouldenPeter Miller
  Stuart RossColin McLatchie
10.50 Jonathan LomasCaprington G C
 15Jonathan LomasRaymond Christian
  Alistair KyleRobbie Muir
11.00 Alyson McKechinGlasgow G C
 16Alyson McKechinScott Miller
  Gordon ClarkAlistair Connell
11.10 Craig RonaldCarluke G C
 17Craig RonaldHarry Miller
  Frank CraigBlair Anderson
11.20 Nick WaltonGlagow G C
 18Nick WaltonGeorge Hanson
  Steve BanksJoe Devlin
11.30 Jonny SharpThe Carrick
 19Jonny SharpDonald Mackay
  Steven ShawDavid Cooper
11.40 David-Ross NicolDundonald Links G C
  David-Ross NicolAnthony Cecchini
  Mark LappinAlistair Nicol
  Paul McKechnieBraid Hills Golf
11.50 Paul McKechnieBill McMahon
  Tom McGillKeith Ross

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