Wednesday, August 24, 2016


Maverick McNealy wins Mark McCormack Medal as World No 1 Amateur
R and A NEWS RELEASE
American college student Maverick McNealy is the winner of the Mark H. McCormack Medal as the leading player in the 2016 World Amateur Golf Ranking™.

"To win the McCormack Medal is both very special and a huge honour,” said McNealy. “Amateurism is something that is very important to me, and I really appreciate all that the USGA and The R and A do to promote and support the amateur game at all levels. It is very humbling to join the list of previous winners."
A first-team All-American, McNealy won four collegiate events in 2016 for Stanford University, and made the cut at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, his only US PGA Tour start of the year. 
In four career US Tour starts, McNealy has made the cut three times.
As winner of the Mark H. McCormack Medal, McNealy receives an exemption into The 146th Open at Royal Birkdale and 2017 U.S. Open Championship as long as he remains an amateur.
+As a member of the touring Stanford University team, McNealy will play at Crail (Sept 8), Carnoustie (Sept 9), St Andrews (Sept 10), Kingsbarns (Sept 11), Cruden Bay (Sept 12), Trump International (Sept 13 am), Royal Aberdeen (pm), Nairn (Sept 14), Castle Stuart (Sept 15) and Royal Dornoch (Sept 16) next month.

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 Chillas and Quinn T4 in PGA Super-60s' 

tournament at Gleneagles

Aberdeen-born John Chillas and his amateur partner Sandy Quinn are lying joint fourth on 64, three behind the joint leaders, after the first round of the 36-hole PGA Super-60s tournament over the Queen's Course at Gleneagles.

Chillas, pictured, won the Scottish professional title twice - 25 years apart! - and was also a three-time winner on the European Senior Tour before he retired to set up a coaching school in Central Scotland. 

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Anglo-Scot Murray White after historic hat-trick
A new partner but a familiar scenario. That was the story of Murray White’s latest foray into the PGA Super 60s Championship.
Having become the first PGA pro to defend the title successfully last year, White is well-placed to create an unprecedented hat-trick of wins.
Last year at Caldy Golf Club he was partnered by seven handicapper Glyn Radcliffe. This time at Gleneagles, Bob Head, a four handicapper from Moor Park, Hertfordshire, is riding shotgun.
And thus far it has been impossible to see the join. The pair negotiated the Queen’s Course, the shortest of the three at the world- renowned Perthshire resort and Ryder Cup venue, in seven-under-par.


White’s position at the business end of the tournament, which carries a £10,300 prize fund, was not the only similarity with last year, however.

Then the Scot, pictured, who represents the Centurion Golf Club, St Albans, needed to prevail in a sudden death play-off to claim the £1,250 winner’s cheque.
Now, 12 months on, the prospect of an action replay looms large.
Bob Cameron, who is retired and represents Sundridge Park, and his amateur partner Gordon Hedley, also negotiated legendary course designer James Braid’s handiwork in seven-under.
Cameron, who played on the Senior Tour, accounted for six birdies but was indebted to his partner after the pair bogeyed the par four 16th.
It was the solitary blemish on their scorecard and Hedley made amends in style with a nett eagle at the last.
While that ensured a share of pole position for the pair, White and Head were denied sole occupation of it by a bogey at the par four sixth.

By contrast, Bramall Golf Club pro Richard Green and Joe Kirwan went bogey free, as did Scots John Chillas and Sandy Quinn.
As a result, the former ended the first round of the 36-hole tournament in third place two shots adrift of the leaders on five-under and one clear of the latter.

Given the better-ball basis of the tournament – a format that can result in fortunes and scores changing with bewildering rapidity – the leading pair will know the final round is unlikely to become a private contest between them.
In addition to them and the duos on five and four-under, 11 other pairs plotted their way round the sun-kissed Queen’s Course in sub-par figures and will be hopeful of preventing Murray from making yet more golfing history

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Scots' scores on EuroPro Tour at The Oxfordshire

Scots' first-round scores in this week's PGA EuroPro Tour event at The Oxfordshire:
par 72
(Englishman Matthew Cort leads with a 65)
66 Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) T2
69 Callum Macaulay (Tulliallan) T8
71 John Henry (Clydebank and Dist), Jordan McColl (Kingsbarns Pro Acad) T30
72 Louis Gaughan (Bathgate), Paul McKechnie (Braid Hills), Craig Lawrie (Paul Lawrie GC), John Duff (Newmachar), Fraser Moore (Glenbervie), Sean Lawrie (Paul Lawrie GC) T46
74 C Sutherland (Lynx Golf), K Nicol (Paul Lawrie GC) T78.
75 Z Saltman (Archerfield Links) T93
76 Wallace Booth (Eastwood), Scott Borrowman (Dollar) T112
77 Ryan Campbell (Falkirk) T126
78 Michael Patterson (Kilmacolm) T134

+The leading 50 players and ties after 36 holes qualify to play in the third and final round.



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Byrne in top 30 at ADT event in Indonesia

James Byrne from Banchory was in joint 27th position at the end of the first round of this week's Asian Development Tour event, the Ciputra Golfpreuneur tournament, at Damai Indah Golf Club, Indonesia.
Byrne shot a two-under-par 70 with five birdies and three bogeys in halves of 34-36 and lies six shots behind the co-leaders Indra Hermawan (Indonesia) and Sutijet Kooratanapisan (Thailand0.

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Paul O'Hara wins Scottish young pros' title for 

third time - by eight strokes

By COLIN FARQUHARSON

Paul O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) coasted to an eight-stroke victory in the £8,000 Scottish Young Professionals' Championship with rounds of 67, 65, 63 and 68 over West Lothian Golf Club's Par 71 course for an impressive 21-under-par aggregate of 263.
It was his third win in the tournament over the past four years and earned him £1,000.
Alastair Forsyth (Mearns Castle) came through into second place on the final day with rounds of 65 and 69 for 271. His earlier scores were 71 and 66. He earned £800.
Gavin Hay (Grantown on Spey), a previous winner of the title, shot the lowest final round of 66, after earlier scores of 68, 72 and 69, for a total of 275. He earned £610.
O'Hara's third-round, bogey-free 63 was the lowest of the tournament and included birdies at the fourth, fifth, ninth, 10th, 12t5h, 14th, 157 and 17th in halves of 33 and 30.

SCOTTISH YOUNG PROFESSIONALS' CHAMPIONSHIP
West Lothian Golf Club, Bo'ness
FINAL TOTALS
Par 284 (4x71)
263 P O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) 67 65 63 68 (£1,000).
271 A Forsyth (Mearns Castle) 71 66 65 69 (£800).
275 G Hay (Grantown on Spey) 68 72 69 66 (£610)
280 C Marr (Musselburgh) 75 70 67 69, M Owenson (Gullane) 67 70 73 70 (£425 each).
281 G Forbes (Mar Hotel) 71 69 73 68 (£350)
282 C Farrell (Cardross) 70 71 72 69 (£320)
283 S Binning (Mearns Castle) 72 68 76 67 (£300)
285 R Munro (Duddingston) 73 70 70 72, S Maxwell (Eastwood) 71 70 69 75 (£260 each)
287 G McDougall (Elie Links) 73 72 72 70 (£220)
288 R Clark (Golf Dedication Centre) 72 68 73 75 (£200)
289 J Bell (Lanark) 73 73 73 70, P Mitchell (Stirling) 71 74 74 70, D Flannery (Caldwell) 73 66 77 73 (£165 each)
290 K McNiven (Gleneagles) 75 72 75 68, I Anderson (Colville Park) 72 75 70 73 (£147 each)
291 S Craigon (Balbirnie Park) 73 73 72 73 (£140).
292 M Kanev (Bruntsfield Links) 73 73 72 74, S Speirs (Swanston New) 74 72 72 74 (£136 each)
293 R Tinker (Piperdam) 73 75 75 70, C Billows Gleneagles) 76 69 74 74 (£131 each)
295 J Brown (Dumfries and Co) 73 74 74 74, D Ramsay (Moray) 74 74 74 73, C Adam (unatt) 73 75 73 74 (£125 each).
296 C Robinson (Elderslie) 74 72 75 75, T Ogilvie (Duke's) 75 72 78 71, A Burns (Bothwell Castle) 73 70 77 76 (£117 each)
299 J Ferrie (Hilton Park) 78 69 75 77 (£112)
300 E Bowden (North Berwick) 74 72 79 75, C Porciani (Trump Turnberry) 76 70 77 77 (£108 each).
301 J Gallagher (Westerwood) 73 73 77 78 (£105)
304 E MacDonald (Musselburgh) 73 73 81 77 (£102)
305 K Moran (Balbirnie Park) 72 73 79 81 (£100).


 









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Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Gordon Goldie returns to Gleneagles for PGA 

Super-60s Championship this week
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Gordon Goldie, Scot who owns and runs successful Chingford Golf Range, Essex

FROM THE PGA WEBSITE
As a youngster in 1964, Gordon Goldie’s mother packed him off to play Gleneagle’s King’s and Queen’s courses in Perthshire.
It’s a memory that still burns brightly for the Chingford Golf Range owner who has returned over the border to his native Scotland to compete in the PGA Super 60s on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Essex-based Goldie teams up with long time playing partner Geoff King for another tilt at the £10,000 title and he’s looking forward to going back to Gleneagles
“I had a day out there and I remember my mother giving me a pound note and the green fees for playing both the King’s and Queen’s came to 17/6d which left me half a crown for lunch and I had a feast,” recalled Goldie.
“Gleneagles was always an elite place and the Queen’s course is what golf in the Highlands is all about, great course architecture and wonderful surroundings.
With seven decades on the clock, Goldie could be forgiven for slowing down in his professional life but he’s never been busier with ambitious plans for Chingford Golf Range.
“I founded it in 1974 and I’m working harder than ever,” he said.
“At the time there was only one other driving range in London - at Finchley. It provided  something that golfers in that area badly needed because a lot of the golf clubs built around the turn of the century didn’t have practice grounds – they just had a clubhouse and 18 holes.
“The range is still very popular. I’ve seen the highs and lows of golf – the highs of the 80s and the lows around the turn of the century.
“With time a factor, there are some people who have more time to hit a bucket of balls for an hour than they do to spend five hours playing golf on a course.
“We are making the range look like a golf course. I’ve got nine greens and nine bunkers so people can effectively play a round of golf at the driving range.”
Goldie’s hectic work schedule means he has not had time to practise as much as he would have liked for the sentimental trip back to Gleneagles but he’s happy being busy.
“I’ve got a briefcase in one hand and a set of golf clubs in the other and I’m happy carrying both,” he added.
“I oversee everything at the range and am very much hands on. You can’t delegate too much because you have to be there for the customer to see you and for me to see and talk to the customer and find out what they like.”
For two days however, Goldie won’t be in Essex but north of the border, reliving his youth at the stunning Gleneagles resort.
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                    Yorkshire and Hertfordshire take first-day honours
                                          at English boys' county championship 
 

Yorkshire and Hertfordshire took the first day honours in the English Boys’ County Championship on a day of blazing sunshine at Cumberwell Park in Wiltshire.
Yorkshire came through a terrific tussle to beat defending champions Wiltshire by 5-4. 
Meanwhile Hertfordshire were also well tested before beating Northamptonshire – last year’s runners-up – by the same score.
Much of the golf was as hot as the weather with birdies frequently needed to close out games. 
But Yorkshire coach Steve Robinson took his team straight to the putting green after play to fine-tune for their game tomorrow!
“I feel proud of the lads and the way they have all battled,” he said. “It was a very tough afternoon and we never thought for one minute that Wiltshire was going to be a pushover. They battled for every point, as we expected – and so did we.”
Yorkshire had the edge after winning the morning foursomes 2-1, but Wiltshire came out fast in the singles and won the first two games by healthy margins, courtesy of Cumberwell Park player James Cooper, who birdied the 16th to win 4 and 2, and Jake Bolton who won 5 and 4.
But Yorkshire’s Barclay Brown levelled the scores again with his own birdie finish on 15 for a 5 and 4 win. Charlie Thornton carried on the Yorkshire momentum with a par, birdie, birdie finish to win on the 17th.
Then it was Jamie Cooper’s turn to fightback for Wiltshire, closing out his match with a birdie on the 17th. But Yorkshire’s Tom North (pictured top, Leaderboard Photography (c), playing in the last game, took his team over the line on the 18th, having withstood a fightback from Tom Stagg and securing his point with yet another birdie.
Barclay Brown who won both his matches today – as did his foursomes partner Charlie Thornton – declared afterwards: “It’s better winning for a team than for yourself!”  He made short work of both his games, and was five-under both morning and afternoon.
For Wiltshire’s James Cooper there was also the consolation of a 100% record. “I want to try and win every game as it’s my home club, but as long as the team wins, that’s what matters.” However, that wasn’t to be today.
Hertfordshire are making their first appearance at Boys’ County Finals since 2010 – when they won the title. Charlie Wilkinson (pictured below), who clinched the day’s win with his 2up victory, is hoping for a repeat performance and comments: “We have a solid team, the strongest team we can put out.”
The team also got ahead of in the morning with two foursomes wins against Northamptonshire and when play started in the afternoon their opening singles was quite spectacular.
Danny Daniels, who reached the last eight in the British boys’ championship, took on boy international Callum Farr, who recently helped England to win the Boys’ Home Internationals. Daniels had nine birdies, while Farr had six and the match eventually finished 2 and 1 in Hertfordshire’s favour.
Hertfordshire’s other point was provided by James Clark, who was down for several holes on the outward nine but got ahead as he turned for home and steadily worked his way to a 4/2 win.
Hertfordshire team manager Chris James commented: 
“I’m delighted with them all. They had a great approach and managed their game well and were level-headed all the way round.”
Northamptonshire’s singles points were scored by Ben Jones, who won 5 and 4, and by Luke Barney and Robin Williams, who both won on the last.
Tomorrow Yorkshire play Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire take on Wiltshire.

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England stars selected for 
world championships
Curtis Cup players Meghan MacLaren and Alice Hewson and the Amateur Champion Scott Gregory are included in England’s teams for next month’s World Amateur Team Championships in Mexico. 
MacLaren and Hewson – who also helped England win the European women’s team championship in July - will be joined by Gemma Clews for the women’s Espirito Santo Trophy. The non-travelling reserve is Sammie Giles.
Gregory will team up with Jamie Bower and Alfie Plant for the men’s Eisenhower Trophy.
 All three were members of the GB and  I team which retained the St Andrews Trophy against the Continent of Europe last month and of the England team which beat France in this season’s biennial international
Both championships will be played at Iberostar Playa Paraiso Golf Club and Mayakoba El Camaleion Golf Club. The Espirito Santo Trophy takes place from 14-17 September and the Eisenhower Trophy from 21-24 September.
Women’s team:
Gemma Clews (Delamere Forest, Cheshire), 21, leads the England Golf women’s order of merit, having tied 4th in the English women’s amateur and sixth in the English stroke play. She reached the last 16 in the British women’s championship and was fifth in the Welsh strokeplay. She was in England’s winning team at the Women’s Home Internationals. (Image © Leaderboard Photography).
Alice Hewson (Berkhamsted, Hampshire), 19, made her Curtis Cup debut in the winning GB and I team in June. She has been a regular individual winner since capturing the English U13 girls’ title and has helped England beat Spain in the biennial international, to win the girls’ and women’s Home Internationals and the team event at the European Young Masters. She has won twice since starting at Clemson University in South Carolina last year.
Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough, Northamptonshire), 22, holed the winning putt in this year’s Curtis Cup match. She is a past British and Irish stroke play champion and has won eight times on the US college circuit. This season she has had top ten finishes in the South American Amateur, the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play championships and in qualifying for the European team championship. She reached the last 16 in the British women’s amateur. 
Sammie Giles (St Mellion, Cornwall), 21, is the English women’s amateur champion and won the 2015 English stroke play title. She is a past winner of the English mid-amateur championship.

Men’s team: 
Jamie Bower (Meltham, Yorkshire), 23, won the English men’s open stroke play for the Brabazon Trophy and reached the last 16 in the Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl. Earlier this season he won twice in South Africa, in the Gauteng North Amateur and the Southern Cape Open, and was third in the African Open. He was in England’s winning team in the 2016 international against France.
Scott Gregory (Corhampton, Hampshire), 21, won the Amateur Championship at Royal Porthcawl and, with it, places in The Open, the US Open and a traditional invitation to the Masters. He went on to reach the second round of the US Amateur and currently leads the England Golf men’s order of merit. Earlier this season he was runner-up in the Spanish amateur and was in the winning England team at the Costa Ballena tournament. 
Alfie Plant (Sundridge Park, Kent), 24, beat an international field by seven shots to win the 2016 Lytham Trophy. He reached the match play stages of the Amateur Championship and has had top tens in the Brabazon Trophy, the Cape Province Open in South Africa and the Berkhamsted Trophy and was 11th in the French amateur. He was runner up in the 2015 English amateur. 



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Kevin Duncan's top 10 finish on German PGA 

Development Tour

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Kevin Duncan (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre), pictured,  finished tied seventh - his best yet on the German PGA Development Tour  - to earn £789 at the Preis des Hardenberg at Hardenberg Golf Club, Northeim today.
Duncan's rounds of 75, 70 and 68 gave him a three-under-par total of 213, six shots behind the German winner, Benedict Staben (72-70-67 for 209) of the £4,287 first prize.
Duncan's final round of 68 had a little bit of everything from an eagle 2 at the par-4 sixth to a double bogey 5 at the par-3 fifth. He also had six birdies and two bogeys in halves of 34.
Daniel Kay (Dunbar) earned £296 for a T29 finish on 229 (73-72-75). He had a double bogey 7 at the 11th in his final round.
Sam Kiloh (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre shot 74-75-72 for 221 and a share of 32nd place. He earned £283. Sam had six birdies in his final round, five of them over the first seven holes.
Ross Cameron (Saltire Energy) finished T39 on 223 with rounds of 72, 77 and 74. The Ellon man earned £244.

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Paul O'Hara goes five clear at halfway in 

Scottish YP Championship

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Defending champion Paul O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) has opened up a five-stroke lead at halfway in the Scottish young professionals' championship at West Lothian Golf Club, Bo'ness.

O'Hara, pictured, has scored 67-65 for 10-under-par 132. In his bogey-free, six-under-par second round, he had an eagle 2 at the par-4 16th and birdies at the long fifth, 10th, short 15th and 18th in halves of 35-30. 
Marc Owenson (Gullane), who shared the overnight lead with O'Hara on 67, droped back to a share of second place after a 70 for 137, the same mark as Alastair Forsyth (Mearns Castle).
Forsyth shot a 66 which had birdiess at the first, third, long fourth, 10th, long 14th and 17th in halves of 34-32. He bogeyed the eighth.
Owenson started with a birdie before dropping shots at the second and fifth. A birdie at the seventh helped him to turn in 36. On the way home in 34, he had eight pars and a 2 at the short 15th.  
Thirty-four players with 36-hole totals of 148 and better qualified for the final two rounds on Wednesday.

SECOND-ROUND SCORES
Par 142 (2x71)
132 P O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) 67 65
137 A Forsyth (Mearns Castle) 71 66, M Owenson (Gullane) 67 70
139 D Flannery (Caldwell) 73 66
140 G Hay (Grantown on Spey) 68 72, R Clarke (Golf Dedication Centre) 72 69, S Binning (Mearns Castle) 72 68, G Forbes (Mar Hall) 71 69.
141 S Maxwell (Eastwood) 71 70, C Farrell (Cardross) 70 71
143 A Burns (Bothwell Castle) 73 70, R Munro (Duddingston) 73 70
145 K Moran (Balbirnie Park) 72 73, C Billows (Gleneagles) 76 69, C Marr (Musselburgh) 75 70, G McDougall (Elie Links) 73 72, P Mitchell (Stirling) 71 74
146 C Porciani (Trump Turnberry) 76 70, S Speirs (Swanston New) 74 72, E Bowden (North Berwick) 74 72, M Kanev (Bruntsfield Links) 73 73, C Robinson (Elderslie) 74 72, J Gallagher (Westerwood) 73 73, S Craigon (Balbirnie Park) 73 73, E MacDonald (Musselburgh) 73 73, J Bell (Lanark) 73 73
147 J Brown (Dumfries and Co) 73 74, K McNiven (Gleneagles) 75 72, I Anderson (Colville Park) 72 75, J Ferrie (Hilton Park) 78 69, T Ogilvie (Duke's) 75 72.
148 C Adam (unatt) 73 75, R Tinker (Piperdam) 73 75, D Ramsay (Moray) 74 74
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149 J Allan (Peebles) 79 70, D Stein (Ranfurly Castle) 74 75, S Gillies (unatt) 77 72, R Black (Inverness) 74 75, C Armstrong (Burntisland) 76 73
150 C Goodwin (Duff House Royal) 77 73, A Hutchison (Douglas Park) 72 78, R McKen (Trump International) 79 81, S O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) 75 75, C Fountain (unatt) 76 74, R Miller (Kings Acre) 76 74
151 K Zeynalov (Portlethen) 76 75
152 O Robertson (Panmure) 78 74, D Lee (unatt) 77 75, S Fisher (Portpatrick Dunskey) 75 77, J Treasurer (Loch Ness) 81 71
153 J Dick (Duddingston) 75 78, S Watters (Balbirnie Park) 76 77, F Robertson (Lundin) 81 72, Linzi Allan (West Kilbride) 78 75, S Milne (Balbirnie Park) 78 75
154 Ailsa Murphy (Gullane) 79 75
155 A Pillans (unatt) 80 75
156 A Todd (Downfield) 82 74, G Foley (Royal Troon) 77 79.
158 D Thorburn (Braid Hills) 77 81, Jennifer Potter (Cawder) 82 76
159 C Beveridge (Gailes) 87 72
160 S Wilson (Carrick on Loch Lomond) 80 80
161 C McQueen (Dalmuir) 80 81
162 M Bradfield (Elie Links) 80 82, Nichola Ferguson (American Golf) 84 78
165 M Penny (Montrose Links) 85 80, S SMith (Loretto School) 81 84
173 M Thomson (Panmure) 82 91
176 R Mitchell (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) 89 87

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Graham Fox wins BEN shotgun pro-am with a 

68 at Archerfield

Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf) won the BEN shotgun pro-am with a four-under-par round of 68 over the Fidra course at Archerfield Links today.
He had five birdies in his round - at the first, fifth, ninth, 12th and 18th in halves of 33 (three under par) and 35 (one under). His only blemish was a bogey at the 10th.
Four players tied for second place on 69 - Greig Hutcheon (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Inchmarlo), Stephen Gray (Lanark), Kenny Monaghan (Linlithgow) and James McGhee (Whitehill House).
Monaghan led the Nicolson and Co. amateur team to victory with a net score of 59 in the pro-am event. The amateurs, all of whom played off 18, were Barrie Nicholson, Jerry Tempest-Mitchell and Iain Fisher.
PRO SCORES
Par 72
68 G Fox (Clydeway Golf)
69 G Hutcheon (PLGC Inchmarlo), S Gray (Lanark), K Monaghan (Linlithgow), J McGhee (Whitehill House).
70 G Brown (Montrose Links), J McCreadie (Largs), C Ronald (Carluke).
71 M Kerr (Dalmahoy), C Matheson (Falkirk Tryst), G Wright (West Linton), C Kelly (Taymouth Castle).
72 F Mann (Carnoustie)
73 C Currie (Caldwell), P Wardell (North Berwick), S Henderson (Kings Links), K Hutton (Downfield)
74 C Elliott (Haggs Castle), R Arnott (Bishopbriggs)
75 S Craig (Craig Golf)
77 J Lomas (Ayr Caprington)

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Tiger Woods to be USA Ryder Cup team  

assistant captain

FROM THE AGE.COM
​There will be an extra perk for the 12 golfers who make the US Ryder Cup team - the eight who will qualify on points after The Barclays on Sunday night and the four who will be chosen by captain Davis Love III.
They will get to spend a week with someone they haven't seen in a while, Tiger Woods.
Joining the camp: Tiger Woods.
Joining the camp: Tiger Woods. Photo: AP
Woods, who won the first US Open at Bethpage Black in 2002 and been in both subsequent tournaments on the course, has missed the entire season while recovering from back surgery. But he will be an assistant captain for the American team that will face Europe at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota.
"I think it's going to be great," said Jim Furyk, who also is an assistant captain and has become a candidate to play on the squad. "He has been really excited, really interested, really involved with Davis. He has brought a lot of ideas to the table. I think right now it's kind of all hands on deck
"We have four assistants right now with Steve Stricker, myself, Tiger and Tom Lehman all trying to help in the decision making," Furyk said.
"Tiger is really excited about being there. Probably the best player who ever played - we definitely want him on our side."

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Slow play leads to stabbing on course in Utah

Hot on the heels of an Oklahoma man pulling a gun in an attempt to reclaim his stolen golf clubs comes another violent golf-related outburst.
According to KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah, 61-year-old Lee Johnson was arrested Saturday at a Payson-area golf course, after stabbing a man in the group ahead of him for playing too slowly and not letting Johnson and his wife play through.
Payson Police Lieutenant Bill Wright said the two groups got into a fight early in the round over slow play, and though it was initially settled by the clubhouse attendants, things again got testy about the time they were making the turn. 
After again being told they couldn't play through, Johnson pulled a pocket knife and stabbed one person before being tackled to the ground by another player in the group.
The man on the receiving end of the non-life threatening cut was taken to a nearby hospital as a precaution, while Johnson was booked into the Utah County Jail.
Johnson's wife was not arrested after authorities determined she was not involved in the attack.

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Scottish Seniors Golfing Society Autumn 

Meeting at Nairn Dunbar this week

 By GORDON THOMSON
The Scottish Seniors Golfing Society circuit moves to Nairn Dunbar Golf Club on Thursday and Friday for the Autumn Meeting, sponsored by McCrea Financial Services, which is the penultimate event in the season.



There is a good entry with a mix of ages and handicaps and all are looking forward to the challenge of playing one of the best courses in the North of Scotland. Most of the senior international team miss the event in advance of next week’s European Senior Team Championship in Slovenia but there is still plenty of strength in the field with eight +1 handicappers.



Excellent performances in July and in the Seniors Open Amateur Championship at Formby mean that the Order of Merit race can now only be won by either the holder, Ronnie Clark (Erskine), or Graham Bell (Downfield). Both are missing this week as they prepare for next week’s international trip but they will be involved in an exciting shoot-out in Finals Day at Blairgowrie on September 8.
Their absence provides an opportunity for the likes of John Fraser (Royal Burgess), Nick Robson (Meldrum House), David Shields (Glenearn), Robert Smith (Nairn) and Duncan Hamilton (Mortonhall) to move up the rankings.



Andrew Stracey (Denham) leads the Handicap Order of Merit race with Neil McGarva (Kilmacolm) in second place just ahead of Lindsay Blair (Grangemouth) in third place.



Gordon MacDonald (Glenbervie) leads the Super Seniors (over 65) Order of Merit with Bob Stewart (Tulliallan) and Jim McArthur (St Andrews New) in close pursuit.




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O'Hara and Owenson share Young Pros' lead 

on 67 at West Lothian 

By COLIN FARQUHARSON 
Defending champion Paul O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) is sharing the lead on four-under-par 67 with Gullane's Marc Owenson after the first round of the Scottish Youth Professionals' Championship at West Lothian Golf Club, Bo'ness.
Fog delayed the start of play by two hours until 10am but Owenson and O'Hara had no trouble in seeing where they were going.
Owenson made it first back to the clubhouse with the target figure of 67 (35-32), made up of five birdies (third, short 11th, long 14th, short 11th and 17th) and one bogey, at the 10th.
O'Hara highlighted his halves of 36-31 with an eagle 3 at the par-5 12th. He also birdied the eighth, 10th and long 14th, offset by bogeys at the fourth and seventh.
Gavin Hay (Grantown on Spey), lying third on 68, had a bag of seven birdies after starting his round on a low note with bogeys at the first and second.

FIRST ROUND SCORES
Par 71
67 M Owenson (Gullane), P O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure).
68 G Hay (Grantown on Spey).
70 C Farrell (Cardross)
71 P Mitchell (Stirling), G Forbes (Mar Hall), A Forsyth (Mearns Castle), S Maxwell (Eastwood).
72 I Anderson (Colville Park), R Clarke (Golf Dedication Centre), S Binning (Mearns Castle), K Moran (Balbirnie Park), A Hutcison (Douglas Park).
73 E MacDonald (Musselburgh), J Bell (Lanark), C Adam (unatt), R Tinker (Piperdam), D Flannery (Caldwell), A Burns (Bothwell Castle),R Munro (Duddingston), J Brown (Dumfries and Co), M Kanev (Bruntsfield Links), J Gallagher (Westerwood), S Craigon (Balbirnie Park), G McDougall (Elie Links).
74 R Black (Inverness), D Ramsay (Moray), S Speirs (Swanston New), E Bowden (North Berwick), C Robinson (Elderslie), D Stein (Ranfurly Castle).
75 K McNiven (Gleneagles), S O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure), T Ogilvie (Duke's), J Dick (Duddingston), S Fisher (Portpatrick Dunskey), C Marr (Musselburgh).
76 S Watters (Balbirnie Park), C Armstrong (Burntisland), C Fountain (unatt), R Millar (Kings Acre), C Porciani (Trump Turnberry), C Billows (Gleneagles), K Zeynalov (Portlethen)
77 S Gillies (Craigmillar Park), C Goodwin (Duff House Royal),D Lee (unatt), G Foley (Royal Troon), D Thorburn (Braid Hills).

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Inverness pair head qualifiers from Pitlochry for 

Scottish Club Handicap Championship  Final

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Robert Farquhar and Ian Tweedie from Inverness Golf Club headed the 10 pairs who qualified at Pitlochry Golf Club today for the Grand Final of the Scottish Club Handicap Championship at the Carrick on Friday, October 14.
Playing off a combined handicap of 14, Farquhar and Tweedie had a better-ball net score of nine-under-60.
Joint second on 62 were Perth Artisans (Tom Woods and Alexander Whytock, 2) and Playsport (Donald Lyons and Ross McCartney, 2.6).
The full list of qualifiers is:
par 69
60 Inverness (R Farquhar and I Tweedie) (17)
62 Perth Artisans (T Woods and A Whytock) (12), Playsport (D Lyons and R McCartney) (2.6)
63 Lochgilphead (R McGlynn and K Cowan) (13).
65 Lundin (G Stein and S Fowler) (13), Muthil (J Donaldson and G McGregor) (8), Newtonmore (S McQuarrie and D Chisholm) (1), Falkland (B Nichol and G Smith) (16.8), Muckhart (A Bruce and F Lindin) (6), Pitlochry (D Spaven and A Penman) (8).

OTHER SCORES:
66 Scotcraig, Polmont, Bishopshire, Greenock.
67 Kingsield, Kinross
68 Alyth, Fortrose and Rosemarkie), Burntisland, Abernethy, Carrbridge, Blair Atholl.
69 Forrester Park
70 Boat of Garten, Tain, Killin
71 Milnathort, Saline, Taymouth Castle, Nairn Dunbar, Culcrieff, Blairgowrie, Torvean
72 Inveraray
73 Royal Montrose, Spey Bay
74 Dalmally
79 Isle of Seil.
81 Braemar

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Four Scots make the cut in Germany

Kevin Duncan (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) and Dunbar's Daniel Kay made the second-round cut 145 - four shots inside the limit qualifying mark,  at the German PGA Development Tour's Preis des Hardenberg at Hardenberg Golf Club, Northeim in Germany today.
Duncan has scored 75-70, bagging five birdies in his second round while Kay, who has shot 73-72, also had five birdies today.
They are seven shots behind the German leader, Max Griesbeck, who has had a pair of 69s for six-under-par 138.
Sam Kiloh (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) had contrasting halves of 32 out, 43 in as he shot a second-round 75 but made it through on 149 while Ross Cameron (Saltire Energy) is on the same mark with rounds of 72 and 77. He was four over par for his last seven holes in an inward half of 40.
Alexander Culverwell (Dunbar) bogeyed the 18th in a second-round 73 and missed the cut by one shot with a 150 total.
Phil McLean (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) was well off target with 80 and 75 for 155.


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Americans to play 10 courses in nine days next month


World No 1 amateur in California university's 

party for whistle-stop tour of Scottish links

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Ronan Rafferty, Steve Scott and David MacLaren  (Getty Images)
                          Ronan Rafferty, Steve Scott and David MacLaren (Getty Images)

Rafferty and Scott win Scottish Senior pro-am
 
The pairing of Ronan Rafferty and Steve Scott, took top spot at this year’s Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open Pro-Am at Archerfield Links, East Lothian.
Rafferty and Scott finished a mammoth 23 under par, to finish three shots ahead of Santiago Luna and Ian Waller, who mounted a late charge on the final day with a ten under par score.
The Scottish Senior Open was played in the unique Alliance format, which partners one amateur with a professional for the first two rounds of the tournament. The professionals then play out their final rounds on the last day of the competition.
Gary Wolstenholme and Tyrone Hanlon shared third place with Luna and Waller with a nine under par second round. Philip Golding and Andy Ray and Miguel Angel Martin and Gary Ross shared fourth spot on 19 under par.
Former England cricket stars Sir Ian Botham and Chris Broad took part in this year’s pro-am, with Broad finishing tied tenth with Peter Fowler, who finished joint second at this year’s Scottish Senior Open.
David MacLaren, Head of the European Senior Tour, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the success of this innovative format, and to give so many amateurs the opportunity to be an integral part of the Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open.
“The feedback we had has been universally encouraging, and it’s great to see our professionals interacting so positively with their amateur partners. We believe that this format has great potential for the future development of the European Senior Tour.”

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Airdrie win James Brown Team Trophy and go to Scottish 

Final at Stranraer on September 18 

    Dominic Dougan with the trophy and John Main, past president of Lanarkshire Golf Association and Airdrie Golf Club.


Airdrie won the James Brown Team Trophy over their own course yesterday with an aggregate score of 213 which was six over par. The winning team comprised Dominic Dougan 69, Gordon Taylor 71 and Robbie Main 73. 
They now qualify as Lanarkshire's representatives at the Scottish Final at Stranraer Golf Club on September 18.     
East Kilbride were runners-up with 214. Their team was Mitchell Ronald  70, Kenny Gallacher 73, and Ross Hinshelwood 71.    
Best scratch score of the day was a 68 from Kevin Loughrie of Cambuslang Best nett score was a 68 from Graham Dalzell of Airdrie.  The  CSS was 69


AIRDRIE  1
SCORE

AIRDRIE  2
SCORE

GORDON TAYLOR
71

GRAHAM DALZELL
70

DOMINIC DOUGAN
69

WILLIE FERGUSON
72

ROBBIE MAIN
73

JOHN MCHENRY
80

TOTAL
213

TOTAL
222







AIRDRIE  3
SCORE

EASTER MOFFAT
SCORE

RYAN CORRIGAN
nr

ANDREW STEVEN
nr

CRAIG ARTHUR
78

CIARAN REILLY
n/s

ALAN GILLESPIE
75

KIERAN MCALLISTER
n/s

TOTAL
nr

TOTAL
nr







CAMBUSLANG 1
SCORE

BELLSHILL
SCORE

KEVIN LOUGHRIE
68

DAVID FINDLAY
73

PAUL FOY
76

SEAN FARRELLY
    75

SHAUN PHILBIN
78

GRAEME MCALPINE
79

TOTAL
222

TOTAL
227







SHOTTS  1
SCORE

SHOTTS 2
SCORE

SCOTT DICKIE
77

GERRY KEARNEY
80

STEVIE SMITH
74

BRYAN MILLAR
78

GRAEME DUNCAN
72

BILLY RUSSELL
78

TOTAL
223

TOTAL
236







STRATHAVEN  1
SCORE

STRATHAVEN  2
SCORE

ALAN LAIRD
76

ALASTAIR RITCHIE
78

KEITH NISBET
74

LES MCLAUGHLIN
77

IAN DANSKIN
77

GRAHAM CALLAN
83

TOTAL
227

TOTAL
238







DRUMPELLIER   1
SCORE

DRUMPELLIER  2
SCORE

GARY PALETHORPE
77

CALUM MORROW
71

             ALAN FORSYTH
86

SCOTT RUSSELL
78

JAMIE REID
81

BLAIR FORSYTH
84

TOTAL
244

TOTAL
233







MOUNT ELLEN
SCORE

EAST KILBRIDE
SCORE

AARON MCGINLEY
82

KENNY GALLACHER
73

                 JOHN BURNS
73

ROSS HINSHELWOOD
71

GRAHAM KILPATRICK
78

MITCHELL RONALD
70

TOTAL
233

TOTAL
214










COLVILLE PARK
SCORE




GORDON YATES
69




JAMIE BRADLEY
75




STUART FISHER
77




TOTAL
221











SCORE




Lanarkshire Boys beat Ayrshire Boys 5-3 yesterday in their West of Scotland League fixture at Colville Park Golf Club.

Results:
LANARKSHIRE BOYS 5, AYRSHIRE BOYS 3
M McMillen     Drumpellier      lost to    Jack Broun  Ayr Belleisle 3 and 2
C Stewart          Drumpellier      bt       E Ferguson   Turnberry   2 and 1
S Thomson       Mount Ellen      bt       A Murray      West Kilbride 4 and 3
G Dalziel           Airdrie              lost to      E Milligan    Barassie      1 hole
B McLean         Carluke             lost to      A Gordon     Bellisle      2 holes  
S MacPherson   Bothwell           bt         D Sweeney    Belleisle    4 and 3
L Irvine                Kirkhill          bt         C Irving      Belleisle    4 and 3
G Greer              Carluke            bt         R Muir          Barassie    3 and 2  
Lanarkshire boys' final match is against Stirlingshire at Easter Moffat on Sunday, September 4.

LANARKSHIRE KNOCK-OUT CUP
Easter Moffat Golf Club beat Biggar Golf Club 4-1 in the final of the Lanarkshire Knock-Out Cup yesterday at Colville Park Golf  Club.

Willie Sharpe

Press Officer

Lanarkshire Golf Association


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