Monday, August 31, 2015

Banchory Acad win handicap trophy, Michael Lawrie best individual



BANFF ACAD SCORE 1ST WIN IN PAUL 

LAWRIE SCHOOLS’ TEAM CHALLENGE


Banff Academy heroes (l to r): Ellis Gray, Callum Bruce andCallum Irvine. Picture by Michael MacDougall of PLF Foundation.


By Derek Johnstone
Banff Academy, represented by Callum Bruce, Callum Irvine and Ellis Gray, won the Paul Lawrie Foundation Schools’ Team Challenge Scratch Trophy for the first time at Peterculter Golf Club today.

Team captain Bruce led the way with a two-over-par 73, while Irvine and Gray contributed 77 and 79 respectively for a team total of 229 and a winning margin of s ix strokes. 
Runners-up were defending champions, Robert Gordon’s College for whom Michael Lawrie  had a 72, Henri Charles an 81 and Cameron Black an 82).
Aboyne Academy’s Shannon McWilliam (75), Dominic Bradburn (80) and Kyle Harker (81) third on 236. 



There was some consolation for young Lawrie when he picked up the best individual scratch prize.  His one-over-par score had two birdies – at the fourth and 13th – but they were cancelled out  by dropped shots at the first, second and 12th. 
     Banchory Academy's winning trio (l to r): Ben Martin, Ferghus Milne and Jack Thomson.
         Picture by Michael MacDougall, manager of Paul Lawrie Foundation

There was a three-way tie for the Handicap Trophy with Aberdeen Grammar School, Banchory Academy and Inverurie Academy all finishing with net 223 totals. 
Banchory claimed their first Team Challenge title after a card countback.  Their team players and individual scores were: Ferghus Milne (4) 71, Jack Thomson (8) 73 and Ben Martin (13) 79.  Aberdeen Grammar School were runners-up and Inverurie third.

                                

CSS: Boys 71(+1).  Girls 71 (No change)



SCRATCH


229 Banff Academy

235 Robert Gordon's College

236 Aboyne Academy

238 Aberdeen Grammar School

239 Hazlehead Academy

246 Inverurie Academy

248 Banchory Academy

255 Meldrum Academy

260 Alford Academy

267 Ellon Academy

273 Cults Academy

279 Kincorth/Torry Academy

280 The Gordon Schools, Huntly

285 Westhill Academy

337 Albyn School

HANDICAP

219 Banff Academy (A team cannot win both the scratch and handicap leading awards)

223 Banchory Academy, Aberdeen Grammar School, Inverurie Academy, Aboyne Academy


224 Robert Gordon’s College

226 Hazlehead Academy

227 Meldrum Academy

228 Alford Academy

229 Cults Academy

233 Westhill Academy

235 The Gordon Schools, Huntly

244 Ellon Academy

251 Kincorth/Torry Academy

275 Albyn School








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Midlands team championship at Strathmore 

on Sunday

Midlands team championship will be played at Strathmore Golf Centre, Alyth on Sunday (September 6)
Competing are Angus, Perth and Kinross, Clackmannan and Fife
 
FIFE
Connor Syme (Drumoig)
Bobby Wallace
Ally Hain
David Mitchell
Andy Davidson
Stevie Aitken
Ryan Walsh
Alex Moir (Thornton(
PERTH AND KINROSS
Danny Young (Craigie Hill)
Glenn Campbell (Blairgowrie)
Nick Barr (Blairgowrie)
Gavin Dear (Murrayshall)
Stuart Graham (Blairgowrie)
Mark Cameron (Alyth_
Stuart McKerdrick (Dunkeld and Birnam_
Scott Michie (Kinross) capt.

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Stephen Gallacher Foundation Race to Dunbar
Dunbar GC Tee times for Sunday, September 6     
               
1    Noon        WILLIAM LADBROOKE    SCOTT MCKINNON   
                               (GULLANE)                        (UPHALL)   
               
2    12.07pm    CAMERON LAW    AARON HASTINGS   
                             (TANTALLON)    (RATHO PARK)   
               
3    12.15pm    AARON HALL    SCOTT GALLACHER    EWAN BURNS
                          (KILSPINDIE)    (GREENBURN)                (BATHGATE)
               
4    12.22pm    CONNOR WILSON    KIERAN WYNESS    CAMERON FINCH
                               (DUNBAR)             (WEST LINTON)          (BATHGATE)
               
5    12.30pm    JONATHAN PRYDE    CALUM MURRAY    JAMIE HOGARTH
                           (LONGNIDDRY)        (MORTONHALL)    (BRUNTSFIELD LINKS)
               
6    12.37pm    CONOR O'TOOLE      GREGOR GRAHAM    JAMES CAMERON
                  (CRAIGMILLAR PARK)    (BLAIRGOWRIE)    (MORTONHALL)
               
7    12.45pm    JAKE EDGCOMBE    CAMERON WANSTALL    JACK HOGARTH
                              (BABERTON)           (ROYAL BURGESS)    (BRUNTSFIELD LINKS)
               
8    12.52pm           
               
               
9    1.00pm    LUCY MORRISON      LISA MACPHERSON    JESSICA WALKER
                  (CRAIGMILLAR PARK)      (BABERTON)              (MORTONHALL)
               
10    1.07pm    EILDIH CRAWFORD           EMILY RIGG              ANNABEL HOSIE
                              (KINGSFIELD)         (CRAIGMILLAR PARK)        (DUNBAR)
               
11    1.15pm    EMMA MORRISON          REBECCA WATKINS          ABBY STEEDMAN
                    (CRAIGMILLAR PARK)          (FALKIRK TRYST)         (MURRAYFIELD)
               
12    1.22pm    ANDREA WALKER    CARYS IRVINE    LAUREN REID
                              (GLENBERVIE)    (CRAIGIELAW)    (GREENBURN)
               
13    1.30pm    JENNIFER ALLAN    CATHERINE MILNE    SAMANTHA MACGREGOR
                             (GLENBERVIE)      (NORTH BERWICK)             (BROOMIEKNOWE)
               
14    1.37pm    JOANNE FREE       MEGAN LINTON           KATIE LIDDLE
                           (GULLANE)    (CRAIGMILLAR PARK)    (GLENBERVIE)
               
15    1.45pm           
               
               
16    1.52pm    JACK BROUN    MALACHY HAYWARD    JOSH BEVERIDGE
                     (AYR BELLIESLE)    (SWANSTON NEW)          (BATHGATE)
               
17    2.00pm    CAMERON DUNN    CRAIG DOCHERTY    ANDREW HENDRY
                            (SANDYHILLS)        (TURNHOUSE)            (TURNHOUSE)
               
18    2.07pm    ERIC MCINTOSH             JACK NOON       MATTHEW MURRAY
                 (BRUNTSFIELD LINKS)    (MUSSELBURGH)    (GOGARBURN)
               
19    2.15pm    MARK NAPIER    JOSHUA GRAHAME    AAMAR SALEEM
                         (TURNHOUSE)        (WEST LINTON)          (LADYBANK)
               
20    2.22pm    KIERAN CANTLEY    JACK GALLACHER    VALDEMAR HUNDEBOLL
                               (LIBERTON)                (BATHGATE)                     (GULLANE)
               
21    2.30pm    JOE BRYCE    CAMERON GALLAGHER    JOSEPH COOKSON
                        (BATHGATE)          (LONGNIDDRY)                (GULLANE)
               
22    2.37pm    CHRIS CURRAN    LIAM CURRID    CAMERON ADAM
                            (HARBURN)       (GOGARBURN)    (ROYAL BURGESS)
               
23    2.45pm    RORY HENDERSON    JAMIE FULTON    CAMERON JOHNSTONE
                           (TURNHOUSE)    (BRUNTSFIELD LINKS)    TROON WELBECK)
               


Robb moves up into German top ten
 
Chris Robb (Meldrum House) moved up to a share of ninth place with a second-round 70 for  level par 142 in the German PGA Development Tour's Preis des Hardenberg at Northeim, Germany today.
Robb has still to master the inward half. His first-round halves were 32 and 40, in the second round 34-36. The Banchory man is sevent strokes behind the leader by two, Germany's Philipp Mejow who has had rounds of 68 and 67 for seven-under 135

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Ranfurly assistants match-play championship

Paul O'Hara beats Sam McLaren at 22nd 

to reach last four

Paul O'Hara (Clydeway Golf), favourite to win the Ranfurlyassistants match-play championship, survived a marathon quarter-final tie today to take his place in the last four.
O'Hara opened with a 4 and 2 win over Pierce Whelan (Bathgate) but had to go to the 22nd in the afternoon before getting the better of Blairgowrie's Sam McLaren
In the semi-finals, O'Hara will play Jackson Bell (unattahed) while Cameron Farrell (Cardross) will play Gavin Hay (Nairn Dunbar).
Bell was a 5 and 3 winner over Tom Dingwall (Kemnay) in the quarter-finals.
Hay beat Jordan Gallagher (Douglas Park) 2 and 1 in the round of the last eight.

RANFURLY ASSISTANTS MATCH-PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
Ranfurly Castle Golf Club.
First round
P O'Hara (Clydeway Golf) bt P Whelen (Bathgate) 4 and 2
S McLaren (Blairgowrie) bt C Beveridge (West Kilbride) 2 and 1.
J Bell (unatt) bt S Binning (Mearns Castle) 2 holes
T Dingwall (Kemnay) bt F Robertson (Lundin) 2 and 1.
G Hay (Nairn Dunbar) bt L Gaughan (Bathgate) 5 and 4.
J Gallagher (Douglas Park) bt K McNicoll (Gullane) 2 and 1.
S Costello (Strathaven) bt D Stein (Ranfurly Castle) 5 and 4.
C Farrell (Cardross) bt J Fraser (Renaissance) 5 and 3.
QUARTER-FINALS
O'Hara bt McLaren at 22nd.
Bell bt Dingwall 5 and 3.
Hay bt Gallagher 2 and 1.
Farrell bt Costello 3 and 2.

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COLIN EDGAR IS YOUTH MATCH-PLAY 

CHAMPION


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Renfrew Golf Club was the venue for the latter stages of the Renfrewshire Golf Union Youth Match Play Championship.  In almost perfect conditions, the first semi final was between Greenock’s Paul Dorrian and Callum Taggart from Eastwood.  With neither player able to master the greens, there was little to choose between the players in the first nine which ended all square but, gradually, Callum started to creep ahead as Paul started to make mistakes and won his place in the final three and one.

The second semi saw Sean Burns from Caldwell against the experienced Cochrane Castle player, Colin Edgar.  Colin stamped his authority on the match with two opening birdies and a solid par to go three up after three. This would have deterred many from a fight back but Sean was quickly back in the match being only one down after five holes.  Back came Colin to win the next three and Sean needed a birdie at nine to be three down at the turn.  That was his last win and Colin finished the match at the thirteenth – six and five.

The final was not a classic.  Eighteen year old Callum birdied the second to go one up and held this lead until the match went all square at the eighth.  He lost the ninth and Colin then always had the edge with some impressive ball striking and the nineteen year old Stirling University student claimed the trophy with a three and two victory. 



BONNYTON TO REPRESENT COUNTY

 AT SCOTTISH FINAL



The three man teams from the golf clubs in Renfrewshire Golf Union fought it out at Eastwood Golf Club for the Club Team Championship. 
 The winning team represents the County in the Scottish final  at Fortrose and Rosemarkie with the top team there going on to represent Scotland in the European Club Team Championship.  There was really only one team in it as David Sibbald recorded a respectable 75 followed by David Dickson’s 69 and a very impressive round of 67 by Willie McMillan.  The aggregate score of 211 was eight shots ahead of the nearest rival, Caldwell Golf Club.  



Picture is of RGU President Graham McGee presenting the trophy to Colin Edgar

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Haggs Castle Golf Club championship winners



             Left to right: Calum Elliott, Craig Morrison and Jennifer Rankine with their respective trophies 

Jennifer (14) is youngest-ever club champion 
Haggs Castle GC held its Finals Day on Sunday in what was an unusually dry day, given the weather this summer.
In eJunior Championship Final, played over 36 holes, Calum Elliott took control in the first round of his match against Ronan Johnston and at the end of the first round had an eight-hole lead.  Although Ronan competed well in the second round he was unable to make inroads to the substantial lead Calum had established and eventually Calum won 8 and 7
The Ladies Championship Final pitted the defending champion Laura McGeachy against 14 year old Jennifer Rankine who had represented Scotland at the European Young Masters in Switzerland earlier this year.  
Laura held a two-hole lead after the first nine but Jennifer chipped away at this and with wins at the 10th, 13th and 14th took the lead. 
Jennifer had an opportunity to close out the match on the 17th but missed a putt.  She redeemed herself by winning the 18th to win the championship by two holes and become the youngest ever Champion of the Ladies Section at Haggs Castle GC.
In the men's championship final Craig Morrison, champion in 2010, played Chris Dunbar, champion in 2013.  Both players are members of the Haggs Castle GC winning 2015 Brand Putter Team and both were keen to add to their Championship wins. 
 Neither player could establish a dominant lead and the momentum swung back and forth.  All square with two to go and still all square going down the 36th Chris was on the putting surface in two with Craig on the fringe in 3.  Chris just missed his putt and Craig holed to take the match into extra holes.  
Craig made a very good birdie at the 37th to become 2015 Champion.




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Ewen Ferguson gets Sam Horsfield's 

place in GB and I Walker Cup team

R and A NEWS RELEASE
Sam Horsfield has withdrawn from the Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup team for personal reasons. His place in the side will be taken by first reserve Ewen Ferguson.
Ferguson won the British boys' amateur championship in 2013 and became the first player to hold that title along with the Scottish boys' match-play and stroke-play trophies which he won last year. 

The 19-year-old, pictured, from Bearsden, Glasgow won the Scottish Champion of Champions event and the Craigmillar Park Open this year and achieved top five finishes at the Irish Open Amateur and Scottish Stroke Play championships.
Bradley Moore,17, from Kedleston Park in England, becomes the first reserve.
The 45th Walker Cup match will be played at Royal Lytham and St Annes Golf Club on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September.

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Ian Hutcheon's nephew wins Monifieth Links title again

 
         left to right: Chris Hutcheon, Robin Miller (Monifieth Links chairman), Calum McKay.
 
Chris Hutcheon, defending champion and nephew of  Ian Hutcheon, successfully defended his Monifieth Links championship title against the rapidly improving 20 year old Calum McKay in Sunday's final.
Chris won by 2 and 1 in a very good match with both players playing very well in the testing wind.

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Russell Knox ties for 20th place

Jason Day wins again - by six - at The Barclays

Jason Day, shown at The 2015 Barclays
Jason Day, shown at The 2015 Barclays ( Getty Images )
On Wednesday, Jason Day withdrew from the pro-am at The Barclays after straining his fragile back while moving an item under his motor coach the previous night. If it’s not one thing, it seems to be another with Day, but rest assured, there’s no truth to the rumour that he tweaked it again carrying around all that money in his hip pocket after recording his third victory in his last four starts.
The 27-year-old Day of Australia fired 63-62 on the weekend at Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey en route to a six-stroke romp over Henrik Stenson.
It was just two weeks ago at the PGA Championship that Day put to rest any concerns that he couldn’t close, or win the big one. He set a major-championship scoring record of 20 under in defeating Jordan Spieth to win his first major. Prior to that, Day also rallied on Sunday to win the RBC Canadian Open in late July, and captured the Farmers Insurance Open in a playoff in February.
Day’s recent run of excellence is on the heels of one of his greatest failures. He departed St. Andrews with more heartache when his last gasp effort at 18 to join the Open playoff ran out of steam inches from the cup. Afterwards, he stood mute, tears coursing down his cheeks. “Pure frustration,” he said.
As a reminder, he kept using the St. Andrews cover from his yardage, but he also took away the confidence that he was capable of handling the pressure of major championship golf.
Something really clicked for me at The Open Championship,” Day said. “Ever since, I just felt a lot more calm on the golf course. I felt like it was my time. Like mentally I felt like, ‘You paid your dues, now it's time to go out and win tournaments.’ ”
Though the final result at The Barclays made it look like Day’s victory was a walk in the park, Stenson managed to make birdies on the 13th and 14th holes to climb within two shots. But Day recovered from fanning his drive into the trees at the 13th and then seemingly holed a football-field worth of putts coming in, beginning with a 30-footer for birdie at the par-3, 14th and a 35-foot bomb at 15.
“I don't know what the footage was on what I holed today,” he said afterward.
“6,000,” a reporter guessed, tongue firmly set in cheek.
“It felt like it,” he said, with a smile.
With his fourth victory of the season, Day surged to the top of the FedEx Cup standings, and he relished the possibilities of earning the $10 million bonus prize like a man finding a wallet on the street.
“There's three more tournaments I would love to win,” he said, “and I'd love to win the FedExCup.”
Day, who has never shied away from discussing his dream to achieve World No. 1, closed the gap but remains ranked third behind Jordan Spieth, who lost the top spot after a two-week reign to Rory McIlroy. Next week’s Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston has the makings of another classic encounter of Day, Spieth and McIlroy, with the dream scenario of all three having a mathematical chance to get to No. 1 at TPC Boston.
“I think I have the opportunity to get to No. 1 if I play some good golf over the next three or four weeks,” Day said. “It's been a goal of mine. But it's going to be tough to catch.”
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FORECADDIE: For most his round Saturday, Jason Bohn waved to the crowd, even though they were mostly cheering for his playing competitor, Jason Dufner.
“The Duf” merely smiled, because he knows what most of his colleagues know and what The Man Out Front knows, that Bohn is one of the most fun-loving guys on tour.
At the PGA Championship, Bohn was paired with Phil Mickelson in Round 3 and the forecaddie was there to witness rousing cheers for the lefthander. Off every tee box and up to each green, the Whistling Straits crowd screamed for Mickelson.
 So, when during one brief pause off of one particular tee box, a woman yelled out, “Go, Jason,” Bohn didn’t miss a beat. He waved toward the woman and shouted, “Thanks, mom.”
Mickelson broke out laughing.
But in Sunday’s final round of The Barclays, the buzz around the 14th green was for real and it was focused around Bohn. That’s because that very special face in the crowd, the inimitable Donald Trump, had ventured out to see one of his favoUrite players.
“Hello, Jason,” Trump said. The crowd turned to watch Bohn look up, smile, and return the wave. “How are you, Donald?”
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NUMBERS: Brian Harman failed to make a birdie on any of the par-3s at Plainfield Country Club. He made 12 pars, 1 bogey, 1 double-bogey — and 2 holes-in-one, both in Sunday’s final round.
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THEY CALLED IN REGRETS: Only 119 of the 125 eligible players teed it up at The Barclays and of those six who withdrew, three are done for the season — Francesco Molinari, Retief Goosen, and Erik Compton. Sergio Garcia, who started the playoffs at No. 31, but fell to 43 after skipping The Barclays, will also bypass the Deutsche Bank Championship. He’ll remain in the top 70, however, and reportedly play in the BMW Championship.
Rory McIlroy and Louis Oosthuizen are expected to play in the DBC, after having skipped The Barclays.
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ELIMINATED: Of the 25 who failed to qualify for the Deutsche Bank Championship, the most notable was Adam Scott. He missed the cut at The Barclays, fell to 106 in the FEC standings, and will see his streak of five straight Tour Championship come to a puzzling end.
Scott, who was 94th at the start of the week, was one of eight players who arrived at The Barclays inside the top 100, but fell to elimination. The others were John Peterson, John Huh, Jason Kokrak, Padraig Harrington, Greg Owen, Adam Hadwin and Charl Schwartzel.
The eight players who moved inside the top were: Zac Blair, Johnson Wagner, Spencer Levin, Mark Wilson, Luke Donald, Carlos Ortiz, Camilo Villegas and Jason Dufner.

FINAL TOTALS
 par 280 (4x70)
1


68 68 63 62 261




2


68 66 67 66 267




3


65 68 67 69 269




T4


69 68 67 66 270




T4


69 65 67 69 270




T6




67 70 68 66 271



T6


69 67 65 70 271



T6


69 67 63 72 271



T9


71 64 72 65 272




T9


70 70 67 65 272



T11 -7 F -3 68 69 69 67 273 11 18 7
T11 -- -7 F -1 66 71 67 69 273 58 92 34
T13 33 -6 F -6 71 67 72 64 274 20 22 2
T13 13 -6 F -3 69 69 69 67 274 64 89 25
T13 1 -6 F -1 69 69 67 69 274 14 20 6
T16 17 -5 F -3 71 69 68 67 275 30 36 6
T16 2 -5 F E 65 69 71 70 275 32 39 7
T16 2 -5 F E 77 65 63 70 275 8 5 3
T16 9 -5 F 2 65 71 67 72 275 80 115 35
T20 6 -4 F -1 68 69 70 69 276 46 54 8
T20 6 -4 F 1 69 69 67 71 276 28 30 2
T20



66 71 67 72 276



T20 13 -4 F 3 67 71 65 73 276 13 17 4
T24 22 -3 F -3 72 68 70 67 277 68 91 23
T24 17 -3 F -2 72 68 69 68 277 85 114 29
T24 9 -3 F -1 71 70 67 69 277 60 72 12
T24 4 -3 F 1 70 70 66 71 277 47 53 6
T24 4 -3 F 1 73 68 65 71 277 87 119 32
T24 17 -3 F 4 73 68 62 74 277 83 112 29
T30 32 -2 F -4 71 68 73 66 278 37 40 3
T30 16 -2 F -2 71 68 71 68 278 62 69 7
T30 16 -2 F -2 71 69 70 68 278 79 98 19
T30 11 -2 F -1 71 70 68 69 278 59 68 9
T30 3 -2 F E 66 71 71 70 278 10 10 --
T30 3 -2 F E 74 68 66 70 278 41 42 1
T30 10 -2 F 2 66 71 69 72 278 51 57 6
T30 16 -2 F 3 65 70 70 73 278 99 123 24
T30 23 -2 F 5 66 68 69 75 278 82 103 21
T39 15 -1 F -2 66 76 69 68 279 21 19 2
T39 6 -1 F 1 70 68 70 71 279 72 82 10
T39 6 -1 F 1 71 67 70 71 279 36 37 1
T39 13 -1 F 2 67 73 67 72 279 102 116 14
T39 13 -1 F 2 71 70 66 72 279 27 26 1
T39 19 -1 F 3 68 68 70 73 279 9 6 3
T45 24 E F -3 69 70 74 67 280 81 88 7
T45 17 E F -2 70 69 73 68 280 50 49 1
T45 9 E F -1 67 71 73 69 280 92 101 9
T45 9 E F -1 70 72 69 69 280 78 85 7
T45 25 E F 4 68 68 70 74 280 66 67 1
T50 4 1 F 1 70 71 69 71 281 76 78 2
T50 17 1 F 3 68 71 69 73 281 52 51 1
T50 24 1 F 4 68 68 71 74 281 93 100 7
T53 1 2 F 1 67 72 72 71 282 57 55 2
T53 1 2 F 1 70 71 70 71 282 65 61 4
T53 1 2 F 1 71 71 69 71 282 48 43 5
T53 12 2 F 3 67 73 69 73 282 101 102 1
T53 20 2 F 4 71 70 67 74 282 25 23 2
T58 12 3 F -1 70 71 73 69 283 19 16 3
T58 12 3 F -1 68 73 73 69 283 109 110 1
T58 12 3 F 3 70 69 71 73 283 74 70 4
T58 17 3 F 4 69 72 68 74 283 42 35 7
T62 -- 4 F 2 68 69 75 72 284 12 8 4
T62 -- 4 F 2 69 71 72 72 284 17 14 3
T62 16 4 F 4 73 69 68 74 284 34 27 7
T62 21 4 F 5 71 70 68 75 284 117 117 --
T66 4 5 F 3 70 70 72 73 285 119 118 1
T66 20 5 F 5 68 74 68 75 285 122 124 2
68 14 6 F 5 69 70 72 75 286 29 24 5
T69 7 7 F 5 72 69 71 75 287 7 4 3
T69 7 7 F 5 69 72 71 75 287 125 125 --
71 17 9 F 8 71 71 69 78 289 67 58 9
72 -- 10 F 2 73 69 76 72 290 49 38 11

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