Thursday, December 13, 2018

  Michael Stewart wins £540 prize at Troon Darley
 
REPORT BY JOHN HENRY
It was a very cold and windy test at Troon Darley today for the third event of the Big Johnson's Tour winter series, sponsored by Golf Finance and Ellmoll Builders Ltd.
The course itself was in epic condition with the greens being very true and fast. We were playing a full course today from the  back of each tee
The victor was local hero Michael Stewart (pictured) with an excellent score of two-under-par 69 to win the £540 first prize, four strokes ahead of runners-up Andrew McArthur and Ryan Campbell who earned £180 each.
 
Big thanks to Troon Darley for having us and our sponsors Golf Finance and Ellmoll Builders but most importantly the players who have supported the BJT throughout the year.
 
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year all! Our next event will be at Western Gailes on Monday, January 21.

TODAY'S SCORES

BJT Troon Darley 
Thursday, December 13
Sponsored by Golf Finance and Ellmoll Builders
Par 71

1st Michael Stewart 69 (£540)
T2 Andrew McArthur, Ryan Campbell 73  (£180 each)
4th Chris Kelly 75
5th Jamie Mcleary 76
T6th Fraser McKenna, John Henry 77
T8th Mark Loftus, Conor O'Neil 78
10th Scott Henry retired


 

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   Catlin clickety-clicks to share lead  at Indonesian Masters

Jakarta, December 13: American John Catlin emerged tops in his marquee pairing by opening with a six-under-par 66 to share the first round clubhouse lead with Qualifying school graduate Sungho Lee of Korea at the BNI Indonesian Masters presented by Bank Tabungan Negara (BTN), PT.Lautan Luas.Tbk and Bank Mandiri on Thursday.
Lightning activities around the Royale Jakarta Golf Club led to the suspension of play at close to 4pm (local time) before officials decided to call off play for round one about an hour later.
A total of 62 players, including defending champion Justin Rose of England, will resume their first round at 6.20am (local time) on Friday morning. Rose is at five-under through 14 holes.
Playing alongside Sweden’s Henrik Stenson and India’s Anirban Lahiri, Catlin showed the form that led him to three Asian Tour wins this season when he marked his card with seven birdies and one bogey to set the early pace at the Asian Tour’s season-ending event.
With only his tied-14th finish in Chinese Taipei as his best result on the Asian Tour this year, Lee is determined to put up a strong showing to end his year on a high at the US$750,000 event.
The 31-year-old South Korean is currently in 95th place on the Habitat for Humanity standings and will need a huge lift to finish inside the top-62 and save his Tour card for the 2019 season.
Philippines’ Angelo Que meanwhile returned to familiar surroundings in the best of form after playing in Japan for a large part of this year.
Apart from a bogey-five on 16, the three-time Asian Tour winner showed his commanding form by signing for a 67 to stay one shot back of Catlin and Lee.
Like Que, tournament drawcard Stenson also posted a 67 to put himself in contention in his tournament debut.
 
Players’ Quotes
John Catlin (Usa) First round 66 (-6)
I’m definitely pleased with my opening round. The only bogey I made was on the fourth hole where the putt lipped out from about three feet. So it was definitely a very good round. I hit a lot of good shots, it was really close on a few shots and it could have been even lower. But I’m obviously happy with a 66 on a difficult golf course. Playing with the likes of Ernie Els, Keegan Bradley, Stewart Cink gave me a lot of confidence playing with illustrious company today. Henrik’s a really nice guy and I’ve known Anirban for about four years. It was nice to play with them and see to see good shots.
"That definitely helped when you’re going out there and trying to make birdies. When you see other guys making birdies, that kind of pushes you. So that was more of how I was doing it today. Everyone’s was texting me and saying ‘Oh you’re playing with Henrik’. But for me, I was just more excited to watch good golf. It’ll be a huge to add a fourth win at the season-ender and it’ll be the biggest win of my career. And that’s why you tee up. Every time you’re out here, you are trying to win. That’s why you spend all those hours spent practicing to put you in this kind of position.
Sungho Lee (S Korea)  First round 66 (-6)
I putted well and hit all my tee shots very well. It was very hot and I’m going to take it step- by –step as the round progresses. The key is keep myself hydrated too and stay under the shade whenever I got the chance. Course management is very important too. I got my card from Qualifying school in January and it would mean a lot to me if I can continue to keep it with a solid performance this week.
Angelo Que (Phi) First round 67 (-5)
It has been a great year for me. I had a win in Japan and everything’s good. I’ve been playing pretty solid after that win. Unfortunately, I haven’t been playing enough out here on the Asian Tour and that’s why it’s good to be back. It’s very satisfying to see yourself up there on the leaderboard, especially in the heat. You got to play well and that’s really hard to do under this kind of weather.
 I started pretty slowly but began to hit the ball so much better and made more putts in the back-nine. The experience that I got from playing on the Asian Tour helped me to get used to the conditions in Japan which are tougher. The pin positions and tighter fairways are always challenging over there and I’m glad I can draw on my playing experience here to do well.
Henrik Stenson (Swe) First round 67 (-5)
Believe it or not 17 or 18 years on the European Tour and this is my first time in Indonesia. Happy to be here and I have had a great reception. We are being looked after like royalty. I am enjoying it and the golf was pretty good today.  I hit some good shots, particularly coming in. I played better on my back nine than I did my front nine.
All in all I kept it fairly tidy and did not make too many mistakes. I certainly did not play my best but I avoided making bogeys, just made one. It is a good start. Here you have to make a lot of birdies. Of course avoiding bogeys is important but looking at what Justin (Rose) did last year and seeing this course you have to keep your foot on the accelerator and make birdies. If you can make six or seven birdies a day then you will have a chance.
Leading scores after round 1 of the BNI Indonesian Masters being played at the par 72, 7361 Yards Royale Jakarta GC course (am - denotes amateur):
66 - John Catlin (USA), Sungho Lee (S KOR).
67 - Angelo Que (PHI), Henrik Stenson (SWE), Thitiphun Chuayprakong (THA), Jarryd Felton (AUS), Maverick Antcliff (AUS).
68 - Rinaldi Adiyandono (INA), Pavit Tangkamolprasert (THA), Khalin Joshi (IND), Danny Chia (MALAYSIA), Anirban Lahiri (INDIA), Scott Hend (AUS), Berry Henson (USA), Natipong Srithong (THA).
69 - John Michael O'Toole (USA), Lin Wen-tang (TPE), M Dharma (IND), Settee Prakongvech (THA), Pannakorn Uthaipas (THA), Nicholas Fung (MAS).
70 - Xiao Bowen (CHN), Casey O'Toole (USA), Mitchell Slorach (SINGAPORE), Rory Hie (INDONESIA), Siddikur Rahman (BAN), Thammanoon Sriroj (THA), Shinichi Mizuno (JPN), Lu Wei-chih (TPE).
 

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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Tee times at Big Johnson's Tour event at Troon Darley on Thursday

Sponsored by Golf Finance and  Ellmoll Builders
 
Thursday, December 13 

10.32 Michael Stewart 
Fraser McKenna 
Scott Henry 

10.39 John Henry 
Ryan Campbell 
Chris Kelly 

10.46 Mark Loftus 
Andrew McArthur 
Jamie McLeary 
Conor O'Neil 

Prize fund £900 
1st £540
2nd £270
3rd £90 

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DUNCAN SCORES THIRD WIN IN SEVEN WEEKS

ON NORTH-EAST ALLIANCE CIRCUIT


By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Scottish Alliance champion Kevin Duncan (Cruden Bay) scored his third win over the last seven competitions on the North-east Golfers Alliance circuit at Craibstone Golf Club today.
He shot a two-under-par 67 on a cold, windy day, highlighting his scorecard with six birdies: first, third, 13th, 14th, 16th and 18th in halves of 35-32 against the par of 35-34.
Duncan won the first prize of £130 by three shots from  young Montrose amateur Ewan Wheat and Peterhead tour pro Phil McLean (36-34) both of whom shot 70s.
John Nicolson (Newmachar), who finished joint fourth with Kamran Zeynalov (Portlethen) on the 71 mark, had the best inward half of the day - 31.
There was a field of 76 players.
The next NE Alliance competition will be held at Inverallochy Golf Club on January 9.
SCRATCH SCORES
Par 69
67 K Duncan (Cruden Bay) 35-32
70 E Wheat (Montrose Links), P McLean (Peterhead) 36-34
71 J Nicolson (Newmachar) 40-31, K Zeynalov (Portlethen) 37-34
72  J Duff (Newmachar), K Bedborough (Deeside)
73 S Finnie (Caledonian), P McKenna (Peterculter)
74  S Kidd (Longside), D Fleming (Portlethen)
75 B Murray (Portlethen), J Borthwick (Craibstone), I Esslemont (Paul Lawrie GC)
76  D Leslie (Bon-Accord)             
78 D Adam (Kemnay), W Middler (Peterhead), J Emslie (Royal Aberdeen), S Griffiths (Dunes GC), M Merchant (Newmachar)   
79 S McWilliam (Royal Aberdeen), M Fraser (Longside)
80  S Moore (Kemnay), R Sinclair (Kintore)
81  D Templeton (Murcar Links), G Somers (Bon-Accord), R Davidson (Caledonian), J Scott (Peterculter), E Riley (Craibstone), S Shand (Kemnay), R Bruce (Edzell), W Skene (Deeside), D Booth (Tarland), T Boyle (Portlethen),
82  C Cassie (Nigg Bay), M Duncan (Murcar Links)
83  S Allison (Bon-Accord), C Angus (Kemnay), R Denning (Inverurie), G Allan (Newmachar), P Cornfield (Newmachar)
84  R Smith (Craibstone)
85 G Burnett (Westhill), G Gibson (Kemnay), L Fowler (Royal Aberdeen), R Ruddiman (Royal Aberdeen)
86  K Mathieson (Kintore), J Forrest (Northern), D McLean (Kemnay), R Lamb (Newmachar), B Elsby (Peterculter)
87  D Townsley (Peterculter)
88  M MacKay Kemnay), P Cheyne (Northern), A Clark (Newmachar)
89 R Coupar (Duff House Royal)
90 R Duncan (Deeside) R Brown (Kemnay)
91  P Low (Craibstone), J Hosie (Hazlehead)
92  B Munro (Newmachar)
93  N Hardie (Kintore), A Sorley (Newmachar)
95  G Thom (Murcar Links)
98 G Leslie (Deeside)
100 M Brown Kemnay)
102 G Travis (Auchmill)


NRs I Birnie (Deeside), S Hanson (Kemnay), D Craigie (Kemnay), D Lawrie (Deeside), B Ritchie (Inverallochy), G Chalmers (Alford), R Reid (Tarland), S Davidson (Northern), S Kiloh (Portlethen)


SCRATCH PRIZEWINNERS
67 K Duncan (Cruden Bay)
70 E Wheat (Montrose Links), P McLean (Peterhead)
71 J Nicolson (Newmachar), K Zeynalov (Portlethen)


HANDICAP PRIZEWINNERS
CLASS ONE
67 K Bedborough (Deeside) (5)
68 S Kidd (Longside) (6)
69 D Fleming (Portlethen) (5)
71 J Borthwick (Craibstone) (4)
72 S Finnie (Caledonian) (1)
CLASS TWO
70 P Cornfield (Newmachar) (13)
71 J Scott (Peterculter) (10) bih, E Riley (Craibstone) (10)
72 G Allan (Newmachar) (11) bih, R Denning (Inverurie (11) bih.


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Six-man England team to challenge in Costa

 

Ballena match

Harry-Goddard  
A six-man team will represent England in the 2019 Costa Ballena octagonal match in Spain.
 
The players are Jake Bolton of Wiltshire, Sam Done of Lincolnshire, Harry Goddard of Hertfordshire (pictured), Ben Hutchinson of Yorkshire, David Langley of Berkshire and Joe Long of Gloucestershire.
 
The match will be played from 22-25 January at Costa Ballena and will be contested by eight countries. England’s opponents are: Finland, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal and Spain.
 
The match was extended from four to eight countries for the first time in 2018, when England won the bronze medal. Spain were the champions and Netherlands were runners-up.
 
The players
 
Jake Bolton, 20, (Ogbourne Downs) had a string of high finishes with third place in the Italian international, ninth in the Lytham Trophy and fourth in the Welsh open.
 
Sam Done, 21, (Kenwick Park) reached the match play in the British and English amateur championships. He was eighth in the Scottish open and 11th in the Lee Westwood Trophy.
 
Harry Goddard, 18, (Hanbury Manor) was in England’s winning team at the boys’ Home Internationals. Individually he was fourth in the Walton Heath Trophy and the Peter McEvoy Trophy and eighth in the Hampshire Salver.
 
Ben Hutchinson, 23, (Howley Hall) reached the last 16 of the Amateur Championship, losing by one hole to the eventual winner. He was fourth in the Hampshire Salver, ninth in the Lytham Trophy and seventh in the Welsh open.
 
David Langley, 24, (Castle Royle) won the qualifying for the South African amateur, was runner-up in the Tillman Trophy and the Hampshire Salver and had top tens in the Brabazon and Berkshire Trophies. He helped England win the men’s Home Internationals
 
Joe Long, 21, (Lansdown) was runner-up in the English amateur championship, fourth in both the Scottish open and Dutch Junior Open and fifth in the Hampshire Salver. He was also a member of England’s winning team at the men’s Home Internationals
 
Image © Leaderboard Photography
 
Lyndsey Hewison
Press Officer
England Golf
pr@englandgolf.org
07590 878349

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MOLINARI WINS AGW 2018 GOLFER OF THE YEAR
 
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Francesco Molinari has become the first Italian to win the prestigious Golf Writers Trophy, the leading award given by the Association of Golf Writers.

The 36 year old from Turin was the overwhelming choice in a poll of AGW members after a year of stunning success.  Molinari won his first major with victory in the 2018 Open Championship at Carnoustie before becoming the first European player to win all five matches during his team’s Ryder Cup triumph over the United States.

Molinari also won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and romped to an eight shot win at the Quicken Loans National in July to secure his first win on the PGA Tour.  He comfortably won the European Tour’s season-long Race to Dubai to succeed Ryder Cup partner Tommy Fleetwood as Europe’s number one player.

“I am very honoured to be the first Italian to be named AGW golfer of the year," said Molinari. "It has been an incredible year for me and to hear I have received this lovely accolade in what is the 80th anniversary year of the AGW is very special for me.

"I appreciate all the support the media has given me, both this year and throughout my career, and I look forward to seeing my AGW friends out on the road in the new year.”

Molinari succeeds 2017 Masters winner Sergio Garcia in receiving the Golf Writers Trophy.   Other previous winners include Henrik Stenson (2016) and Rory McIlroy (2014 and 15).

“Francesco had the year of his golfing dreams,” said AGW Chairman Iain Carter.  “Throughout the summer period he was head and shoulders above the rest in terms of European golf.  

“His unflappable display at Carnoustie came on a course where he had never previously enjoyed much success.  But he completed his first major victory in the company of Tiger Woods, withstanding an emotional charge from the former world number one.  Molinari emerged at the top of a leaderboard packed with stellar names including Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy.

“Then came a simply stunning display at the Ryder Cup where he formed such a vital partnership with Tommy Fleetwood.  Their point in the opening four balls ensured Europe were not whitewashed on the first morning.

“It was entirely fitting that it was Frankie who secured the winning point with his singles success over Phil Mickelson.

“He was the obvious choice for this award and for the golfing media it has been a joy to cover his successes this year.  Aside from being a genuinely world class talent, Frankie is always a friendly, courteous figure who always seems to find time to engage with reporters.”

The Golf Writers Trophy is awarded each year to the person or persons, born or resident in Europe who, in the opinion of a majority of the AGW members, shall have made the most outstanding contribution to golf during the preceding twelve months.

Members are asked to nominate in order of preference three choices for the award.  Other players who figured prominently in the voting included Ricoh Women’s British Open winner Georgia Hall, Justin Rose after his rise to the top of the men’s world rankings and Tommy Fleetwood for winning four matches out of four in his Ryder Cup partnership with Molinari.

* Francesco will be presented with the AGW Golf Writers Trophy at the 2019 AGW annual dinner at Royal Portrush.




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Fourteen-year-old Kuang clinches place in 2019 Volvo China Open
 
NEWS RELEASE 
Fujian (CHINA): Fourteen-year-old Kuang Yang clinched his place in the 2019 Volvo China Open by winning the Volvo China Junior Match Play Championship at Southern Wood Golf and Country Club in Fujian today (Wednesday).
Playing for the first time in China's premier tournament for young golfing talent and battling chest pains, the number four seed qualified for The European Tour-sanctioned event with a 2 and 1 final victory over Guangdong's Wu
Dianchao.
While boys' champion Kuang won a place in the Volvo China Open, 17-year-old top seed Sun Jia-ze stormed to victory in the girls' event to secure a place in the tournament's pre-event Pro-Am.
 
 

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Aberdeen and District Junior Pennant League fixtures for 2018 tournament



FROM GORDON MURRAY
SECRETARY OF ABERDEEN AND DISTRICT
JUNIOR PENNANT LEAGUE


At the AGM there were at least three clubs who intimated that they would have to withdraw due to low numbers of juniors, this would have cut the number to 10 clubs.
 
 
We will have 15 clubs playing 2019 as Westhill will play in the new format and Deeside will field two teams.
 
It was interesting to hear a snooker discussion last weekend, Jimmy White and Alan McManus, when asked where are young stars of today said ‘there are not any’ and none in the snooker clubs as it was in their day.  They are all playing on their cell phones.
 
I am giving up the Secretary’s job of ADJPL and Jim Ramsay of Murcar Links is going to take over in “2020/2021 when he retires from his job, he is going to ‘’Shadow’’ me in the interim period

FROM GORDON SINCLAIR

Gordon, thanks for this.  One slight challenge unfortunately. Portlethen Golf Club have a Men's Open scheduled for Sunday, June 23,  2019.
 
This means that the Portlethen Juniors would be unable to play a home match that week.  Therefore ,can I suggest that the full league program for League B on week 6 is switched around with week 5.
 
That might also work better for Deeside, as the proposed league program currently has both of the Deeside teams playing at home on the 16th of June.
 
Hope this is acceptable.   
   
 
ABERDEEN AND DISTRICT JUNIOR PENNANT LEAGUE

A
19/05/19
STONEHAVEN
 
V
 
ABOYNE
A
               
CRUDEN BAY
 
V
 
PETERCULTER
A
WESTHILL
 
V
 
BANCHORY
A
                                DEESIDE 2
 
V
 
ROYAL  ABERDEEN
B
INVERALLOCHY
 
V
 
PORTLETHEN
B
                Mc DONALD (Ellon)
 
V
 
DEESIDE 1
B
MURCAR LINKS
 
V
 
NEWMACHAR
 
          
KEMNAY bye
 
 
 
 
A
26/05/19
CRUDEN BAY
 
V
 
WESTHILL
A
               
                                   ABOYNE
 
V
 
BANCHORY
A
                           PETERCULTER   
 
V
 
ROYAL  ABERDEEN
A
                          STONEHAVEN
 
V
 
DEESIDE 2
B
                         NEWMACHAR
 
V
 
Mc DONALD (Ellon)
B
                                DEESIDE 1
 
V
 
INVERALLOCHY
B
PORTLETHEN                         
 
V
 
KEMNAY
 
 
MURCAR LINKS bye
 
 
 
 
 
02/06/19
                 ROYAL  ABERDEEN
 
V
 
STONEHAVEN
A
               
BANCHORY
 
V
 
PETERCULTER
A
WESTHILL
 
V
 
ABOYNE
A
DEESIDE 2
 
V
 
CRUDEN BAY
B
                 Mc DONALD Ellon)
 
V
 
KEMNAY
B
MURCAR LINKS
 
V
 
PORTLETHEN
B
NEWMACHAR
 
V
 
DEESIDE 1
 
 
INVERALLOCHY bye
 
 
 
 
A
09/06/19
BANCHORY
 
V
 
DEESIDE 2
A
               
PETERCULTER  
 
V
 
WESTHILL
A
STONEHAVEN
 
V
 
CRUDEN BAY
A
ROYAL  ABERDEEN
 
V
 
ABOYNE
B
DEESIDE 1
 
V
 
MURCAR LINKS
B
PORTLETHEN
 
V
 
Mc DONALD (Ellon)
B
KEMNAY
 
V
 
INVERALLOCHY
 
 
NEWMACHAR bye
 
 
 
 



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6th. July  at Murcar Links GC       14.00 hrs (4  games)  

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