Wednesday, August 16, 2017

LOCKE, CLARK PULL OUT OF NE DISTRICT OPEN
 
Scottish amateur champion Sam Locke (Stonehaven) and Matthew Clark (Kilmacolm) have pulled out of this weekend's North-east District Open 72-hole tournament at Newmachar Golf Club.
They are not travelling back from the men's home internationals at Moortown, Leeds until Saturday morning which is when the Newmachar event tees off.

REVISED DRAW

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Match

Tee 1 Tee 10

Player

Club

Player

Club

Player

Club

1

7.05am and  12.05pm

Cameron Grant

Portlethen

Andy Campbell

Murcar Links

Cameron Franssen

Inverness

2

7.15am and; 12.15pm

Russell Orr

Meldrum House

Dylan Smith

Portlethen

Cameron Gray

Cruden Bay

3

7.25am and 12.25pm

Robert O'Donnell

Oldmeldrum

Aiden Smith

Edzell

Robert Lacon

Torwoodlee

4

7.35am and 12.35pm

Ritchie Manson

Kemnay

Cameron Johnstone

Northern

Jamie Pryde

Deeside

5

7.45am and 12.45pm

Kenny Gunnyeon

Murcar Links

Gavin Sutherland

Reay

Varun Varadharajan

Royal Burgess

6

7.55am and  12.55pm

Scott Clarihew

Turriff

Mark Rickard

Cupar

Fintan McKenna

Royal Aberdeen

7

8.05am and 1.05pm

Greig Kennedy

Hazlehead

Gary Esson

Portlethen

Dan Lawrence

Balumbie

8

8.15am and 1.15pm

Corin Stewart

Murcar Links

John Ross

Newmachar

Shaun Hedger

West Kilbride

9

8.25am and 1.25pm

Benjamin Henderson

Deeside

Barry Reid

Caledonian

Gordon Munro

Newmachar

10

8.35am and 1.35pm

Andrew Brooks

Kings Acre

Clark Brechin

Portlethen

Malcolm Pennycott

Royal Burgess

11

8.45am and 1.45pm

Stephen Roger

Cruden Bay

Tom Watson

St Andrews

Jordan Shaw

Boat of Garten

12

8.55am and 1.55pm

Gordon Watt

Inverallochy

Adam Dunton

McDonald

Calum Fyfe

Cawder

















Match

Tee 10 Tee 1







13

7.10am and 12.10pm

Craig Stephen

Aboyne

Jack Pirie

Hazlehead

Andrew Hepburn

Newmachar

14

7.20am and  12.20pm

Liam Waldron

Royal Aberdeen

Ferghus Milne

Banchory

Stuart McLaren

Bruntsfield Links

15

7.30am & 12.30pm

Jordan Calder

Newmachar

Andrew Carrell

Royal Aberdeen

Ross Buchan

Inverallochy

16

7.40am and; 12.40pm

Callum Coutts

Alford

John Elrick

Oldmeldrum

Alex-James Buchan

Inverallochy

17

7.50am and 12.50pm

Cameron Carnegie

Kemnay

Blair Milne

Banchory

Michael Schinkel

Royal Dornoch

18

8.00am and 1.00pm

David Rudd

Longniddry

Kieran McKay

Inverness

Lindsay Smart

Banchory

19

8.10am and 1.10pm

Craig Leith

Royal Aberdeen

Drew Buchan

Peterhead

Jack Harling

Banchory

20

8.20am and; 1.20pm

Marc Watt

Inverallochy

Calum Bruce

Duff House Royal

Neil Melvin

Newmachar

21

8.30am and 1.30pm

Fraser Milne

Fraserburgh

Rory Smith

Dalmahoy

Chris Forman

Peterhead

22

8.40am and 1.40pm

Calvin Cheyne

Newmachar

Alan Sutherland

Cupar

Ben Murray

Portlethen

23

8.50am and 1.50pm

Benn McLeod

Musselburgh

Barrie Edmond

Bon Accord

Jim Johnston

Ayr Bellisle

24

9.00am and 2.00pm

Christopher Lamb

Newmachar

James Wilson

Balmore

Kyle Godsman

Moray

 

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Paul O'Hara's clear lead in Tartan Tour
 
Order of Merit table
 
Paul O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) has a clear lead in the Tartan Tour's Order of Merit table with only a handful of events to go in the 2017 series.
Second-placed Gavin Hay (Grantown on Spey) is almost 200pt in arrears.
 
Top 20 are:
1 P O'Hara 712.50pt
2 G Hay 520.
3 G Wright 492.50
4 P McKechnie 489.25
5 C Currie 456.25
6 G Fox 437.75
7 G Hutcheon 412.50
8 R Cameron 382.5
9 S Henderson 328.25
10 G McBain 322.50
11 S O'Hara 307.50
12 R Arnott 296
13 S Binning 284.85
14 A Forsyth 273.75
15 D Orr 248
16 K Nicol 230
17 T Higson 223.25
18 I Graham 222.25
19 N Fenwick 216.75
20 M Owenson 210

 

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British champion Harry Ellis in US Amateur Qualifying play-off

PACIFIC PALISADES, California— Just when you thought Riviera’s 10th hole had seen every legend and major event contested over its 311 yards, the famous short par 4 will commence U.S. Amateur’s hole-by-hole play-off that whittles the match-play field to 64.

Even better, anyone with Facebook page access will be able to watch the closest thing to Survivor golf. The 2017 cast of characters finishing at 140 (4 over) includes some of amateur golf’s biggest names: 2015 U.S. Amateur runner-up Derek Bard, 2017 British Amateur champion Harry Ellis (pictured), 2017 U.S. Open low amateur Scottie Scheffler, NCAA individual champion Braden Thornberry, and Western Amateur finalist Doc Redman.

Here’s how it will work. Following stroke play competition at Riviera and Bel-Air, 13 golfers finished T-57. They will play for eight spots into the match play field of 64 golfers. (That’s certainly a more manageable playoff than 1988’s 31 players for eight spots.)

The committee will break the tied golfers into manageable groups, who tee of the 10th starting at 10:30 a.m. Eastern. Once the first group finishes the strategically fascinating hole, the next group will commence play.

Once everyone has recorded a score, the playoff will move to the 14th hole where players repeat the same process. Should there still be the need to eliminate competitors, the group will move to Riviera’s 18th hole where they will keep playing one of golf’s most famous finishing holes until the 117th U.S. Amateur is down to 64 golfers.

First round matches start at 11:50 a.m. Eastern, so should the playoff be a lengthy one the rules committee has structured the bracket so that those in the elimination playoff have time to regroup before a match against one of the top seeds.

While all of this has traditionally proven to be one of the U.S. Amateur’s most fascinating elements, the dynamics of Riviera’s 10th add multiple dimensions to what is already a fascinating expedited Survivor-style elimination game.

Those who play the hole last theoretically should be at an advantage unless the pressure of knowing they must make birdie proves overwhelming. Will they use driver when their inclination had been to lay up on the notoriously challenging hole?

Then again, with a tough hole location there may be no birdies in the first wave and strategies could change again.

Either way, don’t miss what could be the best chapter yet in what is already a page-turner of a golf hole.

2017 U.S. Amateur Hole-By-Hole Playoff Participants

•Scottie Scheffler
•Joey Vrzich
•Jacob Solomon
•Braden Thornberry
•Brendon Jelley
•Doc Redman
•David Kocher
•Chun An Yu
•Matt Oshrine
•Harry Ellis
•Chris Crisologo
•Billy Walthouse
•Derek Bard

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