Thursday, September 21, 2017

Blairgowrie boy wins Loretto Junior Open Championship

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Blairgowrie Golf Club junior member Cormac Sharpe, who has a handicap of 4.6, won the Loretto School's Junior Open Championship for the Simmers Cup at Craigielaw today.
He gained 35 Stableford points to win by a point from Matthew Hawke (Burhill) with three players sharing third place on 33pt - Cameron Adam (Royal Burgess), Manuial Loring Campos (St Leonards School) and Michael Shepherd (North Berwick).

Top 10 points totals
35 Cormac Sharpe (Blairgowrie).
34 Matthew Hawke (Burhill).
33 Cameron adam (Royal Burgess), Manuel Loring Campos (St Leonards School), Michael Shepherd (North Berwick).
32 Jan Voltas Moreno (Loretto School).
31 Gregor Graham (Blairgowrie), John Vogelpohl (Forrester Park).
30 Sam Hall (Craigmillar Park), Logan Glatley (Sandyhills), Eilidh Henderson (Loretto School).

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Paul sitting pretty after three rounds of Q School Stage 1

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Paul Shields is sitting pretty in second place with the top 20 to qualify to Stage 2 at the end of the third round in the 72-hole European Tour Qualifying School Section B Stage 1 eliminator at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, Essex.
But Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) is in the danger zone at joint 18th while John Henry (Clydebank and District) is out of it in T58 position and Sean Lawrie missed the cut by a shot.
Shields has scored rounds of 65, 70 and 71 for 206 and is five strokes behind the American leader, Steven Burak (67-68-66 for 12-under 201).
Stewart has had rounds of 70, 73 and 69 for 212.
Henry has shot 71, 72 and 76 for 219 while Lawrie missed the cut by one stroke with rounds of 71, 74 and 75 for 220 and a T66 position. 







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Portugal Masters at Dom Pedro Victoria, Vilamoura

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FIRST-ROUND LEADERBOARD
par 71 
64 J Luiten (Netherlands), G Coetzee (S Africa).

Scots' scores 
67 Marc Warren (T16)
68 Duncan Stewart, Connor Syme (am), Scott Jamieson (T27)
69 Paul Lawrie, Russell Knox (T41)
70 David Drysdale (T69)
71 Craig Lee (T112)
74 Stephen Gallacher (T129)
76 Ewen Ferguson (T140)

SUMMARY FROM EUROPEAN TOUR COMMUNICATIONS

Joost Luiten and George Coetzee take a share of the lead into the second round of the Portugal Masters after recording rounds of 64 on day one at Dom Pedro Victoria Golf Course.
Dutchman Luiten set the target in the morning, with South Africa’s Coetzee later joining him on seven under par. Nino Bertasio of Italy, Frenchman Grégory Havret, Australia’s Jason Scrivener, Englishman Callum Shinkwin and China's Ashun Wu are at six under, while eight players are one shot further back at five under par.
Luiten has a new driver in the bag and looks to have found form after missing the cut in three of his last four events, including on home soil at the KLM Open last week. Meanwhile Coetzee seems to be feeling the benefits of a few weeks re charging his batteries back home in South Africa after missing four cuts in a row, and is looking to build on his tied third place finish in The Netherlands last week.
Starting on the back nine, Luiten made birdies on the 11th and 15th, and then added three in a row from the 17th to join the early leaders. An excellent chip on the par five fifth set up another gain to hand him top spot on his own.
Coetzee got off to a fast start when the afternoon action got under way, birdieing six of his first eight holes to turn in 30 after also starting from the tenth. Scott Jamieson and Nicolas Colsaerts have both had putts for a 59 in Vilamoura in recent seasons, and Coetzee admits the number crept into is mind, but the momentum was lost when he bogeyed the second.
Three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington of Ireland got his Portugal Masters title defence off to a solid start with a 67, which puts him amongst a group of eleven players at four under par.
Player quotes
Joost Luiten:
“It was a tough week last week for me, missing the cut by one. But the good thing about golf is that there is always next week, there is always the next shot. I knew my game wasn’t far off and it’s good that it showed today that I’m getting in the right shape.

“I struggled a little it with my old driver so I got a new TaylorMade driver with a slightly bigger head and slightly lower ball flight, a bit more forgiving hopefully in the wind. So that really helped me, I hit it lovely today and hopefully I can keep it going.

“If you hit the fairways on this golf course you can be aggressive into the greens - they’re quite soft - so that was a good game plan. It’s always low scoring here, that’s why it’s good to have a low score on the first day that will get you in there and we need to come back tomorrow and do the same.”

George Coetzee:
“I read an article yesterday about 59 watch and after eight holes I was thinking ‘OK, if I birdie the next and the next and the next…’ I guess I shot myself a little bit in the foot with that. But yeah, I’m quite happy with the way things went.

“It’s strange how it works, last week I was always slow out of the blocks so didn’t really get any attention. The front nine just didn’t suit my game last week and then this week I’ve just started like a house on fire and made a lot of birdies, so I was thinking ‘this is quite nice, I should do this more often’.

“I’m quite happy with the way my golf is going at the moment. Obviously the plan is to play the Rolex Series events, but at the moment you can post a number, but there’s still a lot of golf to be played.”

Grégory Havret:
“I hardly made any mistakes. I missed a short putt on number seven and it cost me a bogie, but I would say the rest was pretty good. I missed a few opportunities on 11, 12, 13, 14 but the rest was pretty good and I have to say I’m pleased with what I’ve done today.

“In 2011 I remember I had a 64 in the last round to finish third, so I was a bit behind after three rounds, but I know this course and if you play well you will shoot low because the setting is perfect. There are a few opportunities on the par fives, a few short par fours. If you manage to play the hard holes, which are probably seven, 18, and maybe one also, then you can do really well and that’s what happened today.”


Round one scores

64 J Luiten (Ned) , G Coetzee (RSA) ,
65 G Havret  (Fra) , N Bertasio (Ita) , C Shinkwin (Eng) , J Scrivener (Aus) , A Wu (Chn) ,
66 A Cañizares  (Esp) , N Elvira  (Esp) , R Sterne  (RSA) , E Pepperell (Eng) , D Burmester (RSA) , L Canter (Eng) , M Jonzon (Swe) , L Bjerregaard  (Den) ,
67 J Singh Brar  (Eng) , P Harrington (Irl) , J Campillo (Esp) , O Fisher  (Eng) , D Lingmerth (Swe) , M Warren (Sco) , A Hansen (Den) , R Green (Aus) , D Boote (Wal) , G Storm  (Eng) , A Chesters  (Eng) ,
68 A Quiros  (Esp) , C Syme  (Sco) , V Dubuisson  (Fra) , D Stewart (Sco) , A Knappe (Ger) , J Quesne  (Fra) , S Gregory (Eng) , S Jamieson  (Sco) , S Walker (Eng) , J Norris (Aus) , S Soderberg (Swe) , B Dredge (Wal) , D Perrier (Fra) , M Kieffer (Ger),
69 R Knox (Sco) , A Karlsson  (Swe) , M Wallace (Eng) , R Gouveia (Por) , S Lowry  (Irl) , N Colsaerts  (Bel) , L Jensen (Den) , T Olesen (Den) , T Pieters  (Bel) , J Olazábal (Esp) , F Aguilar (Chi) , T Lewis (Eng) , E De La Riva  (Esp) , J Rutherford (Eng) , Z Lombard  (RSA) , P Newcomb (USA) , P Khongwatmai (Tha) , J Walters (RSA) , T Detry  (Bel) , B Evans  (Eng) , J Fahrbring (Swe) , P Lawrie (Sco) , J Winther (Den) , J Thomson  (Eng) , R McCarthy (Aus) , J Lima  (Por) , L Slattery (Eng) , A Rai (Eng) ,
70 A Sullivan (Eng) , J Stalter (Fra) , W Ormsby (Aus) , D Dixon (Eng) , C Paisley  (Eng) , M Pavon (Fra) , D Drysdale (Sco) , R Kakko  (Fin) , H Li  (Chn) , R Gonzalez (Arg) , D Brooks (Eng) , H Porteous (RSA) , G Bourdy (Fra) , H Santos  (Por) , R Fox (Nzl) , A Connelly (Can) , M Siem  (Ger) , K Aphibarnrat (Tha) , S Webster (Eng) ,
71 S Khan (Eng) , M Foster (Eng) , M Gaspar  (Por) , T Sinnott (Aus) , P Peterson (USA) , M Armitage (Eng) , D Willett  (Eng) , C Berardo (Fra) , R Langasque  (Fra) , R Echenique (Arg) , J Edfors (Swe) , S Brazel (Aus) , S Horsfield (Eng) ,
72 S Gros (Fra) , M Korhonen (Fin) , J Davidson (Wal) , R Rock (Eng) , J Ahlers (RSA) , S Heisele (Ger) , C Pigem  (Esp) , R Karlsson (Swe) , N Holman  (Aus) , B Etchart  (Esp) ,
73 D Fox (Aus) , P Angles  (Esp) , J Carlsson (Swe) , S Manley (Wal) , J Parry (Eng) , C Lee (Sco) , N Kimsey (Eng) , R Finch  (Eng) , B Ritthammer (Ger) , T Aiken (RSA) , S Crocker (USA) , P Waring  (Eng) , T Santos Silva  (Por) , P Maddy (Eng) , R Johnson (Swe) , S Dyson  (Eng) , R Jacquelin (Fra) , T Gouveia (am) (Por) , V Lopes (am) (Por),
74 J Carlota (Por) , N Fasth (Swe) , A Plant (Eng) , G Stal  (Fra) , S Gallacher (Sco) , A Otaegui  (Esp) , C Selfridge  (Nir) ,
75 P Figueiredo  (Por) , S Chan  (Tpe) , H Casey (Eng) ,
76 E Ferguson (Sco) , T Bessa (Por) ,
77 J Ramos  (Por) ,
78 T Cruz  (Por) ,
79 T Rodrigues  (Por) ,

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Forrest and Henry only one off the pace
 
 at Kazakhstan Open
 
EUROPEAN TOUR COMMUNICATIONS
Tom Murray and Francesco Laporta both carded scores of 66 to share the lead after the first round of the Kazakhstan Open.
Making the initial move at the Almaty event was England’s Murray, who bagged seven birdies and one bogey to set the clubhouse target at six under par 66 after the first morning at Nurtau Golf Club.
Italy’s Laporta proved to be the pick of the afternoon starters, making six gains during a blemish-free round which also took him to pole position after the first day in Kazakhstan.
But with 22 players within two shots of the lead after the first round at the lucrative tournament – which has the largest prize fund of the season on the European Challenge Tour – Murray admitted he will have a fight on his hands to stay on top for the rest of the week.
“We are all here to win as this is kind of like our Major,” he said. “If you win here you know you will be playing on the European Tour next year so there is a lot at stake and it is really competitive because of that.
“I played really solid and didn’t hit too many bad shots. I holed a 30-footer on the 12th but overall it was just solid rather than spectacular.
“I putted nicely with a new grip that I have been trialling in practice – so it was great for that aspect of my game to be working well.
“The course was playing as easy as it could be today, but the fairways were firm and around the greens was also firm which meant that if you’re out of position it made things tricky – but there were definitely chances out there.
“I have been here a few times but haven’t had much success, so today was a bit of a surprise to be honest.”
Laporta was also pleased with his excellent start in Almaty and is full on confidence going into tomorrow and beyond.
“I think I played pretty good and I was really happy with my game today,” he said. “I hit all my drives pretty straight, my long game was good and my putting was really solid – I only had one three-putt today – so all in all my game was pretty perfect.
“I have played in Kazakhstan once before but that was at Zhailjau, and I definitely think it is tougher playing here.
“If you don’t hit your tee shot dead straight it is difficult to make par as the rough is very high. Last year I didn’t play too well but I am looking forward to carrying this form into tomorrow and hopefully the weekend too.”
Also in contention after the first round in Almaty are Scotland’s Grant Forrest and Scott Henry, who won the Kazakhstan Open in 2012. After signing for a 67 he joins five others on five under par and is one shot behind the leaders.
Julien Guerrier, who sits in second place in the Road to Oman Rankings, followed up his victory in Ireland last week by opening with a four under par 68.
Scores after Round One:
par 72
66 T Murray (Eng) , F Laporta (Ita) 
67 G Forrest (Sco) , S Fernandez (Spn) , T Pulkkanen (Fin) , R Saxton (Netherlands) , S Henry (Sco) , L Gagli (Ita) ,
68 J McLeary (Sco) , S Tiley (Eng) , M Kinhult (Swe) , N Lindstrom (Swe) , M Lundberg (Swe) , C Sordet (Fra) , M Lampert (Ger) , J Senior (Eng) , G Boyd (Eng) , O Lengden (Swe) , J Guerrier (Fra) , D Van Driel (Netherlands) , E Van Rooyen (SAf) , E Goya (Arg) ,
69 C Koepka (USA) , R Enoch (Wales) , S Hutsby (Eng) , M Orrin (Eng) , E Dubois (Fra) , A Saddier (Fra) , W Besseling (Netherlands) , P Widegren (Swe) , M Lafeber (Ned) , J Hansen (Denmark) , G King (Eng) , M Schwab (Austria) ,
70 S Brown (Eng) , D Foos (Ger) , P Tarver-Jones (Eng) , R Hjelm (Den) , J Girrbach (Sui) , J Dantorp (Swe) , M Baldwin (Eng) , N Geyger (Chi) , N Von Dellingshausen (Ger) , M Schneider (Ger) , O Farr (Wales) , J Doherty (Sco) ,
71 A Pavan (Ita) , B Virto (Esp) , J Kruyswijk (SAf) , M Delpodio (Ita) , G Porteous (Eng) , P Oriol (Spn) , J Kunzenbacher (Ger) , N Cullen (Australia) , R McEvoy (Eng) , C Griffiths (Eng) , D Huizing (Netherlands) , R Davies (Wales) , M Laskey (Wales) , M Nixon (Eng) , T Linard (Fra) 
72 J Allan (Eng) , A Meronk (Poland) , M Ovesen (Denmark) , M Cort (Eng) , C Sharvin (NIre) , J Garcia Pinto (Spn) , J Sim (SKor) , M Haastrup (Denmark) , B Eccles (Australia) , R Dinwiddie (Eng) , K Samooja (Finland) , C Blomstrand (Swe) , B Hafthorsson (Iceland) , R Evans (Eng) , N Johansson (Swe) , P Howard (Eng) , G Moynihan (Ire). 
73 C Braeunig (Ger) , J Van Der Vaart (Ned) , F Maccario (Ita) , R McGee (Irl) , C Mivis (Bel) , M Wiegele (Austria) , S Kim (USA) , M Fenasse (Fra) , A Wennstam (Swe) , J McDonald (Sco) , J Sarasti (Spn) , V Riu (Fra) , T Tree (Eng) , P Gustafsson (Swe) , M Trappel (Austria) ,
74 J Sjöholm (Swe) , M Hoey (NIre) , B Neil (Sco) , O Lindell (Fin) , B Åkesson (Swe) , M Ford (Eng) , B Hellgren (Swe) , R Sciot-Siegrist (Fra) , R Kellett (Sco) , D Law (Sco) , O Wilson (Eng) , M Madsen (Denmark) 
75 T Shadbolt (Eng) , D Gaunt (Australia) , V Osipov (Russia) , R Nortje (SAf) , G Hurley (Ire) 
76 M Tullo (Chile) , A Tadini (Ita) , C Cannon (Eng) , N Ravano (Ita) , V Perez (Fra) , J Heath (Eng) , S Jeppesen (Swe) , M Killen (Eng) , J Lando Casanova (Fra) 
77 R Santos (Por) , E Di Nitto (Ita) , O Stark (Swe)  
78 R James (Wales) , K Clement (USA) 
79 A Velasco (Spn) 
80 A Vongay (Kazakhstan) , P Goryainov (Russia) , P Dedek (Czecho) , N Saldarov (am) (Kazakhstan)  
82 B Sarkytbaeyv (am) (Kazakhstan) 
83 R Ten (Uzb) 

86 Z Seilbekov (Kazikstan).

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Three Scots miss cut as Spanish player wins Senior British Women's Open Amateur title by five

Spain's Macarena Campomanes was a runaway winner of the Senior Women's British Open amateur championship at Royal Belfast Golf Club today (Thursday).
She posted rounds of 69, 76 and 73 for a five-over-par total of 218 over the par-71 course.
The Spanish player won by five strokes from Australia;s Sue Wooster (69-76-78 for 223) with defending champion Laura Webb (East Berkshire) third on 224 (76-74-74).
The three Scots in the field did not survive the cut to the leading 25 players and ties after 36 holes.
Royal Dornoch's Alison Bartlett (80-90) and Ashley Rose (89-91) were 10 strokes over the limit mark with their 170 totals.
Dawn Young (North Berwick) missed out with scores of 83 and 90 for 173.

LEADING FINAL TOTALS
Par 213 (3x71) SSS 73. CSS 75 75
218 M Campomanes (Spain) 69 76 75.
223 S Wooster (Australia) 69 76 78.
224 L Webb (East Berkshire) 76 74 74
227 J Brown (Trentham) 76 75 76.
229 C Berry (Bromborough) 72 78 79.

MISSED CUT (to leading 25 and ties, 160 and better qualified for final round)
170 A Rose (Royal Dornoch) 89 91, A Bartlett (Royal Dornoch) 80 90.
173 D Young (North Berwick) 83 90.

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Greens on four Donald Trump golf courses in America have been vandalised


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At least one person vandalised the greens on four golf courses run by the Trump Organization over the weekend in New York and New Jersey.
Among the Trump Organization golf courses hit was Trump National in Bedminster, New Jersey, where President Trump has a residence and was staying when the vandalism occurred. Slogans critical of the administration were scribed into putting greens using chemicals, police said.
The Trump Organization said one suspect has been identified.
In all, nine greens at Trump courses in Hudson Valley, Ferry Point and Westchester in New York – in addition to Bedminster – endured similar acts of vandalism, according a report in the Irish Times.
“We take all acts of vandalism very seriously, and would like to thank local law enforcement officials for their efforts,” the Trump Organization said in a statement.
“The individual responsible is in custody, and will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
Various messages on greens included an adapted portion of Macbeth, “President Pence has a bad ring to it” and “Product of too much Propecia.”
Trump’s doctor said earlier this year the president does take the hair-growth drug under its generic name – Finasteride.
The  Westchester County district attorney’s office is investigating an incident on Sunday at Trump National Golf Club Westchester. One person related to the case is scheduled to be in court there on Sept. 27th.
Trump has visited his various properties 57 times since his inauguration.

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North-east Alliance tee times for Kintore, Wednesday, Sept 27

 Tee times available
 All start from first tee
1          07:52 
 
2          08:00   Grant Leslie  Charlie Cassie  Denny Thomson
3          08:08   Richard Blackmore  Raymond Reid  Doug Booth
4          08:16 
5          08:24   Ritchie Davidson  Stewart Allison  Stewart Finnie
6          08:32   Graham Burnett  Peter Robertson  David Templeton
7          08:40   Willie Beattie  Jim Stewart  Jim Crawford
8          08:48   Mike Brown  Raymond Brown  Mike Smith
9          08:56   Graham McLaggan  Gary Homer  David Leslie
 
10        09:04    Mike MacKay  Kevin Thain  Colin Nelson
11        09:12   Hamish McNaughton  John Duff  Brian Ritchie
12        09:20   Craig Dempster  Simon Hanson  Gavin Chalmers
13        09:28   Jim Scott  Ross McConnachie  Peter Walker
14        09:36   Steve Scott  Scott Mackie  Justin Barclay
15        09:44   Jackie Forrest  Ben Lumsden  Norman Stewart
16        09:52   Manson Merchant  Robert Lamb  Stewart Kidd
 
17        10:00   Donny Adam  Derek Craigie  Grame Riley
18        10:08   Les Fowler  Jim Emslie  David Wilson
19        10:16   Alan Gall  Mike Duncan  Ross McNeill
20        10:24   Craig Lawrie  Sean Lawrie  Colin Duffus
21        10:32   Gary Leslie  Donald Lawrie  Martin Forster
22        10:40   Alistair Graham  David Nelson  Steve Christie
23        10:48   Steve Shand  Chris Gilbe
24        10:56   Andrew Locke  Sam Locke  Billy Fyfe
 
25        11:04   Patrick McKenna  Kamran Zeynalov  Steve Lawrie
26        11:12   James Calam  Richard Wright
27        11:20   Alistair B Clark  Graham Thom  Richard Ruddiman
28        11:28   Robbie Duncan  Willie Skene  David Lane
29        11:36   Derek Townsley  David Bisset  Fergus Bisset
30        11:44   Mark Lawrie  Glen Cochrane
31        11:52   Tommy Collie  Dave McLean
 
32        12:00   Brian Nicolson  John Nicolson
33        12:08   John Hosie
34        12:16   William Middler
35        12:24   Peter Low  John Borthwick  I Still
36        12:32   Ross Sinclair  Joel Hopwood  Keil Beveridge
37        12:40   Iain Taylor

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Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Paul Shields slips to third place at Q School

Paul Shields (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) dropped down from the pole position to third place with a second-round 70 for 135 at the European Tour Qualifying School Section B Stage 1 competition at Stoke by Nayland Golf Club, Essex today.
Joint leaders, one shot ahead of the Scot, are England's Jamie Abbot (67-67) and Philip Eriksson (Sweden) (67-67)
Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) (70-73) and John Henry (Clydebank and Dist) (71-72) are sharing 37th place on 143.
Sean Lawrie (Paul Lawrie Golf Centre) is joint 55th on 145 (71-74).
Only the top 20 at the end of four rounds will advance to Stage 2/

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Easy Pickens for Derek at West Lothian Alliance

By ALAN GREENSHIELDS
Edinburgh and East of Scotland Alliance
Secretary and treasurer
Our season teed off today when 61 members visited West Lothian to contest for the Ramsay Trophy on the par 71 course (36-35).
The silverware, along with top handicap prize, went to new member Derek Pickens who carded a net 68 (73 less 5) on his home course, starting with a birdie and also closing with a birdie
Second handicap prize went three ways on net 70 to Robin Cockburn (Harburn) (75 less 5), Andy Ellison (Falkirk Tryst) (73 less 3) and John Masterton (Mortonhall) (79 less 9).
On the scratch front Louis Gaughan (Bathgate) carded the first under par round of 70 (36,34) but had to settle for third place while later in the day the Royal Musselburgh duo of Calum Smith and Lloyd Saltman traded shots to both end up one shot better on 69 and both (34-35).
Top trainee on 75 was Scott Gillies (North Berwick) with the top senior prize going to Mike Louden (Glencorse) on net 73 (77 less 4).
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Next week our season continues at Dalmahoy (West Course) and the rest of the season is:
OCTOBER
4 - Bathgate
10-12 - Scottish Alliance Championship at Monifieth
18 - Royal Musselburgh
25th - Duddingston
NOVEMBER
8 - Musselburgh
22 - The Roxburghe Invitational
DECEMBER
6 - Winterfield
2018
JANUARY
10 - Gullane No.3
24 - Goswick
FEBRUARY
7 - The Glen (North Berwick)
21 - Craigielaw
28 - Eyemouth
MARCH
14 - Falkirk Tryst
21  - East 36-hole Championship (Gullane Nos 2 and 3).

SCRATCH SCORES AT WEST LOTHIAN No Surname Forename Club Category Gross Scratch O.of M.
1 Saltman Lloyd Royal Musselburgh Professional 69 59.5
2 Smith Calum Royal Musselburgh Professional 69 59.5
3 Gaughan Louis Bathgate Professional 70 58.0
4 McCandless Scott Bathgate Amateur 71 56.5
5 Cantley Kieran Liberton Amateur 71 56.5
6 Culverwell Alexander Dunbar Professional 72 55.0
7 Pickens Derek West Lothian Senior 73 53.0
8 McMehen Stuart Glenbervie Amateur 73 53.0
9 Ellison Andy Falkirk Tryst Amateur 73 53.0
10 Strachan Christopher Bathgate Amateur 74 51.0
11 Gillies Scott North Berwick Trainee 75 48.5
12 Cockburn Robin Harburn Amateur 75 48.5
13 Reid Alan West Lothian Professional 75 48.5
14 Henderson Neil Renaissance Club Professional 75 48.5
15 Law Gordon Uphall Professional 76 44.0
16 Johnston Richard Glenbervie Amateur 76 44.0
17 Morris Chris Kingsknowe Professional 76 44.0
18 Gilbert Danny Bathgate Trainee 76 44.0
19 Imlah Craig Craigielaw Professional 76 44.0
20 Dunsmore Steven Falkirk Tryst Professional 77 40.5
21 Louden Michael Glencorse Senior 77 40.5
22 Doyle Steven Dunbar Amateur 78 39.0
23 Johnston Graeme D Glenbervie Amateur 79 36.5
24 Callan Ross Bathgate Amateur 79 36.5
25 Masterton John  Mortonhall Senior 79 36.5
26 Fyfe Ian Musselburgh Senior 79 36.5
27 Fyvie Richard Baberton Professional 80 32.5
28 Rothney Andrew Deer Park Amateur 80 32.5
29 Callan Stuart Bathgate Professional 80 32.5
30 Brian Richard  Bruntsfield Links Professional 80 32.5
31 Silvestro James Dalmahoy Amateur 81 28.0
32 Veitch Michael Peebles Amateur 81 28.0
33 McAdam Marc Liberton Amateur 81 28.0
34 Fraser Scott Liberton Amateur 81 28.0
35 Rennie Martin Uphall Amateur 81 28.0
36 Brydon David Torwoodlee Amateur 82 23.5
37 Fraser Colin Peebles Amateur 82 23.5
38 Meikle Andy Longniddry Amateur 82 23.5
39 Graham James Braids United Amateur 82 23.5
40 McMillan Alexander Royal Dornoch Amateur 83 20.0
41 Leggate Philip Musselburgh Senior 83 20.0
42 Loughran Alan Murrayfield Amateur 83 20.0
43 Cowen Pete West Lothian Amateur 84 17.5
44 Louden Peter Glencorse Amateur 84 17.5
45 Stronach Alan Falkirk Tryst Amateur 85 16.0
46 Miller William Falkirk Tryst Senior 87 13.5
47 Gordon Jim Royal Burgess Amateur 87 13.5
48 Summers Alastair Musselburgh Senior 87 13.5
49 Forsyth Walter Peebles Amateur 87 13.5
50 Wyse Ian Falkirk Tryst Amateur 88 10.0
51 MacKay Donald Musselburgh Senior 88 10.0
52 Wight Andrew Glencorse Senior 88 10.0
53 Leddy John Bathgate Senior 89 8.0
54 Wardlaw Stuart Harburn Senior 91 7.0
55 Sinton JIm Musselburgh Senior 93 5.5
56 Cowie Keith Dunbar Senior 93 5.5
57 Kelly Scott Bathgate Amateur NR 0.0
58 McLean William Falkirk Tryst Amateur NR 0.0
59 Love Gavin Dunbar Amateur NR 0.0
60 Marr Michael Duddingston Amateur NR 0.0

61 Thomson David Musselburgh Senior NR 0.0
HANDICAP SCORES AT WEST LOTHIAN
No Surname Forename Club Category Gross Handicap Net Handicap O.of M.
1 Pickens Derek West Lothian Senior 73 5 68 25.0
2 Cockburn Robin Harburn Amateur 75 5 70 23.0
3 Ellison Andy Falkirk Tryst Amateur 73 3 70 23.0
4 Masterton John Mortonhall Senior 79 9 70 23.0
5 Cowen Pete West Lothian Amateur 84 13 71 19.5
6 McMehen Stuart Glenbervie Amateur 73 2 71 19.5
7 Stronach Alan Falkirk Tryst Amateur 85 14 71 19.5
8 Doyle Steven Dunbar Amateur 78 7 71 19.5
9 McCandless Scott Bathgate Amateur 71 -1 72 16.5
10 Strachan Christopher Bathgate Amateur 74 2 72 16.5
11 Louden Michael Glencorse Senior 77 4 73 14.5
12 Graham James Braids United Amateur 82 9 73 14.5
13 Cantley Kieran Liberton Amateur 71 -3 74 12.5
14 Veitch Michael Peebles Amateur 81 7 74 12.5
15 Johnston Richard Glenbervie Amateur 76 1 75 9.5
16 Leggate Philip Musselburgh Senior 83 8 75 9.5
17 MacKay Donald Musselburgh Senior 88 13 75 9.5
18 Silvestro James Dalmahoy Amateur 81 6 75 9.5
19 Johnston Graeme D Glenbervie Amateur 79 3 76 4.5
20 Brydon David Torwoodlee Amateur 82 6 76 4.5
21 Summers Alastair Musselburgh Senior 87 11 76 4.5
22 Fyfe Ian Musselburgh Senior 79 3 76 4.5
23 Meikle Andy Longniddry Amateur 82 6 76 4.5
24 Loughran Alan Murrayfield Amateur 83 7 76 4.5
25 McMillan Alexander Royal Dornoch Amateur 83 6 77 0.5
26 Gordon Jim Royal Burgess Amateur 87 10 77 0.5
27 Leddy John Bathgate Senior 89 12 77 0.5
28 Louden Peter Glencorse Amateur 84 7 77 0.5
29 Fraser Scott Liberton Amateur 81 4 77 0.5
30 Wardlaw Stuart Harburn Senior 91 14 77 0.5
31 Callan Ross Bathgate Amateur 79 1 78 0.0
32 McAdam Marc Liberton Amateur 81 3 78 0.0
33 Rennie Martin Uphall Amateur 81 3 78 0.0
34 Miller William Falkirk Tryst Senior 87 8 79 0.0
35 Rothney Andrew Deer Park Amateur 80 1 79 0.0
36 Wyse Ian Falkirk Tryst Amateur 88 8 80 0.0
37 Sinton JIm Musselburgh Senior 93 13 80 0.0
38 Cowie Keith Dunbar Senior 93 12 81 0.0
39 Forsyth Walter Peebles Amateur 87 5 82 0.0
40 Wight Andrew Glencorse Senior 88 5 83 0.0
41 Fraser Colin Peebles Amateur 82 -1 83 0.0
42 Kelly Scott Bathgate Amateur NR 7 NR 0.0
43 McLean William Falkirk Tryst Amateur NR 10 NR 0.0
44 Love Gavin Dunbar Amateur NR 5 NR 0.0
45 Marr Michael Duddingston Amateur NR 9 NR 0.0
46 Thomson David Musselburgh Senior NR 11 NR 0.0


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Phil McLean wins Newmachar Alliance with with a six-under 66, Gilbert 2nd with a 68


By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Peterhead's Phil McLean won the top scratch prize of £160 with a six-under-par 66 at today's North-east Golfers Alliance meeting on a another wet day at Newmachar Hawkshill.
He owed his success to a brilliant flight of birdies between the sixth and the 10th.
He holed from 30ft for a 2 at the shot sixth; from 12ft for a 3 at the seventh, missed a 4ft birdie chance at the par-5 eighth, but holed with a putter from off the green, a distance of about 30ft, for another 2 at the short ninth and then sank a 12-footer to start the inward half with a 3.
McLean rounded off his card with a birdie-birdie finish, hitting an eight-iron to 8ft from the stick and holing the putt at the 17th and, after an "iffy" drive at the last, he hit a good pitching wedge approach to 20ft and holed his 27th putt of the day.
"I didn't have a single bogey in halves of 33 both ways. I played soliday and had only 27 putts," said Phil who will play the Alliance schedule until the resumption of the EPD Tour which takes him all over the Continent.
Cruden Bay amateur Chris Gilbert finished second with a 68 (33-35), the highlight of which was an eagle 3 at the eighth. He earned a voucher for £130. 
Scottish amateur champion Sam Locke (Stonehaven) finished third with a 70 after equalling the winner's outward half of 33 with a run of birdie-eagle-birdie at the seventh, eighth and ninth. Bogeys at the 12th and 13th knocked him off track.
Once the steady rain set in around lunchtime, the number of No Returns multiplied and the figure had reached 17 from a field of 96 at the finish .


BEST CARDS
PHIL McLEAN 66
OUT: 4-5-4  4-4-2  3-5-2: 33 (-3)
    IN: 3-4-4  4-4-3  5-3-3: 33 (-3)

CHRIS GILBERT 68
OUT: 4-5-4  3-4-3  4-3-3: 33 (-3)
    IN: 4-4-3  4-4-3  6-4-3: 35 (-1)

SAM LOCKE 70
OUT: 5-4-5  4-4-3  3-3-2: 33 (-3)
    IN: 4-4-5  5-4-3  5-3-4: 37 (+1)

JOHN DUFF 71
OUT: 5-4-3  5-4-3  4-5-3: 36 (par)
   IN: 4-4-4  3-4-3  4-5-4:  35 (-1)

Newmachar GC, Hawkshill course
SCRATCH SCORES
par 72 (36-36)
66 P McLean (Peterhead) 33-33
68 C Gilbert (Cruden Bay) 33-35
70 S Locke (Stonehaven) 33-37
71 J Duff (Newmachar) 36-35
73 C Lawrie (Paul Lawrie GC) 38-35
74 A Locke (Paul Lawrie GC) 39-35
75 G Chalmers (Alford) 37-38, B Nicolson (Hazlehead) 36-39, Laura Murray (Kippie Lodge) 38-37.
76 B Ritchie (Inverallochy) 34-42, C
Nelson (Mackenzie Shop) 36-40, D Adam (Kemnay) 36-40, D Fleming (Portlethen) 38-38
78 S Kiloh (Paul Lawrie GC) 39-39, F Bisset (Banchory) 38-40, D Buchan (Peterhead) 37-41, J Hopwood (Royal Aberdeen) 41-37, J Borthwick (Craibstone) 38-40
79 D Leslie (Bon Accord) 38-41, W Middler (Peterhead) 40-39, I Still (Craibstone) 40-39
80 D Templeton (Murcar Links) 41-39, R Blackmore (Tarland) 42-38, S Hanson (Paul Lawrie GC) 41-39, C Dempster (Paul Lawrie GC) 41-39, S Mackie (Kemnay) 39-41, D Nelson (Aboyne) 43-37.
81 C Cassie (Nigg Bay) 39-42, S Allison (Bon Accord) 41-40, R
Davidson (Caledonian) 40-41, J Calder (Newmachar) 40-41.
82 I Taylor (Kemnay) 38-44
83 R Reid (Tarland) 40-43, S Finnie (Caledonian) 40-43, R McNeill (Westhill) 39-44
84 S Melvin (Newmachar) 42-42, D Craigie (Portlethen) 47-37
85 A Gall (Deeside) 43-42, C Duffus (Royal Aberdeen) 40-45
86 R Lamb (Newmachar) 41-45, J Scott (Peterculter) 41-45, S Shand (Kemnay) 43-43
87 M Merchant (Newmachar) 41-46, L Fowler (Royal Aberdeen) 43-44, M Lawrie (Kemnay) 43-44, D McLean (Kemnay) 44-43
88 G McLaggan (Bon Accord) 44-44, G Burnett (Westhill) 42-46, J Barclay (Hazlehead) 43-45, D Lane (Deeside) 41-47
89 D Booth (Tarland) 45-44, J Forrest (Northern) 46-43, M Forster (Cruden Bay) 42-47, W Skene (Deeside) 47-42
90 M Smith (Kemnay) 45-45, P Robertson (Westhill) 46-44
92 M Mackay (Kemnay) 49-43, J Stewart (Banchory) 46-46, R Sinclair (Kintore) 49-43, R Ruddiman (Royal Aberdeen) 43-49, P Low (Craibstone) 48-44.
93 R Wright (Northern) 44-49
94 S Kidd (Longside) 46-48, B Lumsden (Northern) 45-49
95 D Lawrie (Deeside) 47-48, J Hosie (Kemnay) 45-50, G Allan (Newmachar) 49-46
97 M Brown (Kemnay) 50-47, R Denning (Inverurie) 46-51, D Bisset (Banchory) 46-51, T Collie (Kemnay) 50-47
99 G Leslie (Newburgh) 46-53, A Clark (Newmachar) 56-43
100 G Homer (Aboyne) 51-49, L Duncan (Craibstone) 50-50
103 D Thomson (Newburgh) 53-50

PRIZELIST
SCRATCH
66 P McLean (£160)
68 C Gilbert (£130 voucher)
70 S Locke (£100 voucher)
71 J Duff (£80).
73 C Lawrie (£60)
HANDICAP
Class 1 (vouchers)
70 D Fleming (6) bih (£80), G Chalmers (5) (£70), D Adam (6) (£60).
72 D Nelson (8) (£50).
73 B Ritchie (3) (£40).
Class 2 (vouchers)
74 S Melvin (10) (£80)
76 M Smith (14) bih (£70), J Scott (10) (£60)
77 J Forrest (12) (£50).
78 M Mackay (14) (£40).
LOW AMATEUR (outwith main prizelist) - Brian Nicolson 75 (£50 voucher)

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Gareth Wright beats Greig Hutcheon in P and H play-off after two-shot swing at 18th 


Gareth Wright overturned a two-shot deficit at the final hole en route to winning the £50,000 P and H Championship in a play-off at The Renaissance Club - his fourth shoot-out success in East Lothian in the space of a few years.
The West Linton professional beat fellow overnight leader Greig Hutcheon with a regulation par-4 at the first extra hole after a dramatic conclusion to the 54-hole event on Scotland's Golf Coast.
Hutcheon, one of Great Britain and Ireland's heroes in last weekend's PGA Cup victory at Foxhills in Surrey, had one hand on the trophy after standing two-under for the day and 11-under overall playing the penultimate hole.
But, after missing a five-foot birdie chance there after Wright had saved par from double that distance, the 44-year-old then saw his two-shot cushion wiped out at the par-four 18th.
After seeing his tee shot end up in the right rough, Hutcheon was partially blocked out by a tree and took five, having seen his first putt from off the green race 15 feet past and then leaving the next one agonisingly short.
Wright, meanwhile, split the fairway with his tee shot and then hit a "knocked-down 7-iron" from 167 yards to five feet, confidently rolling in the birdie putt to force a play-off.
It was decided at the first extra hole, where Hutcheon caught a tree with his second shot and could only make five against a regulation par-four from his opponent.
Remarkably, it was the fourth time Edinburgh-based Welshman Wright had prevailed in shoot-outs on Scotland's Golf Coast.
He qualified for the 2013 Open at Muirfield in a play-off at North Berwick before repeating the feat at the same course to get into the 2015 Scottish Open at Gullane.
And, just last year, he triumphed in another play-off to secure a spot in the Paul Lawrie Match Play, a European Tour event, at Archerfield Links.
"I certainly like play-offs in this neck of the woods and definitely wouldn't say no, that's for sure, if you offered me the same route into next year's Scottish Open when it comes back to Gullane," he said, smiling.
Wright also won last year's M and H Logistics Scottish PGA Championship at Gleneagles in a play-off and will now turn his attention to defending that title at the same venue next month.
He picked up £7,250 overall for this effort, having also been the leading club professional after two rounds.
Hutch PH 2
For Hutcheon, it was a disappointing end to what had been shaping up to be a dream week, but, as always, the Paul Lawrie Golf Centre Inchmarlo man was gracious in defeat.
"Gareth came back well after dropping shots at the sixth and seventh to fall three shots behind me and I certainly can't complain about firing 10-under-par for three rounds here," he said.
"I had a chance to seal it at the 17th as that would have given me a three-shot lead. On the plus side, it was one of my best weeks of the year. I played a lot better, made a cheque and it's heading into winter - happy days!"
Dunbar's Neil Fenwick and Alan Welsh of Cathkin Braes finished a shot behind in joint-third after they both closed with seven-under-par 64s - the best score of the week.
"I was awful on the first day," said Fenwick of a 72, "but Graham Fox gave me a putting lesson yesterday morning and that made a big difference."
Welsh also enjoyed a profitable last day on the greens, reporting that he'd taken just 14 putts in his last 12 holes, the pick of which was a 30-footer for birdie at the 17th.
"It's my best round of the season and I couldn't tell you what my best result is. Now it's back to the shop in the morning," said the 25-year-old from East Kilbride.
Order of Merit leader and first-round pacesetter Paul O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) finished joint-eighth after a closing  71, which was matched by playing partner Gavin Hay as the Grantown-on-Spey man secured fifth spot.
Decided over the first 36 holes, Kings Acre's Andrew Oldcorn won the seniors' section while Duddingston's Ross Munro was top trainee, both earning £1,500 in the process for 140 totals.

P and H Championship
FINAL TOTALS
Renaissance Club, North Berwick
par 210 (3x70)
203 G Wright (West Linton) 68 65 70, G Hutcheon (PLGC Inchmarlo) 67 66 70. Wright won play-off at first extra hole. Wright £5,750, Hutcheon £4,500.
204 N Fenwick (Dunbar) 72 68 64. A Welsh (Cathkin Braes) 69 71 64 (£2,875 each).
205 G Hay (Grantown on Spey) 68 66 71 (£2,000).
208 P McKechnie (Braid Hills) 70 70 68, A Oldcorn (Kings Acre) 69 70 69 (£1,650 each).
209 R Leeds (Archerfield Links) 73 70 66, C Currie (Caldwell) 72 70 67, C Marr (Musselburgh) 67 73 69, P O'Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure) 66 72 71 (£1,256 each)
210 C McNeill (Renaissance) 70 68 72 (£1,000).
213 C Kelly (Stirling) 69 74 70, A Forsyth (Mearns Castle) 71 71 71, R Arnott (Bishopbriggs) 69 73 71 (£850 each).
214 R Cameron (Saltire Energy) 73 72 69, K Nicol (Dunes) 70 74 70, S Henderson (Kings Links) 73 67 74, R Munro (Duddingston) 69 70 75 (£675 each).
215 S Binning (Mearns Castle) 70 71 74 (£550).
216 M Owenson (Gullane) 72 73 71 C Doak (Renaissance) 71 70 75 (£512 each).
217 R Tinker (Piperdam) 75 72 70, K McNicoll (Carnoustie GL) 74 73 70, C Goodwin (Strathlene) 69 75 75, G Fox (Clydeway Golf) 70 71 76 (£445 each).
218 D Orr (Eastwood) 73 73 72, S Speirs (Swanston New) 71 71 76, F McKenna (Caldwell) 69 72 77 (£390 each).
219 T Higson (Gleneagles) 75 72 72, F Mann (Carnoustie GL) 72 75 72, J Lomas (Caprington) 72 74 73, S Savage (Dalmuir) 68 75 76 (£355 each).
220 M Hillson (St Andrews for Golf) 73 74 73 (£330).
221 C Matheson (Falkirk Tryst) 75 72 74, J Dick (Duddingston) 72 73 76, C Sutherland (Cherry Lodge) 71 76 74, C Nairn (Kilmarnock Barassie) 71 74 876 (£306 each).
222 R Neill (Drumpellier) 70 77 75. G Paxton (Ralston) 69 78 85. S Gray (Lanark) 75 71 76 (£285 each)
224 P McKenna (Paul Lawrie GC) 74 73 77, K Zeynalov (Portlethen) 70 77 77 (£272 each).
226 R McConnachie (Peterculter) 74 73 79 (£265).
229 A D Wills (Lanark) 70 76 83 (£260).



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