Tuesday, September 02, 2014

EUAN WALKER JT FOURTH IN USA - switch to www.kirkwoodgolf.co.u

Euan Walker from Troon, a student at Missouri University, has finished joint fourth in his first tournament of the US college 2014-2015 season.
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PRIZELIST AT MONTROSE TODAY

MONTROSE LINK SENIORS’ OPEN 

CSS for day: Visitors –71  Locals –73                       


SECTION A (55 – 59 YEARS)

1st Scratch     Hugh Naysmith (West Linton) 73

1st Handicap Graeme Watson (Newburgh on Ythan) 79 (9) 70 (bih)

 2nd Handicap Barry Coull (Montrose Mercantile) 81 (11) 70

 3rd Handicap  Ian Morton (Glencorse) 83 (12) 71 (bih)
                             
SECTION B (60 – 64 YEARS)


1st Scratch     David Downie (Kirriemuir) 76
1st Handicap  David Anderson (Panmure) 91 (22) 69

2nd Handicap Brian Watt (Camperdown) 84 (14) 70          

3rd Handicap  John Hope (Campsie) 80 (8) 72 (bih)
                   
SECTION C (65 – 69 YEARS)

1st Scratch    John Scott (Grange) 72

1st Handicap Mike Wallace (Kemnay) 82 (15) 67 (bih)         

2nd Handicap David Bissett (Banchory) 76 (9) 67      

3rd Handicap  Douglas Cameron (Deeside) 77 (8) 69            


SECTION D (70 YEARS +)

 1st Scratch       Harry Roulston (Stonehaven) 80

 1st Handicap    George Nicoll (King James VI) 81 (11) 70         
 2nd Handicap  Bob Wishart (Montrose Mercantile) 87 (14) 73        
 3rd Handicap   Donald Wood (Newburgh on Ythan) 88 (14) 74 (bih)
                              
WINNER OF D P GRANT ROSEBOWL
(Best net score by local player)
 Barry Coull (Montrose Mercantile) 81 (11) 7

 WINNER OF ARTHUR GIBSON SHIELD 

(Best net score of visitor)
Mike Wallace (Kemnay) 82 (15) 67 (bih)                                        

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PRO ALISTAIR WEBSTER. AMATEUR JIM WATT TOP SCRATCH SCORES

HOME COMFORTS FOR EDZELL MEN

 AT  MIDLAND ALLIANCE
 
Local knowledge paid off for Edzell professional Alistair Webster and amateur Jim Watt in today's (Tuesday) Midland Golfers' Alliance competition over their home course.
Webster and Watt tied for the top scratch prize with par scores of 71.
Another Edzell member, two-handicapper Keith Bruce, also figured prominently in the leading net scores. He shared the handicap prize on net 70 with Colin Myles who plays off six at Monifieth.
Winners of the Ian Cooke Catering team competition by three shots were Fraser Mann (Carnoustie), Paul Brookes (Pitreavie) and Chris Westland (Alloa) with a best ball score of 59.


LEADING SCRATCH

par 71
71 A Webster (Edzell) p, J Watt (Edzell).
72 K Bruce (Edzell), S Rennie (Brechin) p.
73 P Brookes (Pitreavie) p, J Smith (Charleton).
74 G Tough (Edzell)
75 P Jamieson (Dunblane) p, S Robertson (Downfield)
76 C Myles (Monifieth)


 LEADING HANDICAP
70 K Bruce (Edzell) (2), J Watt (Edzell) (1), C Myles (Monifieth).
71 J Smith (Charleton) (2), C Westland (Alloa) (11).
73 P Rhind (Grange) (7),  I Butchart (Strathmore) (6), D Redford (Murrayshall) (10).
74 G Wilkie (Muckhart) (14).


Ian Cooke Catering Team competition
59 F Mann (Carnoustie) p, P Brookes (Pitreavie) p, C Westland (Alloa) (11)
62 (bih) S Hills (Monifieth) (7), A Reid (Monifieth) (12), T Lumsden (Monifieth) (8);  H Salmond (Alloa) (5). T Cooper (19th Hole) (8), G Wilkie (Muckhart) (14).


Next meeting
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10
PowaKaddy (A. Duncan)Team Competition
Forfar Golf Club
Tee reserved 9am to 1pm.

Lee Sutherland

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PGA IN SCOTLAND NEWS RELEASE

Dear Colin Farquharson:
TEE TIMES FOR SCOTTISH SENIOR PROFESSIONAL STROKE-PLAY CHAMPIONSHIP
 Round 1: Dalmahoy Golf and Country Club 
- West Course 09/09/2014

 Tee  Time      Name

  1   8:00 AM   Kevin Phillips, Winterfield Golf Course
                Paul Brookes, Pitreavie Golf Club

  1   8:10 AM   Alastair McLean, Duddingston Golf Club
                Craig Everett, Caldwell Golf Club

  1   8:20 AM   Alastair Webster, Edzell Golf Club
                Neil Colquhoun, Merchants of Edinburgh Golf Cl
                Robert Stewart, Newburgh on Ythan Golf Club

  1   8:30 AM   Stephen Craig, Craig Golf 79
                David Thomson, Carnegie Club
                Stephen McAllister, Stephen McAllister Golf

  1   8:40 AM   Campbell Elliott, Haggs Castle Golf Club
                Dean Vannet, Peterculter Golf Club
                Colin Gillies, Kingsfield Golf Centre

  1   8:50 AM   Nick Walton, Glasgow Golf Club
                Duncan Williamson, Kirkhill Golf Club
                Iain Seath, Liberton Golf Club

  1   9:00 AM   Ian Taylor, Drumpellier Golf Club
                Alan Tait, Marriott Dalmahoy Golf & Count
                Andrew Hutton, World of Golf

  1   9:10 AM   Alastair Forrow, Whitecraigs Golf Club
                Kenneth Hutton, Downfield Golf Club
                Gordon Law, Uphall Golf Club

  1   9:20 AM   Robert Arnott, Bishopbriggs Golf Range
                David Gemmell, Aberdour Golf Club
                Ken Campbell, Machrihanish Golf Club

  1   9:30 AM   Lindsay Mann
                Kenneth Kelly, Baberton Golf Club
                Colin Brooks, Braid Hills Golf Range

  1   9:40 AM   Stewart Savage, Dalmuir Golf Club
                John Chillas
                Andrew Crerar, Panmure Golf Club




Complete information is available at Tournament Information Page (TIP)

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EUROPEAN SENIOR MEN'S AMATEUR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP IN POLAND

SCOTS ON COURSE FOR TOP FLIGHT

Scotland are on course to make the championship flight of eight teams after the first qualifying round of the European senior men's amateur team championship at Sierra Golf Club, Poland.
The Scots are in fifth place on 388 - 11 behind leaders England who were spearheaded by an excellent round of two-under-par 70 (three shots better than anyone else in the field) from Alan Mew.
Scotland's best scorer was Tulliallan's Bob Stewart with a 76 which put him in joint 17th place.
Scottish senior stroke-play champion Barry Brooks (Meldrum House) did not have a good day. he scored a nine-over-par 81.
FIRST-ROUND SCOREBOARD
INDIVIDUALS
par 70
70 A Mew (Eng)
73 S Lindberg (Swe), R Latham (Eng)
SCOTS' SCORES
76 B Stewart (T17)
77 M Reid (T22)
78 I Brotherston, D Gardner (T25)
79 J Fraser (T33)
81 B Brooks (T54)

LEADING TEAMS
377 England
380 Sweden
387 Switzerland, Spain
388 Scotland
389 Germany
390 Ireland
394 France 

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CARNEGIE INVITATIONAL REPORT AND SCORES

STEPHEN GRAY LEADS BY FOUR AFTER 

RECORD 63 AT SKIBO CASTLE

By COLIN FARQUHARSON
Colin@scottishgolfview.com

SCROLL DOWN PAST THE SCORES FOR
 WEDNESDAY'S TEE TIMES 
Stephen Gray has one hand on the £5,500 first prize after a brilliant opening round of  eight-under-par 63 - one shot inside home pro David Thomson's course record - to lead by four strokes at the halfway stage of the £42,000 Carnegie Invitational at Skibo Castle.
On a great day for golf - warm sunshine and no wind - the Hayston Golf Club, Glasgow professional got off to a flying start by birdieing the first four holes at the Sutherland retreat's Carnegie Links, near Dornoch.
Five straight pars followed to see him out in four-under 31.
Gray's only bogey, at the 10th, was the springboard from which he birdied the 11th, 13th, 14th, 17th and 18h for four-under 32 home. 
He has a commanding advantage over Greig Hutcheon in the race for the £5,500 first prize, one of the biggest on the Tartan Tour.
The Paul Lawrie Golf Centre man had a double-eagle round - a 3 at the par-5 fifth and a 2 at the par 4 17th in halves of 32 and 35. 
Hutch also birdied the long third, seventh, and long 18th but bogeys at the second, 13th and 16th leaves him with an uphill task over the second round in his bid to win for a 10th time this season.
Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf) and senior Kenny Hutton (Downfield) are sharing third place on 69.
Fox had four birdies, Hutton five and a double bogey 6 at the 16th.
Stephen Gray and "The Jube Jubes" trio of Greg Fairburn (9), Alan Grant (6) and William Florence (18) lead at halfway in the pro-am team event with a score of 20-unde3r-par 122. 
Craig Ronald and the Barking Mad team are lying second on 127 with Greig Hutcheon and the Rosskeen Rascals third on 128. The teams keep the same pros for the second round.
 PRO SCORES
FIRST ROUND
Par 71
63 S Gray (Hayston)
67 G Hutcheon (Paul Lawrie GC)
69 G Fox (Clydeway Golf), K Hutton (Downfield)
70 C Ronald (Carluke), F Cromarty (Nairn)
71 G Vivers (Inverness)
72 G Law (Uphall), S Henderson (Kings Links)
75 A Tait (Marriott Dalmahoy)
76 M King (Kingsfield)
82 J McCreadie (Buchanan Castle)
83 D Thomson (Carnegie Club), D Lockhart (Queenswood)
92 R Mackenzie-Smith (Carnegie Club).



 Round 2: Carnegie Club
 - Skibo Castle 03/09/2014

 Tee  Time      Name

  1   8:00 AM   David Thomson, Carnegie Club

  1   8:10 AM   Mark King, Kingsfield Golf Centre

  1   8:20 AM   Scott Henderson, Kings Links Golf Centre

  1   8:30 AM   Richard Mackenzie-Smith, Carnegie Club

  1   8:40 AM   Alan Tait, Marriott Dalmahoy Golf & Count

  1   8:50 AM   Dan Lockhart, Queenswood

  1   9:00 AM   Graham Vivers, Inverness Golf Centre Ltd

  1   9:10 AM   Fraser Cromarty, Nairn Golf Club

  1   9:20 AM   Gordon Law, Uphall Golf Club

  1   9:30 AM   Kenneth Hutton, Downfield Golf Club

  1   9:40 AM   Graham Fox, Clydeway Golf

  1   9:50 AM   Jason McCreadie, Buchanan Castle Golf Club

  1   10:00 AM  Greig Hutcheon, Paul Lawrie Golf Centre

  1   10:10 AM  Craig Ronald, Carluke Golf Club

  1   10:20 AM  Stephen Gray, Hayston Golf Club

Complete information is available at Tournament Information Page (TIP)

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LOMBARD TROPHY OVER KING'S COURSE

PANMURE PAIR IN THE MIX AT 

GLENEAGLES PRO-AM FINAL

Panmure pro Andrew Crerar and his amateur partner, Craig McKinlay are two shots off the pace in third place after the first round of the Lombard Trophy Grand Final over the King's Course, Gleneagles.
They combined for a seven-under-par 64, which included an inward half of 31, thanks to eagle 3s at the 10th and 18th.
Nigel Pearce, the pro at Sleaford Golf Club, Lincolnshire holed his tee shot at the short third, which helped him and his amateur partner Shaun Clare to take the overnight lead with a nine-under-par 62.
The St Kew, Cornwall pairing of Richard O’Hanlon and Andy Jones finished the opening day in second place, just one shot behind on 63.
Norman Huguet and amateur Kevin Haggart (Musselburgh) are in joint seventh place in the field of 16 pairs who qualified through regional competitions. They had a 67.

LOMBARD TROPHY 
King's Course, Gleneagles
LEADING FIRST ROUND SCORES
Par 71. Pro's name first in each pairin
62 N Pearce and S Clare (Sleaford)
63 R O'Hanlon and A Jones (St Kew)
64 A Crerar and C McKinlay (Panmure).
SELECTED SCORE
67 N Huguet and K Haggart (Musselburgh).


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EUROPE RYDER CUP TEAM FINALISED



European captain Paul McGinley on Tuesday completed his Ryder Cup team for Gleneagles by naming Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Stephen Gallacher as his three wild cards.

The trio will join Thomas Björn, Jamie Donaldson, Victor Dubuisson, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Henrik Stenson on The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles from September 26-28, as Europe bid to retain the trophy won in such dramatic fashion in Medinah two years ago.
Poulter and Westwood, of course, were members of that Medinah team, while Gallacher will be making his Ryder Cup debut in his home country.

There is no place for former world number one Luke Donald as Europe look to claim an eighth win in the last 10 stagings of the biennial contest against the United States on September 26-28.
Westwood has made eight consecutive appearances since making his debut in 1997, winning 21 points from 37 matches.
The 41-year-old finished seventh in the Masters in April and won in Malaysia the following week, but suffered a slump in form until a final round of 63 in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August.
He also shared the lead after the first round of the US PGA Championship before finishing 15th, but failed to advance beyond the first FedEx Cup play-off event.
Gallacher, pictured above, came agonisingly close to securing an automatic place on the team by finishing third in the Italian Open on Sunday, just one shot out of the share of second place he required.
However, McGinley stayed on in Turin after missing the cut and witnessed the Scot card a flawless closing 65 to record his 10th top-10 finish of a qualifying campaign which also saw him retain his Dubai Desert Classic title in February.
Poulter has earned the nickname 'Mr Ryder Cup' and it is hard not to see why. This is the third time he has needed a wild card to make the team, but he has raised his game on every occasion and none more so than at Medinah in 2012.
The 38-year-old won all four of his matches and famously birdied the last five holes alongside Rory McIlroy to beat Jason Dufner and Zach Johnson in the Saturday fourballs. 
He also beat Webb Simpson in the singles to take his record to an amazing 12 wins from 15 matches.
"I'm in a privileged position in that I had a variety of choices and it says a lot about the European Tour and the standards we have now in Europe, the quality of the picks I have and how far we've come over the years for me to have such an abundance of talent to choose from," McGinley said.
"There are some real quality players who have performed incredibly well who are not going to make the team. It was a very difficult call to those guys involved but on the positive side I think we have three players that will add a lot to the nine already qualified who make the European team as strong as it needs to be to take on the might of America."
McGinley likened Gallacher's efforts in Turin to the way he put himself in position to make the Ryder Cup team back in 2004.
"I think his performance last week in Italy, under the spotlight, was huge," McGinley said. "He'll look back at that at the end of his career, whatever he goes on to achieve, as one of the highlights of his career, if not the highlight.
"I know from experience, I look back on my career as I come to the close of it now, at my performance in 2004 on the very last event to get my head in front and into the team. I look back on that as one of my proudest moments as a professional golfer, and Stevey will feel like that this morning. What he did, how he did it, all credit to him."
Asked how he felt now looking at his full line-up for the event, McGinley said: "Excitement is the word. Excitement is what I want the players to feel and there's certainly that. Stevey Gallacher, as you can imagine, I said, 'Stevey, you can go and have a drink and celebrate', and he said, 'Is that okay? Can I have a drink?' so he is taking this seriously no doubt.
"I'm very proud for him being Scottish. Again I'm lucky in that I've played a Ryder Cup in my home country so I know what it's going to feel like for Stevey and how proud he's going to be.
"Lee, despite the fact he's played so many times in the Ryder Cup, there's a real sense of pride on the phone that he made the team. He's very gracious, very humble about that fact he's going to be on this team.
"And well, Ian Poulter is a bundle of energy when you speak to him, you could feel the energy coming down the phone and you could feel the excitement. They were the easy phone calls, I have to say.
"The difficult ones were made too. Francesco Molinari, I just want to mention too. He was a very serious contender. 
"We gave him a lot of thought, a lot of consideration and, just like Luke, he was incredibly humble and incredibly accepting of my decision even though it was a very difficult call to make. I couldn't have asked for two guys to accept the decision in a better way."
American skipper Tom Watson will name his three wild cars for Gleneagles later today (USA time).Watson has never tasted defeat in a Ryder Cup as either a player or skipper, having been involved five times between 1977 and 1993.
Well, there's always a first!

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LIVE SCORING FROM EUROPEAN SENIOR MEN'S AMATEUR TEAM CH/SHIP


LINK to live scoring from the first qualifying round of the European senior men's amateur team championship in Poland

CLICK HERE


In the European senior women's amateur team championship in Austria, the course is so wet that there will be only one qualifying round instead of two to produce the match-play qualifiers.

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WALK-ON DRAW FOR FIRST COMPETITION OF 2014-15 SEASON

TURN UP AT CRAIBSTONE TOMORROW 

IF YOU WANT TO  JOIN NE ALLIANCE

The North-east Golfers' Alliance 2014-2015 season opens at Craibstone Golf Club tomorrow (Wednesday) when the tee will be open from 8.15am to 12.45.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, there is no order-of-play draw.
Just turn up at Craibstone, pay your membership fees, if you have not already done so, and you will be given a tee time.
New members should have the cash to pay £55 tomorrow (which includes the day's competition entry fee.
It's a chance to join the NE Alliance which will not be available so easily in a month or two's time because there is a capacity membership level of around 120 and a waiting list is in operation after that.
The first few competitions of the new season are:
SEPT 
3 Craibstone
10 Kemnay
17 Stonehaven
24 Newmachar
OCT
1 Aboyne
8 Ballater

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DEUTSHE BANKS CHAMPIONSHIP REPORT

LATEST WINNER  CHRIS KIRK HOPES 

HE WILL GET US RYDER CUP PLACE
FROM SKY SPORTS.COM 
Chris Kirk is hoping his victory at the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts last night (UK time) may have earned him a place in the US Ryder Cup team.
The American, who was joint third with Rory McIlroy and Jason Day on 10 under going into the final day, carded five birdies in a final-round 66 to beat Australia's Geoff Ogilvy and fellow Americans Russell Henley and Billy Horschel by two shots.
The 29-year-old posted the biggest win of his career and moved into the top spot in the FedEx Cup playoff standings.
"I really felt good with the putter today. My biggest win ever," said Kirk, who reached 15-under 269 at TPC Boston. 
"I am very happy with my win today.
"I may look calmer than some other guys in that situation, but I am still freaking out on the inside."

Consideration

"I certainly don't feel entitled, or feel like I'm a shoe-in to get a pick," Kirk said. "I've obviously really put myself into consideration, and it's something that I would love to do.
"The nine guys that made it are automatic. Those are the guys on the team. The other three? If you get in, it's a bonus."
Horschel needed a birdie to tie or an eagle to win heading to the par-five last hole. He put his drive in the middle of the fairway, giving him a shot to make the green in two.
But he fluffed his second shot, which landed well short and in a hazard. Horschel (69) settled for a bogey and fell into a three-way tie for second.
He was joined at 13-under 271 by Geoff Ogilvy (65) and third-round leader Russell Henley (70).
"I was just trying to make sure I hit a good golf shot and I hit it a little too long," Horschel said. "There are a lot of positives to take away from this week.
"It is the first time I've been in contention all year. I handled myself really well, stayed calm and stayed patient. I made one bad swing and it happened to come on the last hole."

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Watch confirmation of Paul McGinley's Ryder Cup team from 12:30pm on Tuesday on Sky Sports News HQ and coverage of the event proper starts on September 26 on channel 405, our dedicated Sky Sports Ryder Cup channel.

Northern Irish golf legend Darren Clarke has joined Sky Sports for its exclusively live coverage of the 2014 Ryder Cup.
Clarke, who has appeared in seven Ryder Cups, either as player or vice-captain, will provide analysis and commentary on Sky’s dedicated channel, Sky Sports Ryder Cup.
The Ulsterman has played a total of 20 matches over five Ryder Cups, winning 10 and losing just three, with his most memorable performance coming as a wildcard selection in 2006 when he won all three of his matches and helped Europe to an 18 ½ - 9 ½ victory.
"I know from experience just how gripping the Ryder Cup can be, and I hope I can help give viewers a perspective of the event from inside the ropes."
Clarke said: "The Ryder Cup has been a major part of my life, and I'm hugely excited to be working with Sky Sports on this truly special event.
"I know from experience just how gripping it can be and I hope I can help give viewers a perspective of the event from inside the ropes."

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Monday, September 01, 2014

ALL THE FINAL S E D OPEN SCORES ARE THERE NOW WITH REPORT

SCROLL DOWN TO SUNDAY'S REPORT OF THE SOUTH-EAST DISTRICT OPEN AND YOU WILL FIND THAT ALL THE FINAL TOTALS ARE THERE NOW, COURTESY OF THE LOTHIANS GOLF ASSOCIATION WEBSITE.

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RYDER CUP CAPTAIN'S PICKS ANNOUNCED TUESDAY

IT'S DECISION TIME FOR McGINLEY
 
FROM SKYSPORTS.COM
Paul McGinley will finalise Europe's Ryder Cup team with the addition of his three captain's picks tomorrow (Tuesday)
McGinley will reveal the additional selections live on Sky Sports News HQ from 12:30pm after a couple of days' thinking about his options in the wake of Sunday's Italian Open.
The Irishman already knew eight of his team going in to the final qualifying event in Turin, with the only question mark whether Stephen Gallacher could force his way into the ninth spot ahead of Graeme McDowell.
But the Scot could only manage third, when he needed to finish in the top two, seeing his hopes ended by a sloppy finish to the final round and a grandstand conclusion from Englishman David Howell.

Europe's Ryder Cup Team Qualifiers

Rory McIlroy
Henrik Stenson
Victor Dubuisson
Jamie Donaldson
Sergio Garcia
Justin Rose
Martin Kaymer
Thomas Bjorn
Graeme McDowell
+ THREE Captain's Pick



That left McDowell to join world No 1 Rory McIlroy, European No 1 Henrik Stenson, Thomas Bjorn, Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose and rookies Jamie Donaldson and Victor Dubuisson as automatic qualifiers.
Gallacher is now left to sweat on a place in the team for the Gleneagles spectacular from September 26-28, the event being played a matter of 35 miles from his home on a course he has fond memories of.
He has recorded seven top-10 finishes in 12 appearances and lost a play-off to Tommy Fleetwood in last year's Johnnie Walker Championship
But the competition for places is strong, something McGinley is delighted with, as experienced campaigners Luke Donald, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood all failed to make the team, as did Francesco Molinari.
McGinley's picks are expected to come from that quintet, with Gallacher the only rookie among them.
Speaking to Sky Sports about Gallacher at the conclusion of the Italian Open, McGinley said: "The gun was to his head but he performed very strongly. All credit to him. It's unfortunate he's come up one shot short of being an automatic in the team.
"This has been the toughest ever Ryder Cup team to make from a European point of view, in terms of points you need to amass to make the team, so he has been up against it. And for a rank and file guy from the European Tour, who doesn’t play in America and misses out on a lot of the world ranking points as a result, to perform as well as he does all credit to him.
"His performance this week will very strongly be in his favour when it comes to making the picks but there is a lot of emotion around here at the moment, let’s put a little bit of cold water on it."
Donald and Poulter are still competing in the FedEx Cup play-off events, but Westwood missed out on qualifying for the second of them, the Deutsche Bank Championship.
McGinley played alongside Westwood in 2002, 2004 and 2006, with Donald in 2004 and 2006 and just once with Poulter (2004) but he was also vice-captain in 2010 and 2012 when all three players helped Europe claim narrow wins at Celtic Manor and Medinah, Poulter playing the starring role in the latter victory.
"There will be some very difficult decisions to be made," McGinley said. "I have been on Tour now for 21 years, I know everyone.
"I've spoke about the bonding I felt with players I have played with, they would walk in the door and we have a sixth sense.
"You can imagine how difficult it's going to be for me if I have to call one of them up and say 'I'm sorry, you're not one of my picks,' I am maybe going with a rookie I don't have any bonding with.
"That's going to be very difficult for me but I am prepared for that. Olly (2012 captain Jose Maria Olazabal) made a wonderful point when people were talking about is he going to pick a player because you like or don't like them, and he said this is the Ryder Cup. I'm here to win the Ryder Cup.
"Personal things go out of the window and that's what it will be for me. I am prepared for the tough decisions, I am not afraid to make those."
Watch confirmation of Paul McGinley's Ryder Cup team from 12:30pm on Tuesday on Sky Sports News HQ and coverage of the event proper starts on September 26 on channel 405, our dedicated Sky Sports Ryder Cup channel.

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INVERNESS EXILE POSTED SIX-UNDER 278 FINAL TOTAL

 KNOX EARNS $61,600 FOR JOINT 26th

PLACE FINISH ON US PGA TOUR

Russell posted a final round of one-under-par 70 for an aggregate of six-under 278. His earlier rounds were 67, 70 and 71.
The Inverness exile finished T26 and earned $61,600 (roughly £30,000) - nice work if you can get it!
Russell finished ahead of a host of big names:
279 Bubba Watson, Matt Kuchar, Jordan Spieth
282 Phil Mickelson
283 Ernie Els
284 Luke Donald
285 Hunter Mahan

At the sharp end of the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, Norton, Massachusetts, with only a few holes to play
the position is:
Chris Kirk 15 under par
Billy Horschell 14 under par
Geoff Ogilvy 13 under par

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PAUL LAWRIE FOUNDATION SCHOOLS TEAM CHALLENGE

Scratch winners ROBERT GORDON'S COLLEGE. Left to right: Michael Lawrie, Curtis Stephen (with trophy) and Dylan Smith. Peterculter picture by Cal Carson Golf Agency

GORDON'S COLLEGE AND HAZLEHEAD 
ACADEMY WIN SCRATCH, HANDICAP

Robert Gordon's College won the scratch trophy and Hazlehead Academy claimed the handicap trophy in today's Paul Lawrie Foundation Schools Team Challenge tournament at Peterculter Golf Club.
Michael Lawrie (71), Dylan Smith (74)  and Curtis Stephen (81) compiled an aggregate of 226 to win by six strokes from Cults Academy (232) with Aboyne Academy (248) in third place in a field of 19 school teams.
It was a third win in the tournament by Gordon's College. They also won in 2009 and 2011.
Cults Academy were the defending champions. In fact they were bidding to complete a hat-trick, having won the scratch title in 2012 and 2013.
Hazlehead Academy's  Craig Leith (3) 69, Jasmine Mackintosh (5) 69 and Connor Brown (12) 73 had a net team total of 211 to score a nine-stroke victory in the handicap section. Ellon Academy (220) were second and Albyn (222) were third.
Hazlehead Academy also won the handicap title last year. 
The lowest score of the day was a one-under-par 70, returned by Cameron Fraser (Meldrum Academy) and also by Adam Fisher (Cults Academy). 
Fraser had halves of 38-32; Fisher 35-35 so Fraser was the winner with the better inward half. 
Fraser birdied the 10th, 11th, 14th and 15th. He had bogeys at the first, sixth and 13th.







Handicap winners: HAZLEHEAD ACADEMY. Left to right: Connor Brown, Craig Leith and Jasmine Mackintosh. Picture by Cal Carson Golf Agency 

ALL THE TEAM TOTALS
CSS 71 for boys and girls
+The competition rules debar a team from winning prizes in both the scratch AND handicap.
SCRATCH
1st - 226 Robert Gordon's College (M Lawrie 71, D Smith 74, C Stephen 81)
(231 Hazlehead Acad)
2nd - 232 Cults Acad (A Fisher 70, B Henderson 71, D Craig 91)
(242 Ellon Acad)
3rd - 248 Aboyne Acad (K Harker 80, Shannon McWilliam 83, C Dufftown 85).
249 Peterhead Acad
251 Banff Acad
253 Aberdeen Grammar School
255 Albyn School, Banchory Acad, Meldrum Acad
256 Alford Acad
262 The Gordon Schools (Huntly)
263 Inverurie Acad
268 Speyside High
270 Turriff Acad
272 Torry Acad
280 Oldmachar Acad
297 Westhill Acad

HANDICAP
1st - 211 Hazlehead Acad: C Leith (3) 69, J Mackintosh (5) 69, C Brown (12) 73.
(216 Robert Gordon's College)
2nd - 220 Ellon Acad: A Imray (9) 72, G Pirie (5) 74, K Moran (8) 74.
3rd - 222 Albyn School: A Kinghorn (10) 70, F McKenna (5) 71, H Webster (18) 81.
225 Cults Acad, The Gordon Schools (Huntly)
226 Speyside High
229 Alford Acad
231 Banchory Acad
232 Aberdeen Grammar School, Peterhead Acad
233 Torry Acad
234 Oldmachar Acadk
235 Meldrum Acad
237 Aboyne Acad, Inverurie Acad, Turriff Acad
244 Banff Acad, Westhill Acad

BEST INDIVIDUAL SCRATCH ROUNDS
BOYS par 71 CSS 71
70 C Fraser (Meldrum Acad) 38-32, A Fisher (Cults Acad) 35-35. Fraser won with better inward half.
71 M Lawrie (Gordon's College), B Henderson (Cults Acade)
72 C Leith (Hazlehead Acad)
74 D Smith (Gordon's College)
76 F McKenna (Albyn School), G Elrick (Alford Acad). 

GIRLS par 72 CSS 71
74 Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead Acad)
83 Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne Acad) 



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ASSISTANTS CHAMPIONSHIP HEADED BY MATCHING 72s

WELSH AND O'HARA SHARE THE

HONOURS AT RANFURLY CASTLE

Alan Welsh (Cathkin Brages) and Clydeway Golf's Paul O'Hara shared the honours in the Ranfurly Castle 18-hole assistants' championship today.
They both returned two-over-par 72s to earn £450 each on a tricky course with fast greens.
Welsh should have won because he had two double bogeys, one at the short seventh and the other at the 14th.
He needed birdies at the third, 13th, 15th and 18th to offset that.
O'Hara had only two birdies, at the third and 15th, dropping shots at the first, fourth, sixth and 17th.
Home course player David Stein was third on 75 to earn £350.
SCORES
Par 70
72 A Welsh (Cathkin Braes), P O'Hara (Clydeway Golf) (£450 each).
75 D Stein (Ranfurly Castle) (£350)
76 J Gallagher (Douglas Park), L Gaughan (Bathgate), C Goodwin (Duff House Royal), C Farrell (Cardross) (£236 each).
77 C Porciani (Turnberry Hotel), I McNab (Dundonald Links), K Zeynalov (Paul Lawrie GC), R Millar (unatt), R McConnachie (Peterculter), C Armstrong (Burntisland), R Rushford (Glenbervie), G Hay (Nairn Dunbar) (£125 each)
78 C Brown (Carrick on Loch Lomond), S Fay (Royal Dornoch), K McNicoll (Gullane), F Robertson (Lundin), A Munro (Elie SC), J Fraser (Renaissance) (£50 each)
79 M Shaw (Whitecraigs), T Poyser (Renaissance)
80 G Smith (Gleneagles), R Clarke (Gamola Golf), C McManus (Kilmarnock Barassie), C Robinson (Elie SC)
81 S Costello (Strathaven)
82 L Burnett (Mearns Castle), A Todd (Prestwick), P Mitchell (Stirling), C Beveridge (West Kilbride)
83 S Milne (Balbirnie Park), M Mackenzie (Edzell), K Moran (Balbirnie Park).
85 J Mackay (Turnberry Hotel)
86 B Harvey (Loudon Castle GR), A Hutchison (Douglas Park)
87 F Thomson (Turnberry Hotel)
88 S Craigon (Balbirnie Park), M Penny (Montrose Links)
91 S Smith (Scotscraig)
Disqualified - D Fleming (Caldwell)
Retired - T Dingwall (Kemnay), K McNiven (Gleneagles).

 

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US PGA TOUR REPORT AND LINK TO SCORES

PAR ROUND DROPS RUSSELL KNOX OUT 

OF TOP 20 - SEVEN BEHIND LEADER

So high is the standard of competition on the US PGA Tour that Russell Knox sank out of the top 10 to T21 with one round to go - after shooting a third-round PAR 71 in the Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston, Norton in Massachussets.
The man from Inverness and Jacksonville Beach had earlier scores of 67 and 70. But at five-under-par 208 he is seven shots behind leader Russell Henlry (70-66-65).
Rory McIlroy is joint third on 203 alongside Jason Day and Chris Kirk.
The tournament finishes today, not Sunday as normal.
LEADING THIRD-ROUND TOTALS
par 213 (3x71) players from USA unless stated
201 Russell Henley 70 66 65
202 Billy Horschel 69 66 67
203 Jason Day (Australia) 66 68 69, Chris Kirk 73 66 64, Rory McIlroy (N Ireland) 70 69 64.

SELECTED SCORE
208 Russell Knox (Scotland) 67 70 71 (T21)

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NORTH-EAST DISTRICT TOURNAMENT AT CRUDEN BAY

HAZLEHEAD PAIR WIN SIMMERS 

TROPHY FOURSOMES

Hazlehead's Scott Robertson and Greg Kennedy, pictured right, won the North-east District's foursomes tournament for the Simmers Trophy at Cruden Bay on Sunday.
They had a score of 69 (35-34) to win by two shots from three teams - Kemnay 2 (Marc Coull and Dave Andrew), Banchory 1 (Lindsay Smart and Jack Harling) and Cruden Bay 2 (Stephen Roger and Michael Buchan).
Royal Aberdeen's Mark Halliday and Donald Macandrew would have finished second with a 70 but were disqualified for playing a hole out of turn and not going to replay it in the correct order).


SCOREBOARD
69 Hazlehead (Scott Robertson and Greg Kennedy) 35-34   
71 Kemnay 2 (Marc Coull and Dave Andrew) 36-35, Banchory 1 (Lindsay Smart and Jack Harling) 36-35, Cruden Bay 2 (Stephen Roger and Michael Buchan) 34-37.
74 Nigg Bay 1 (Ryan Forbes and Gordon Grimmer), Kemnay 1 (Ritchie Manson and Phil Don), Bon Accord 1 (Matthew Greig and Barrie Edmond).
75 Cruden Bay 1 (Dominic King and Mark Christie), Nigg Bay 2 (Ian Welsh and Stephen Jamieson), Duff House Royal 2 (Lewis West and Ellis Gray), Portlethen 2 (Graham Innes and Keith Horne).
76 Northern 1 (George Paterson and Cameron Johnstone), Craibstone 1 (Craig Wilkinson and John Tanser), Deeside 2 (Sam Fraser and Jamie Hall).
77 Banchory 2 (Roy Black and Adam Lindsay), Deeside 1 (Kevin Willox and Tom Rennie), Peterculter 2 (John Kennedy and Gary Watson).
78 Royal Tarlair (Neil Smith and Gavin Still), Portlethen 1 (Clark Brechin and Ken Dalgleish).
79 Kintore (S Carmichael and    Ian J Campbell), Bon Accord 2 (Matty Dunn and Davie Grieve), Murcar Links 2 (Alan Holbrook and Gregor Stewart).
81 Murcar Links 1 (Corin Stewart and Anthony Bews), Peterculter 1 (Paul Forbes and Martin Aitken).
83 Duff House Royal 1 (David Morrison    and Jordan Sleigh)   
87 Craibstone 2 (Stuart Milne and Matt Smith).   
88 Northern 2 (Scott Kennedy and Liam Minty).     
93 Longside (Martin Fraser and Roy Lyon)       
Disqualified - Royal Aberdeen (Mark Halliday and Donald Macandrew)
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Sunday, August 31, 2014

BEAT EAST KILBRIDE IN FINAL AT KIRKHILL



LANARK ARE JUNIOR COUNTY CHAMPS


Lanark Golf Club are Lanarkshire junior champions for 2014 beating East Kilbride 3 1/2-2 1/2 in the final at a sun-drenched Kirkhill Golf Club today.  The match was a very closely fought affair and was settled only with the last putt in the last match.
In the third/fourth place play-off Drumpellier pipped Bothwell Castle on holes up after the match finished 3-3.
RESULTS 
Semi-finals - Lanark 3, Bothwell Castle 3 (Lanark won on countback); East Kilbride 4, Drumpellier 2.
Third/fourth place play-off - Drumpellier 3, Bothwell Castle 3 (Drumpellier won on countback).
Final - Lanark 3 1/2, East Kilbride 2 1/2





Willie Sharpe 
Lanarkshire GA
Press Officer

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DANNY FROM DUNBAR WINS AT BRUNTSFIELD LINKS

KAY COMES IN FROM THE COLD WITH 

VICTORY IN SE DISTRICT OPEN

Former Scottish amateur championship beaten finalist Danny Kay (Dunbar) produced arguably his best performance since he lost to David Law in the title play-off at Western Gailes in 2011 when he won the South-east District Open championship at Brntsfield Links, Edinburgh today (Sunday).
Halfway leader with rounds of 69 and 71, Kay, pictured with trophy by courtesy of the Lothians Golf Association, was caught over the third round by former Scottish boy stroke play champion Greg Marchbank (Thornhill) but the Dunbar man pulled away again with a final round of two-under-par 69 to Marchbank's 74.
Kay's aggregate of four-under-par 280 (69-71-71-69) gave him a two shot win from
the fast finishing Ryan Campbell (Falkirk) who followed up Saturday scores of 73 and 72 with a Sunday best of 68-69 for a total of 282
Marchbank subsided to a third place tie on 285 with Jeff Wright (Forres) who finished sixth in last weekend's North of Scotland Open stroke-play for the David Blair Trophy at Elgin.
The South-east District Open championship was the last SGU 72-hole Order of Merit event of the 2014 season. It had no real bearing on the final placings as British amateur champion Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie), the clear table leader, could not be caught. He did not play in the tournament.
+What a difference a year makes! Danny Kay finished T30 on 303 - 23 shots behind the winner, Jack McDonald, in last year's SE District Open. Kay is  the first Lothians player to win the title since Duddingston's Staurt Smith in 2005.

FINAL TOTALS
Par 284 (4x71) CSS 74 74 72 71
280 D Kay (Dunbar) 69 71 71 69
282 R Campbell (Falkirk) 73 72 68 69
285 J Wright (Forres) 72 72 71 70, G Marchbank (Thornhill) 71 72 68 74
286 S Gibson (Southerness) 75 70 70 71
288 M Clark (Kilmacolm) 74 71 71 72, S Rennie (Drumpellier) 74 73 67 74, S Borrowman (Dollar) 72 75 69 72, A Sutherland (Ladybank) 74 78 69 67
289 A Blaney (Liberton) 72 74 70 73, N Macandrew (Royal Aberdeen) 73 76 72 68
290 M Bacigallupo (Longniddry) 73 72 72 73, K Duncan (Cruden Bay) 77 70 74 69, K Cantly (Liberton) 77 70 72 71, A Davidson (Charleton) 74 74 71 71, C Syme (Drumoig) 73 73 72 73
291 M Howard (Royal Birkdale) 73 73 73 72, A Dunton (McDonald Ellon) 70 76 72 73, J Hogg (St Andrews New) 76 76 70 69.
293 S Stewart-Cation (Leven Th) 77 75 73 68
294 S McLaren (Bruntsfield Links) 73 77 76 68
295 K Godsman (Moray) 76 73 75 71, J Wilson (Balmore) 76 74 72 73, A Culverwell (Dunbar) 72 79 74 70.
296 W Robson (Bellingham) 75 75 73 73
297 A Moir (Thornton) 74 75 77 71
298 L Bain (Turnhouse) 77 74 78 69, B Kinsley (St Andrews) 77 75 74 72, A Thurlow (Murrayfield) 75 78 70 75.
299 C MacLean (Balmore) 78 68 73 80, C Chalmers (Cawder) 75 78 73 73
300 A Anderson (Bruntsfield Links) 74 77 73 76
301 G Stevenson (Whitecraigs) 75 74 77 75, M Napier (Turnhouse) 86 73 74 74, D Cairnie (Carnoustie Caledonia) 75 78 74 74
302 S Lockhart (Bathgate) 76 76 74 76
303 C Baird (Bothwell Castle) 78 75 7575
307 M Johnston (West Lothian) 78 73 80 76, M Gray (North Berwick) 76 75 79 77
308 G Wright (Bonnybridge) 75 78 76 79
311 B Carnegie (Glenbervie) 82 71 75 83
Retired (injured): D Miller (Duddingston) 76 77 ret.

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