Monday, April 27, 2015

Who plays whom in World match-play championship

Draw and schedule for the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship (seedings before name):

Group 1: 1-Rory McIlroy (NIrl), 18-Billy Horschel (USA), 35-Brandt Snedeker (USA), 53- Jason Dufner (USA)
Round 1, Wednesday - McIlroy v Dufner, Horschel v Snedeker
Round 2, Thursday - McIlroy v Snedeker, Horschel v Dufner
Round 3, Friday - McIlroy v Horschel, Snedeker v Dufner

Group 2: 2-Jordan Spieth (USA), 26-Lee Westwood (Eng), 40-Matt Every (USA), 62-Mikko Ilonen (Fin)
Round 1, Wednesday - Spieth v Ilonen, Westwood v Every
Round 2, Thursday - Spieth v Every, Westwood v Ilonen
Round 3, Friday - Spieth v Westwood, Every v Ilonen

Group 3: 3-Henrik Stenson (Swe), 23-Bill Haas (USA), 42-Brendon Todd (USA), 60-John Senden (Aus)
Round 1, Wednesday - Stenson v Senden, Haas v Todd
Round 2, Thursday - Stenson v Todd, Haas v Senden
Round 3, Friday - Stenson v Haas, Todd v Senden

Group 4: 4-Bubba Watson (USA), 29-Louis Oosthuizen (Rsa), 33-Keegan Bradley (USA), 63-Miguel Angel Jimenez (Esp)
Round 1, Wednesday - Watson v Jimenez, Oosthuizen v Bradley
Round 2, Thursday - Watson v Bradley, Oosthuizen v Jimenez
Round 3, Friday - Watson v Oosthuizen, Bradley v Jimenez

Group 5: 5-Jim Furyk (USA), 17-Martin Kaymer (Ger), 44-Thongchai Jaidee (Tha), 59-George Coetzee (Rsa)
Round 1, Wednesday - Furyk v Coetzee, Kaymer v Jaidee
Round 2, Thursday - Furyk v Jaidee, Kaymer v Coetzee
Round 3, Friday - Furyk v Kaymer, Jaidee v Coetzee

Group 6: 6-Justin Rose (Eng), 22-Ryan Palmer (USA), 34-Anirban Lahiri (Ind), 56-Marc Leishman (Aus)
Round 1, Wednesday - Rose v Leishman, Palmer v Lahiri
Round 2, Thursday - Rose v Lahiri, Palmer v Leishman
Round 3, Friday - Rose v Palmer, Lahiri v Leishman

Group 7: 7-Jason Day (Aus), 24-Zach Johnson (USA), 38-Branden Grace (Rsa), 49-Charley Hoffman (USA)
Round 1, Wednesday - Day v Hoffman, Johnson v Grace
Round 2, Thursday - Day v Grace, Johnson v Hoffman
Round 3, Friday - Day v Johnson, Grace v Hoffman

Group 8: 8-Dustin Johnson (USA), 21-Victor Dubuisson (Fra), 37-Charl Schwartzel (Rsa), 58-Matt Jones (Aus)
Round 1, Wednesday - Johnson v Jones, Dubuisson v Schwartzel
Round 2, Thursday - Johnson v Schwartzel, Dubuisson v Jones
Round 3, Friday - Johnson v Dubuisson, Schwartzel v Jones

Group 9: 9-Adam Scott (Aus), 25-Chris Kirk (USA), 36-Paul Casey (Eng), 64-Francesco Molinari (Ita)
Round 1, Wednesday - Scott v Molinari, Kirk v Casey
Round 2, Thursday - Scott v Casey, Kirk v Molinari
Round 3, Friday - Scott v Kirk, Casey v Molinari

Group 10: 10-Sergio Garcia (Esp), 30-Jamie Donaldson (Wal), 39-Bernd Wiesberger (Aut), 54-Tommy Fleetwood (Eng)
Round 1, Wednesday - Garcia v Fleetwood, Donaldson v Wiesberger
Round 2, Thursday - Garcia v Wiesberger, Donaldson v Fleetwood
Round 3, Friday - Garcia v Donaldson, Wiesberger v Fleetwood

Group 11: 11-Jimmy Walker (USA), 27-Ian Poulter (Eng), 46-Webb Simpson (USA), 50-Gary Woodland (USA)
Round 1, Wednesday - Walker v Woodland, Poulter v Simpson
Round 2, Thursday - Walker v Simpson, Poulter v Woodland
Round 3, Friday - Walker v Poulter, Simpson v Woodland

Group 12: 12-JB Holmes (USA), 19-Brooks Koepka (USA), 45-Russell Henley (USA), 51-Marc Warren (Sco)
Round 1, Wednesday - Holmes v Warren, Koepka v Henley
Round 2, Thursday - Holmes v Henley, Koepka v Warren
Round 3, Friday - Holmes v Koepka, Henley v Warren

Group 13: 13-Rickie Fowler (USA), 32-Graeme McDowell (NIrl), 47-Shane Lowry (Irl), 55-Harris English (USA)
Round 1, Wednesday - Fowler v English, McDowell v Lowry
Round 2, Thursday - Fowler v Lowry, McDowell v English
Round 3, Friday - Fowler v McDowell, Lowry v English

Group 14: 14-Matt Kuchar (USA), 31-Hunter Mahan (USA), 41-Stephen Gallacher (Sco), 61-Ben Martin (USA)
Round 1, Wednesday - Kuchar v Martin, Mahan v Gallacher
Round 2, Thursday - Kuchar v Gallacher, Mahan v Martin
Round 3, Friday - Kuchar v Mahan, Gallacher v Martin

Group 15: 15-Patrick Reed (USA), 28-Ryan Moore (USA), 
48-Danny Willett (Eng), 57- Andy Sullivan (Eng)
Round 1, Wednesday - Reed v Sullivan, Moore v Willett
Round 2, Thursday - Reed v Willett, Moore v Sullivan
Round 3, Friday - Reed v Moore, Willett v Sullivan

Group 16: 16-Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), 20-Kevin Na (USA), 43-Joost Luiten (Ned), 52-Alexander Levy (Fra)
Round 1, Wednesday - Matsuyama v Levy, Na v Luiten
Round 2, Thursday - Matsuyama v Luiten, Na v Levy
Round 3, Friday - Matsuyama v Na, Luiten v Levy

Round of 16, Saturday morning:
Winner Group 1 v Winner Group 16
Winner Group 2 v Winner Group 15
Winner Group 3 v Winner Group 14
Winner Group 4 v Winner Group 13
Winner Group 5 v Winner Group 12
Winner Group 6 v Winner Group 11
Winner Group 7 v Winner Group 10
Winner Group 8 v Winner Group 9

Quarter-finals, Saturday afternoon
Semi-finals, Sunday morning
Consolation match, Sunday afternoon
Championship match, Sunday afternoon

Watch the first day's action at the WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship live on Sky Sports 4 from 9pm on Wednesday


Angus name team for Area Championship

The Angus County Golf Association team for the Scottish men's area team championships at Blairgowrie next month is:

Will Bremner (Edzell)
Scott Grant (Downfield)
Chris Hutcheon (Monifieth)
Dan Lawrence (Ballumbie Castle)
Stewart Smith (Downfield)
Gary Tough (Edzell)
Danny Elder (Carnoustie)

Team captain: Campbell Donaldson.


Three new faces in North-east District team of six

David Morrison (Duff House Royal), Cruden Bay's Darrem Watson and Scott Robertson (Hazlehead) will make their debuts for the North-east District side at the Scottish area team championship over the Lansdowne course, Blairgowrie from May 15 to 17.
The full line-up is:
Barrie Edmond (Bon Accord)
Adam Dunton (McDonald Ellon)
Clark Brechin (Portlethen)
David Morrison (Duff House Royal)
Darren Watson (Cruden Bay)
Scott Robertson (Hazelhead)


 Greenock's Dorrian is Renfrewshire junior 

champion of champions at Paisley

The junior club champions of the Renfrewshire Golf Union were  in action at Paisley Golf Club where Paul Dorrian (Greenock), pictured left, beat Calum Elliot (Whitecraigs) 3 and 2 in the final.
In the first semi-final, Dorrian beat Fereneze's Lewis Breslin 2 and 1 after being all square on the 15th tee.
Lewis missed the green at the par-3 15th and could not get down in two.  Paul then birdied the 16th and a half at the next  saw him through to the final.

In the second semi final, 16-year old Jack Crawford from Mearns Castle could not compete with a series of solid pars from Calum Elliot after the turn and the Whitecraigs champion made it to the final with a 6 and 4 victory.

There was sunshine, then rain, then sleet and a hint of snow accompanied by a fierce win for the final of the Greenlaw Garage Junior Champion of Champions.   
Despite those factors, at the turn, both players were level par and all square – a great display of golf from the youngsters.  At the very tough tenth, Paul got his par four which put him one up and a soaring six iron to 15ft  at the 13th hole doubled that lead.   
Calum had a chance to pull one back at the 15th but three putts resulted in a half.  Paul closed the match off with a great up and down at the next for a 3 and 2 victory.


Chris Robb five off pace in Morocco

Banchory's Chris Robb (Meldrum House) is chasing another high finish in this week's German PGA Developmental Tour's Open Madaef at El Jadida Golf Club, Morocco.
Last year's Scottish amateur champion staged a strong finish, with birdies at the 13th, 15th, 16th and 17th for 32 hme and a second round of 70 and a 36-hole tally of one-under 143.
Robb is five behind the French leader, Mathieu Decottignies (72-66).
Ross Cameron has had a pair of 74s for a share of 18th place on 148.
The three other Scots in the field failed to beat the cut which fell at 153.
Philip McLean totalled 156 (78-78), Ted Innes-Ker 158 (81-77) and Sam Kiloh 160 (78-82

par 144 (2x72)
138 Mathieu Decottignies (Fra) 72 66
139 Sean Einhaus (Ger) 72 67
141 Alexandre Kaleka (Fra) 73 68
143 Chris Robb (Sco) 73 70, Tordur Gissurarsson (Ice) 68 73

148 Ross Cameron 74 874 (T18)

MISSED THE CUT (153 and better qualified)
156 Philip McLean 78 78
158 Ted Innes-Ker 81 77
160 Sam Kiloh 78 82




Gleneagles pro-am abandoned due to snow

A heavy fall of snow forced the abandonment of today's PGA Benevolent pro-am over the Centenary Course, Gleneagles at just after 4pm.


Stirling student Eggenberger only link to Scotland 

in Europe team for Palmer Cup international match 

Stirling University student Mathias Eggenberger, a Swiss international is in the European team for the Palmer Cup students' international match against their United States counterparts at Rich Harvest Farms Golf Club, Sugar Grove, Illinois from June 12 to 14.
Eggenberger's victory in the R and A's Bursars Tournament at St Andrews guaranteed him a Palmer Cup place. Eggenberget is pictured on right.

But, for once, no Scottish-born players have been selected.
Jon Rahm of Arizona State (Spain) led the six players from Europe selected by the Palmer Cup Ranking. He was joined by his Arizona State teammate Max Rottluff (Germany), Rowin Caron of Florida State (Netherlands), East Tennessee State's Adrian Meronk (Poland), Clement Sordet from Texas Tech (France) and Thomas Detry from Illinois (Belgium) from the rankings. 
Committee selections were Gary Hurley of Maynooth (Ireland) and Vanderbilt’s Matthias Schwab (Austria). 
 Pep Angles of Central Arkansas (Spain) was Jean Van de Velde’s coach’s pick.
Rahm, Detry and Angles were members of last year’s victorious European squad while Hurley was a member of the 2013 team at Wilmington Country Club. Meronk is the first Palmer Cup player from Poland while Schwab is the first from Austria. Counting its coaching staff, Europe is represented by a Palmer Cup record 10 countries.
Lee McCoy of Georgia, Stanford’s Maverick McNealy, Vanderbilt’s Hunter Stewart, Alabama’s Robby Shelton, Florida State’s Jack Maguire and Beau Hossler of Texas were the six United States players selected by the Palmer Cup Ranking. 
Baylor’s Kyle Jones, Georgia Tech’s Ollie Schniederjans and Carr Vernon of CSU Monterey Bay were committee selections. Vernon was the designated non-Division I player. Anders Albertson of Georgia Tech was coach Bruce Heppler’s coach’s pick. Maguire and Schniederjans were members of 2014 American team that fell to Europe at Walton Heath.

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Palmer Cup Ranking Selections
Jon Rahm (Arizona State) - Spain
Max Rottluff (Arizona State) - Germany
Rowin Caron (Florida State) - Netherlands
Adrian Meronk (East Tennessee State) - Poland
Clement Sordet (Texas Tech) - France
Thomas Detry (Illinois_ - Belgium

Commitee Selections
Gary Hurley (Maynooth) - Ireland
Matthias Schwab (Vanderbilt) - Austria

The R and A Foundation Scholars Tournament
Mathias Eggenberger (Stirling)  - Switzerland

Coach’s Pick
Pep Angles (Central Arkansas)  - Spain

Head Coach - Jean Van de Velde - France
Assistant Coach - Janice Moodie - Scotland

Palmer Cup Ranking Selections
Lee McCoy (Georgia)
Maverick McNealy (Stanford)
Hunter Stewart (Vanderbilt)
Robby Shelton  (Alabama
Jack Maguire Florida State
Beau Hossler (Texas)

Commitee Selections
Kyle Jones (Baylor)
Ollie Schniederjans (Georgia Tech)
Carr Vernon (CSU Monterey Bay)

Coach’s Pick
Anders Albertson (Georgia Tech)

Head Coach - Bruce Heppler, Georgia Tech
Assistant Coach - Chris Hill, Pacific


P and K team for Blairgowrie

The Perth and Kinross squad for the Scottish men's area team championship over the Blairgowrie Golf Club's Lansdowne course from May 15 to 17 is:
Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie)
Danny Young (Craigie Hill)
Glenn Campbell (Blairgowrie)
Stuart Graham (Blairgowrie)
Mark Cameron (Alyth)
Gavin Dear (Murrayshall)

Team captain: Scott Michie (Kinross)


Scottish Open 36-hole qualifier at North 

Berwick  will have £50,000 prize fund

A Scottish summer of golf has been enhanced with the launch of a new tournament – the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open Qualifier.
The exciting new event, which will be part of the PGA in Scotland’s Tartan Tour schedule, will carry a £50,000 prize fund and offer five spots in the AAM Scottish Open at Gullane on July 9-12.
The 36-hole pre-qualifier in association with Visit Scotland, The European Tour and The PGA, will have a field of 144 entrants and is being staged at the championship links course at North Berwick (pictured above) on July 4-5.
The tournament is sure to whet the appetite of the players, who must have some direct links to Scotland through work or birth, given the rare opportunity to compete at the AAM Scottish Open, which itself offers three prized spots at this year’s Open Championship at St Andrews – creating a new pathway to the world’s oldest major.
Sandy Jones, chief executive of the PGA said: “This event is a superb addition to the Tartan Tour.
“Our leading players will relish the opportunity to compete for a place in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, one of the premier events on the European Tour.”
Martin Gilbert, Chief Executive of Aberdeen Asset Management, said: “Here at Aberdeen we are very proud of our Scottish roots and so we aim to support Scottish golf at all levels of the game.
“We are thrilled to be giving promising Scottish golfers the opportunity to play in their own Scottish Open through this qualifier. What a story it would be if a Scottish player went onto to win The Open at St Andrews having qualified through North Berwick and then Gullane!”
Mike Cantlay, Chairman of VisitScotland, said: “I’m delighted that this unique event will give more Scottish golfers the opportunity to qualify for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open as well as the dream of ultimately qualifying for The Open.
“Golf in Scotland is known for being open and accessible and the Scottish Open qualifier is a fine example of opening up one of the world’s leading golf tournaments to even more players.
“It also gives us a chance to showcase North Berwick, yet another terrific links golf course for which Scotland, the Home of Golf, is renowned across the globe.”
George O’Grady, Chief Executive, European Tour commented: “We would like to congratulate Aberdeen Asset Management, the Scottish Government and VisitScotland for their vision and commitment to create this new qualifying tournament for aspirational Scottish Professionals and Amateurs.  
“Furthermore I would like to thank Sandy Jones, Hamish Grey and North Berwick Golf Club for embracing this new tournament initiative, which we hope will be well-received by golf fans across Scotland.”



Lanarkshire name team for Blairgowrie

Lanarkshire's six-man team for Scottish Inter Area Championship at Blairgowrie on May 15/17th  is:
Craig Ross                     Kirkhill
Steven Rennie               Drumpellier
Robert Jenkins               Crow Wood
Kenny Gallacher             East Kilbride
Ross Hinshelwood          East Kilbride
Ed Wood                         Crow Wood

Team Manager     W S O Sharpe    Hamilton

The format is  2 rounds stroke-play qualifying.
Top eight teams go into matchplay over the weekend on the Blairgowrie Landsdowne course.
Districts are invited to send their team names for display on


Lyle and Woosnam finish runners-up, earn 

$260,000 in Champions Tour team event 

Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam, both past Masters champions, teamed up to finish second in the US Champions Tour's pairs tournament at Ridgedale, Missouri.
They earned $260,000 for finishing runners-up, three strokes behind winners Billy Andrade and Joe Durant. Durant had a hole in one.
Colin Montgomerie and Mark O'Meara finished T15 and earned $46,333.



Hole in one helped Andrade and Durant win
RIDGEDALE, Missouri -- Joe Durant had a hole-in-one and teamed with Billy Andrade to win the Champions Tour's Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf on Sunday at Big Cedar Lodge.
Andrade and Durant closed with a 9-under 45 at the par-3 Top of the Rock course, playing nine holes of modified alternate shot and nine of better ball. Durant aced the third hole on the second nine, using a 7-iron on the 167-yard hole.
"You don't know when those are coming," Durant said. "I just hit a good solid shot. I was just trying to hit it right of the flag ... and it just happened to go in the hole. You've still got to keep going. You've got to regroup after something like that. 
"We stepped up the last five holes and did what we needed to do. I couldn't have a better partner. I was so excited to win with my buddy. It feels really good."
Durant and Andrade finished at 19-under 159 in the 54-hole event, opening Thursday with a better-ball 63 on Buffalo Ridge's regulation Springs course and shooting a 51 on Saturday in high wind on the par-3 course. They each earned $230,000 for their first victories on the 50-and-older tour.
"It was an unbelievable week," Andrade said. "We ham and egged it very, very nicely, and Joe hit some beautiful shots today. The hole-in-one was fantastic. I can't be more excited to be in a situation to win out here because this is what we want to do. This is our goal, to try to get in the winner's circle, and to do it like this and do it with Joe has been such a treat for me."
Sandy Lyle and Ian Woosnam tied for second, three strokes back after a 51. The former Masters champions took a two-stroke lead into the final round.
Moments after Durant's ace, Mike Reid had a hole-in-one on the eighth hole. He used a 4-iron on the 194yd hole. Reid and Dan Forsman tied for 10th at 13 under.
Larry Nelson and Larry Fleisher won the Legends Division for players 65 and older, beating Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player by two strokes.
Nelson and Fleisher birdied the final hole for a 1-under 26 for nine holes of better ball on the par-3 course. They finished at 12 under in the 45-hole event.
"We played really well," Nelson said. "Yesterday was just a miserable day to play golf. I mean, it was windy, gusting. Sometimes I couldn't stand up hardly. It was amazing how hard the wind blew and for us to hold it together there. And today was just kind of a fun walk around nine holes and not trying to hurt ourselves."
Nicklaus and Player had two birdies in a bogey-free 25.
"It was a very exciting week, a very different format," Player said. "I think golf needs more of this."


 Rose finishes birdie-birdie to notch seventh US 

PGA Tour win and regain World No. 6 spot

AVONDALE, Louisiana -- Whatever derailed Justin Rose's game appears long gone now.
Sensing he needed to birdie the final two holes to keep the lead, Rose pulled it off with aggressive swings and clutch putts for a one-stroke victory over Cameron Tringale on Sunday in the Zurich of New Orleans Classic. 
First place earned the Englishman, who started his pro career with 25 missed cuts in a row, $1,242,000 and saw him regain the No. 6 spot in the World Rankings.
"Earlier this year it looked impossible to win," Rose said, referring to his three missed cuts and failure to finish better than 37th in his first five starts of 2015. "I'm very happy to have turned my game around."
Rose completed a 7-under 65 in the rain-delayed third round Sunday morning and closed with a 66 at TPC Louisiana for his seventh US PGA Tour title. He finished at 22-under 266, a record total on the course southwest of New Orleans that has hosted the city's PGA Tour stop 10 times since 2005.
The Englishman has won at least once in six straight seasons, the second-longest streak on the tour behind Dustin Johnson's eight straight. He's projected to jump from ninth to sixth in the world ranking.
Rose said his drastic improvement two weeks earlier at the Masters, where he tied for second, helped him in the Big Easy.
"I took my Masters performance with a huge amount of confidence," Rose said, recalling in particular the sense of calm he was able to maintain down the stretch at Augusta National.
Playing aggressively on the soggy TPC Louisiana, Rose made six birdies in the final round and played the last 66 holes without a bogey.
Rose's final two putts from 10 and 13 1/2 feet allowed him to hold off Tringale, who birdied the 18th for a 65.
"I'm pleased," said Tringale, who was looking to become the eighth first-time winner in the last 11 years in New Orleans. "To finish one back is still a pretty good week."
Boo Weekley, who led after the first round, finished third at 20 under, and Jim Herman and Jason Day, ranked sixth in the world, tied for fourth at 19 under.
When Rose sank his final putt, he punched his right hand high above his head and looked straight behind the green at roaring fans in the suite of one of his main sponsors, Zurich, which also sponsors the tournament.
He then took off his white cap whipped it across his body and later flexed his left arm to bring attention to the sponsor's logo on his sleeve.
He had to wait about a half-hour before his closest pursuers completed their rounds, but allowed himself to soak up adulation from fans before the result was official.
"I obviously walked off the golf course feeling like I'd done enough," Rose said. "The reception when I came off the golf course was I'd done enough. So it's hard not to enjoy it."
Rose began the final round tied with Day for the lead at 16 under. But Day, who had to finish most of his third round Sunday morning, hooked his drive into trees lining the left boundary of the second fairway. On the next swing, his ball smacked a tree and bounced right back to him.
He wound up with a bogey on the par-5 hole that he birdied in first and third rounds. On 13, he left a 70-yard approach shot short of the green. He said hot, steamy conditions wore him down over the course of 32 holes.
"The early days and the hot days, and just the long days in general kind of finally caught up to me," Day said. "I played great all week, but this final round just had a lot of mental errors."
Rose made birdie putts beyond 10 feet on the par-5 seventh and par-4 eighth to improve to 19 under. That was good for the lead until Tringale, several holes behind, birdied the sixth, chipped in for eagle on the seventh and birdied the eighth to reach 20 under.
The course, carved out of a cypress swamp, was soggy from rain that had fallen for much of the past month, including heavy downpours that delayed parts of the second and third rounds.
There was standing water on the edges of some fairways and mud in well-worn spots. As players walked the course, their steps produced a sound similar to water being squeezed from a sponge.
Allowed to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairways and with no roll of any significance to be found, players swung aggressively and aimed approach shots pin-high.
With the top of the leaderboard tightly packed as Rose stepped to the par-3 17th, he showed no interest in playing it safe, even though the pin was placed to the left side of the green, near a bulkhead dropping down into a water hazard from which alligators looked on. Rose took out his 5-iron and belted a 210-yarder straight toward the pin, landing about 10 feet behind the hole, setting up his clutch birdie putt.
"It would have been easy to hit it 20, 30 feet right of that pin, but I kind of knew that -- because I was three or four holes ahead of some of the other guys in contention -- I knew they had birdie opportunities."
On the par-5 18th, with water to the right, Rose unloaded a 295-yard drive down the middle, then smacked a 3-wood 243 yards just left of the green and chipped over a sand trap to set up what would be his winning putt. 
Russell Knox (69 70 68 70) and England's Greg Owen (66-70-70-71) tied for 43rd place on 11-under 277 and earned $22,770 each.




Draw for Ayrshire men's match-play championship

The Ayrshire men's match-play championship will be held at Prestwick St Cuthbert Golf Club from Monday to Thursday, May 4 to 7.
The 16 qualifiers were decided at the Ayrshire stroke-play championship at Loudoun on Sunday with the cut falling at 150, with one from three players getting into the championship on that mark.
Defending champion Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) qualified to defend the title.
Matches begin each day at 5p.m.
The full draw for the first round matches is

Tommy McInally (Loudoun) v Sandy Walker (Ardeer)
Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) v Stuart Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Scott Brown (Turnberry) v Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay, Arran)
Steven Stamper (Turnberry) v Scott McCahill (Turnberry)
Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) v Barrie McDonell (Caprington)
Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) v Michael Smyth (Royal Troon)
John Shanks (Irvine) v Paul Denim (Loudoun)
John Haggarty (Loudoun) v Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert)

Any player who becomes unavailable for the event is requested to contact the Area Secretary as soon as possible, to allow arrangements for a reserve to be introduced.


Tommy McInally wins Ayrshire stroke title for 

third time at home course

Host club player Tommy McInally made it a hat trick of Ayrshire stroke-play championships on Sunday when he led from start to finish at Loudoun Gowf Club.
In breezy and testing conditions, McInally returned a best of the day 68 in the opening round and added a 72 in round two for a 140 total to take the title by a single shot from former winner Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) and defending champion John Shanks (Irvine)
The 2015 win came 12 years after McInally’s first sucess at West Kilbride in 2003 and five years after his second triumph at Prestwick St Cuthbert in 2010.
Keith Hamilton took fourth place on 142 with successive rounds of 71 while Scott Brown (Turnberry) claimed fifth place on 143, just ahead of clubmate Steven Stamper, by virtue of the best inward half of the second round.
CSS 73 (reduction only, +3 both rounds)
140 Tommy McInally (Loudoun) 68 72
141 Stuart Robin (Prestwick St Cuthbert) 71 70. John Shanks (Irvine) 70 71
142 Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle) 71 71   
143 Scott Brown (Turnberry) 73 70. Steven Stamper (Turnberry) 73 70, John Haggarty (Loudoun) 70 73
144 Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) 72 72, Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) 71 73.
145 Stuart Miller (Kilmarnock Barassie) 73 72
146 Michael Smyth (Royal Troon) 71 75    , Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) 71 75
147 Scott McCahill (Turnberry) 75 72
148 Steven McEwan (Loudoun) 76 72, Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay, Arran) 73 75
149 Paul Denim (Loudoun) 77 72, Barrie McDonnell (Caprington) 75 74
150 Sandy Walker (Ardeer) 76 74, Euan Brown (Kilmarnock Barassie) 75 75, Jim Johnston (Ayr Belleisle) 73 77
151 Jack Thomas (Irvine) 78 73. Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St Cuthbert) 78 73, J Gordon Boyle (Turnberry) 75 76, Bruce Travers (Loudoun) 75 76, Stuart Easton (Irvine) 75 76, Scott Bell (West Kilbride) 74 77
152 Ross Hannah (Loudoun) 79 73, Gary Cochran (Irvine Ravenspark) 74 78, Sandy Buchanan (Prestwick St Nicholas) 74 78
153 Darren Mallinson (Irvine Ravenspark) 74 79, Gavin Nimmo (Troon St Meddans) 74 79, Stuart Brown (Loudoun) 74 79, Adam Sweeney (Largs Routenburn) 73 80, Adrian Orton (Kilmarnock Barassie) 71 82
154 Stephen Spence (Royal Troon) 77 77, Craig Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) 75 79, Chris Bone (Loudoun) 75 79
155 Colin Gray (Irvine) 79 76, George Higgins (West Kilbride) 78 77
156 Mark McMillan (Turnberry) 79 77, Scott Gilchrist (Loudoun) 77 79
157 Gareth Lamb (Irvine) 77 80, Neil Black (Rowallan Castle) 75 82, William Fleming (Ballochmyle) 75 82
159 Brian Yates (Prestwick St Cuthbert) 79 80, Joe Gilligan (Troon Portland) 80 79, Iain Fraser (Kilmarnock Barassie) 78 81
160 Luke Murdoch (Loudoun) 79 81
161 Alan Barbour (Irvine) 81 80   
164 Robbie Fitzpatrick (Irvine) 83 81
No Returns: Calum Nairn (Prestwick St Nicholas),    Gary Allison (Rowallan Castle), Stuart McClements (Kilmarnock Barassie), George Robertson (Irvine), Gordon Johnston (Kilbirnie Place), Mark Anderson (Irvine), Kenny Milliken (Troon St Meddans), David Longair (Prestwick St Cuthbert), Stephen Murray (Troon Welbeck).
Barry O'Rourke (Kilbirnie Place).


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Greer wins Lanarkshire boys' spring meeting on countback

Graeme Greer of Carluke won the Lanarkshire boys' spring meeting today at Carnwath with a scratch score of 71, one over par. 
He won by virtue of a better inward nine from Lewis Caddell of Drumpellier and Andrew Thomson of Lanark. 
Kieran McVicar of East Kilbride and David Fair of Strathaven came next with scores of 72. 
The handicap section was won by  Alan Galloway of Lanark with a fantastic nett 58 off a handicap of 20. Runner-up was John Slater of Lanark with a nett 65 off 18.

63 entries     CSS  70


Graeme Greer              Carluke             71   bih

Lewis Caddell             Drumpellier       71    bih

Andrew Thomson        Lanark               71

David Fair                    Strathaven         72    bih

Kieran McVicar           East Kilbride     72

Handicap Section:

Alan Galloway        Lanark      78-20    58

John Slater              Lanark     83-18     65

F Merriweather       Carluke    80-12     68  

S MacKenzie         Carluke     76-7        69

C Steele                 Colville Pk  93-24   69

K Forbes                Carnwath    81-12    69

Willie Sharpe     
Lanarkshire Golf Association     
Press Officer  


Porter beats Neil as P and K, beaten by Angus at Monifieth, still win Provan Salver

Perth and Kinross lost 5-3 to Angus in a Provan Salver men's inter-district match at Monifieth today (Sunday) but their two victories earlier in the tournament stood them in good stead.
With Fife beating Clackmannan 7-1 in the other concluding match, P and K won the Provan Salver.
Highlight of the day in the Monifieth match was the top singles tie between the new Scottish boys' champion Will Porter (Carnoustie) and reigning ~British amateur champion Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie).
Porter prevailed by a 4 and 2 margin.

At Monifieth Links
Will Porter (Carnoustie) bt Bradley Neil (Blairgowrie) 4 and 2.
Dan Lawrence (Ballumbie) lost to Danny Young (Craigie Hill) 5 and 4.
Mo Lindsay (Brechin) lost to Glenn Campbell (Blairgowrie) 3 and 2.
Andy Fyfe (Carnoustie) bt Stuart Graham (Blairgowrie) 3 and 2.
Chris Hutcheon (Monifieth) bt Gavin Dear (Murrayshall) 3 holes.
Scott Grant (Downfield) lost to Mark Cameron (Alyth) 2 and 1.
Andy Maiden (Montrose) bt Scott Michie (Kinross) 5 and 3.
Raymond Perry (Monifieth) bt Stuart McKendrick (Dunmkeld & Birnam) 4 and 3.



Chris Robb (Meldrum House) was the leading Scot in a share of 10th place with a one-over- par 73 in the first round of this week's German PGA Developmental Tour's Open Madaef at Royal Golf El Jadida in Morocco on Sunday.
Last year's Scottish amateur champion is four shots behind the three-stroke leader, Icelander Thordur Gissurarson

Par 72
68 Thordur Gissurarson (Ice)
71 Younes El Hassain (Mor), Fabian Becker (Ger)
73 Chris Robb (T10)
74 Ross Cameron (T16)
78 Philip McLean, S Kiloh (T45)
821 T Innes-Ker (T75).


David Morrison wins Phillips Trophy by three strokes at Newburgh on Ythan

Duff House Royal's David Morrison won the North-east District's 36-hole Phillips Trophy tournament at Newburgh on Ythan Golf Club today with a pair of 69s for a six-under-par total of 138.
He is the first player for over a decade to win the competition two years in a row.
Morrison had three strokes to spare from three players on 141 - Gordon Munro (Fraserburgh) 71-70, Scott Robertson (Hazlehead) 71-70 and Scotland cap Adam Dunton (McDonald Ellon) 67-74.
Mark Barnard (Kemnay) was the first-round leader with a six-under-par 66 but he faded to a 78 in the second round.
The last group were playing the 18th when snow began to fall and eventually cover the course.
"We just made it in time," said North-east District secretary George Young.
Par 72. CSS 71 72
138 David  Morrison (Duff House Royal) 69 69.
141 Gordon Munro (Fraserburgh) 71 70, Scott Robertson (Hazlehead) 71 70, Adam Dunton (McDonald Ellon) 67 74.
142 Barrie Edmond (Bon Accord) 69 73.
143 Corin Stewart (Murcar Links) 71 72, Barry Reid (Caledonian) 71 72, Matthew Greig (Bon Accord) 70 73
144 Mark Barnard (Kemnay)_ 66 78, Calvin Cheyne (Newmachar) 71 73, Chris Lamb (Newmachar) 72 72.
145 Ewen Grant (Longside) 74 71
146 Sean Lawrie (Portlethen) 72 74
147 Adam Fisher (Newmachar) 72 75, Clark Brechin (Portlethen) 74 73
148 Greg Ingram (Newmachar) 73 75, Anthony Bews (Murcar Links) 73 75, Alan Holbrook (Murcar Links) 74 74, Neil McKinnon (Murcar Links) 74 74.
149 Niall Young (Insch) 75 74
150 Callum Bruce (Duff House Royal) 71 79, Daniel Sim (Royal Aberdeen) 72 78, John Godward (Cruden Bay) 75 75.
151 Sam Griffiths (Duff House Royal) 76 75, Gavin Still (Royal Tarlair) 78 73.
152 Gavin Sutherland (Newburgh) 74 78, Andy Campbell (Murcar Links) 76 76.
153 Lewis Shand (Portlethen) 74 79
154 Keith Horne (Portlethen) 77 77, Greg Kennedy (Hazlehead) 79 75, Robbie Murdoch (Portlethen) 80 74
155 Cameron Fraser (Oldmeldrum) 76 79, Donald Macandrew (Royal Aberdeen) 80 75.
156 Kevin Willox (Deeside) 76 80, Neil Main (Buckpool) 78 57, Euan Kennedy (Newmachar) 79 77, Iain Taylor (Hazlehead) 82 74
157 Jamie Pryde (Deeside) 78 79.
159 Ross Allerton (Bon Accord) 81 78.
160 Stephen Roger (Cruden Bay) 80 80
166 Brian Smith (Royal Tarlair) 86 80
168, Steve Allan (Inverurie) 82 86


Fife name squad for Scottish area team championship

 Fife squad  for Scottish men's area team championship at Blairgowrie Golf Club from May 15 to 17 is:

Connor Syme (Drumoig)
Andrew Davidson (Charleton)
David Mitchell (Leven Thistle)
Ally Hain (St Andrews)
Greg Forrester (Lundin)
Alex Moir (Thornton)
Bill Dickson
Team Captain


Westwood wins Indonesian Masters play-off 


Jakarta: Lee Westwood fended off the spirited challenge from Thailand’s Chapchai Nirat,  defeating him with a birdie at the first play-off hole to win his third CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters today.

The former world number one’s bid to claim his hat-trick of titles at the US$750,000 Asian Tour event was secured when he birdied the play-off 18th hole as Chapchai, a four-time Asian Tour winner, could only make par.

“There are a lot of good players on the Asian Tour now and the standard is getting higher on this Tour and it’s harder to come over here and win, especially today.

“It’s nice to come back and play with them on their own Tour where they get to show everybody in Asia how good they are. To come to this tournament this week and win it three times is obviously extra special,” said Westwood.

The Englishman appeared to be cruising towards an emphatic victory until two successive bogeys on 16 and 17 blew the title race wide open.
He had the opportunity to win with a birdie at the last but misread the green and was forced to settle for a par and a four-day total of seven-under-par 281.

But after returning to the 18th hole for extra-time, Westwood made no mistake from the exact spot again.

“It was a tough putt coming into the hill over on 18. I misread it slightly and hit it to about five-feet and missed it. But fortunately in the play-off, I hit it to the exact same spot, I knew the line and it was a nice straight putt for the win.

“I’ve never been beaten around this golf course which is great and this win will give me the confidence for the year ahead,” said Westwood.

Par 288 (4x72) Yardage 7,340

281 - Lee WESTWOOD (ENG) 69-74-65-73, Chapchai NIRAT (THA) 68-74-73-66. Westwood defeated Chapchai at the first play-off hole with a birdie

282 - Kalem RICHARDSON (AUS) 75-70-70-67.

283 - Thomas BJORN (DEN) 66-76-71-70.

284 - Thitiphun CHUAYPRAKONG (THA) 71-77-67-69, Y.E. YANG (SKOR) 73-71-69-71.

285 - Angelo QUE (PHI) 72-75-72-66.

286 - Paul PETERSON (USA) 71-73-73-69, Prayad MARKSAENG (THA) 73-72-72-69, Berry HENSON (USA) 75-72-69-70.

287 - Matthew GILES (AUS) 74-73-71-69, Adilson DA SILVA (BRA) 73-76-69-69, Lionel WEBER (FRA) 73-74-69-71, Bryce EASTON (RSA) 73-77-65-72.

288 - Jazz JANEWATTANANOND (THA) 71-76-71-70, Raphael DE SOUSA (SUI) 72-76-68-72, Yosuke TSUKADA (JPN) 71-71-73-73, Jeunghun WANG (SKOR) 74-71-70-73, Khalin JOSHI (IND) 71-76-68-73.



 Howell runner-up to first Chinaman to win European Tour event on home turf

Wu Ashun became the first Chinese player to win a European Tour event on home soil when he held off a spirited challenge from England’s David Howell at the Volvo China Open in his native Shanghai.
The 29 year old shot a closing round of 71 at Tomson Shanghai Pudong Golf Club to finish on nine under par for the week – one shot ahead of Howell, who missed an eight foot par putt on the last which would have forced a play-off.
Wu, who primarily plies his trade on the Japan Golf Tour but now has full playing privileges in The Race to Dubai, becomes the third Chinese player to triumph on The European Tour, following in the footsteps of Liang Wen-chong (2007) and Zhang Wen-lei (2003).
Both Liang’s and Zhang’s victories came in Singapore, and following Li Hao-tong’s agonising near miss in last week’s Shenzhen International, Wu’s win will now see the 29 year old enter the history books.
Defending champion Alex Levy finished in a tie for third place on seven under par alongside Thai ace Prom Meesawat and Argentine Emiliano Grillo, whose title challenge faltered with a double bogey at the par three 17th hole, where his tee shot found the water.  
Key quotes
Wu Ashun: “It’s a wonderful day today. Everyone knew the course was playing very tough today, but I played very well today and I really enjoyed it.
“It’s been a wonderful week with wonderful weather, and I’d like to thank everybody for coming out and supporting me.
“Winning my national Open is very special, and I’m very excited about the rest of the season. I have many friends here with me this week, and they helped me a lot and encouraged me to play well.”
David Howell: “It’s obviously tough to take. I was in very good shape to win the tournament for most of the day, and didn’t get the job done. So it’s going to hurt for a while, but I didn’t do a lot wrong. I holed a lovely putt on 17 to save par to give myself every chance coming down the last. 
"It felt like I was already in a play-off, because Ashun was in the clubhouse on nine under, so if I birdie the last I win the tournament, and if I make bogey I lose it. Unfortunately it was the latter.
“It’s obviously hugely disappointing to finish with a six, and I guess the crucial shot was the lay-up. To miss the fairway has cost me the chance to at least force a play-off, so I’ll probably be ruing that one for a while.
" I actually thought I’d hit a reasonable pitch, but it came up short then I rushed the first putt past, and left myself with too much to do. But that’s golf.”

Par 288 (4x72)
279 W Ashun (Chn) 73 66 69 71
280 D Howell (Eng) 68 72 68 72
281 E Grillo (Arg) 73 70 69 69, P Meesawat  (Tha) 72 70 68 71, A Levy (Fra) 69 68 71 73
282 L Hao-Tong (Chn) 71 68 69 74
283 R Ramsay  (Sco) 72 68 70 73
284 B An (SKor) 72 68 76 68, P Uihlein  (USA) 70 67 76 71, R Wattel  (Fra) 72 67 74 71, M Carlsson  (Swe) 73 72 65 74, T Hatton (Eng) 75 69 69 71, J Quesne  (Fra) 69 67 76 72
285 S Benson (Eng) 75 69 66 75, B Dredge (Wal) 68 74 72 71, M Foster (Eng) 72 71 74 68, L Bjerregaard  (Den) 75 70 70 70
286 R Paratore (Ita) 74 71 71 70, M Ilonen  (Fin) 73 71 70 72, B Hebert  (Fra) 70 76 67 73, M Manassero (Ita) 71 68 73 74, I Park (SKor) 70 74 71 71, J Morrison  (Eng) 73 70 70 73, T Pieters  (Bel) 70 71 70 75, R Green (Aus) 73 71 69 73
287 R Karlsson (Swe) 75 70 70 72, K Aphibarnrat (Tha) 71 68 76 72, R Rock (Eng) 73 73 72 69, A Noren  (Swe) 73 70 72 72, T Lee (SKor) 74 71 71 71,
288 G Havret  (Fra) 76 68 72 72, J Edfors (Swe) 74 72 69 73, S Kjeldsen (Den) 75 71 69 73, R Cabrera-Bello (Esp) 73 69 74 72, R Jacquelin (Fra) 74 68 72 74, C Wood  (Eng) 73 70 75 70, G Bourdy (Fra) 74 72 70 72, R Fisher (Eng) 76 69 68 75, M Griffin (Aus) 75 68 72 73, S Kapur (Ind) 70 72 75 71, M Hendry (Nzl) 68 73 73 74,
289 S Strange (Aus) 71 72 69 77, D Horsey (Eng) 72 73 71 73, R Gibson (Aus) 71 71 74 73, T Fisher Jnr (RSA) 75 71 71 72, C Lee (Sco) 70 75 72 72
290 M Korhonen (Fin) 71 72 75 72, R Carter (USA) 71 73 77 69, M Fraser (Aus) 69 76 73 72, T Pilkadaris (Aus) 72 73 70 75
291 Z Xin-Jun (Chn) 75 71 79 66, J Lee (Aus) 72 74 72 73, J Carlsson (Swe) 70 75 75 71, O Wilson (Eng) 70 76 72 73, M Nixon (Eng) 73 70 72 76
292 N Cullen (Aus) 72 73 70 77, F Aguilar (Chi) 80 65 70 77, D Drysdale (Sco) 75 69 76 72, M Kieffer (Ger) 73 72 73 74,
294 S Hend (Aus) 71 73 76 74, A Johnston (Eng) 72 70 74 78, Y Tian (Chn) 75 69 77 73
 295 E Espana (Fra) 74 72 77 72
 296 Z Jin (Chn) 72 70 78 76
 297 J Lando Casanova  (Fra) 71 68 77 81
 299 S Hansen (Den) 75 70 78 76
 301 S Jeffress (Aus) 72 74 77 78


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