Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Three Scots thro to last 16 of South African amateur championship

Three Scots - Calum Fyfe (Cawder), Connor Syme (Dumfries and Co) and Daniel Young (Craigie Hill) - won their morning second-round ties to reach this afternoon's round of the last 16 in the Sanlam South African men's amateur championship at Silver Lakes Country Club.
Fyfe bt Werner Van Wyk 3 and 2.
Syme beat another SGU squad player, Craig Ross (Kirkhill) 3 and 2.
Young (Craigie Hill) bt Albert Venter 2 holes.
Scott Gibson (Southerness) lost by one hole to Dylan Naidoo.


British Masters back after seven years in October

The British Masters, supported by Sky Sports, will return to The European Tour International Schedule for the first time in seven years later this year, with a quartet of Britain’s leading golfers rotating as the tournament host over the next four seasons.
Ian Poulter, Justin Rose, Luke Donald and Lee Westwood will take turns in being the host for the tournament which will be played this year - from October 8 to 11 - at Woburn Golf Club, Milton Keynes.
It will be the 17th time that Woburn, owned by the Duke of Bedford, has staged the Masters.
The prizefund this year will be £3 million.


Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Loch Lomond course designer Jay Morrish

 dies at 78
Jay Morrish, a past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, died on Monday. He was 78. 
Morrish was on the design team for such courses as Spyglass Hill, Loch Lomond, Stone Canyon, TPC Scottsdale, TPC Las Colinas and Troon Golf and Country Club.
“Jay Morrish was a stalwart who was admired by everyone,” ASGCA president Lee Schmidt said in a release. “As an architect, he positively influenced the world of golf-course design.”
Morrish became an ASGCA member in 1989 and served as president in 2002-03.




Top seed Greig Marchbank (Thornhill) and Ewen Ferguson (Bearsden) were beaten in the first round of the match-play stages in the Sanlam South African men's amateur championship at Silver Lakes Golf Estate today but the five other Scots qualifiers won their way through to the last 32.
Tristen Strydom, runner-up to Marchbank in the play-off for the Proudfoot Trophy and the No 2 seed, also lost in the first round.
South African Teaghan Gauche defeated Marchbank  2 and 1. Gauche, who  came through a play-off for the last of the 64 qualifying spots, was three up after only four holes, having had an eagle 2 at the par-4 fourth.
“I just hit an amazing tee shot with my driver which ended up three feet from the hole, and it's always nice to make a two on a par-four,” said Gauche.
“Greig got off to a shaky start with some three-putts, but I was just playing solid, hitting a lot of greens in regulation.”
Coming down the stretch, Gauche was able to apply the pressure and close out the match on the 17th to claim a huge scalp on day one of the knock-out format.

 Calum Fyfe came from behind to win his match on the 19th hole against Jade Buitendag
“My opponent, I felt, didn't hit a bad shot the whole round. He was so consistent, and made a few birdies as well,” said the Cawder Golf Club golfer.
“I just had to try and stick it out and hole a few putts. I tried to stay confident and believe in myself.”
Both players found the green on the first extra hole, but Fyfe stepped up to nail a 20-footer for the win

Ewen Ferguson lost by 4 and 3 to Philip Kruse.
But, apart from Fyfe, there were wins by Craig Ross (Kirkhill), Connor  Syme (Dumfries and Co), Daniel Young (Craigie Hill) and Scott Gibson (Southerness).

Scots' first-round results against S African opponents:
Teaghan Gauche bt Greig Marchbank (Sco) 2 and 1.
Philip Kruse bt Ewen Ferguson (Sco)_ 4 and 3.
Calum Fyfe (Sco) bt Jade Buitendag at 19th

Craig Ross (Sco) bt Altin van der Merwe 2 and 1
Connor Syme (Sco) bt Henri van der Walt 2  and 1
Daniel Young (Sco) bt Ruan Conradie 3 and 1
 Scott Gibson (Sco) bt Matt Saulez 2 and 1 .


Henry, Stewart-Cation in Cairo top 20 with a round to go

John Henry (Clydebank and District) and Kirkcaldy's  Scott Stewart-Cation are lying joint 12th and 17th respectively with one round to go in the Alps Tour's 5t4-hole event at Cairo, the Dreamland Pyramids Open.
Henry has had rounds of 70 and 73 for one-under 143.
Stewart-Cation is on level par 144  after rounds of 70 and 74.
Two Italians, Raphael Marguery (71-67) and Corrado De Stefani (70-68), are joint leaders on six-under 138






Banchory-based rookie pro Chris Robb, last year's Scottish amateur champion, finished joint eighth in the Dar Es Salam Open at Rabat, Morocco today, writes Colin Farquharson.
Robb, who had 11 birdies over the first 36 holes, had 17 pars and an eagle 3 at the second in a final round of 70 for a three-under-par total of 213. His earlier rounds were 73 and 70.
He finished four strokes behind the German winner, David Heinzinger who shot 67, 73 and 69 for 209.

"I had a great start with that eagle at the second but it turned out to be a very frustrating round for the rest of the day. I just couldn't get myself any more birdies, no matter how hard I tried," said Robb, pictured, an amateur member of Meldrum House Golf Club who are now one of his sponsors as a pro.
Chris also spent four years on the US college golf circuit as a student at Chattanooga-Tennessee University
It was Robb's second-top 10 finish on the German PGA's developmental Pro Golf Tour. He has also finished twice in the top 20.
His prize money at Rabat was around 900 euros. 

+Thistle Windows, Heatcare Oil and Gas, Meldrum House are Chris Robb's sponsors on the shirt and bag. Fenix Golf is his apparel company.

Philip McLean, Sam Kiloh, Ted Innes-Ker and Ross Cameron all missed the 36-hole cut in Rabat.




North-east Alliance tee times for tomorrow


8-15 A Smith, G Esson, A Campbell
8-23 C Cassie, B Harper, B Masson
8-31  available
8-39 P Morrison, R O'Donnel, R Ord
8-47 M Rendall, H Roulstonm, L Roger
8-55 available

9-03 S Davidson, M Brown, D Lawrie
9-11 A Benton, R Brown, I Bratton
9-19 B. Nicolson, G. Allan, P. Walker
9-27 J. Forrest N. Stewart C. Nelson
9-35 D Mackay L. Duncan W. Beattie
9-43 John Duff M. Smith S. Melvin
9-51 N. Forster D. Townsley S. Dillon
9-59 A. Gall L. Vannet I. Clark

10-07 J. Scott B. Skene R. McConnachie
10-15 D. Fleming J. Emslie L. Fowler
10-23 J Sunley. D. Leslie W. Shaw
10-31 D. Wright B. Lumsden T. Robertson
10-39 S. Shand C. Angus K. Stewart
10-47 J. Hopwood L. Murray M. Duncan
10-55 Keil Beveridge, Kimberley Beveridge, H. McNaughton

11-03 J. Murray F. Bisset D. Bisset
11-11 S. Finnie D. McKay M. Forster
11-19 S. Allison G. Mackie G. McDonald
11-27 G. Milne J. Duncan J. Jessiman
11-35 D. Nelson N K Parker A. Graham
11-43 W. Skene R. Duncan, place available
11-51 C. Duffus N. Chisholm I. Grant
11-59 M. Winton S. Thompson D. McDougall

J. Borthwick P. Low D. Buchan
12-15 G. Moir S. Mackie Justin. Duff

+There is a big field tomorrow so please try to keep up a good pace so that everyone can enjoy a round of no more than four hours. If you are not sure if you will be able to find a wayward shot, then tell your partners and play a provisional ball.



PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida – Padraig Harrington has confessed his intensely analytical nature probably isn’t the best quality for a tour pro.
After winning the Honda Classic on Monday, Harrington said relentless tinkerers like himself are probably at a disadvantage in the game.
He was asked after the trophy presentation if the game attracts analytical types, or if it makes players more analytical.

“No, that's a character trait,” Harrington said. “I think you're born with that character trait. I was. I grew up with no practice range, so that's why I've always been fascinated, obsessed with, trying to swing the club and hit it better. 
"The short-game side, the mental side, came easy to me for most of my career, so that's what I am. That's what I enjoy.”
Harrington has been accused of sometimes tinkering his way out of top form.
“You will find more US PGA Tour pros are non-tinkerers than are tinkerers,” he said.
 “There are very few that, actually, tinker. There are probably 10 of us, and the rest are much more of the mindset of not really thinking too much about their game, whatsoever.
“So, if you're looking for a character trait to make it as a professional, the guy who doesn't think too much has got better odds.”



DORAL, Florida – Rory McIlroy didn’t take long to rebound from missing the cut at the Honda Classic.
The world No. 1 scorched venerable Seminole Golf Club on Monday to claim gross-division honours at the Seminole Pro-Member. Rory was paired with John Pinkham.
McIlroy, who missed the cut in his 2015 debut on the US PGA Tour with rounds of 73-74 last week at PGA National, began his day with three consecutive birdies and went out in 6-under 30. The Ulsterman shot 63 on his own ball.
Ben Martin, paired with Rick Woolworth, finished second in the gross division, two strokes behind McIlroy.
Phil Mickelson, who finished 17th earlier on Monday at the weather-delayed Honda Classic, tied for eighth place at Seminole with a team gross score of 67.
The event annually draws some of the game’s top players for an 18-hole pro-am on the Monday after the Honda Classic.


Monday, March 02, 2015


TSHWAN – Scotland's Greig Marchbank defeated South Africa's top-ranked Tristen Strydom in a sudden-death playoff to claim the Proudfoot Trophy as the leading qualifier for the match-play stages of the  Sanlam South African Amateur Championship at Silver Lakes Golf Estate. 

Marchbank registered rounds of 67 and 71 and Strydom returned rounds of 72 and 66 to tie at six under par 138 in regulation play in the rain-interrupted 36-hole qualifier. 
The title was decided in fast-fading light and the pair quickly set off to the 10th, but a pair of 4s meant a trip to the par five 18th. Marchbank found the green in two, but Strydom’s tee shot disappeared in the reeds. The Scot sealed his victory with a par, while the South African eventually signed off with a bogey 6. 
 “It was bit crazy playing in the dark,” said the delighted 20-year-old Marchbank. “Tristen and I were both happy to finish it. The light on 10 wasn't too bad, but up the 18th we were struggling to see. We agreed that it was good to get it over and done with.”
 Marchbank admitted he had no idea where his ball was going on his second shot into the par five. 
 “I managed to knock it on the green in two, even though I didn't see any of the ball. It felt good when I didn't hear a splash. I was delighted when they told me it was on the green.”
 The Thornhill golfer said his main focus is on the Match Play, but winning the Proudfoot Trophy was still a significant confidence booster.
 “It means a lot, obviously,” he said. “The main trophy is the Match Play, but it's definitely good to win the Stroke Play. It's like a notch in the belt and I'm delighted to have won it. 
“I'm playing well, so there's no reason why I can't go places in the Match Play, but it’s a funny game. You've really have to be on the ball. For me it doesn't change; I just try and make as many birdies as I can.” 
By contrast, Strydom said it would have been a huge achievement to win the trophy. 
 “It would have meant the world to me, because the Proudfoot Trophy has a lot of history,” he said.



Banchory's Chris Robb is inside the top 10 with a round to go in the Dar Es Salam Open at Rabat, Morocco.
Last year's Scottish amateur champion had had rounds of 73 and 70 for a one-under-par tally of 143, three strokes behind the German leader David Heinzinger (67-73 for 140).
Robb raised his number of birdies to 11 over 36 holes with sub-par figures at the fourth, sixth, 14th, 16th and 17th. Bogeys at the ninth, 11th and 15th pushed him down to a share of eighth place.
Paul Lawrie Golf Centre trio Philip McLean from Peterhead, Portlethen's Sam Kiloh and Ross Cameron from Ellon missed the cut.
Ted Innes-Ker from Roxburghe also failed to make it to the final round.
McLean was one shot over the limit mark with rounds of 75 and 73 for 148.
Kiloh improved from a 77 to a 72 for 149.
Innes-Ker had scores of 75-77 for 152.
Cameron shot 76-78 for 154.

Par 144 (2x72)
140 David Heinzinger (Ger) 67 73
141 Nicolas Meitinger (Ger) 70 71
142 Manuel Quiros (Spa) 73 69,  Heinrich Arkenau (Ger) 69 73, Sebastian Heiselle (Ger) 73 69.
143 Chris Robb 73 70 (T8)
Missed the cut (147 and better qualified)
148 Philip McLean 75 73
149 Sam Kiloh 77 72




Russell Knox ties for 3rd with Paul Casey, Ian Poultger



 Padraig Harrington won the Honda Classic after a play-off with American rookie Daniel Berger today.
It was the two-time Open Champion’s first win on the US PGA Tour since 2008 and his second at the Honda Classic after his win in 2005.
Harrington, who is a Working for Golf Ambassador for The R and A, holed a 16ft birdie putt on the last hole of regulation play at PGA National to force a play-off with clubhouse leader Berger (who shot a final-round 64) in the event which had been delayed to Monday after play was washed out on Saturday.
The Irishman won the event and the S1,098,000 top prize on the second play-off hole after Berger found water to cap a dramatic victory.
Speaking on television, a delighted Harrington said, “Hopefully this isn’t an isolated win. I hope not, I really do believe in myself. I think I’ve found that mental edge that I’ve been lacking in recent years. Hopefully I’ll be able to stick with that going forward and be consistently contending.”
“The one good thing for me is that when I get in contention I can hit the shots. The problem for me has been when I’ve started the week and had middle-of-the-road shots, I’m not able to hit them. When I’ve got tough shots I can hit them.”
Harrington won The Open at Carnoustie in 2007 and retained the Claret Jug the following year at Royal Birkdale. He went on to win the PGA Championship at Oakland Hills that year. In December, he secured his first win for four years at the BRI Bank Indonesia Open on the Asian Tour.
In a finish dominated by Europeans, Paul Casey, Russell Knox and Ian Poulter tied for third place, one shot behind the play-off participants, on 275. Each earned $317,000.
Welshman Jamie Donaldson came sixth on 276 for  a $219,000 payslip.
Luke Donald tied for seventh on 277 with Americans Jim Herman, Jeff Overton and Patrick Reed. Each earned $183,000.

Par 288 (4x72)
274 Padraig Harrington (Ireland) 67 66 71 70 ($1,098,000) bt Daniel Berger (USA) 68 71 71 64 ($658,000) at second hole of sudden death play-off
275 Paul Casey (England) 69 70 68 68, Russell Knox (Scotland) 69 68 70 68, Ian Poulter (England) 71 64 66 74 ($317,200 each).
276 Jamie Donaldson (Wales) 68 71 71 66 ($219,000).
277 Luke Donald (England) 69 67 74 67, Jim Herman (USA) 65 72 71 69, Jeff Overton (USA) 71 68 69 69, P_atrick TReed (USA) 67 67 70 73 ($183,763 each). 






Seven Scots have made it through to the match-play stages of the South African men's amateur golf championship at Silver Lakes Country Club, by Colin Farquharson .
The Scottish Golf Union squad, who have been in South Africa for several weeks on warm-weather practice, did exceptionally well in the 36-hole stroke-play test to decide the 64 qualifiers for the match-play.
Five were in the top 10 and six in the leading 16.
Greig Marchbank (Thornhill), pictured below, shared the lowest aggregate of six-under-par 138 with South African Tristen Strydom. Greig shot 67-71 to Strydom's 72-66.

Perth's Daniel Young (Craigie Hill) tgied for third place with 67-72 for 139.
Bearsden's Ewen Ferguson shared fifth place on 140 with rounds of 68 and 72.
Craig Ross (Kirkhill) 70-71 and Calum Fyfe (Caqwder) 68-73 tied for 10th place on 141.
Connor Syme (Dumfries and Co) qualified in joint 16th place on 142 (72-70) and Scott Gibson completed the Scots qualifiers despite a second-round 79, 10 shots more than his first round, for 148 and joint 53rd place.
Players with aggregates of 150 and better qualified for the match-play.
Murray Naysmith (Marriott Dalmahoy) missed the cut by one shot with rounds of 76-75 for 151. Ben Kinsley (St Andrews) had 77-76 for 153.

Silver Lakes Country Club.
Par 144 (2x72) Players from S Africa unless stated
138 Greig Marchbank (Thornhill) 67 71, Tristen Strydom  72 66
139 Daniel Young (Craigie Hill) 67 72, Johan Germishuys 68 71.
Other Scots qualifiers
140 Ewen Ferguson (Bearsden) 68 72 (T5)
141 Craig Ross (Kirkhill) 70 71, Calum Fyfe (Cawder) 68 73 (T10)
142 Connor Syme (Dumfries and Co) 72 70 (T16)
148 Scott Gibson (Southerness) 69 79 (T53)

Missed the cut (150 and better qualified for match-play
151 Murray Naysmith (Marriott Dalmahoy) 76 75
153 Ben Kinsley (St Andrews) 77 76




Scott Stewart-Cation from Kirkcaldy and John Henry (Clydebank and District) were tied for sixth place in a field of 79 players at the end of the first round of this week's Alps Tour event, the 54-hole Dreamland Pyramids Open at Dreamland Golf Resort, Cairo, Egypt.
The Scots both returned two-under-par 70 scores and  are three shots behind the Italian leader, ~Federico Colombo.

Par 72
67 Federico Colombo (Ita)
69 Joon Kim (Ita), Liam Harper (Eng), Luca Fenoglio (Ita), Federico Maccario (Ita)

70 Scott Stewart-Cation (Sco), John Henry (Sco) (T6)





Paul Wardell (North Berwick) and Fraser Mann (Carnoustie), tied third in last week's event at Crail GS, stepped up to first place in today's PGA in Scotland's fifth Winter Series Four-ball 18-hole competition at Scotscraig Golf Club, Fife, writes Colin Farquharson
They shot a five-under-par, better-ball 66 to win by a shot from joint runners-up Christopher Currie (Caldwell) and Michael Patterson (Kilmacolm), and Alan Reid (West Lothian) and Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf), winners of the first two events.
Wardell and Mann made their score at three par-5 holes with an eagle 3 at the ninth, a birdie 4 at the 14th and another eagle 3, this time at the 16th.
With a smaller field than usual, only 13 pairs, the winners' financial reward amounted to £300.

par 71
66 Paul Wardell (North Berwick) and Fraser Mann (Carnoustie)
67 Christopher Currie (Caldwell) and Michael Patterson (Kilmacolm), Alan Reid (West Lothian) and Graham Fox (Clydeway Golf).
68 Terry Mathieson (Murcar Links) and Greg McBain (Paul Lawrie GC), Ross McCnnachie and Dean Vannet (Peterculter)
70 Michael Braidwood (CMA Europe) and Sandy Smith (Ladybank), Matthew Laughtland (Bishopbriggs) and Robert Collinson (Bearsden), Ronan Rafferty (Monte Rei) and Billy Marchbank (Crieff). 
71 Christopher Billows (Gleneagles) and Rory Tinker (Piperdam)_
72 Gary Lister (Alness) and Stephen Gray (Hayston), Brian Marchbank (unatt) and Alan White (Lanark)
73 Stewart Savage (Dalmuir) and Craig Everett (Caldwell).
74 Chris Kelly (unatt) and Kevin McNiven (Gleneagles).


Final Reminder for Scottish Boys Entries for Dunbar

Young golfers across the country are reminded the closing date for entries to the Scottish Boys' Championship at Dunbar is this Thursday, March 5.

The match-play tournament for Under-18s will be played at the East Lothian venue from April 6 to 11.
The event is open to any young male golfer aged 18 or under on 1 January 2015, with this year’s handicap limit for entry 7.4.



From Lali Stander
TSHWANE– Pretoria Country Club golfer Keegan de Lange vaulted into a share of the lead at five-under-par 67 at the completion of the rain-affected first round of the Sanlam South African Amateur Championship at Silver Lakes Golf Estate today.
Lighting and thunder brought a premature close to play on Sunday, but after play resumed at 6.30am local time, the 18-year-old Gauteng North golfer finished off his round in fine fashion with two birdies and an eagle on the par five 18th.
 De Lange began his round with three birdies on his opening nine, but bogeyed both par threes down the home straight. The drops were offset by his fast finish, though, and De Lange joined early pacesetters Greig Marchbank and Daniel Young from Scotland in pole position.
 The 36-hole Stroke Play Qualifier for the Proudfoot Trophy will determine the top 64 players that advance to the Match Play championship.



PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida – Drama didn’t race into Sunday at PGA National with quite the dizzying speed of one of Ian Poulter’s Ferraris, but it was close.
With Poulter’s stunning shank at the fifth tee, the Honda Classic went from a yawner to a thriller in a heart-thumping hurry.
After Poulter hooked his drive into the very same lake off the sixth tee, the leaderboard looked as bunched as an IndyCar race running under a caution flag.

For better or worse, Poulter (pictured) steered the frenzied action in the suspended final round on the Champion Course.
Somehow, some way, when darkness finally suspended play, Poulter marched off the seventh green tied for the lead with Paul Casey, who was through nine holes.

At 7 under overall, they were a shot ahead of Patrick Reed (through 7 holes) and three ahead of a pack of five players that includes Phil Mickelson (through 10 holes).
The field will be back in place at 8 a.m. Monday (local time) to conclude the final round.
From three shots up at the fifth tee to a shot down walking off the sixth green, Poulter was beyond frustrated with himself.
You could almost see tendrils of smoke coming off his head.
Asked what he was muttering to himself internally walking to the seventh tee, Poulter’s eyes widened to that saucer-like intensity so familiar to golf fans.
“You don't really want to know,” Poulter said. “Trust me, you don't. It's not newspaper or Internet worthy. I was p-----. I was seriously p----.”
Poulter appeared in total control of this tournament, making one wonderful swing after another in shooting 64 in the second round and 66 in the third. His rhythm went south at that fifth tee, where he shanked an 8-iron sideways, off a cart path and into a part of the lake that no player in Honda’s nine-year history at PGA National may ever have reached before.
“It was a lack of concentration,” Poulter said. “I tried to take too much off an 8-iron and hit a beautiful shank.”
Poulter made double bogey. Adding to the dizzying turn of events, Reed holed out from off the green for birdie, putting up a steep slope and a winding  turn from 34 feet away.
The three-shot swing was a blow to Poulter, leaving him briefly tied with Reed.
“I didn't even realize that I had a three-shot lead,” Poulter said. “I was in cruise control, shall we say, not making bad swings. You take your foot off the accelerator for one second, all of a sudden, you find yourself completely out of position, making an easy double bogey.”
Poulter, 39, has never closed out a 54-hole lead in a US PGA Tour event, but that’s because, surprisingly, he never held a 54-hole lead, until Sunday at PGA National. He has won 16 times around the world, with his two US PGA Tour titles including the 2010 WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship and the 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions in China, where he came from behind in the final round.
On Sunday, Poulter’s lead was gone after he hooked that tee shot at the sixth into the lake and made bogey.
That led to the scolding he gave himself, some self-talk that actually got him back a share of the lead at the seventh hole, where he stiffed a 6-iron to 3 feet to make birdie.
“Yeah, I was internally very angry, shall we say,” Poulter said. “And when I do that, obviously, my heart rate goes up slightly, and, obviously that sometimes is what needs to kick in, to kick in the adrenaline. So the shot on seven was fueled with adrenaline, because I was so p----- off.”
How important was that birdie to end his day?
“Massive, massive,” Poulter said. “It was a bit of a body blow, shall we say, five and six, coming out of nowhere.
“It was some pretty good golf today, I've got to be honest, and that (shank) just came out of left field.”
With Poulter in trouble, fellow Englishman Casey, playing two holes in front,  quietly climbed the leaderboard. 
Casey, 37, is seeking to add to his lone US PGA Tour title, the 2009 Shell Houston Open. He’s a 13-time European Tour winner who is devoting himself solely to the US Tour this season.
“I'm eager to win,” Casey said. “I feel like I'm playing good golf, and there are no obstacles in the way. Everything's great on and off the golf course. No two tours to worry about. There's just nothing standing there, nothing that's distracting me, which is a great feeling to have.
“It doesn't mean anything. It doesn't mean I'll win, but I hope I win this year. I'd love to win tomorrow."
While Poulter has never held a 54-hole lead on the US PGA Tour, he has proved himself a formidable closer on the European Tour. He has closed the deal seven of nine times taking a lead into the final round on that tour.
At day’s end, Poulter rode into the clubhouse sitting alongside his 10-year-old son, Luke. Despite all the adventure, Poulter is still very much in the running for his first stroke-play title on U.S. soil.
“I'm playing well,” Poulter said. “So, I just need to be patient, keep making the swings I've made.”
With the Honda Classic feeling like it will open under a caution flag with Monday’s conclusion of the final round, Poulter will be looking to lead the race with a steadier hand.


Sunday, March 01, 2015

Andy Sullivan belongs to a select group of former Great Britain and Ireland Walker Cup players to have won on the European Tour.
Victory in the Joburg Open earned him his second European Tour win this season. It came just seven weeks after his maiden win in the South African Open.
Sullivan played in the 2011 Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen. He won two out of four matches to help GB and I win in the horrific conditions which swept across the Balgownie links that year.
The 28-year-old has made a seamless transition to the professional ranks. Not many have.
Sullivan is one of two players from that 10-man team who currently hold a full European Tour card. Tom Lewis is the other. Lewis beat Sullivan to the winner’s circle, winning the 2011 Portugal Masters.
Those who make this year’s GB&I team could be forgiven for thinking they’ll follow Sullivan and Lewis to fame and fortune on the European Tour.
The truth is not many will succeed out of the 10 who face the United States at Royal Lytham and  St Anne’s in September.
Sullivan is the 22nd player out of 85 GB and I Walker Cuppers since 1995 to have won on the European Tour. He’s just one of 14 out of that number currently holding a European Tour card.
I count 104 wins from those 22 winners. Among that total are nine major championships.
Padraig Harrington, who made his third consecutive Walker Cup appearance in 1995, leads the way in wins with 14, including three majors. Rory McIlroy, a member of the 2007 Walker Cup team, leads the major race with four.
Graeme McDowell (2001) and Justin Rose (1997) are the other major winners, respective winners of the 2010 and 2013 U.S. Opens.
Yet for every Harrington, McIlroy, McDowell and Rose, there are many who haven’t even spent time on the European Tour let alone contend for major championships or regular European Tour events.
Some great GB and I players have failed spectacularly at the pro level. Gordon Sherry was the star of the 1995 team and never made it in the pro ranks. David Inglis was college No. 1 when he played in the 2003 match but couldn’t make the transition from the amateur game.     played in 2007 having been the world’s No. 1 amateur. Moul is stilling trying to find a way on to the European Tour.
(Editor's note: Don't forget Lloyd Saltman who played in the 2005 GB and I team, alongside Richie Ramsay at Chicago, and again in 2007 at Royal Co Down with Rory McIlroy as a team-mate_.
“As good as amateur golf is, it’s a big step up to this level," Sullivan said. “The standard is high in the amateur game but there are so many more talented players in the professional game. Not everyone who stars in the amateur game is going to make it out here.”
Those lucky enough to make this year’s GB and I team this year shouldn’t take it for granted success will follow in pro golf.


PALM BEACH GARDENS, Florida – England's Ian Poulter carded a bogey-free 66 to take a three-shot lead into the final round as a marathon fourth day continued at the Honda Classic.
Poulter, pictured, began the third round two shots behind Padraig Harrington, but birdied his opening hole and then broke out of a four-player logjam with consecutive birdies on Nos. 7 and 8. At 9 under, he holds a three-shot advantage over Harrington and Patrick Reed.
Only 51 minutes of third-round play were completed Saturday before heavy storms dropped nearly five inches of rain at PGA National. Players returned to the course at 10 a.m. ET Sunday, and third-round play concluded at 4 p.m.
The fourth round began at 2:40 p.m., as players were not re-paired in an effort to complete as much golf as possible before sunset, which is estimated at 6:21 p.m. The group of Poulter, Harrington and Reed began the final round at 4:30 p.m.
"I don't know how far we're going to get right now," Poulter said in between rounds. "Every hole today was crucial, and every hole that we're going to go and play right now will be as well."

Poulter has a pair of US PGA Tour wins to his credit, but he remains in search of his first stroke-play title on U.S. soil. His prior two victories came at the 2010 WGC-Cadillac Match Play Championship and the 2012 WGC-HSBC Champions, which was played in China.
While conditions have been difficult for much of the week at PGA National – only 10 players were under par through 54 holes – Poulter has played his last 36 holes in 10 under, making only a single bogey.
Among the players chasing Poulter on the Champion Course is Phil Mickelson, who began the final round tied for fifth at 3 under, six shots back. Mickelson carded a 1-under 69 in the third round and is in search of just his second top-10 finish on Tour since the start of the 2013-14 season


My Golf Ranking updates, Fife Men, Week 2015/08

1 Barry Logan (Dunnikier Park) 1197 pts

2 George Lorimer (Cupar) 1106

3 Ryan Brown (Dunfermline) 1075

4 Steve Elias (Thornton) 1064

5 G Gibson (Dunnikier Park) 1042, Fife Clubs, Week 2015/08

1 Leven GS Ladies 930 pts

2 *St Michaels Ladies 826

3 Dunfermline 783

4 Dunnikier Park 758

5 Burntisland GH 749

*New entry this week

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David Moir


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Apologies for failing to put the WLM Golf-sponsored North-east Golfers Alliance Class 2 Handicap updated Order of Merit table u[ for display on this website on Saturday, as planned.
Here it is now. 

Willie McKenzie, the man who IS WLM Golf, will award a £50 amateur voucher to each of the winners of Class 1 and Class 2 Orders of Merit after the conclusion of the Alliance Championship Round 2 at Craibstone on March 18.    
Self-employed teaching pro Willie McKenzie can be contacted on his mobile phone, 07984 756332 if you want to fix up some lessons from him to improve your game.
He can also be contacted through his website, 
Cruden Bay's Hamish McNaughton, pictured above, still the Class 2 table leader with an advantage of 300pt over second-placed Ben Lumsden (Northern)
Only three counting events to go, starting with Oldmeldrum on Wednesday. Ben needs to win a Class 1 category at an Alliance fixture and hope that Hamish does not finish in the top five. 
Interesting to follow the fortunes. 
Explanation of the columns immediately to the right of the points totals.  Using table leader McNaughton as the example. He was No 1 in the table after the Spey Bay fixture and still No 1 after the most
recent competition, at Peterhead ... so no change in Hamish's position.
Make sense? I hope so.
Thanks again to Royal Aberdeen GC Senior Assistant Professional Joel Hopwood for devising the Orders of Merit points scheme and updating the tables for every errk.                               
1    HAMISH McNAUGHTON    1650    1    1    0 ... no change
2    BEN LUMSDEN                    1350    2    2    0
3    GRAHAM ALLAN                 1125    3    3    0
4    DEREK CRAIGIE                     850    4    4    0
5    NIGEL PARKER                       800    6    5    1     Gone up 1
6    LES ROGER                             775    5    6    -1     Gone down 1
7    L.DUNCAN                              700    11    7    4     Gone up 4
8    MIKE  SMITH                          650    7    8    -1
9    GRAHAM MACKIE                625    8    9    -1
10    STEVEN DILLON                 575    9    10    -1
11    MIKE WINTON                     550    10    11    -1
12    ALAN BENTON                    500    11    12    -1
13    GARY HOMER                     450    13    13    0
14    PETER WALKER                  400    14    14    0
15    G.LESLIE                              350    15    15    0
16    WILLIE SKENE                     300    21    16    5
16    JOHN SUNLEY                      300    16    16    0
16    R.BROWN                              300    16    16    0
19    N.STEWART                           250    NEW    19    NEW
19    NEISH CHISHOLM               250    18    19    -1
19    CHARLIE TAWSE                 250    1 8    19    -1
19    DON LAWRIE                       250    18    19    -1
23    JOHN JESSIMAN                 225    21    23    -2
23    DEREK TOWNSLEY           225     21    23    -2
25    DICK WRIGHT                    200    24    25    -1
25    PAUL CORNFIELD             200    24    25    -1
27  MANSON MERCHANT       175    26    27    -1
27    STUART MELVIN               175    26    27    -1
29    I.CAMERON                        150    NEW    29    NEW
29    ROBBIE DUNCAN              150    28    29    -1
29    J.HOSIE                                150    28    29    -1
29    J.MURRAY                           150    28    29    -1
33    JOHN SMITH                       125    31    33    -2
33    GRAHAM THOM                 125    31    33    -2
35    ALISTAIR CLARK               100    33    35    -2
35    GRAHAM MOIR                  100    33    35    -2
35    MIKE BROWN                     100    33    35    -2
35    SANDY DAVIDSON            100    33    35    -2
39    PETER LOW                           50    37    39    -2

Points are awarded weekly to the Class 2 prizewinners, i.e. the top five and ties.
1st 250
2nd 200
3rd 150
4th 100
5th   50


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