Tuesday, August 04, 2015



RENFREWSHIRE GOLF UNION
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BOYS’ COUNTY GOLF CHAMPIONS

The top juniors in the Renfrewshire Golf Union’s clubs returned to Ranfurly Castle Golf Club for the previously postponed Boys’ Stroke Play Championship.  In testing conditions and with the event reduced to eighteen holes, Andrew Crusher from Eastwood returned a score of 76 which was matched by local member, Angus Frood.  However, the Caven Trophy went to Caldwell’s Alistair McNaughton with an excellent score of 74.
The top sixteen from the stroke play then fought it out at Kilmacolm Golf Club in match play for the Freedman Trophy which is awarded to the winner.  The semi finals saw Alistair McNaughton face Lewis Breslin from Fereneze and Matthew Dalrymple (Old Course Ranfurly) against Whitecraigs’ Calum Elliot.  With the first match all square, Alistair took command with birdies at 10, 11 and 13 but Lewis fought back to square the match after eighteen holes.  Alistair eventually won his place in the final with a birdie two at the second hole.  In the second semi final, Matthew was four up after eleven holes but, again, there was a brave fight back with Calum winning thirteen and fourteen to take the lead back to two.  However, this was enough for Matthew to win two and one.
The final was an excellent contest with both players establishing the standard with birdies at the first.  Matthew added two more birdies in the front nine to be two up at the turn and was three up by the time the boys had reached the tough sixteenth.  Both of them had birdie opportunities.  Alistair’s rolled agonizingly past while Matthew slotted his putt for birdie number four and a four and two win.

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YOUTH STROKE PLAY CHAMPION

In the Renfrewshire Golf Union Youth Stroke Play Championship, Paul Dorrian of Greenock and Caldwell’s Sean Burns both recorded scores of 74 and, under the competition conditions, were required to go to two extra holes.  At Ranfurly Castle’s tight first hole, Sean found the rough right and, despite everybody’s best efforts, there was no sign of the ball after five minutes.  He got a par with his provisional ball but Paul’s four gave him a great advantage.  Sean went for broke at the eighteenth but found the tees left so Paul’s second par of the play off was enough for the Menzies Trophy to make its way to Greenock.






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Scotland team for Men's Home Internationals


Champion MacIntyre Earns Men’s Debut as 
Hume Returns to International Ranks
 

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Newly-crowned Fairstone Scottish Amateur champion Robert MacIntyre and former winner Barry Hume have been named in the Scotland side for next week’s Home Internationals. 
MacIntyre’s reward for victory over Craigie Hill’s Daniel Young at Muirfield on Saturday is a first Men’s cap, after the Glencruitten teenager became the first left-hander in living memory to win the title and the first title-winning player from Argyll and Bute since 1935.
Hume, who claimed the Scottish Amateur crown in 2001 before joining the professional ranks, is also in the 11-man team bound for Royal Portrush – 14 years after his last appearance for Scotland. 
The 33-year-old from Haggs Castle reached the quarter-finals at Muirfield and has also posted five other top-20 finishes this season to earn his return for the annual home nation matches from 12 – 14 August.
While European Amateur Team winners Grant Forrest and Ewen Ferguson are unable to compete due to qualifying for the forthcoming US Amateur Championship, the Scots retain a strong side as they seek their first Home Internationals crown since victory on home soil at Gailes Links in 2012. 
The other four members from Scotland’s victorious European team in Sweden last month all tee up, namely Graeme Robertson – who is making his fifth Homes appearance – Jack McDonald, Greig Marchbank and Connor Syme.
Reigning South African Amateur winner Young, former Scottish Boys champion Craig Howie and Kirkhill’s Craig Ross, the recent winner of the Chiberta Grand Prix, are also in the line-up. 
Kilmacolm’s Matt Clark adds his experience with a fourth straight Home Internationals appearance, with Ryan Campbell from Falkirk joining MacIntyre and Howie as new caps at this level.
National Coach Ian Rae said: “It’s an experienced team with some new faces who deserve their chance. We’ll look to try and build on our win at the European Amateur Team Championship and always enjoy the annual competition that the Home Internationals provide.” 
Hume, who was out of amateur golf for 10 years before returning in 2013, said: “I feel like I’ve played at a pretty consistent level last season and this season.
“I feel as though I’ve built my way up through local golf, county golf and up to the national level. I felt if I showed that kind of formula, as I did when I was younger, it would lead to this sort of thing. 
“From what I’ve seen, quite a number of the younger lads have really kicked on in the last 12 months, so to be considered to play with those boys is pleasing. I don’t want this to be just a one off for me.”
Hume, part of the winning Scotland side at the Home Internationals in 2000, added: “The Home Internationals at Royal Portrush was certainly something I highlighted to try and achieve, as it’s a course I’ve always wanted to play. I would rate our chances as strong next week.”
 
Scotland Team for the Home Internationals (club and age in brackets):
 
·         Ryan Campbell (Falkirk, 23)
·         Matt Clark (Kilmacolm, 33)
·         Craig Howie (Peebles, 20)
·         Barry Hume (Haggs Castle, 33)
·         Greig Marchbank (Thornhill, 21)
·         Robert MacIntyre (Glencruitten, 19)
·         Jack McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie, 22)
·         Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie, 27)
·         Craig Ross (Kirkhill, 22)
·         Connor Syme (Drumoig, 20)
·         Daniel Young (Craigie Hill, 23)
The Scotland side is selected via the top five players on the World Amateur Golf Ranking, the top two on the SGU Men’s Order of Merit and four selectors’ picks.
 

 
Ed Hodge

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Pairings for Douglas Park Pro-Am

August 20, 2015

 
 Tee  Time      Name


  1   9:41 AM   Andrew Hutchison, Douglas Park Golf Club

  1   9:52 AM   Neil Colquhoun, Merchants of Edinburgh Golf Cl

  1   10:03 AM  Lee Harper, Flow Golf

  1   10:14 AM  Stephen Gray, Hayston Golf Club

  1   10:25 AM  Robert Arnott, Bishopbriggs Golf Range

  1   10:36 AM  Graeme Brown, Montrose Golf Links Ltd.

  1   10:47 AM  Craig Ronald, Carluke Golf Club

  1   10:58 AM  Jason McCreadie, Largs Golf Club

  1   11:09 AM  Mark Kerr, Marriott Dalmahoy Golf & Count

  1   11:20 AM  Louis Gaughan, Bathgate Golf Club

  1   11:31 AM  Jordan Gallagher, Douglas Park Golf Club

  1   11:42 AM  Christopher Currie, Caldwell Golf Club

  1   12:00 PM  Chris Kelly

  1   12:11 PM  Greg McBain, Paul Lawrie Golf Centre

  1   12:22 PM  Scott Henderson, Kings Links Golf Centre

  1   12:33 PM  Greig Hutcheon, Paul Lawrie Golf Centre

  1   12:44 PM  Paul Wardell, North Berwick Golf Club

  1   12:55 PM  David Orr, Eastwood Golf Club

  1   1:06 PM   Jonathan Lomas, Caprington Golf Club

  1   1:17 PM   Graham Fox, Clydeway Golf

  1   1:28 PM   Gordon Niven, PING

  1   1:39 PM   Peter Kerr, Hayston Golf Club

  1   1:50 PM   Fraser Rummins, Canmore Golf Club

  1   2:01 PM   Robert Irvine, Douglas Park Golf Club





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Monday, August 03, 2015

TOP FINISHERS ON SUNDAY IN US PGA TOUR EVENT

+Scottish note: Russell Knos tied for 39th place.

Troy Merritt
    -18     F     -4     70     68     61     67     266   
Rickie Fowler
    -15     F     -2     67     65     68     69     269    
David Lingmerth
    -14     F     -2     68     65     68     69     270   
Justin Thomas
    -12     F     -4     66     71     68     67     272  
Danny Lee
    -12     F     -2     67     67     69     69     272  
Bill Haas
    -12     F     -1     67     71     64     70     272    
Justin Rose
    -12     F     -1     66     71     65     70     272   
Carl Pettersson
    -12     F     -1     70     68     64     70     272 
Jason Bohn
    -12     F     E     67     67     67     71     272    
Ryo Ishikawa
    -11     F     E     63     68     71     71     273    
Chad Campbell
    -10     F     -4     68     70     69     67     274   
Steve Wheatcroft
    -10     F     -3     65     73     68     68     274   
Whee Kim
    -10     F     2     68     66     67     73     274    
Charles Howell III
    -10     F     2     67     67     67     73     274 
Greg Owen
    -9     F     -3     66     68     73     68     275  
Brian Davis
    -9     F     -2     70     70     66     69     275    
Ollie Schniederjans
    -9     F     1     66     69     68     72     275           
Tiger Woods
    -8     F     -3     68     66     74     68     276   
Jason Kokrak
    -8     F     -1     71     68     67     70     276   
Kevin Chappell
    -8     F     6     64     68     67     77     276    
Will Wilcox
    -7     F     -3     68     71     70     68     277 
Jimmy Walker
    -7     F     -1     71     63     73     70     277
    -7     F     -1     68     72     67     70     277       
Brice Garnett
    -7     F     E     69     65     72     71     277           
Pat Perez
    -7     F     E     67     67     72     71     277    
Adam Hadwin
    -7     F     E     67     70     69     71     277          
John Peterson
    -7     F     1     67     70     68     72     277          
Cameron Tringale
    -7     F     2     68     69     67     73     277    
Andres Romero
    -7     F     1     69     69     67     72     277   
Carlos Ortiz
    -6     F     -5     71     69     72     66     278 
Jim Herman
    -6     F     -3     68     71     71     68     278  
Ken Duke
    -6     F     -3     73     67     70     68     278           
Jonas Blixt
    -6     F     -2     66     74     69     69     278    
John Huh
    -6     F     -1     70     67     71     70     278    
K.J. Choi
    -6     F     -1     69     68     71     70     278   
George McNeill
    -6     F     -1     71     68     69     70     278    
Vaughn Taylor
    -6     F     3     70     70     64     74     278      
Brendan Steele
    -6     F     3     70     68     66     74     278  
Bryce Molder
    -5     F     -2     69     69     72     69     279
Tom Hoge
    -5     F     -1     69     70     70     70     279              
Mark Wilson
    -5     F     E     68     69     71     71     279  
James Hahn
    -5     F     E     71     67     70     71     279     36     35     1       
Russell Knox
    -5     F     1     69     67     71     72     279     39     39     --    
    T39     6        
Tony Finau
    -5     F     1     71     67     69     72     279     40     40     --    
    T39     18        
Colt Knost
    -5     F     2     71     67     68     73     279     82     81     1    
    T46     17        
Billy Hurley III
    -4     F     -3     70     70     72     68     280     131     132     1    
    T46     3        
Aaron Baddeley
    -4     F     E     69     68     72     71     280     146     149     3    
    T46     3        
Harris English
    -4     F     E     70     67     72     71     280     44     43     1    
    T46     4        
Kyle Reifers
    -4     F     1     71     67     70     72     280     118     122     4    
    T46     13        
Retief Goosen
    -4     F     2     63     73     71     73     280     110     116     6    
    T46     25        
Ernie Els
    -4     F     3     64     74     68     74     280     176     181     5    
    T52     11        
S.J. Park
    -3     F     -2     68     72     72     69     281     123     125     2    
    T52     3        
Nick Taylor
    -3     F     1     68     69     72     72     281     95     92     3    
    T52     3        
Vijay Singh
    -3     F     1     69     70     70     72     281     124     126     2    
    T52     19        
Jonathan Randolph
    -3     F     3     69     68     70     74     281     172     174     2    
    T52     31        
Justin Leonard
    -3     F     4     64     72     70     75     281     187     188     1    
    T52     31        
Gonzalo Fdez-Castano
    -3     F     4     66     71     69     75     281     168     172     4    
    T52     31        
Shawn Stefani
    -3     F     4     71     67     68     75     281     35     33     2    
    T59     4        
Michael Putnam
    -2     F     -1     71     66     75     70     282     128     128     --    
    T59     4        
Brendon de Jonge
    -2     F     -1     69     70     73     70     282     43     41     2    
    T61     2        
Jonathan Byrd
    -1     F     E     68     72     72     71     283     163     165     2    
    T61     12        
John Merrick
    -1     F     3     72     68     69     74     283   
William McGirt
    E     F     E     69     69     75     71     284   
Jeff Overton
    E     F     1     65     73     74     72     284    
J.J. Henry
    E     F     6     70     69     68     77     284    
Ricky Barnes
    E     F     7     69     68     69     78     284     151     151     --    
    T67     6        
Patrick Rodgers
    2     F     4     66     72     73     75     286     --     --     --    
    T67     10        
Mark Hubbard
    2     F     5     65     74     71     76     286     158     157     1    
    T67     55        
Steven Bowditch
    2     F     12     68     68     67     83     286   
Chesson Hadley
    3     F     2     69     71     74     73     287   
Erik Compton
    4     F     6     70     69     72     77     288    
Arjun Atwal
    5     F     5     66     71     76     76     289  
Max Homa
    5     F     6     72     68     72     77     289    
Nicholas Thompson
    8     F     3     70     69     79     74     292   
Seung-Yul Noh
    9     F     6     68     72     76     77     293   

Pitlochry scoreboard

Hi Colin
 
Results from Highland Open Qualifying Round 1 (of 2), played Monday
LOWEST SCRATCH SCORESAmateur men
Glenn Campbell (Blairgowrie) 67
Grant Stewart (Pitlochry) 68
Tom McLevy (Blairgowrie) 68
Blaine McGowan (Thornton) 69
Willy Hutton (Pitlochry) 69
Mark Rose (Pitlochry) 69
Paul Cameron (Pitlochry) 70
Blair Stephen (Pitlochry) 71
Daniel Smith (Sickleholme) 71
Ian Panton (Royal Burgess) 72
Graeme Millar (Blair Atholl) 72
Wayne Crole (Blairgowrie) 72
 
Best net scores:
Malcolm Fleming (Haddington) (25) - 60
Daniel Smith (Sickleholme) (8) - 63
Paul Cameron (Pitlochry) (6) - 64
 

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Tiger Woods finishes T18, rises in Official World Golf Ranking

Tiger Woods, shown at the 2015 Quicken Loans National

FROM THE GOLF CHANNEL WEBSITE

Not that it will be greeted by a massive celebration within the cozy confines of Team Tiger Woods, but for the first time in four months, forward progress can be documented.
Drum roll, please . . . Tiger Woods has improved to No. 262 in the Official World Golf Ranking.
Stunning, yes, to think that moving up four spots to 262nd is seen as progress for a guy who was once so cemented into the No. 1 position, but this is Woods’ golf in the summer of 2015. His share of 18th place in the Quicken Loans National was embraced as positive stuff, especially shooting in the 60s three times and closing with a 68, and while he was still a whopping 10 behind the winner, Troy Merritt, it at least allowed Woods to stop this slide that has been weekly for four months.
The last time Woods actually improved in the OWGR was April 12 when he jumped from 111th to 101st.
There remains a multitude of ways to digest exactly how far the greatest player of his generation has tumbled, but consider the happiness that seems to exist given Woods’ T-18 at Robert Trent Jones Golf Club. Back in the day a T-18 would leave him disgusted, but it’s actually his second-best finish since 2014, behind only the T-17 at this year’s Masters.
A tie for 17th is his best? Crazy.
Take four of his most productive seasons — 2000, 2004, 2007, 2008, for instance — and in those he played in a combined 63 PGA Tour tournaments, never missed a cut, and finished better than T-17 a whopping 56 times, 21 of them wins.
Then Tiger Woods would have laughed at a T-18, but given his current state of affairs, he’ll take it. Consider it part “of the process.”
What the T-18 didn’t do, however, was make a significant dent in his FedEx Cup standings. Woods improved just 12 spots, but at 185th he’s still miles from being within the top 125 and he’s not qualified for the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational — a proverbial FedEx Cup and cash giveaway — for the first time ever.
So unless Woods has a rousing PGA Championship (and he’s been T-24 and T-28 in two trips to Whistling Straits) or possible Wyndham Championship (and he’s never played the event), he’ll miss the FedEx Cup playoffs for a second straight year and three of the past five.
Elsewhere in the OWGR, Quicken Loans winner Troy Merritt jumped from 180th to 99th (and earned himself a trip to Akron, Ohio, for the Bridgestone in lieu of a start in Reno, Nev.), while Rickie Fowler moved back into fifth, matching his best career position in the ranking.
Here's a look at the top 10 (with average points):

  1. Rory McIlroy, 12.49
  2. Jordan Spieth, 11.42
  3. Bubba Watson, 7.54
  4. Jason Day, 6.92
  5. Rickie Fowler, 6.67
  6. Jim Furyk, 6.58
  7. Dustin Johnson, 6.55
  8. Justin Rose, 6.42
  9. Henrik Stenson, 6.07
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Link to St Andrews Boys Open Qualifying Round scores

ST ANDREWS BOYS' OPEN SHOWS ITS

INTERNATIONAL FLAVOUR

One player from Japan and two from France made up the three leading qualifiers as the St Andrews' annual boys' open showed its internatonal appeal to teenagers
at large in the golfing world.
Yuko Shino and Gabriel Navau topped the qualifiers for the match-play stages with 66s, one ahead of David Rafetto.
Graeme Greer (Carluke), in fourth place with a 68, was the leading British qualifier
LEADING QUALIFIERS
66 Y Shino (Jap), G Naveau (Fra)
67 D Ravetto (Fra)
68 G Greer (Carluke)
69 H Brown (Den), N Blyth (Ger), G Evans (Barnham Broom), R Geissler (Ger)
70 S Done (Kenwick Park), M Rodriquez (Fra), K Reid (Balmore)
71 C Daughtrey (Rotherham), A Ni (Murrayfield).
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 Henry, McArthur second and third behind Kakko in Madeira Islands Open
 
 EUROPEAN TOUR COMMUNICATIONS
Roope Kakko became the second Finnish winner in European Tour history as he carded a flawless nine under par final round 63 to be crowned 2015 Madeira Islands Open – Portugal – BPI champion.

The 33 year old finished three shots clear of Scotland’s Scott Henry thanks to a stunning 17 under par weekend, following up an eight under third round with the best final round by a European Tour winner this season to set a new record for the lowest winning score in the tournament’s 22 year history at 24 under par.

It was Henry who came out of the blocks quickest at the sun-drenched Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra, moving two shots clear of his playing partners, Kakko and third round leader Pontus Widegren of Sweden, with three successive opening birdies.

Kakko cut a determined figure, however, and he picked up a trio of successive birdies from the fifth to reach the turn one shot ahead of the chasing pack.

The Espoo player chipped in at the par four tenth for eagle and followed that up with his fifth birdie of the day at the 11th, before picking up two more shots down the stretch to cruise to victory - putting his name alongside Mikko Ilonen on the list of Finnish European Tour champions in the process.

“I’m speechless,” said Kakko. “I came here to try and win this event and change my career so I’m over the moon to have done it.

“There was a lot of pressure but I had some pretty good thoughts in me, so I was able to handle it today. Sometimes it doesn’t go the way you plan it but it all went my way today.

“I told myself to just stick to my game plan and eventually I’m going to make a few birdies. I actually targeted a 67 today and I went a bit lower than that, so that was great.

“On Saturday I had a plan to just get into contention on Sunday and it worked. Scott and I played incredible golf today.

 “This is definitely the best moment of my career but I have to say that it really helped me to have won two years ago on the Challenge Tour in Oman. I was at a stage where I really needed to win and I did it, and that really helped me today, calmed me down when the pressure was on.”

The two-time Challenge Tour winner let out an almighty roar after sealing the victory with a par putt at the 18th and he did admit that the enormity of the occasion did take its toll during the round.

His caddie came to the rescue at the most opportune time, however, and now he is looking forward to returning to The European Tour a better and more experienced player.

“I was really nervous coming down the stretch on the last five holes,” he said. “I almost started crying with three holes to go – I was really getting emotional. But my caddie was very helpful, he gave me a couple of songs to sing and cracked a few jokes and that really helped me get into the moment.

“Of course, I’m playing on The European Tour now so that changes everything. I might take a bit of a break now, not play many events towards the end of the year, and really be ready to play alongside the best players in the world next season.”

Henry secured his second consecutive runner-up finish at this event, having been defeated by England’s Daniel Brooks in a play-off last year, after a six under par 66 earned him a 21 under total. It was the Glaswegian’s best finish of the season and moved him from 73rd in the Challenge Tour’s Road to Oman Rankings to sixth.

His compatriot Andrew McArthur recorded a third top three finish of the season, also carding a nine under par 63 to finish in outright third place on 18 under and moving to fourth place in the Road to Oman in the process.
Widegren, the third round leader, could only manage a level par round of 72 and he finished in a share of fourth place on 16 under, alongside his fellow countryman Sebastian Soderberg.

Tiago Cruz was the best of the Portuguese after a four under par final 68 round earned him a tied tenth place finish, a shot better than 2012 Madeira Islands Open champion Ricardo Santos and his fellow European Tour winner José-Filipe Lima.
FINAL TOTALS
264 R Kakko  (Fin) 66 71 64 63,
267 S Henry  (Sco) 66 70 65 66,
270 A McArthur  (Sco) 68 70 69 63,
272 S Soderberg (Swe) 67 74 66 65, P Widegren  (Swe) 67 66 67 72,
273 T Murray (Eng) 70 68 68 67,
274 C Shinkwin (Eng) 68 70 70 66, B Stone (RSA) 68 68 66 72, B Åkesson (Swe) 71 65 68 70,
275 R Fox (Nzl) 65 73 72 65, F Andersson Hed (Swe) 72 69 68 66, T Cruz  (Por) 73 69 65 68,
276 R Santos  (Por) 66 76 69 65, J Lima  (Por) 70 68 69 69, P Relecom  (Bel) 68 68 70 70,
277 C Mivis  (Bel) 70 69 69 69, R Davies (Wal) 67 71 67 72,
278 A Tadini (Ita) 68 71 70 69, C Paisley  (Eng) 66 72 70 70, C Del Moral (Esp) 69 70 68 71, A Otaegui  (Esp) 70 71 68 69, N Elvira  (Esp) 64 74 72 68, A Hartø  (Den) 66 74 67 71, G Murray  (Sco) 69 71 69 69,
279 R Gouveia (Por) 68 72 71 68, N Geyger (Chi) 69 72 69 69, J Gonnet  (Fra) 69 69 72 69, P Oriol (Esp) 66 71 74 68, A Hortal  (Esp) 63 71 72 73,
280 T Van Der Walt (RSA) 70 72 70 68, S Walker (Eng) 67 66 73 74,
281 J Heath  (Eng) 70 69 68 74, A Pavan (Ita) 70 70 72 69,
282 S Hutsby  (Eng) 68 73 72 69, J Huldahl (Den) 71 69 74 68, S Tiley (Eng) 68 73 71 70, E Bertheussen (Nor) 72 69 70 71, S Einhaus (Ger) 69 72 69 72, M Søgaard  (Den) 71 69 71 71, J Scrivener (Aus) 72 70 69 71, A Gee  (Eng) 71 70 73 68,
283 M Armitage (Eng) 71 70 73 69, D Huizing (Ned) 68 71 71 73, P Maddy (Eng) 68 71 73 71, J McLeary  (Sco) 72 69 70 72,
284 S Jeppesen  (Swe) 67 75 72 70, R McGee (Irl) 69 73 72 70, S Manley (Wal) 66 75 73 70, C Hanson (Eng) 69 72 74 69, K Phelan (Irl) 69 69 69 77, E Cuartero Blanco  (Esp) 70 70 74 70,
285 S Gros (Fra) 65 75 72 73, D Vancsik (Arg) 68 72 72 73, P Figueiredo  (Por) 73 69 71 72,
286 W Harrold (Eng) 70 70 72 74, J Walters (RSA) 67 73 72 74, D Im (USA) 67 73 69 77,
287 S Wakefield (Eng) 69 73 74 71, C Arendell (USA) 69 73 71 74,
288 S Fallon (Eng) 68 69 72 79, J Doherty  (Sco) 71 71 75 71,
289 M Schneider (Ger) 66 72 76 75,
290 J Hansen  (Den) 67 71 72 80, N Quintarelli (Ita) 71 70 75 74,
291 F Calmels  (Fra) 69 73 73 76,


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Results from Pitlochry

Hi Colin
Weekend results in Highland Open preliminary competitions 
 
Saturday :
 
Highland Open Texas Scramble - winners:
D Braine (Pitlochry), G Carruthers (Pitlochry), S Walker (Dunstanburgh), M Lang (Pitlochry) - 52.4 net (bih)
 
Sunday
George Hogg Trophy (Handicap)
 
1st - Bill Curran (Peace Portal, Canada) (15) - 65 (bih)
2nd - Andy Burrows (Pitlochry) (6) - 65
3rd - Alex Hill (Pitlochry) (18) - 66 bih
 
The winner of the John "Puff" Rutherford trophy for the best scratch was:
 
Blair Stephen (Pitlochry) with 68 (bih)
 

 

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Keith Pelley's first day as Chief Exec of 

European Tour

NEWS RELEASE
A new era in golf unfolds today – Monday August 3 – when Keith Pelley officially begins his tenure as Chief Executive of The European Tour.

The 51 year old Canadian will bring not only his extensive business pedigree across the Atlantic, but also his in-depth knowledge of professional sport and media, having worked across both industries for the past 30 years.

Latterly President of the Rogers Media conglomerate in Canada, Pelley was also President of Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games. Earlier in his career he was CEO of the Canadian Football League’s Toronto Argonauts, during which the team won the championship title in his first year of leadership.

“I said back in April, when news of my impending appointment was released, that I was proud and honoured to be joining The European Tour as its new Chief Executive and those feelings resonated once again when I walked through the front door for the first time officially this morning,” said Pelley.

“Over these past three months I have travelled and spoken to many people involved with The European Tour and I have been encouraged to find that the Tour already has a highly regarded reputation worldwide – naturally I will be seeking to build and expand on that in the years ahead.

“I have also seen how our European Tour members have excelled on the global stage in recent years and it is appropriate that my first two weeks at the helm sees them vie for a World Golf Championship title in Ohio and a Major Championship in Wisconsin. Naturally I wish them all well in that quest.
“Finally, I have spent the majority of my career working in the media and I was therefore delighted to meet many of the guys who cover our sport on a regular basis during my trip to Wentworth in May. As I said then, I look forward to getting to know them all and working together with them to help promote The European Tour in the future.”
Pelley will become only the fourth Chief Executive in the history of The European Tour, following in the footsteps of the Tour’s original founding father John Jacobs OBE (1971 – 1974), Ken Schofield CBE (1975 – 2004) and George O’Grady CBE (2005 – 2015).
David Williams, Chairman of the Board of Directors of The European Tour, said, “On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to welcome Keith officially as our new Chief Executive. His experience as a senior business leader and team builder, his extensive media and broadcast background and his interest in sport all fit perfectly with our agenda moving forward.
“As he has seen for himself already first hand, this is an exciting time for The European Tour. We have some of the best players in the world alongside some of the most exciting tournaments and I know Keith will build on the framework put in place by George O’Grady over the past ten years.”
Thomas Bjørn, a 15-time winner on The European Tour and Chairman of the Tournament Committee, said: “On behalf of the players, I am very pleased to welcome Keith as our new Chief Executive. Having spoken with him on numerous occasions I am very much aware of the desire he possesses to drive the Tour forward in every direction, which can only be good news for everyone associated with European golf.
“Personally, I am also delighted that the first regular European Tour event he will attend will be the Made in Denmark tournament in Farsø later this month. I look forward not only to welcoming him to the Himmerland Resort that week, but also to working alongside him in the future.” 
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MacLean wins Ralston Rosebowl by five shots

 Chris MacLean (Balmore), right, with Ralston club captain Graham Clark

Young Balmore player Chris MacLean won the Ralston Rosebowl by five shots on Saturday after a superb second round of 66. He also picked up the Muir Jamison Trophy for the best Under-23 years performer.

Home course player David Dickson, pictured right, won the handicap section by two shots with a net total of 142

CSS am: home 71, away 73 (reductions only)
CSS pm: home 72, away 72

SCRATCH

138 Chris McLean ( Balmore) 72 66
143 Dominic Dougan (Airdrie) 74 69
144 Craig Watson (East Renfrewshire) 72 72
145 Gordon Black (Ralston) 75 70 , David Sibbald (Bonnyton) 73 72
146 Greg Brown (Cathkin Braes) 76 70
147 James Wilson (Balmore) 76 71, Willie MacMillan (Bonnyton) 72 75

138 Chris MacLean (Balmore) 72 66
143 Dominic Dougan (Airdrie) 74 69
144 Craig Watson (East Renfrewshire) 72 72
145 Gordon Black (Ralston) 75 70 , David Sibbald (Bonnyton) 73 72
147 James Wilson (Balmore) 76 71, Willie MacMillan (Bonnyton) 72 75
HANDICAP
142 David Dickson (3) (Ralston) 68 74
144 Greg Brown (1) (Cathkin Braes) 75 69
145 Richard Johnstone (2)  (Glenbervie) 75 70, Con O'Neil (9) (Ralston) 69 76

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