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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

WATSON AND CLARK MADE GREAT START TO ORDER OF MERIT

NEWS RELEASE FROM RENFREWSHIRE GOLF UNION
By DON BREMNER

SCOTTISH GOLF UNION ORDER OF MERIT
Renfrewshire Golf Union squad members Craig Watson (East Renfrewshire) and Matthew Clark (Kilmacolm) have made a great start in the race to top the SGU Order of Merit. 
The opening event was at Craigmillar Park and Craig, pictured left by Cal Carson Golf Agency, the former British amateur champion and Craigmillar Park Open winner in 1994, was in a strong position after opening rounds of 68 and 66. 
He slipped a bit with a third round 70 to be four shots behind but an outstanding final round of 64 was good enough for second place behind Graeme Robertson of Glenbervie.
Matthew Clark, pictured above right by Cal Carson Golf Agency, started well with an opening round of 65 but a second round 72 left him well down the field.  However, rounds of 67 and 66 on the final day were good enough to give him a fourth spot and valuable Order of Merit points.
A long way to go but an encouraging start for both.
PAUL LAWRIE FOUNDATION
SCOTTISH BOYS' CHAMPIONSHIP

While there was disappointment with the early exit of the bulk of the Renfrewshire boys competing in this prestigious competition at Murcar Links, this was more than compensated by the performance of the boys who survived the early rounds – Fraser Lauder (Paisley), Colin Edgar (Cochrane Castle), Martin McCorkell (Gleddoch) and Paul Reilly (Lochwinnoch).
Fraser made it to round three but was beaten 4 and 3 by Lewis Bain from Turnhouse.  Colin disposed of his first three opponents convincingly – 5 and 4, 5 and 4 then a great 6 and 5 victory over Ross White from Muckhart.  However, in round four he bowed out when Andrew Burgess of Nairn, beaten on the seventeenth green. 
Martin also had a good tournament which included a great 5 and 3 victory over Gavin Petrie (Forfar) but was unlucky to draw the eventual semi finalist, Connar Cook, in the fourth round. 
The lone survivor into round five was 17-year-old Paul Reilly whose cheerful confidence had been enough to see off his previous four opponents very convincingly -  including a massive 6 and 5 win against the fancied Ben Craggs from Glenbervie. 
Reilly started well in his match against eventual finalist Ewan Scott and was two up after seven holes. He then started to find bunker after bunker and, by the 16th, the match was all square. 
A birdie from Ewan followed by a great par into the wind at the 17th was enough to end Paul’s run but it was an excellent performance and one which will give him great confidence for the future.

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