Thursday, November 19, 2009

Renfrewshire Golf Union's A Team, winners of the West of Scotland League.

Renfrewshire Golf Union's successful youths team.

Having already won the Scottish area team championship, the Renfrewshire Golf Union Youth and A Teams were determined to add the West of Scotland League trophies to the collection. Previous results meant that the final games of the season were essential wins for both teams if that was going to be achieved.
The Youth Team had a home game at Elderslie Golf Club against Dunbartonshire and early results were not encouraging with 16-year-old John Henry (Clydebank and District) drawing first blood against Bonnyton’s Andrew McLachlan.
Michael Campbell (Renfrew) and Sam Binning (Ranfurly Castle) recorded good wins to give team managers Rob Crusher and Stewart Jamieson hope of the required victory and by the time Johnny Caldwell (Greenock) came off the 18th hole two up with his well known winning smile, the teams were level at three games each.
It was left to Alex Ferguson and Alistair Lauder from Paisley GC and Greenock’s Graeme Forbes to add the three wins needed for full points. Alex won 4 and 2, Alistair 4 and 3 and Graeme held his nerve at the 18th for a one hole victory against Matthew Anderson of Douglas Park.
Winning by six matches to four was enough to see the Junior League Cup added to the trophy cabinet.
The full Renfrewshire squad was:
Sam Binning, Jack Bradley, Johnny Caldwell, Michael Campbell, Alex Ferguson, Graeme Forbes, Darryn Grant, Jordan Grant, Alistair Lauder, David Lawson, Allan Johnston, Andrew McLachlan and Daniel Muir.
The A Team squad over the West League campaign was:
Bryan Adam and Gary Price (Paisley), Michael Campbell (Renfrew), Murdo Carmichael and David MacFarlane (Greenock), Ronnie Clark and Michael Dailly (Erskine), Nicky Gold (Bonnyton), Steven Higgins (Gourock), Derek Anderson and Scott McGrenaghan (Cochrane Castle), Craig Watson and Colin Thompson (East Renfrewshire), Willie MacMillan (Eastwood), Graeme Campbell (Old Ranfurly), Matt Clark, Brian Smith and David Miller (Kilmacolm), Gregor Munro (Ranfurly Castle) and Paul Alexander (Caldwell).

The team travelled to Lenzie Golf Club to face Dunbartonshire needing a win and Scottish international Craig Watson led the way with a 2 and 1 victory.
Bryan Adam won comfortably 4 and 3 and Colin Thompson, Nicky Gold and Willie McMillan all recorded good wins.
Gary Price added the essential final win with a comfortable 4 and 3 victory and the champagne bottles popped as the third trophy made its way to Renfrewshire.



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