Monday, June 07, 2010

Hugh Hunter's Clackmannan County News

Clackmannan boys' team line-up at Peebles. Image courtesy of Hugh Hunter.

The Clackmannan boys team put in an outstanding performance in the afternoon singles round of the Scottish Boys Area Team Championships at Peebles to lift the team to fourth position out of sixteen teams.
Over the par 70 layout, the two foursomes pairings found themselves in ninth position at lunchtime with rounds of 74 and 79. It was a different story in the afternoon when all four boys reached the turn close to even par--- John Salmond was one under, Scott Baird and Gary Chalmers were even and Lawrence Allan was one over.
On the second nine it was Gary and Lawrence who took their scores below par--- Lawrence finishing in 69 with birdies at 17 and 18 while Gary just missed out on a 68 when his putt just shaved the hole at the last. Team Captain Bill Hatley was highly pleased “After some disappointment at the morning scores, the boys came back strongly in the afternoon and were within two shots of taking the bronze medals. It was great to see a pair of 69’s opposite Clackmannan names, and the best performance by a Clackmannan boys team since the Clackmannan win in the 1970s.”

John Salmond (Alloa) & Scott Baird (Tillicoultry) 74
Gary Chalmers (Dollar) & Lawrence Allan (Alva) 79
Salmond 71; Allan 69; Chalmers 69 Baird 72
Team Total 362
Foursomes 153 plus best three scores 209
Leading Team Totals
1. Lothians 356
2 Lanarkshire 360
3. South 360
 4 Clackmannan 362.


The first two rounds of the County Match Play Championship were completed last week at Alloa and Dollar. In the first round, Alloa’s Jamie Aitken the holder lost on the last green to Scott Moffat. A close all Alloa match went in David Milloy’s favour and the biggest win of the evening came from Alva’s Michael Robertson.
In the second round, Michael Robertson continued on his winning ways with a fine win against Alloa’s Scott Moffat--- from 1 up at the 7th Michael forged ahead to win on the 15th. Dollar specialist Darren Hulston was in fine form against David Milloy, and Steven Horne turned his match around against Phil Dempsey.

Round 1
M Robertson (Alva) beat M Quinn (Tulliallan 7/6
S Moffat (Alloa) beat J Aitken (Alloa) 2 holes
J Muir (Braehead) beat A Watson (Braehead) 3/1
K Christie (Dollar) lost to J Todd (Braehead 4/3
S Horne (Tulliallan beat P Starkey (Braehead) 6/5
P Dempsey (Tulliallan) beat K McFarlane (Alva) 1 hole
D Milloy (Alloa) beat I Guthrie (Alloa) 1 hole
R Benvie (Braehead lost to D Hulston (Braehead) 2 holes

Robertson beat Moffat 4/3
Muir beat Todd 4/3
Horne beat Dempsey 2 holes
Hulston beat Milloy 6/4.

Dollar’s Scott Borrowman will be hoping for success in the Amateur Championship next week at North Berwick and Muirfield. 288 competitors will play 36 holes over both courses on Monday and Tuesday, and the leading 64 scores will play match play form Wednesday. Two years ago, Tulliallan’s Callum Macaulay had a very good run in the event reaching the semi-final stage. Scott tees off at 1.02 on North Berwick and 8.28 on Muirfield.



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