Monday, July 05, 2010

Hugh Hunter's Clackmannan County News


The Alexander Trophy, dating from 1914, is a competition among Stirling and Clackmannan Golf Clubs—the best three scores from four over 18 holes decide the winning club.
Local clubs have enjoyed considerable success over the years - Alloa has won it 14 times and Tulliallan eight.
2010 is not one of the better years for Clackmannan clubs. The best performance came from Dollar who finished sixth among the 11 competing teams over the Falkirk course.
In difficult weather conditions, with strong winds and rain, golf shot making became very difficult, and proved a severe test for many competitors.
Only two Clackmannan Clubs were represented - Dollar and Alloa - the Braehead team withdrawing at the last minute. Alloa team captain Jamie Aitken recorded a good 75, but it was in vain with two other team members failing to return a score
 1 Falkirk 228 (75, 76, 77).
 2 Stirling Junior and Youth Society 231
 3 Falkirk Tryst 232
Clackmannan county positions:
 6 Dollar (245).
 10= Alloa.


Tulliallan’s Callum Macaulay just missed out playing in the Open when he lost in a play at the Final Qualifying competition at Ladybank, and missed the cut in the French Open a few days later… a pity since he played so well in the qualifying event.
Scottish senior international Bob Stewart (also Tulliallan) missed the cut in the 54-hole Scottish seniors championship at Pollok. Although Bob improved in his second round, he had left himself with too much to do, finishing five shots outside the 36-hole cut with rounds of 79 and 76
It’s tough at the top.
Hoping for a better performance, Callum is in the entry list for the Allianz Open in South France this week--- part of the Challenge Tour.

Local derby match against Stirlingshire takes place this Sunday over Falkirk Tryst Golf course and will be decided on ten singles matches for the first timE. The foursomes element has been abandoned.
Selected for Clackmannan are:
Ross Benvie, Alan Watson (Braehead); Scott Baird (Tillicoultry); Kevin Macfarlane, Lawrence Allan (Alva); John Maxwell (Tulliallan); John Salmond, Jamie Aitken David Milloy (Alloa); Gary Chalmers (Dollar).
Team captain John Gullen is reasonably confident.
 “With some regular team players unavailable, others have the chance to see what they can do," he says.
The match starts at 11am.


There was a prospect that the jostling for top spot would be clearly resolved last weekend. Alva had an emphatic win over Alloa at home, but the Tillicoultry v Braehead match was postponed. So at the minute, Alva boys are holding an overall lead in the competition.



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