Monday, July 12, 2010

Hugh Hunter's Clackmannan County News

In the annual match against Stirlingshire, the Clackmannan team fought well to secure a halved match at 5 games each in 10 a side singles. It was a very good result away from home, in difficult windy conditions over the flat Falkirk Tryst golf course where distances are difficult to judge for visitors.
Top Clackmannan performance came from Dollar’s Gary Chalmers with a two under par score for a win on the 14th green. In another high quality match, Jamie Aitken (Alloa) held on to a 2 hole lead at the turn to win on the 17th, and there were further narrow wins from the other two Alloa players David Milloy who turned round a one hole deficit after nine to win on the last green and John Salmond who held on to a narrow lead all the way.
Tulliallan’s John Maxwell squared his game at the 15th with a long putt for a birdie 2, and also held on for a one hole win. Team Captain John Gullen was pleased “The team have only lost one match this season, and hopefully the County can add some good new players to its teams. Although losing on the last hole, Braehead’s Alan Watson can be pleased that he took Jamie Lynch-- local player and Scottish Boys semi-finalist-- to the last green in his first match for Clackmannan County. In fact Jamie had to call on all his reserves to square the match at the 17th with a good putt followed by an iron hit very close at the 18th to win by one hole”

 (Clackmannan names first)
1. Jamie Aitken (Alloa) beat Mark Hislop (Glenbervie) 2/1
2. Ross Benvie (Braehead) lost to Steven Ferguson (Falkirk Tryst) 6/5
3. Scott Moffat (Alloa) lost to James Donaldson (Falkirk Tryst) 2/1
4. Alan Watson (Braehead) lost to Jamie Lynch (Falkirk Tryst) 1 hole
5. John Maxwell (Tulliallan) beat Stuart Haddow (Falkirk) 1 hole
6. David Milloy (Alloa) beat George McNairney (Falkirk Tryst) 1 hole
7. Scott Baird (Tillicoultry) lost to Ryan Campbell (Grangemouth) 8/7
8. John Salmond (Alloa) beat Trevor Kelly (Bridge of Allan) 1 hole
9. Gary Chalmers (Dollar) beat Mark Cox (Falkirk) 5/4
10. John Gullen (Tillicoultry) lost to Tommy Wilson (Glenbervie) 1 hole


Alva’s Lawrence Allan continues to improve and produce good scores. His latest effort was tat the Scottish under 16’s event held at Auchterarder last week. Lawrence made the cut easily by 7 shots with two rounds of 71 and 72. In the final round played in difficult conditions, he scored 72 to finish a highly creditable seventh equal position and third equal Scot in the field of around 50. His three round aggregate of 215 was 8 over par and 7 shots behind the winner Remo Fueg from Switzerland .
Lawrence will be piling up the air miles over the next two weeks--- first he is in the south east of England this week as part of the Scottish squad competing in the English Under 16’s at Princes golf course. Within a week he is then off to Hungary to represent Scotland in the European Junior Masters for under 16’s Each country entered is represented by a team of four—two girls and two boys---competing for a team trophy as well as the individual event. County Junior Convenor Sam Kinnaird is very pleased “The County (and especially Alva Golf Club where he is well supported) hopes he does well and produces some good scores.” The event is played over 54 holes at the Royal Balatan Golf and Yacht Club-----now that’s an interesting picture.

It was good to see both Bob Stewart and Callum Macaulay come back from last week’s disappointing results. In the Scottish Seniors Society tournament at Lanark, Bob finished in 4th equal position with rounds of 75 and 71 over the par 72 course. His aggregate of 146 was 4 shots behind the winner and his 71 was one of the lowest scores of the day. Phil Dempsey also from Tulliallan finished in 11th position 3 shots back with rounds of 75 and 74.
On the professional side, Tulliallan’s Callum Macaulay finished well up in the Challenge Tour event held at Lyon. Saving the best till last, Callum scorched back in his final round with an inward nine of 31 containing 4 birdies. His four sub par rounds of 70, 69, 70,66 gave him a nine under par aggregate of 275, nine shots behind the winner, the second top Scot and a share of sixteenth place which will help him considerably in the rankings.

Not to be outdone by the seniors, Alloa’s John Salmond put in an excellent performance in the King James VI Junior Open held on the island course in Perth. John took the trophy with a three under par score of 67, winning by 5 shots. Braehead’s Jordan Struthers continued the good work with a second place in the handicap section with a score of 75 -9 =66.

In the Clubgolf Junior Master Regional finals, only one Club from the County will be represented. Alloa junior golfers Calum Boyd and Jack Dowie will be competing at Glencorse golf course near Edinburgh for a place in the National finals to be held at the Renaissance Club in East Lothian on the 3rd October. There are four Regional finals and around 80 Clubs are competing for about 50 places in the final, so there will be around 12 qualifiers at each venue.



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