Thursday, May 19, 2011


This afternoon's semi finals of the Senior Northern Counties Cup at Elgin Golf Club involves four clubs from the North area after the two remaining North East clubs, Deeside and Cruden Bay lost in this morning's quarter-finals.
Holders of the B D Fraser Cup, Moray Golf Club, beat Deeside by eight holes,first pair Jim Young and Pat Smith three hole winners over Deeside's Neil Harper and Dave Bisset. Chris Macleod and Michael Dean were five up on Roy Burnett and R Bickerton.
In the eagerly all Moray semi final the holders will play old rivals Elgin who accounted for Royal Dornoch with a three hole margin. Locals Bryce Milne and John Porter wining by one hole over Bert Nicholson and Peter Lee and John Innes and club secretary Gary Able finished two up on Dornoch's Alan Ramsey and Peter Haworth.
Fortrose and Rosemarkie beat Ross-shire neighbors Strathpeffer Spa by eight holes. Fortrose's first couple Willie Donnelly and John Hearman were five up on James Garrow and Michael Wilson and second couple Malcolm MacArthur and Louis MacLeman finished three holes to the good over Philip Bannerman and Derek Gruber.
Fortrose's opponents in the semi finals are The Nairn whose first string Ian Cooper and Peter Saggers lost by one hole to Cruden Bay's Bill Livingston and Will Davidson-Gall, but a four hole win for Nairn's Pat Tomisson and James Walton carried the North club through.


Holders through to final at Elgin
Moray Golf Club, holders of the B D Fraser Senior Northern Counties Cup, a double foursomes inter club competition between clubs from the North East, North and the Northern Isles are through to the final of this year's competition and bidding to become the first club since inauguration in 2002 to make a successful defence.
In tomorrow morning's final Moray who won for the first time last year will play The Nairn Golf Club who have reached their first final after a three hole victory over Fortrose and Rosemarkie. The Nairn's second string Pat Tomisson and James Walton again pulling their first couple through with a three hole win over Fortrose and Rosemarkie pair Willie Donnelly and John Hearman after the first two couples finished level
The other semi final, between Moray and hosts Elgin, was stalemate after twelve holes with Elgin's Bryce Milne and John Porter losing the 12th to have their lead cut back to two holes over Jim Young and Pat Smith.
 Coming behind Moray's Chris Macleod holed for an eagle two at the 12th to go two up on Gary Able and John Innes. Over the remaining six holes the Moray couples dominated. Young and Smith came back to win by two while Macleod and Mike Dean extended their lead to a finishing five holes for Moray to continue their defence into the final by seven holes.



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