Monday, October 24, 2011


After a faltering start to the West League campaign, captain Ronnie Clark made a number of changes for the key match against Dunbartonshire at Dumbarton Golf Club.
Renfrewshire won 8-2.
The situation was that Renfrewshire had to win, Glasgow Golf Union had to lose its match against Stirlingshire and Renfrewshire still have to beat Glasgow in the one remaining league match to win the League title for the tenth year in a row.
Among the notable absentees was number one player, Matt Clark, who had lost in all three previous outings. His place was taken by Michael Campbell (Renfrew) who looked comfortable against Andy Campbell (Dumbarton) until Andy staged a late comeback but Michael held on to win by one hole. Dunbartonshire then showed their strength with two good wins by Windyhill’s Kevin Smyth and Eric Gall (Dullatur).
As heavy rain added to the surface water on the course, the match then swung in Renfrewshire’s favour as Willie McMillan (Eastwood) beat home player Eamon McElroy 5 and 4 and Ranfurly Castle’s Gregor Munro saw off David Curtis (Dullatur) 5 and 3.
These wins, and the news that Glasgow was struggling, inspired the rest of the team and all the remaining games resulted in Renfrewshire wins. Having learned that Glasgow had lost, Ronnie Clark said that he was delighted with the team performance and positive attitude in very difficult playing conditions and that he was looking forward to the title decider against Glasgow next weekend.

Full results
Michael Campbell (Renfrew) bt Andy Campbell (Dumbarton) 1 hole
Gary Price (Paisley) lost to Kevin Smyth (Windyhill) 5 and 4
Willie McMillan (Eastwood) bt Eamon McElroy (Dumbarton) 5 and 4
Chris Guthrie (Paisley) lost to Eric Gall (Dullatur) 4 and 3
Kenny Fairbrother (Cochrane Castle) bt Peter Haggerty (Helensburgh) 1 hole
Gregor Munro (Ranfurly Castle) bt David Curtis (Dullatur) 5 and 3
Ross Campbell (Gourock) bt Graeme Stewart (Lenzie) 1 hole
David Ferguson (Paisley) bt Grant Minnes (Hayston) 5 and 3
Murray Stewart (Ranfurly Castle) bt Craig Checkley (Vale of Leven) 2 holes
Alan Kelly (Cochrane Castle) bt David Wylie (Lenzie) 2 holes



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