Monday, December 05, 2011



At the Annual General Meeting of Clackmannan County Golf Union held at Braehead Golf Club last week, the report for 2011 showed a satisfactory financial year - probably considered very good in the present economic circumstances.
It was agreed by the representatives present that the fees payable for the County events would be unchanged for another year. The entry fees for the County competitions represent good value when compared to green fees and give the County golfers a good opportunity to play the local courses and try for the prize vouchers.
With no more than a few miles travel within Clackmannanshire to reach a golf course, there is the added bonus of a low travel cost in these days of high fuel prices. The six  lubs in the Clackmannan Golf Union would all welcome new members. Perhaps a Golf membership is an ideal Christmas present, especially for new junior golf enthusiasts.

Office bearers remain unchanged for 2012:
President - George Kay
Vice-president - Bill Hatley
Secretary/Treasurer - Tommy Johnson
Junior Convener - Sam Kinnaird
SGU Representative - Kenneth Ellacott

The highly successful Clackmannan County Golf dinner has been scheduled for Braehead Golf Club on March 2. Tickets are very competitively priced at £22 and available from Tommy Johnson or Sam Kinnaird.


With a determined effort, Tulliallan’s Callum Macaulay made it through to the final qualifying for the 2012 European Tour. At the par 71 course at the El Valle resort in southern Spain, Callum finished in second equal position at his qualifying venue.
With 20 qualifiers going forward to the final stage, it was easy for Callum, thanks to two fine rounds of 65 and 66 in his four-round, 11 under par total. (66, 71, 65, 71).
Under the handicapping system used for Amateur golf, a 66 probably represented playing to a handicap of plus 8, and it shows just how high the standard is.
Out of the 18 Scots in Stage 2, only three made it to the difficult Stage 3, none of them top Scottish amateurs from 2011. Callum will be up against a strong field with the exemptions containing many European Tour winners.
It will be a six-round marathon at PGA Catalunya, Girona (December 10-15) with only 30 players or so gaining Tour cards for 2012 out of a field of around 150.
Even then there is no guarantee of an entry for every European Tour event. It’s a tough life.
Tulliallan golfers and the rest of the county will be wishing Macaulay the best of luck at the PGA Catalunya resort in the North-east of Spain. It's a par 72 stadium course measuring just over 7200 yards. Out of its 10 par 4s, only two are under 400 yards.



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