Sunday, July 01, 2012


The seventh Annual Junior Open was held on Friday 29th June at Erskine Golf Club on a day when swimwear was more the order of the day. This however did not deter the 85 participants who took part, including a contingent of 11 players who travelled north for the day from Dumfries and Galloway Junior Section. The course itself stood up to the very wet conditions and remained playable despite the heavy rain. This is due in no small measure to the great work carried out by the green keeping staff over the past few years, and again the course was presented in superb condition for the competition.
The competition was once again sponsored by local family run, Paisley based STRATHAND SECURITY, and their sponsorship was invaluable giving the organisers the opportunity to increase the Prize Fund for the various categories and to provide numerous novelty prizes. .
The Scratch Trophy was a close fought affair with no less than 4 players scoring 73 Gross, Calum Aiken – Kilmacolm, Ross Robertson – Old Course Ranfurly, Colin Edgar – Cochrane Castle and Martin McCorkell – Gleddoch with Calum winning on countback with the better inward half.
The Strathand Trophy, awarded to the player with the best net score saw 2 players, Jonathan Brown and Andrew MacAlpine both from Erskine tied on net 64, but with Jonathan winning on countback with the better inward 9 holes. Both will now see their handicaps reduced as a result of the good scores.
Apart from Jonathan, all the boys mentioned are in the Renfrewshire Golf Union coaching squad giving a sure indication that this is working.
The Girls Trophy generously provided as a result of the STRATHAND SECURITY sponsorship was won by Samantha Cowan – Cochrane Castle. The girls playing in the competition were in the last games out and suffered the worst of the weather, so well done to them for completing their rounds.
This is a Renfrewshire Junior Order of Merit Competition and Ross Robertson – Old Course Ranfurly currently leads both the Under 18 and Under 15 Competitions, with Colin Edgar – Cochrane Castle lying second in the Under 18’s and Kyle Turner – Cochrane Castle second in the Under15’s.

Leading Net Scores:-

Jonathan Brown                  Erskine                       83 – 19 – 64

Andrew MacAlpine Erskine                                   91 – 27 – 64
Christopher Martin Paisley                                    89 – 24 – 65
Craig McClure                    Greenock                    77 – 11 – 66
Fraser Johnston                  Paisley                         76 – 10 – 66
Kyle McIntyre                    Lochwinnoch               87 – 20 – 67
Ross McGinness                Eastwood                    74 – 7 – 67
Calum Aiken                       Kilmacolm                  73 – 6 – 67
Aaron Millar                       Fereneze                     80 – 13 – 67
Fraser Lawrie                      Lochwinnoch               81 – 14 – 67
Matthew Sutherland           Erskine                       74 – 6 – 68
Ross Robertson                  Old Ranfurly              73 – 4 – 69
Josh Houston                      Paisley                        82 – 13 – 69
Scott McLardie                   Paisley                        88 – 19 – 69
Owen Bell                            Dumfries & Gall’y.    85 – 16 – 69
Ben Harper                         Ranfurly Castle          82 – 13 – 69
Martin McCorkell              Gleddoch                    73 – 4 – 69

Competition Standard Scratch Score (CSS) – 69

Full results together with a list of all prize winners is       available on the Erskine Golf Club web site                                              

Picture Shows -

Main Prize Winners – Left to Right
Calum Aiken – Kilmacolm, Samantha Cowan – Cochrane Castle and Jonathan Brown - Erskine

Graham McGee – Junior Open Organiser

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