Tuesday, October 15, 2013





The “A” team of Renfrewshire Golf Union hosted Lanarkshire at Bonnyton Golf Club.  It was a crunch match with Lanarkshire having won all of its previous four matches and Renfrewshire, although undefeated, having a halved match against Stirlingshire.  Only a win would allow Renfrewshire an opportunity to win the West of Scotland Championship for twelve years in a row.

Matt Clark from Kilmacolm was first out and his opponent was Craig Ross from Kirkhill who was a semi finalist in this year’s Scottish Championship at Blairgowrie.  Matt reinforced his reliability to cope with the big occasion with a solid 3and 1 victory.  Gordon Stevenson (Whitecraigs), Ronnie Clark and Michael Daily (both Erskine) were never in trouble but the required additional win or half were certainly in doubt as the day progressed with Ranfurly Castle’s Sam Binning one down, David Dickson (Eastwood) three down, Andy Farmer (Kilmacolm) four down after eight holes.  East Renfrewshire’s Craig Watson was one up at the turn in his battle with Kenny Gallagher (East Kilbride) and it looked as if the home team was totally reliant on Craig for the half or better.

As it transpired, there were miraculous recoveries with Sam Binning winning one up and David Dickson recording a 2 and 1 win.  Craig Watson was always in control and his 2 and 1 win meant an overall seven to one victory. 

Next weekend, the team travels to Dunbartonshire needing at least a halved match to have the engraver putting Renfrewshire on the cup for the twelfth time.

Full results
Matt Clark – Kilmacolm won 3&1 Craig Ross - Kirkhill
Gordon Stevenson - Whitecraigs won 1up Steven Rennie - Drumpellier
Ronnie Clark - Erskine won 3&1 Stewart Henderson - Hamilton
Michael Daily – Erskine won 1 up Colin Baird – Bothwell Castle
Sam Binning - Ranfurly Castle won 1 up Scott Douglas – Strathclyde Park
David Dickson - Eastwood won 2&1 Jamie Lamb - Lanark
Andy Farmer – Kilmacolm lost 2&1 Ross Hinshelwood – East Kilbride
Craig Watson – East Renfrewshire won 2&1 Kenny Gallagher - East Kilbride

Picture is Matt Clark driving at 9



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