Monday, August 18, 2014


     Left to right: Andrew Main (Alloa), Ian Ross (Alloa), Ross Benvie (Braehead) with trophy, James Muir (Braehead)

In the premier event of the Clackmannan County Golf Union calendar held at Tulliallan Golf Club last week, it was another win for a Braehead golfer.  Although the field was small, the 36 hole event was keenly contested, and it was Braehead’s Ross Benvie who took the 2014 title by an emphatic 7 shots. 
  In the first round, Ross tied for the lead with Gary Chalmers ( Dollar) both on  one over par 70’s with Alloa pair Andrew Main and Ian Guthrie two shots behind.  In the second round, Ross carded another 70 while his rivals fell away.  Alloa’s Ian Ross pulled himself into second place with a round of 71, and Match Play Champion James Muir repeated his 74 in the second round to take third place. 
 The win for Ross means that while Alloa Golf Club have taken the County Team titles, Braehead golfers have taken the individual titles so far.


140 Ross Benvie (Braehead) 70 70
147 Ian Ross (Alloa) 76 71
148 James Muir (Braehead) 74 74

   Handicap prize     Andrew Main (Alloa) 143.
  Alloa Golf Club (aggregate 293) qualify for the 2014 Scottish Club Championship


  While there was considerable local dismay at the omission of Dollar’s Scott Borrowman from the 2014 Home Internationals Team, it is highly pleasing to see Bob Stewart (Tulliallan) returning to the Scottish Senior Teams for 2014.   Bob has been selected for both the European Seniors Team Championship to be held at Sierra Golf Club in Poland from the 2nd till the 6th September. 
 Bob has also been selected to play in the Seniors Home International team to play at North Berwick Golf Club from the 16th till 18th September. Matches will be played against England, Ireland and Wales, and hopefully there will be some local support at North Berwick.
   Bob will be hoping for a good contribution to the team effort that will produce a better result than the Men’s Home International team------ that team only won one match out of three, beating England and losing to Ireland and Wales.


    Stirring memories of yesteryear when local golfers were prominent in the Eden tournament, Alloa’s Grant Ross kept this alive by making the top 64 in the qualifying for the Match play rounds. In difficult conditions, Grant qualified easily in 26th position with an aggregate of 159((84, 75) beating the cut by four shots.  However Grant couldn’t keep the good work going as he lost in the first round of match play at the 19th hole to Jon Sharpe of Helsby Golf Club.

  In fact it seems that ROSS is the golfing name of the week in Clackmannanshire!!



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