Monday, September 08, 2014


 Tulliallan’s Bob Stewart could not maintain the brilliant start in the European Seniors Team Championship held in Poland last week.  In the 36 hole stroke play qualifying event to determine the flights of teams, Bob returned a first class aggregate of 149 (76, 73).  
 This was the second best score for the Scottish team, putting Bob in 6th place out of 149 entrants and helping to ensure that Scotland started the Match Play section in the top flight.
  The first quarter final match was against Germany, and Bob partnered Barry Brooks in the foursomes match, recording a one- hole win and helping Scotland to a 3-2 victory.   
However it all went downhill from there. In the semi- final Scotland lost to Sweden 1.5-3.5, and in the play-off for 3rd pace, the Scots went down heavily to England by 4 matches to 1.   
Ireland finished as the 2014 European Senior Team Champions,
In spite of this, Bob must be feeling a bit confident for the Senior Home Internationals to be played at North Berwick from the 16th till 18th September.
 Bob will be competing this week in the Scottish Seniors Finals day at Blairgowrie, in a field of 30.  Bob is lying 5th in the Senior Order of Merit. Joining Bob will be Mike Rust (Tillicoultry) who has made it to the top 30 in the Order of Merit.

Although not as good as recent years, Dollar’s Scott Borrowman has finished well up the Scottish Order of Merit for 2014, achieving 12th place.  
 Late good performances in the North of Scotland and South East District 72 hole events did help a bit. Alva’s Lawrence Allan finished at 28th position from only 6 events.
 Scott has entered the first stage of the 2015 European Tour School qualifying -  a gruelling total of 14 rounds for those who make it to the final stages and then only a few are rewarded with playing rights on the European Tour. 
 There are eight qualifying venues for the first stage - probably around 700 hopefuls will play - and it cost each of them £1400 top enter. 
There is a cut after three rounds, so the unlucky will have paid over £400 for each round!  
Borrowman has opted for the Roxburghe golf course and joins 23 Scots in a field of 77.  Around 30 will proceed to Stage 2 to be held in Spain.  Mind you his club name has gone all pear shaped, and you might scratch your head,  wondering where POLLOAR golf Club was situated.   
  Best of luck Scott from the local golf clubs and golfers!

The Midland Team Championship played between the four Midland golf associations was held at Dunfermline last weekend.  Angus county could not raise a team so the contest was between the other three. 
With 7 out of 8 scores to count, Perth and Kinross came out on top with a score of 507.  Fife finished runners up on 512, and Clackmannan were in third place with 534.

It's always nice to see a new name featuring in a golfing success, and many congrats must go to Alloa’s Alan Goodwillie for scooping the first prize in the Scottish Golf Life Members day at Glenbervie. 
From a field of 48, Alan scored 38 Stableford points, winning by two points from runners up Jim Black and Jim Paton



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