Monday, April 20, 2015



Paisley Golf Club is once again hosting the Renfrewshire Golf Union boys' Champion of Champions.  The course is in great condition so early in the season and the boys are finding the greens fast and true.  Eight players had fought their way to the quarter-finals and, in perfect conditions, they all played impressive golf as they tried to reach the last four.

First on the tee and, as it transpired, last off the course were Greenock’s Paul Dorrian, just back from the States, and Steven Leighton from Kilmacolm.  Steven shocked everyone by getting to four up but Paul fought back to be only one down after eleven where a par was good enough. 
  The match was all square on the sixteenth tee and Paul birdied that hole to go one up.  On the eighteenth green he had a three foot putt for the match but missed it and extra holes were required. 
 Both the players parred the first and second extra holes and Steven chipped and putted for a par at the long third.  Paul then slotted a long putt for a birdie and a place in the semis.

Next up were Lochwinnoch’s champion, Fraser Lawrie and Lewis Breslin who represented Fereneze.  Fraser was never ahead in this match as Lewis played immaculate golf and finished the game at the fourteenth, five and four.

Erskine’s Andrew McColl then had the challenge of Jack Crawford from Mearns Castle and it was the youngster who was ahead at the turn.  Andrew pulled it back to all square by the thirteenth but a careless chip at the fourteenth green meant that a par from Jack was enough to regain his lead which he consolidated and won two and one.

In the fourth match, Callum Elliot from Whitecraigs was up against Old Ranfurly’s Jamie Stewart who had recently represented Scotland in an international match at Archerfield where he won all six of his games – a daunting prospect for Callum.   
However, he had his Sunday best game with him and, by the turn, he was two up.  Jamie reduced that to one by the thirteenth but a great approach from Callum at fourteen gave him a well earned birdie.  This was enough to see off one of the favourites at the sixteenth.

The semi finals – Dorrian v Breslin and Crawford v Elliot will be played at Paisley Golf Club on Friday at 5pm.



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