Friday, May 15, 2015

GolfKings Scottish area team championship

 Ferguson helps Dumbartonshire to

  No 1 qualifying spot at Blairgowrie

Former British boys' champion Ewen Ferguson helped Dumbartonshire to top spot among the stroke-play qualifiers after the opening day of the GolfKings Scottish area team championship at Blairgowrie.
The Bearsden teenager, twice a winner on the national amateur circuit this season at the Champion of Champions and the Craigmillar Park Open,  fired a superb blemish-free six-under par 66 in his afternoon round in testing conditions on the Rosemount course, to add to a morning 71 over the Lansdowne as he joined Scotland international Matthew Clark from Renfrewshire at the summit of the individual leaderboard on seven-under par 137.
Dumbartonshire, bidding for their first area team title since 1980, emerged as the number one seeds for the weekend’s match play stages, their team aggregate of three-under putting them five clear of defending champions Renfrewshire. 
Ferguson was supported well by team-mates Steven Stewart and Chris MacLean, who fired 36-hole totals of 141 and 142 respectively.
Renfrewshire, boasting the same hugely experienced line-up who stormed to victory on home soil 12 months ago with a side featuring former British amateur champion Craig Watson, will prove tough match-play opponents as they eye their fourth title in the last 10 years. 
Clark fired rounds of 68 and 69 while the evergreen Watson finished on 1-under par, with team-mate Andrew Farmer on level.
Host side Perth and Kinross, with reigning British amateur champion Bradley Neil and 2005 Scottish amateur champion Glenn Campbell in their ranks, qualified comfortably in third place on four-over, helped by solid rounds of 70 and 69 from Neil, playing at his home club. 
He was joined on the five-under 139 individual mark by Kilmarnock Barassie’s Jack McDonald, with the University of Stirling student helping Ayrshire to qualification in sixth place. 
Fife, with two GolfKings Scottish area team championship wins in the last four years, eased through in fourth spot, SGU Order of Merit leader Connor Syme being the pick of their six-man side with rounds of 70 and 71 on his Fife debut.
Glasgow clinched fifth place, thanks to Scotland boys international Calum Fyfe’s three-under par tally, with North-east and last year’s runners-up Lanarkshire sealing the final two qualifying spots. 
There was disappointment however for title record-holders Lothians, who finished well down the field in thirteenth place with a 39-over par aggregate.
The quarter-finals and semi-finals will be played on Saturday, with the final on Sunday.

View stroke play qualifying aggregate and individual scores from Blairgowrie



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