Tuesday, August 04, 2015

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The top juniors in the Renfrewshire Golf Union’s clubs returned to Ranfurly Castle Golf Club for the previously postponed Boys’ Stroke Play Championship.  In testing conditions and with the event reduced to eighteen holes, Andrew Crusher from Eastwood returned a score of 76 which was matched by local member, Angus Frood.  However, the Caven Trophy went to Caldwell’s Alistair McNaughton with an excellent score of 74.
The top sixteen from the stroke play then fought it out at Kilmacolm Golf Club in match play for the Freedman Trophy which is awarded to the winner.  The semi finals saw Alistair McNaughton face Lewis Breslin from Fereneze and Matthew Dalrymple (Old Course Ranfurly) against Whitecraigs’ Calum Elliot.  With the first match all square, Alistair took command with birdies at 10, 11 and 13 but Lewis fought back to square the match after eighteen holes.  Alistair eventually won his place in the final with a birdie two at the second hole.  In the second semi final, Matthew was four up after eleven holes but, again, there was a brave fight back with Calum winning thirteen and fourteen to take the lead back to two.  However, this was enough for Matthew to win two and one.
The final was an excellent contest with both players establishing the standard with birdies at the first.  Matthew added two more birdies in the front nine to be two up at the turn and was three up by the time the boys had reached the tough sixteenth.  Both of them had birdie opportunities.  Alistair’s rolled agonizingly past while Matthew slotted his putt for birdie number four and a four and two win.


In the Renfrewshire Golf Union Youth Stroke Play Championship, Paul Dorrian of Greenock and Caldwell’s Sean Burns both recorded scores of 74 and, under the competition conditions, were required to go to two extra holes.  At Ranfurly Castle’s tight first hole, Sean found the rough right and, despite everybody’s best efforts, there was no sign of the ball after five minutes.  He got a par with his provisional ball but Paul’s four gave him a great advantage.  Sean went for broke at the eighteenth but found the tees left so Paul’s second par of the play off was enough for the Menzies Trophy to make its way to Greenock.



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