Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Maitland Shield quarter-finals at Portlethen

Caley KO Newmachar and Hazlehead

squeeze past Craibstone at 19th

  Caledonian's winning line-up against Newmachar. Left to right: Stewart Finnie, Alan Doig, Matty Beattie and Barry Reid. Picture by courtesy of David Fleming (Portlethen GC)

Three of the Hazlehead team who beat Craibstone this evening- Liam Strath, Greig Kennedy and Jack Pirie. Greg Ingram, who was not available to play in Hazlehead's earlier win over Royal Aberdeen, was in tonight's line-up but we did not manage to get a new team picture. 
Thursday evening's semi-finals of the 101st City of Aberdeen men's foursomes for the Maitland Shield at Portlethen Golf Club will feature the holders, Murcar Links, versus Bon Accord, and Caledonian against Hazlehead.
The competition is sponsored by the Douglas Hotel's Malones Irish Bar and Molly's Bistro.
Closest of last night's quarter-finals saw Hazlehead squeeze through at the 19th against Craibstone, the dark horses of the double foursomes tournament.
 Both pairings finished the regulation 18 holes all square before Greig Kennedy of Hazlehead holed at birdie putt at the 19th to KO Craibstone.
Caledonian, who received a bye into the quarter-finals, marked their first appearance in the 2017 tournament by upsetting the odds against Newmachar, the 2015 title winners.
Caley's lead-off string of Stewart Finnie and Alan Doig, both former Aberdeen Links champions, albeit 20 years apart,  provided the two-hole margin that decided the match.
Last year's finalists, Murcar Links and Portlethen, met again with the same result, Murcar Links winning, but only by four holes this time round.
Adrian Styles and Bryan Innes won a tight first tie by one hole and it was Anthony Bews and Ronnie Brechin who made the overall margin more comfortable by finishing three up.
Bon Accord were too good for Northern on the night, winning the all-Links clash by seven holes. Matthew Greig and Neil Mitchell, Bon Accord's first pair, finished three holes to the good, while Barrie Edmond and Chris Somers were four up.
 Caledonian beat Newmachar by 2 holes (S Finnie, A Doig 2, G Munro, J Ross 0;  M Beattie, B Reid 0, C Cheyne, C Simpson 0).
Hazlehead bt Craibstone at 19th (L Strath, G Kennedy 1, C Wilkinson, J Borthwick 0; J Pirie, G Ingram 0, M McDonald, I Still).
Murcar Links bt Portlethen by 4 holes (A Styles, B Innes 1, C Brechin, K Daglish 0; A Bews, R Brechin 3, R Donaldson, S Clark 0).

Bon Accord bt Northern by 7 holes (M Greig, N Mitchell 3, C Law, N Walker 0; B Edmond, C Somers 4, G Paterson, C Johnstone 0).

4.47pm Caledonian v Hazlehead.
5.00pm  Murcar Links v Bon Accord

Murcar Links' line-up: Adrian Styles, Bryan Innes, Anthony Bews and Ronnie Brechin. Picture by courtesy of David Fleming (Portlethen GC).
Bon Accord's best: Matthew Greig, Neil Mitchell, Barrie Edmond and Chris Somers. Picture by courtesy of David Fleming (Portlethen GC)




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