Thursday, March 29, 2018

Stirling 1 v St Andrews 1 men's team final at Moray GC

Men’s match-play coming to the boil at 96th Scottish Student Golf Championships at Lossiemouth links

It was semi-finals day today in the men’s team competition, with three institutions still vying for the much prized Charles McNeill Trophy at the 96th Scottish students

championships over Moray Golf Club's Lossiemouth links.

In the first semi-final, reigning Scottish champions Stirling University I faced a proud and passionate home-soil team in the shape of University of the Highlands and Islands, while in the second match Stirling II faced a stiff test in the form of reigning British champions St Andrews
The team selections for the morning foursomes threw up some fascinating encounters and an initially frosty New Course provided a fitting backdrop for a golfing test of ice and fire.
Stirling I sought to establish their dominance early in the day and did so thanks to convincing victories by Napier/ Edgar (4 and 3), Foley/ Nagiev (6 and 5), and Lawrie/ Sundborg (5 and 4). UHI offered some resistance via captain Alistair McNaughton and partner Graham Minton, who recorded a 3 and 1 victory over Nelson and McCaw.
Stirling II were always likely to be up against it, facing a team with genuine pedigree and experience, although with the exception of a 5 and 3 loss for Forgan/Mulhall against Myers/ Hein ,the remaining matches all got to at least the 17th green.  Tightest of all was the match between Davidson/ Brydon and Kerr/ Rogan that finished with a share of the spoils, while St Andrews’ Bojesen and Kulukundis had to work very hard to dispose of Johnston and Stuart.
In the final match of the morning Burns and Frean eventually claimed a tense one-hole victory over Malone and Macpherson to help lunch go down a little easier at the St Andrews table.

With eight singles to play in the afternoon, anything was possible but the teams from UHI and Stirling II will have felt from the beginning that some momentum would need to be created if they were to turn the board their home colours.

As it turned out, neither fixture was ever in real doubt. Stirling I always managed to just keep their noses in front and stroke-play champion Laird Shepherd’s opening point will have given some comfort to the men in green.
Mark Napier added a second point quickly with a fairly comfortable win against Kieran McCormick and, in spite of Schinkel’s reply for UHI, the tie was dead before captain Alistair Macpherson and the colourful Riccardo Cellerino could add two late points.
 Stirling’s middle order of Sundborg, Lawrie and Foley all served the reigning champions well against steely opposition.

Adam Mulhall of Stirling will be pleased with his half against Matt Myers – especially as he holed a birdie putt from off the green to win the 18th hole. Thereafter,however, there was a hint of the inevitable about the second semi-final as close matches just tipped St Andrews way time after time.
Hein and Kerr each secured their points at the 18th and Christopher Kulukundis followed suit a little later on the 17th green to seal the victory.
With a strong tail end St Andrews kept the foot on the accelerator and came out 6.5 – 1.5 winners for the session.
Play at the 96th Scottish Student Golf Championships concludes on Friday with the final over Moray’s Old Course. Live scoring will be available from 8am via the following link:




Stirling names first
Mark Napier and Colin Edgar bt Euan Ferguson and John Oster 4 and 3.
Ross Nelson and Stewart McCaw lost to Alistair McNaughton and Graham Minton 3 and 2.
Robert Foley and David Nagiev bt Riccardo Cellerino and Kiefer Brown 6 and 5.
Michael Lawrie and Jordan Sundborg bt Kieran McCormick and Michael Schinkel 5 and 4.
Laird Shepherd bt Oster 4 and 3.
Napier bt McCormick 6 and 5.
Edgar bt Schinkel 2 holes.
Sundborg bt Minton 5 and 4
Lawrie bt Ferguson 1 hole.
Foley bt Jamie Mackintosh 2 and 1
Stuart McCaw lost to McNaughton 3 and 2.
Nagiev lost to Cellerino 3 and 2

FOURSOMES (3.5-0.5)
St Andrews names first
Matthew Myers and Tobias Hein br Jack Forgan and Adam Mulhall 5 and 3.
Peter Kerr and Jack Rogan halved with Sean Davidson and Ross Brydon
Bjorn Bojesen and Chris Kulukundis bt Ryan Johnston and Malcolm Stuart 2 holes.
George Burns and Liam Fraser bt Jack Malone and Scott Macpherson 1 holes.

SINGLES (6.5-1.5)
Myers halved withMulhall
Hein bt Forgan 1 hole.
Kerr bt Jack Kempster 1 hole.
Rogan lost to Brydon 3 and 1.
Kulkundis bt Johnston 2 holes.
Bojesen bt Stuart 3 and 2.
Frean bt Macpherson 5 and 4.
Burns bt Malone 6 and 5.

Moray GC Old Course, starting at 8am
Stirling 1 v St Andrews 1




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