Monday, May 21, 2018


Paul Alexander wins Renfrewshire county stroke-play championship

The County Stroke Play Championship of the Renfrewshire Golf Union was held at Caldwell Golf Club on Sunday 20th May and the conditions for the event were good due to the recent dry spell, but this made the course difficult to score on with the firm conditions. The scoring in the morning resulted in reduction only for handicap purposes with a CSS of 74 with a total of 44 players starting. 

Matthew Clark (Kilmacolm) returned to defend his title and led in the first round with a two-under-par 69 which included four birdies on the back nine.
His nearest challenger was Euan Cleary (Erskine) with a four-birdie round of 71, followed on 72 by Stewart Watt (Old Ranfurly) and Alex Ferguson (Paisley), and on 73 Paul Alexander (Caldwell) and David Sibbald (Bonnyton).

In the afternoon round Clark came in with a 72 for a total of 141 to set the pace.
This was matched by Alex Ferguson with his second round of 69 for 141. A play-off looked likely as none of the first-round challengers managed to produce a better score.

However, the title was settled when local player Paul Alexander returned the round of the day, a gross 65 (33-32), which included seven birdies and a solitary bogey at the sixth to give him a total of 138.

The afternoon CSS was 73.

CSS 74 (r/o) and 73
1 Paul Alexander (Caldwell) 138
2 Alex Ferguson (Paisley) 141
3 Matthew Clark (Kilmacolm)141
4 Stewart Watt (Old Ranfurly) 146

The leading available qualifiers now go forward to compete in the match-play championship, again over the Caldwell Golf Club course, with the semi-finals and final to be held on Sunday, May 27.

Full results of the event and the match-play draw can be found on the Renfrewshire Golf Union website.

The courtesy of Caldwell Golf Club given to the Renfrewshire Golf Union for the use of the course during the event was much appreciated.


Graham McGee
Press Officer
 Renfrewshire Golf Union







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