Jun 20 2012 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Wednesday
THE weather had a serious effect on the club championship and Kirkland Trophy qualifying over the weekend. Saturday’s field was seriously reduced and the second round on Sunday was cancelled as the course was closed because of the rain.
Runaway leader in the scratch qualifier was Cameron Buist with an excellent 70 in the conditions, ahead of Callum Davidson on 75 and BIH than Andrew Grant. The remaining qualifiers on 80 and less were Craig O’Connor, Graham Whitelaw, Roger Moore, Billy Wilson, Grant McIntyre, David Shields, Craig MacLachlan, Robbie Mailer, Brian Deakin, Ken Wilkie, Blair Carnegie, Gary McIntyre, Duncan Morrison and Chris Gater.
The winner of the first class was Gordon Whitelaw (6) on 70, with Gary McIntyre (8) second on 71. Six players returned 72 but third place went to Craig MacLachlan (6) with BIH ahead of Robbie Mailer (6), Russell Stewart (9), Billy Wilson (5), Roger Moore (4) and Duncan Morrison (7).
Alan Mackay (15) won the second class on 69. Ian Cochrane (13) was second on 71 and BIH than George Primrose (12), who then had BIH than Roger Brewster (15).
There was a poor turnout in the third class, which was won by Phil Lloyd (16) on 72 with Stuart Wilson (21) second on 73 and Jim Montgomery (17) third on 76.
Qualifiers for the Kirkland Trophy on 75 and BL6 were Alan Mackay, Ian Cochrane, George Primrose, Roger Brewster, Russell Stewart, Phil Lloyd, Paul Anderson, Stuart Wilson, Neil Rankin, Jim Gardner, James Bledge, Gary Aitken, Brian Hunter, John Young, Stewart Kerr and Geoffrey Seaman.
The winner of the Dewar Trophy for the best net score on the day was Cameron Buist (3) on 67.
The matchplay stages of the Club Championship will be played on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, with the Kirkland Trophy on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All finals, including the juniors and the ladies, will be next Saturday.
The club team defeated Kilsyth Lennox 4½-3½ in their league match at home.
The junior scratch team defeated Callander at Callander 2½-1½.
In the extra medal on Friday honours went to David Mace (12) on 67, ahead of Bill Marshall (12) on 72 and BIH than Gordon Currie (12).
The reciprocal outing to Arbroath is next Sunday. It costs £30 and spaces are still available.
The Kippendavie Gents Open is on Sunday, July 1. Some tee times are still free, mainly after 2pm, and can be reserved through the office on 01786 821527.
BRIDGE OF ALLAN
DESPITE horrendous weather there was a good turnout for the first round of the club championship and Oliphant Trophy: A class 1 Jim Harris 73-9-64, 2 Ian Mailer 73-7-66, 3 Derek McGowan 78-11-67 bih; B class 1 Robert Horsburgh 75-13-62, 2 Chris Whaley 81-16-65, 3 Jim McKenzie 81-15-66.
THE silver division players comprehensively beat Balmore 7-0 in a Harper Kennedy league match at home, while bronze division players achieved an amicable 2-2 draw in the annual friendly match against Buchanan Castle.
Margaret Neilson scored a hole-in-one, as well as a magic two at the Burntisland Ladies Senior Open.
Nita Aitken won the nine-hole stableford competition.
Thirty-three ladies played in the qualifiers for the Championship scratch and handicap knock-out rounds which will take place between June 17 and 23.
The best eight scratch scores were achieved by Tricia Chillas, Elaine Allison, Vicki Stevenson, Shelagh Quinn, Linda Mathewson, Maureen Noble, Susan MacLeod and Lesley Campbell.
HALL of Fame qualifier, played June 16: division one 1 V Allan 37, 2 K Christie 37, 3 C Murray 35; division two 1 D Brodie 40, 2 T Young (17) 36, 3 C Pritchard (20) 36.
Ladies’ stableford on June 13: 1 O O'Sullivan 35, 2 A Leitch (19) 33.
IT WAS Tulliehasset club strokeplay championship qualifying over the weekend, with the top 21 players going on to rounds three and four next Sunday.
Neil McDonald and Ross White headed the qualifiers on 149, closely followed by Paul Frith on 151 ahead of a group of players on 156, which included former club matchplay champion James Barrett.
The Brown 36-hole handicap competition was won by George Gow with 141.
The gents’ Caledonian League team travelled to The Dukes at St Andrews and were beaten 4-2 defeat, while the gents’ scratch team lost 4-2 at home to Crieff, and therefore did not qualify from their section. The ladies’ Dumyat team had a 2½-½ win at home to Dunblane, while the juniors won away to Blairgowrie.
Ladies SLGA Medal: silver 1 Christine Laing 71, 2 Steph Crolla 72; bronze 1 Sarah Herdman 68, 2 Alex Glaister on 71.
Michael Frew won the Wednesday medal with 72-5-67 and Andrew Peel won his second twilight medal of the year with 20 points
The club are having an open day also on Sunday, when prospective new members can play the course for a refundable £10. Phone 01259 781493 to book a place.
LAST Saturday was finals day and all were played in very testing conditions.
The gents’ 36-hole club championship final was contested by M Rust and A Watson, with A Watson winning on the 36th. The 18-hole junior final was contested by S Beattie and R Alexander and R Alexander won on the 18th.
The gents’ second division final was between C Somerville and D Wright and C Somerville won at the 16th. The third division final was contested by J Logan and M Wilson, M Wilson winning on the 16th.
The ladies’ club championship final was contested by C Sikora and L Bissett and L Bissett won at the 18th hole. The handicap final was contested by J Fotheringham and A Parker, A Parker winning at the 15th.
The seniors played King James in the annual Schumm/Abernethy Trophy on June 13 and take a seven-point lead into the return match on July 4.
Juniors’ McDonald Trophy on June 11: R Calder 66-10-56 (lowest gross), R McCallum 99-34-65.
LAWRENCE Allan from Alva won the Scottish Junior Tour at Rowallan in Ayrshire by two shots with a four-round total of 291 (78, 73, 68, 72). Lawrence, the current Clackmannan County men’s champion, was trailing by four shots after round one.
He is playing in the Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters in Kent from Thursday until Sunday.
Lawrence led the way at the annual Schools Championships, held at Murrayshall over 36 holes last week. he won with 76, 70, followed by Clacks player Scott Beattie on 80, 75.
In the girl’s competition Eilidh Watson, representing Forth Valley, finished 7th in the individual event. The Forth Valley girls were 4th position out of 11 teams.
Scott Brrowman from Dollar is playing in the Open Championship regional qualifying at Bruntsfield Links, one of 14 venues being used. Top qualifiers move on to the final qualifying in early July.