Jun 22 2011 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Wednesday
STIRLING ‘S strokeplay championship, had to be reduced to 18 holes after play was suspended when several greens flooded.
Volunteers wielding squeegees and brushes cleared the water and the weather relented sufficiently in the afternoon to allow the players to finish their rounds.
Ben Liddell clinched the title by a single shot but runner-up Fraser Cooper had the consolation of winning the handicap prize with a net 67.
Results: 1 Ben Liddell 72, 2 Fraser Cooper 73, 3 Iain Munro 73, 4 Chris Drysdale, 5 Kevan McArthur 73.
The matchplay stage takes place this week, culminating in the final on Saturday, June 25. First round draw: Ben Liddell v Alan Dryden, Paul McGuckin v Josh Cleland, Grant Carnegie v Chris Forsyth, Kenny Stewart v Chris Drysdale, Iain Munro v Alan Cumming, Kevin Brunton v Steven Duncan, Liam Haldane v Peter Reilly Jnr, Ben Genese v Fraser Cooper.
The championship week is being sponsored by Guardian Group.
Junior member Blair Carnegie (15) was crowned Dunblane New Golf Club champion on Saturday, when his eldest brother Mark caddied for him. On the same day middle brother Grant scored 76 to qualify for Stirling’s club championship matchplay stages.
FIFTEEN-year-old Blair Carnegie became the youngest champion in the history of the club when he defeated Chris Gater 6/5 in the 36-hole final on Saturday.
David Shields, champion for the last three years, was beaten in the second round by Grant McIntyre, who then lost to Chris in the semi-final. Another junior, Cameron Buist, lost to Blair at the 19th in the semi-final.
The Kirkland Trophy for the handicap championship was won by Graeme Patrick (6), who held on in the latter stages of the final to defeat Roger Brewster (13) 2/1.
Again there were some excellent matches in the earlier stages. In the first round Joe Patton (5) eventually defeated Alec Wilson (7) at the 23rd when they finished in almost total darkness. Roger defeated club secretary Roddy Morrison (13), 2/1 in one semi and Graeme beat former winner Stephen Pilley (14) by two holes in the other.
The junior championship was won by Charlie Linton, repeating his success of 2009, when he defeated Andrew Grant by 2 holes. The highlight of the final was an eagle 2 for Charlie at 13.
In the junior handicap championship 11-year-old Craig Jackman (20) lifted the trophy by defeating Luke Hendren (16) 7/5 in the final.
The strokeplay championship was completed as part of the championship weekend, with the Martin Trophy being won by Craig O’Connor on 295 (75/77/68/75). Runner-up was Craig McGann on 297 (75/73/75/74), with Andrew Grant third on 299 (78/73/76/72) and better fourth round.
Three players returned the same score of 277 for the handicap strokeplay championship but with the best fourth round the trophy went to Tom Smith (11) 70/74/71/62. Runner-up was Chris Gater (2) with 75/66/68/68, with Blair Carnegie (4) third with 70/67/67/73.
The seniors qualifying will be played over Friday and Saturday this weekend, with a medal for those too young to qualify.
There are still a few spaces available for the outing to Alyth on Sunday.
THE Craig Cup winner and ladies’ champion is Nicola Robertson, who beat Lizee McGraw. Nicola is already the Perth and Kinross county champion.
Hastie Trophy and bronze championship: Ingrid Withington beat Sandra Peters.
SATURDAY'S event was the June Monthly medal: 1 Martin Duncan 63-3-60 bih, 2 Gary Dair 69-9-60, 3 John McGill 74-11-63.
This week's competition is the third and final qualifying round for this year's club championship.
JUNE 18, Hall of Fame qualifier: division one 1 V Allan 37, 2 K Christie 36, 3 G Davies 35; division two 1 D Bradley 40, 2 A Harrower 38, 3 D Cowie 34.
BRIDGE OF ALLAN
LAST Wednesday in the nine-hole stableford results were: 1 William Robertson 20, 2 Jason Malley 18 bih, 3 Ian Marshall 18 bih.
Saturday, first round club championship and Oliphant qualifier: A class 1 Garry Bowman (4) 64, 2 William Whitfield (7) 66, 3 Jim Harris (9) 67 bih; B class 1 Paul Davidson (15) 63, 2 Tom Gallivant (14) 65, 3 Jim Mckenzie (22) 67.
IN THE gents’ club championship final Ross Benvie beat Scott McChristie; division two Graeme Taylor beat John Glass; division three Brian Archibald beat Alastair Masterton.
Two-man scramble, June 19: 1 D Harley and B Howarth (8.4) 57.6, 2 D Dick and D Doyle (9.6) 58.4, 3 D Preston and G Peddie (10.4) 59.6, 4 D Broadley and B Allan (10.4) 59.6.
Ladies’ club championship semi-finals: Laura Bissett beat Jennifer Ure, Sarah Walker beat Christine Sikora. Final: Laura Bissett beat Sarah Walker.
Handicap championship, semi-finals: Anne Ferguson beat Eileen Skivington, Mary Wallace beat Linda Fraser. Final: Mary Wallace beat Anne Ferguson.
Junior championship: Scott Beattie beat Rikki Alexander.
McDonalds Trophy, June 13: 1 Ryan Calder (18) 65, 2 Jordan Struthers (9) 67, 3 Ryan Walker (10) 70.
Seniors’ match v King James VI at home on June 13. Braehead won 8-0. Fred Anderson and Larry Smith 7/5, Dave Taylor and John Williams 6/5, Willie Blair and Peter Doyle 4/3, John Binnie and Jim Syme 4/2, Frank Malkiewicz and John Bain 4/2, Mike Fraser and Mos Pugh 3/2, Ronnie Boyd and Peter Cunningham 3/1, Malcolm Spiers and Dougie Hawke 1 up.
Tributes were paid to Keith Schlumm of King James, who died last weekend. He and Braehead’s late president Bill Abernethy started this fixture in 2004.
Bill Abernethy Trophy: 1 Willie Blair, 2 Brian Christie, 3 Ronnie Boyd (570).