Aug 17 2011 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Wednesday
ALTHOUGH losing in the first round of the matchplay, Alva’s Lawrence Allan can be well pleased with his performance at the British Boys Championship last week at Burnham and Berrow.
From more than 200 boys, he made it to the matchplay stage with a two round score of 150 – right on the cut mark.
In his first round over the Enmore Park course he opened with a double bogey 6, but steadied and with four birdies returned a one over par score of 72.
In his second, Lawrence dropped four shots in the first three holes and again steadied, however a bogey, bogey finish for an aggregate of 150 gave him an anxious wait and it wasn’t until early evening that he was confirmed in the 64 qualifiers. A fine achievement, only six boys from the Scottish contingent of 21 made it through.
Regrettably Lawrence lost in the first round to Belgian Thomas Detry on the 18th.
Last year Lawrence missed the cut by a fairly large amount so he has clearly moved forward.
It’s one thing to have a good golf game on your local course, and another to take that game to a different course in a National Championship, but that’s exactly what Alloa’s Beth Donoghue did last week in the Scottish Under-14s Championships at Aberdour.
Starting with two par threes and then an ugly four-over par eight, Beth steadied to go out in 42 and back in 41 for a scratch 83. She finished well up the field - in fact the sixth best Scot in the field of 42. Hopefully she will be motivated to take her golf game to a higher level in the months ahead, and maybe also others will follow her example.
THE two Alloa entrants in the Highland Spring Junior Masters qualifying event at Turnhouse finished well up the field: Gregor McEwan with 39 Stableford points finished 7th and Brian McAdam with 36 points finished 17th.
ANOTHER busy week for Clackmannan golfers with the County Autumn Meeting at Braehead, and the last chance for some of the low handicap golfers to strive for the aggregate trophies: Order of Merit and Harrower.
The final Scottish Seniors Strokeplay event will be held at Elgin this week.
Finally in a small entry of 40 couples, Alloa will be represented by Margaret Frame and Hugh Hunter in the Scottish Mixed Fours at Mortonhall in Edinburgh this weekend.
FOR the August Medal on August 13, the course was playing very long, however, and it was no surprise that only seven players managed to break 70. Pick of the bunch was Andrew McGregor who won Class two by a whopping five strokes after recording a stunning net 64. Andrew played the front nine steadily, compiling six pars and three bogeys. The rest of his round was bogey-free and he topped off an excellent inward half with a birdie at the 17th.
Second place was shared by Thomas Stewart and Hugh Colquhoun who both shot 69.
The honours in Class one were shared by Jim McKerchar and Craig Howieson. These days Jim’s golf is rarely as bright as his infamous outfits but on this occasion he found some form, particularly on the back nine which he covered in level par.
Craig also played the inward half well with only a bogey at the last denying him outright first place. Gerry Meldrum’s excellent sequence of scores shows no signs of stopping soon. He raced to the turn in one under par thanks to three successive birdies from the 2nd and another at the 9th.
He couldn’t quite maintain this momentum and had to settle for third place.
Joe Woloszyn Senior was the only player in Class Three to break 70. A solid outward half gave Joe a big enough cushion to hang onto first place despite double-bogeys at 11 and 17 and a triple-bogey at the 13th. Eddie Cramb and Gerry Doherty finished one stroke behind Joe.
They compiled contrasting rounds with Eddie recording identical halves of 44 while Gerry had a magnificent front nine comprising seven pars and only two bogeys but then struggled on the way home, dropping a further eleven shots.
Results: Class one: 67 Jim McKerchar (8), Craig Howieson (8); 69 Gerry Meldrum (8); Class two: 64 Andrew McGregor (10); 69 Thomas Stewart (11), Hugh Colquhoun (12); Class three: 69 Joe Woloszyn Snr (20); 70 Eddie Cramb (18), Gerry Doherty (14).
RESULTS of competitions played on Tuesday, August 9: King George VI Cup: Scratch: 1 Shelagh Quinn 81 (bih), 2 Vicki Stevenson 81, 3 Alison Davidson 81; Handicap: Vicki Stevenson 73.
Queen Elizabeth Salver: Scratch: 1 Margaret Neilson 100, 2 Rosemary Chalmers 102, 3 Frances Oxburgh 103; Handicap: Rosemary Chalmers 74.
Seniors went down to their first defeat of the season in the C&LRML, when they lost 4-2 away from home to a strong Ratho Park team.
The final match of the season is now a league decider against Dunblane and will be played at Stirling next week.
Results: Ian Muir and Duncan McCallum lost 1 down; Bruce Hunter and John Campbell won 2 and 1; Tom Rose and Willie Straub won 2 and 1; Alan Taylor and Brian Mulgrew lost 4 and 3; Ian Hume and Hugh Mathie lost 6 and 5; Robin Limmack and Tom Meikle lost 2 and 1.
IN the Gents Williamson Open played August 6, there was a full house for this popular event. The first five pairs in the handicap all scored net 63. Winners of the Williamson Open Trophy: J.Shaw and C.Houston 63 bih, 2 D Dowell and S.Brown 63 bih, 3 E McGregor and I Blackwood. 63 bih; 4 S Torrance and P. Atkinson 63.
Scratch: 1 Alan Watson and Scott Moffatt 63, 2 Mike Rust and John Gullen 67.
On August 13 in the Five Club Competition, results were: Division one: 1 Darren Broadley (9) 69, 2 Brian Howarth (10) 71, 3 Grant Murray (6) 71. Division two: Rick Spencer (12) 66, 2 Willie Aitken (15) 67, 3 Peter Martin (12) 70. Division three: 1 Allan Fotheringham (19) 73, 2 Jim Dawson (19) 74, 3 Mike Dufton (26) 74.
The Gents Seniors played August 8 in theCaledonian League away to The Dukes, played their best of the season with a victory by four matches to two.
Brian Christie and Stuart Matchett Won 2 and 1; Malcolm Spiers and Jim Kerr A/S; Willie Blair and Gus Ferguson Won 5 and 4; Frank Malkiewicz and John Binnie lost 5 and 4; Charlie Beattie and Fre Anderson A/S; Larry Smith and Tom Boyle one up.
With two matches to go, (Downfield and Muckhart) there is all to play for.
This week is busy with a friendly, much looked forward to at Tillicoultry and the popular game against King James 1V on Moncrieffe Island.
The Bill Abernethy Trophy: With only two weeks to go there is no change at the top. 1 Brian Christie (551), 2 Willie Blair (552) George Harper (558).
In the over 70's Jim Syme also has a slender lead. 1 Jim Syme (571), 2 Norman Service (572), 3 Peter Cunningham (575).
Friday Sweep: 1 John Breslin (15) 71, 2 John Clark (15) 73, 3 equal Derek Nichols (28) 74 and Norman Service (18) 74. Juniors William Rodgers Cup played August 8: 1 Scott Beattie (5) 67, 2 Brian McAdam (9) 68, 3 Cameron Brolly (27) 70.
THE August Monthly Medal was won by S Cunningham (62), 2 G Myles (63 bih), 3 J McGill. This week the course hosts the Open competition.
Bridge of Allan
AUGUST 13 saw the 4th round of the Stokeplay results were: A class: 1 John Craig Jnr 63 (6), 2 Tommy Davidson 64 (9), 3 Tommy Green 65 (5); B class: 1 Andrew McRorie 63 (18), 2 Les McGlasson 64 (19) bih, 3 Stephen Stuart 64 (16). The winner of Strokeplay trophy with the best 3 nett scores out off four was Les McGlasson 59+67+64=190.
AFTER a very wet week the course was in remarkably good condition for the 1st round of the W C Jug.
Ian Matthewson returned a level par 69 to take the Scratch honours. Birdies at 1, 11, 14 and 18 were set off against bogeys at 4, 7, 16 and 17.
The First Class was won by Stuart Mathieson (6) on 66 highlighted by an eagle two at the 8th. Three players then returned 67 but Colin Graham (6) took second place with level par BIH ahead of Jim Sloan (9) who birdied 15 but had 4 bogeys in an inward half which edged out Peter Gammie (9) who suffered from an ugly 7 at 18.
Stewart Neville (12) won the Second Class on 64 with 2 double bogeys, 4 bogeys, a birdie at 15 and 11 pars. Runner up was Callum Ferguson (15) on 65 finishing with a birdie 4 at 18. Gordon MacLachlan (12) then took third place on 66 and BIH, including a birdie at 15, than Sandy McDonald (12) who suffered from a triple bogey 7 at 17.
In winning the Third Class Steve Beaton (19) put himself in the lead for the W C Jug with a 62. Four players then returned 65 with Scott Christie (25) second on BL6 despite a 7 at 18 ahead of Andrew Thomson (20) who started with a 7 but had birdie 2’s at 7 and 11 but in turn edged out D Gordon Smith (22), who had suffered a 9 at 9, on BIH who was ahead of last out in the day Gerry MacFarlane (22) on BL3.
On Sunday there was a full house of 82 members playing with their guest in the A G Kinnes Invitation Fourball.
Winners of the Quaich were Jim Crawford (6) and his partner Kevin Smith (3) from Auchterarder on 58, a scratch 64 and 11 under par, with net eagles at 2, 13 and 17.
The Scratch honours went to Brian Deakin and partner D Rooney from Kilsythn Lennox on 67 and BIH than Hugh Speirs and his son Ross from Cowal.
The Handicap Class was won by Bob Reid (17) and his son James (8) from Strathclyde on 58. There were then 3 pairings on 60 but with an inward half of 26 second place went to Vice Captain Alan Crockett (18) and partner J Penman (13) from Balfron and third place then went to John Scales (12) and partner M Roe (18) from Stirling with a BIH than Steve Beaton (17) and partner G Hunter (7) from Pollock. The final vouchers went to Andy Orr (12) and partner D Campbell (16) from Hilton Park with the BIH of three on 61.
Next weekend is the Second Round of the W C Jug.
The Junior Open is on Sunday and entries can be lodged with the Secretary. Tee times from 11am to 2pm.
The Observer Trophy Open Mixed Foursomes is on Saturday, September 27 and there are still a few selected tee times available.
The Dobie Trophy will be played on Sunday, September 11 and the entry lists are now available.
Dunblane New Ladies
AUTUMN Meeting winner was Louise Higgins, Scratch Cecilia Kenny.
Silver: 1 S Hartley 83-12-71, 2 L McGraw 82-10-72; Bronze: L Higgins 94-25-69, 2 C Cassie 104-34-70.
Children First 3-Ball winners were: E Harrild, J Gordon, S Peters.
IN the Amateur Open played August 13, the Dollar Open Champion 2011 (and winner of the Harry Whyte Trophy) was J Aitken 67, runner-up S Moffat 68.
Division one (Handicap): 1 J Steedman (12) 63; 2 L Caine (11) 64: Joint 3 B Caine (11), A Herd (14), N Ronald (10), A Brown (11) 65. Division two (Gross): 1 R Hamilton 84 (winner of the Osbourne Elliot Cup); 2 C Inglis 86. Division two (Handicap): 1 (winner of the J M Ritchie Trophy) A Todd (19) 67; Joint 2 I Swan (20), A Meikle (18), P Cowden (18) 69; 5 S Geddes (18) 71; Joint 6 J Clark(19), G Marshall (15), D Whyte (17) 72.
Sunday, August 14 in the Gibson Medal: Division one: 1 S Bonnar (11) 41 points; 2 C Murray (7) 39; 3 J Robertson (10) 39. Division two: 1 A Millar (13) 40; 2 S Leitch (13) 40; 3 W Hamilton (13) 39.