Apr 4 2012 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Wednesday
DUNBLANE'S competition season got underway with an entry of 195 over Friday and Saturday for the monthly medal and Millennium Medal.
There were differing results, with the CSS reducing by one on Friday and going up by one on Saturday despite almost identical conditions.
A number of players returned 63 but with the BIH the winner of the Millennium Medal was Willie Turner (15), despite a double-bogey at 18.
The best scratch score was a 68 from Chris Gater, who had a BIH than Blair Carnegie.
The first class saw immediate success for new member Jim McVeagh (9) on 63. Blair Carnegie (3) was runner-up with 65 and Stewart Cameron (10), who played on Friday, was third on 65.
New member Ian Campbell (13) won the second class on 63. Runner-up was Kenny McArthur (12) on 65 ahead of four players on 67: Alan Kerr (11), Steve Carruthers (14), Cameron MacVicar (11) and John Smart (14).
The third class was won by Robert Paul (20) on 64, ahead of Jim Griffiths (19) who returned a 66 on Friday. Four players returned 69: Harry Barton (22), Allan Ross (16), Hal Mills (19) and Phil Castle (20).
Next weekend there will be a stableford competition over the two days.
The Belhaven Trophy senior mixed open will be played on Wednesday, May 16, and the entry lists are on the main notice board.
WINTER Ringer: silver scratch Mary Thomson 60, handicap Jill Montgomery (17) 51; bronze scratch Ingrid Withington 70, handicap Jan Higgins (33) 43.
The season started with the Golf Foundation Medal: winner Joan Pringle 62; silver 1 Amy Thomson (19) 69, 2 Morag Sinclair (20) 71; bronze 1 Joan Pringle (24) 62, 2 Elizabeth Rankin (28) 67.
THE first fixture of the new season was a non-qualifying 14-hole stableford, with 41 ladies taking part. Results were: 1 Lindsay Boyack, 2 Kay Malcolm, 3 Sheelagh Muirhead, all 31 points after count back.
APRIL 1 stableford: division one Neil McGregor 33, division two Matthew Tortolano 42, division three Gordon Campbell 40.
THE new season was officially started on Saturday, with the Captain v Vice-Captain competition finishing all square.
Saturday’s competition is the Opening Shield.
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THE club’s season had a great start on Saturday when new captain Ian Mailer got off to winning ways: A class 1 Ian Mailer (8) 58, 2 Peter Williams (12) 64 bih, 3 DS Cameron (9) 64; B class 1 Tom Wallace (18) 60, 2 Jim McKenzie (19) 63, 3 Andrew Mitchell (15) 64.
MACMILLAN Cancer Medal on Saturday: division one 1 V Allan (6) 65, 2 S Drummond (11) 66, 3 S McPherson (5) 67; division two 1 G Hyde (19) 68, 2 A McLean (13) 70, 3 G Johnston (21) 70.
Sunday, Moir Medal: division one 1 B Caine (9) 65, 2 R Smith (7) 66, 3 C Murray (6) 68; division two 1 R Stewart (13) 67, 2 S Morrison (13) 68, 3 R.Bonnar (18) 68.
THE season got off to a flying start with the Captain v Vice-Captain challenge.
In the top game captain Aaron Pirrie and partner Drew McCrindle were worthy winners when Drew finished with a four on the last to win by one hole. Their opponents were vice-captain Scott Smith and veteran Brian Christie. The captain’s team ran out deserved winners.
Seniors’ Wednesday sweep: 1 Willie Blair 64, 2 Jim Duff 68.
Friday sweep: 1 Brian Christie (6) 67, 2 Peter Cunningham (23) 68, 3 Dougie Hawke (22) 70.
The Walter Smillie Cup will be played on on April 11.
At the Strollers’ last meeting of the season Allan McCann shared the lead with Brian Christie on 71. Gerry Feeney won the Strollers Cup, with Jim Syme and Dougie Hawke runners-up. Brian won the scratch prize.
The Mail on Sunday team competition brought Stirling Ladies to Braehead and the tie went to a 19th hole decider. Ladies’ captain Sarah Walker lost on the putting green and Stirling move on to the next round. Braehead have been drawn against Stirling in the Sunday Mail Foursomes.
CLACKMANNAN County were beaten 5½-2½ by Angus at Monifieth. Winners were Scott Moffat and Steve McIvor, while Ross Benvie halved his match.
Alva’s Lawrence Allan finished 7th in the first of the Scottish Hydro Junior Tour events at Gullane No 2 course.
Clackmannan will have two representatives in the Scottish Champion of Champions at Leven this weekend: Scott Moffat from Braehead and Scott Borrowman from Dollar.