Apr 25 2012 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Wednesday
THE day after taking the top handicap prize in the County Spring Meeting, Braehead’s Rikky Alexander completed a highly successful weekend by taking the 2012 Clackmannan Boys Strokeplay championship in difficult conditions at Tulliallan.
It was a close finish, Rikky led by one shot with one hole to play and a closing par was sufficient to take the title from Alloa’s Brian McAdam, 2011 County Junior Boys Champion.
Rikky scoring 79 to Brian’s 80. Top handicap prize went to Ryan Calder, Braehead with a net 70, winning on the better inward half form Alloa’s Gregor McEwan.
In the Junior Boys event, Ryan Blyth made it a double for Braehead scoring 85, two shots ahead of Joshua Thatcher, Tillicoultry. Handicap prizes went to Ross Bundy, Tillicoultry and Jamie McEwan, Alloa.
Match Play qualifiers were obtained for the Championship starting at Alva on Monday. In the Junior Boys event for the Anderson Trophy, Jamie McEwan and Joshua Hatcher play off for a second round match against Jonathan Clark, Tillicoultry while Ross Bundy plays Ryan Blyth also in the second round.
In the Senior Boys event for the Ponton Shield, the matches are as follows: G McEwan v J Struthers; G Murray v R Calder; R Alexander v B McAdam; S Beattie v C Reid.
A very good entry of 200 competitors contested the Clackmannan County Spring meetings in showery conditions. At Braehead (division one), Braehead junior Rikky Alexander took the top handicap prize with a 67 from J Maley, while best scratch scores came from home players Allan Watson (70) and David Finlayson (71). The CSS was 70 (Home players) and 72 (visitors).
In the Division two event at Tulliallan, E Fairway, S Harris and S Young led the way with net 69’s. The CSS was 71.
Full results will be published next week.
County team captain Jamie Aitken, Alloa caused a few raised eyebrows at the weekend with an outstanding performance in the Battle Trophy, a 72 hole Scottish Golf Union Order of Merit event.
Opening with a four under par 68 which led a field containing all the top Scottish golfers, he followed up with a 76 to slip back to 8th position. Any doubters were proved wrong when he repeated the 68 in round three, and then finished with a 75 to finish in 6th position.
Quite clearly Jamie has a golf game to compete with the top Scottish golfers and must be looking forward to the rest of the season, probably also back into the World Amateur Golf Rankings Well done Jamie!
IT was a good tournament for the Wee County contingent, probably the best for some time, Alva’s Lawrence Allan opened with two sub par rounds, and Dollar’s Scott Borrowman keeping up with the other two All three easily made the cut and continued into the top 15 placings in the competition.
Final placings (out of 40 competitors): Jamie Aitken, Alloa 68, 76, 68, 75 (6th); Lawrence Allan, Alva 71, 70, 76, 75 (11th); Scott Borrowman, Dollar 73, 75, 72, 73 (13th).
These performances hopefully will inspire the County Golf Team when they take on Perth and Kinross in the final match of the Provan Salver over Dollar on Sunday. Selected for the County in this, the last match are Lawrence Allan, Steve McIvor Michael Robertson, all Alva; Scott Borrowman, Darren Hulston, both Dollar; Allan Watson, Ross Benvie, Scott Moffat, all Braehead.
THE golf season gathers pace in the Wee County, there is a Carlsberg Open at Tillicoultry on April 28, Buick Trophy at Alloa, Mixed Open at Braehead, Provan Salver (Clackmannan v Perth and Kinross) at Dollar, all April 29.
Opening ties in the County Fours at Braehead take place next week: Alva v Alloa, Braehead v Tillicoultry and the Boys Matchplay at Alva and Tillicoultry.
Entry sheets are available for the County Summer meeting to be held on May 12 and 13, a good bit earlier than usual due to fixtures difficulties.
FIVE out of the six County Golf Clubs are signed up to “How did I do”, a website which collates golfers scores form competitions and analyses them, the site contains a wealth of information for the golfers who have signed up, with charts, graphs and statistics galore, quite enough to keep the most avid golfer happy.
With a new initiative the “Titleist Order of Merit” they have taken all this a bit further and produced a ranking system which compares all golfers who have signed up and it’s free. The ranking system started on March 31 and runs for six months, already nationally over 19,000 golfers have signed up, best local golfer last week was Ken Christie, Dollar at position 309 but that changes fairly rapidly. Running parallel to that is the Footjoy
Club order of merit that requires a minimum of 40 golfers from their Golf Club to sign up. It all should encourage competition.
PLEASE note qualifiers for the Gents “Qualifiers” held April 14, have been posted.
Tullis Trophy: 1 John Riggs (19) 68, 2 David Gallacher (22) 69, 3 Michael Wilson (19) 70.
Noblet Trophy: 1 Stephen Smith (17) 68, 2 John Johnstone (14) 69, 3 Andy McInnes (16) 70.
Arnsbrae Trophy: 1 Mark Wickham (6) 67, 2 Robert Black (10) 67, 3 Gary Peddie (10) 68.
Congratulation to all who have progressed to the matchplay competition.
April 15 Auld Brig Qualifier: Top 16 pairs to qualify for knockout stage. All qualifiers on notice board. 1 Barrie Miller, Ross Donald 62, 2 Roger McCallum, Grant Gowran 63, 3 Chris McParland, Roy Stevenson 64.
Saturday, April 21 County Spring Meeting: The A Division was held at Braehead with the course in good condition. Local players were well represented on the leader board and it was one of the juniors who succeeded against the best players in the County. Ricky Alexander finished off a fine week with an exceptional result considering the talent participating. Local players took four of the top five positions.
1 Ricky Alexander (5) 67, 2 J Maley (9) 67, 3 Brian Allan (8) 67, 4 Allan Watson (2) 68, 5 David Beaton (4) 69.
In the B Division played over Tulliallan Golf Club, Braehead's best placed player was Sam Weir, returning a very creditable net 71 to finish fifth overall.
Winner of the competition was the very aptly named Eric Fairway from Alloa GC on 69.
Sunday, April 22 Doon the Middle Qualifier.
The Seniors held their Stableford Shield on April 18, with an entry of 32 which resulted in three players tying for first place. It was Gus Ferguson who won by a whisker and now has the honour of representing the Club in the regional finals of the “Hall of Fame” which takes place in September at Alyth GC.
1 Gus Ferguson 38 points, 2 Tom Boyle 38, 3 Stuart Matchett 38, 4 Bill Ross 34, 5 Willie Blair 34, 6 Ian Urquhart 34.
Today, Wednesday in the Caledonian League Kirkcaldy GC (Home) tee off noon.
Team: Brian Christie and Stuart Matchett, Mike Borek, Malcolm Spiers, Gus Ferguson, Frank Malkiewicz, Eddie Kane, Jim Syme, Charlie Beattie, John Binnie, Larry Smith, Tom Boyle.
In the Juniors Braehead Trophy on April 16, Ricky Alexander's disappointment last week in the “Scottish Boys” has obviously done him no harm and we congratulate him on bouncing back and winning this event.
1 Ricky Alexander (5) 68, 2 Ryan Calder (11) 69, 3 Grant Murray (6) 70, 4 Steven Mitchell (12) 72.
Lady Captain Sarah Walker and partner Norma Kerr won their Group in the Stirling and Clackmannan County winter foursomes matchplay. They now travel to Falkirk Tryst to compete in the semi-finals.
April 18 Flag Competition winner: June Fotheringham.
April 22 Coronation Foursomes: 1 Sarah Walker and Norma Kerr 32 points, 2 Jennifer Ure, Ann Parker 30, 3 Doreen Skelton, Christine Sikora 28.
Bridge of Allan
THE Presidents Prize was held on Saturday, and results were: A Class: 1 Jamie Drummond 73-10-63, 2 Derek MacGowan 76-11-65, 3 Jim Harris 75-9-66; B Class: 1 Tom Wallace 74-16-58, 2 Stephen Stuart 79-16-63, 3 Allan Beaton 79-15-64.
RESULTS Sunday, April 22 Moir Medal: Division One: 1 I Galloway (10) 64; 2 K Christie (7) 66; 3 S Drummond (11) 66.
Division Two: 1 G Johnston (21) 66; 2 C Pritchard (20) 68; 3 S Parke (28) 68.
The Ladies held their Extra Medal on April 18: Silver: 1 M Symington (18) 70; 2 C Malcolm (19) 71; Bronze: 1 D Dunning (22) 77; 2 C Hak (32) 78.
THERE was a good turnout on Saturday for the Anthony Nolan Trust – Diageo Trophy competition. The winner was Kevin Dermidy (13) 65, 2 Alex White (8) 67, 3 John McGill (11) 68.
There is a midweek Medal today, Wednesday and Saturday’s competition is the Spring Rose Bowl.
WHILST at times a bit damp fortunately the weather did not turn out quite as bad as the forecast and the Qualifying Round for the 2012 Captain’s Prize was completed with the top 64 with scores of 63 BL3 progressing to the matchplay stages.
The 2011 Club Champion Blair Carnegie returned the best Scratch Score of the day with a two under par 67 with bogeys at 8 and 14 but birdies at 1, 4, 7and 11.
The First Class saw a welcome return to form for Garry Wilson (9) on 65, out in 37 back in 37. Three players returned 66 but runner up with BIH of 33 including birdie 3 at 17 was Brian Deakin (3). Third place went to Jim Crawford (5), who started with two birdies, but then had BIH than David Ivatt (8) who suffered from an ugly 6 at 11.
The winner of the Captain’s Prize in 2011 Henry Birkin (12) returned the best score of the day, 64, to win the Second Class. Runner up was Steve Carruthers (12) on 67. Three players then returned 68 but third place went to Bill Marshall (13) with BIH than Willie Turner (13) who in turn edged out Jim Brough (13), again on BIH.
In the Third Class Sandy Donoghue (18) took the honours on 67. Stuart Brown (19) was second on 68 recovering from three ugly 7’s in the outward 9 for a BIH than John McLaren (20). Ian Robertson (16) on his own on 69 was fourth.
The qualifying score for the Matchplay was 73BL3 and the draw has been posted. Please try and arrange your ties as soon as possible.
The draws for the Gent’s, Mixed and Family Foursomes and the Louis Pope Memorial Trophy have all been posted and those drawn in the first round of each competition are urged to arrange their ties as soon as possible.
Unfortunately the first midweek Medal last Wednesday had to be cancelled as the course was unplayable in the morning following the heavy rain on Monday and Tuesday.
Next weekend is the Spring Meeting, which will also act as the first of two qualifying rounds of the Old Club Trophy, where the top 16 Scratch progress to match play, and also the First Round of the Handicap Stroke Play Championship.
Results: Scratch: B Carnegie 67; First Class: 1 G Wilson 74-9-65, 2 B Deakin 69-3-66 bih, 3 J Crawford 71-5-66 bih, 4 D Ivatt 74-8-66; Second Class: 1 H Birkin 76-12-64; 2 S Carruthers 79-12-67, 3 W Marshall 81-13-68 bih, 4 W Turner 81-13-68 bih; Third Class: 1 A Donoghue 85-18-67, 2 A Brown 87-19-68 bih; 3 J McLaren 88-20-68; 4 I Robertson 85-16-69.
THE first “major” of the Muckhart season took place at the weekend as a large field teed up for the 36 hole Gent’s Christie Cup, won by Neil MacDonald with an aggregate 139.
Neil was chased home by Dougie McNair and Mike Allsop 2 shots back on 141, with Ralph Cleworth 4th on 142. These were the only players at par or better in tricky conditions.
The Ladies also had a close finish in the Boarshead Stableford with captain Alex Glaister edging out Irene Reid on count back after both scored 36 points.
Perhaps however the performance of the week end was young Ross Whites magnificent 71-5-66 in the Junior Medal, bringing his handicap down for the second time this year and we are not even out of April yet.
Points gathering to qualify for Muckhart’s “Ryder Cup” between Clackmannanshire and Rest of the World has now started in earnest, full details are on the website muckhartgolf.com but even at this stage the race to qualify looks as if it will be very close indeed. This week has the Ladies in action in the Millennium Jug, the Gents with the Save The Children Medal, and Whisky Castle Cup for over 60s, while the Juniors have the Ritchie Cup and Blairhill Trophy. A mixed team of adults/seniors/juniors/ladies are also looking forward to going to Tillicoultry on Sunday for the inaugural friendly match between the clubs.