May 23 2012 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Wednesday
A FIELD of around 140 was entered in the gents’ foursomes open for the Wilson Salver on Sunday.
The course played tough and true and scoring was difficult. The recently introduced out-of-bounds on the left appeared to affect some players.
Although there was a large number of players from other clubs, Stirling members were well represented on the leaderboard.
The trophy was won by Grahame Cairns (Stirling) and former member Graham Manson (Baberton), who finished with a net score of 68.
In second place were William Fox and Ozz Petale from Falkirk Tryst with a 69 but a better last six holes.
Martin Masterson ( Stirling) and Alan Greenhorn (Braehead) finished third with net 69.
There was an excellent turnout of 230 on Friday and Saturday for Stirling’s Victory Cup strokeplay. The standard scratch for both days was 71.
Tied for first place in division one, with scores of net 69, were Mike Hall, Chris Goode and Steve Holman, who all qualified for the King George V.
In division two the winner was Scott Hamilton with a net 67, with Jim Anderson second with 68 and Kenny McLean third with a 70. Both Scott and Jim qualified for the King George.
The division three winner and overall winner was Barry Bell with a net 66. Tied in second place were Rory MacKenzie, Gordon Appleby and Kenny Strachan with scores of 69. Barry, Rory and Gordon also qualified for the King George V.
THE senior gents travelled to Newbattle for their third CLRML match, winning the first three games but Newbattle won the last three.
Results: Ian Muir and John Campbell won 3 and 2, Archie Young and Tom Rose won one up, Jimmy McArthur and John Keirnan won one up, Alan Taylor and Ian Hume lost 4 and 3, Brian Mulgrew and Hugh Mathie lost 3 and 1, Robin Limmack and Andrew McAllister lost 6 and 5.
BRIDGE OF ALLAN
LAST Saturday was the monthly medal: A class 1 Brian Park 73-7-66 bih, 2 Scott Benson 73-7-66, 3 William Whitfield 73-6-67 bih; B class 1 John MacFarlane, 80-18-62, 2 Mike Wallace 85-21-64 bih, 3 Robert McColl 79-15-64.
THE RS Erskine Quaich was won on Saturday by Calvin Cameron (13) on 63.
The scratch honours went to junior Cameron Buist for the second week in a row with a 70 based on a back nine of 31.
The first class was won by Billy Wilson (6) on 67 and bih than Gregor Roberts (10). Six players returned 68 but third place went to John O’Donnell (8) with BIH than Andy Thomson (9).
Graham Hally (13) won the second class on 66. Jim Gardner (14) edged second place on 67 with BIH than Jim Brough (13). Alan Turnbull (15) took fourth place on 68 with BIH than Joe Malley (12).
The third class saw a rare success for Colin Ormiston (18) with an excellent 64. Three players returned 69 but, having only been allocated a handicap, second place went to Paul Lewis (18) with BL6 than John Kissock (18), who suffered with four dropped shots at 17 and 18 but still had BIH than Ronnie Parker (16).
The RS Erskine team competition of the best two net scores at each hole was won by Calvin Cameron (13), Douglas Keay (16) and Matthew Bending (25) on a score of 122.
On Wednesday there was a good turnout of 150, representing 56 clubs, for the Belhaven Trophy senior mixed foursomes.
Winners of the trophy were Ian and Catherine Murchison (18) from Renfrew on 66. Runners-up were Ian Buchanan and June Gordon (20.5) from Dougalston on 67.5, with Tommy and Sandra Green (11) from Bridge of Allan third on 68 and BIH than Ian and Rhona Muir (15) from Stirling and Callander.
Best scratch score on the day was returned by Alan McHoul (Mortonhall) and Jane Herd (Musselburgh) on 76.
The A team gained a 4-4 draw away to Stirling in their second league match of the season.
Luke Hendren (13) had a hole in one at the 10th on Friday in the first qualifying round of the junior championship.
Next Saturday is the John Wilson Greensomes, open to any combination of ladies, gents or mixed. Tee times can be reserved on the online booking system.
The Ballantine Medal, a 36-hole competition for players handicap 14 and lower, will be played next Sunday and some tee times are still available.
THE winner of the Captains' Prize is Nan Morrison with a net 70; silver 1 Nan Morrison 83-13-70, 2 Helen Wynd 85-15-70; bronze 1 Kareen Turner 105-34-71, 2 Jan Higgins 106-32-74.
SATURDAY, Belhaven qualifier: division one 1 B Caine (8) 59, 2 N Ronald (11) 65, 3 S McPherson (6) 69; division two 1 A MacLean (13) 63, 2 G Johnston (18) 68, 3 A Simpson (22) 68.
May 16, ladies’ Jessie Lorimer round one: 1 K Marshall (20) 67, 2 B Malcolm (26) 67, 3 Di Dunning (22) 69.
CLACKMANNAN County finished 9th out of 16 in the area team championship last weekend at Blairgowrie, missing the qualifying mark by 15 shots.
In the individual event captain Jamie Aitken (Alloa0 led the Clackmannan players with 19th position out of 96 players, beating six of the Scottish Golf Union’s elite squad. Home area Perth and Kinross defeated Fife in the final.
Dollar’s Darren Hulston took the scratch prize with a 71 at the County A division at Alloa, closely followed by Jamie Aitken (Alloa) with a 74. R Birrell (Alva) led the way in the handicap event with 70, ahead of DA Graham (Alloa) on 71.
In division two event at Braehead W Ross (Braehead) and J Littlejohn (Alloa) both had 68s, with Jim losing out on the inward half.
Draw for the first round of the county matchplay championship at Braehead on Monday: 5.15 R Alexander v R Benvie, 5.22 S Douglas v J Aitken, 5.30 A Watson v S Horne, 5.37 S Moffat v J Muir, 5.45 I Guthrie v D Hulston, 5.52 B Cousins v D Beaton, 6pm P Shearer v M Robertson, 6.07 D Finlay v D Milloy.
Alva’s Lawrence Allan is sitting fourth in the boys’ national order of merit. In the men’s order of merit Jamie Aitken is at 15, Lawrence Allan at 22= and Scott Borrowman 27. in the seniors last year’s winner Bob Stewart (Tulliallan) sits at 11=.