Aug 1 2012 by Jean Pedder, Stirling Observer Wednesday
A FULL field contested Stirling’s premier open competition, the Festival Trophy.
Tough pin positions and blustery conditions added to the difficulty, which saw the CSS go up to 72 for home players and 74 for visitors.
There was only one score under par, recorded by Ben Genese who secured the trophy for the first time since 2000. His excellent 71 was enough to win by one stroke. Three players shot 72, with Stuart McMehen from Linlithgow taking second place thanks to an inward half of 35. The battle for third place was so close that it was decided on the score at the last hole, where Ben Liddell’s birdie was enough to finish ahead of Iain Munro.
The handicap competition was won by Ian Young (5)( from Vale of Leven, who shot an excellent net 68. Kevin Copeland (10) from Stirling and Graeme McIntyre (4) from Grangemouth both shot 69.
The Hornall Trophy for higher handicappers was played on Sunday, with some slightly easier pin positions. For most of the day 70 looked like being the winning total but Steven Kerray (15) from Braehead came in late with a fine 68 to secure the Trophy. Several players shot 70 so a count-back was required and Steven Williams (27) from Tulliallan was runner-up, based on a better last six holes than Graham Sutherland (15) from Murrayshall. Bill Perrie (14) of Stirling and John Gardiner (21) from Bridge of Allan also hit 70.
The club will hold an am-am open competition on Friday, August 10. The entry fee is £150 per team of four, including lunch. To enter call 01786 464098 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
ON THURSDAY ladies from across central Scotland made their way to Stirling for the Senior Greensomes Open.
Winners of the Kerr Trophy and the handicap prize were the local pairing of Lorna Donaldson and Maureen Noble with a net 72. They were followed by Milngavie’s Marion Mason and Sheena McDonald, with Fiona Campbell and Jean Cockburn from Stirling taking third place. The prize for the best scratch score (81) and the senior trophy went to Tricia Chillas from Stirling and Margaret Tough from Falkirk Carmuirs, who have a very good record at this annual event.
Other prizewinners were Jean Drysdale, visiting from New Zealand (bronze nearest the pin); Marion Mason, Milngavie (silver nearest the pin); Mary Watson, Bridge of Allan (bronze longest drive); Tricia Chillas, Stirling (silver longest drive).
Three groups achieved magic twos: Rose Graham and Sheelagh Quinn, Stirling; Linda Mathewson and Anne Griffin, Stirling; and Marion Mason and Sheena McDonald, Milngavie.
SLGA Medal and Wilson Trophy second round: silver 1 Tricia Chillas 74, 2 Alison Davidson 75, 3 Jayne Mackenzie 76; bronze 1 Pat Cockshoot 86, 2 Isobel Preston 87, 3 Muriel Young 87. Best scratch: Alison Davidson (75).
BRIDGE OF ALLAN
LAST Saturday was monthly medal 8: A class 1 Michael Smith (7) 63, 2 Jim Harris (8) 64, 3 Derek MacGowan (11) 66; B class 1 Tony Jackson (16) 67, 2 Jason Malley (17) 68 bih, 3 Jim McKenzie (15) 68.
THE Infirmary Trophy was won at the weekend by Mark Cassie (6) with an excellent 64.
The Scratch honours went to David Shields with a level par 69.
Duncan Morrison (7) won the first class on 66. . Runner-up, having played on Friday, was Ken Wilkie (4) on 67 and Gordon Whitelaw (5) edged third place from a group of four players on 68 with the BIH than Brian Deakin (2), John Brailsford (9) and John O’Donnell (7).
The second class was won by Gerry Watt (14), who returned a 65 on Friday. Runner-up was Ian Kenny (13) on 66 and BIH than Roddy Malcolm (13).
In the third class the honours went to Douglas Whyte (21) on 66. Paul Lewis (18) was runner-up on 67 and BIH than Darrel Jones (17).
The season continues to be disrupted by weather and an early decision has been taken by Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Rotary to cancel the Rotary am-am which had been rescheduled for tomorrow (Thursday).
A depleted junior scratch team lost 4-0 away to Glenbervie in the Wilson Trophy.
Entry lists are available for the AG Kinnes Invitation Fourball on Sunday, August 12, and the Observer Trophy open mixed foursomes on Saturday, August 18.
SATURDAY, Holiday Medal 2: division one 1 V Allan (4) 65, 2 D Borrowman (10) 66, 3 M Todd (10) 69; division two 1 T Burt (13) 65, 2 B Hutchison (16) 65, 3 C Smith (14) 66.
Sunday, Holiday Medal 3: division one 1 J McEwan (6) 64, 2 S McPherson (6) 64, 3 J McMillan (11) 66; division two 1 G Waddell (17) 61, 2 J McAviney (22) 63, 3 R Bonnar (19) 69.
ALVA’S Lawrence Allan finished 14th in the Scottish boys’ strokeplay championship at Cardross last week, 12 shots behind the winner.
THE Children 1st three-ball competition on July 24 was won by Kate McAlpine, Maggi Davidson and Maggie Gardner.
EILIDH Watson has been picked to represent Scotland at U18 level in the Home Internationals in Wales. This year Eilidh reached the semi-final of the Scottish Ladies Championships.
Muckhart members Trevor and Anne Cragg won the Cawder Mixed Foursomes.
The gents’ scratch team reached the final of the Coronation Foursomes at Gleneagles for the second year running with an emphatic 3-0 defeat of Murrayshall. The junior team were fourth in the Perth county boys team championships at Blairgowrie.
Ian Hill fired (6) 4 to win the juniors’ Hepburn Trophy. Maureen McPherson won the ladies’ Elizabeth Stewart Tentacle with a net 70, holding off Elaine Matthew and Maureen Richardson by two shots. John Wotherspoon scooped the Wednesday medal with a net 65.
The John Gordon four-man Texas scramble on Sunday was won by Ronnie Sinclair, Alan Gooding, Harry Grant, and Hugh Cowbrough with (1.8) 55.2. to win by 2.4 shots from Alan Bruce, Alex Reid, Sandy Smith and Scott Smith.
On Saturday the Hooper Gents Open for handicaps 13-24 was held R Neville from Haggs Castle with a net 70 won on a BIH from D Muir of Pumpherston. Local members Julian Ward and Gilbert Wilkie came next with 71s. The Stewart Open for handicaps 12 and under takes place on Saturday, August 18. Book on 01259 781423.
The Muckhart Lotto Rollover of £1000 was won by Peter Long on Sunday. The Lotto has raised over £1000 for special club projects in its first 10 weeks.