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May Round-Up

News Posted: 29th May 2011

The month started with a double win for Robbie Jamieson as he netted the Caira trophy and Ian MacDonald cup, also shooting the lowest gross scores in both competitions.  The Caira trophy was won with a (73) nett 67 one shot ahead of Brydon Leask (78) and Chris Conboy (81).  A shot further back were old warhorses Ian Scott (78) and Tommy Simpson (75).  The Ian MacDonald cup saw Robbie win by a shot with a (71) nett 65 from the trio of Robbie P Irvine (88), John Teale (84) and Lee Carter (75).

The International Pairs trophy, which is a qualifier the the SGU's national Belhaven Best Handicap championship, saw a win for the team of Jimmy Sales and Abdelhaq Zaoui.  Their scores of 41 and 34 points respectively for a total of 75, was 5 points better than the family pairings of Paul and David Nicol, 36 and 34 points, and Colin and Joshua Morrison 30 and 40 points.  Jimmy and Zaoui now head to the regional qualifier at Moray in August and if they make it into the top 10 there then the grand final at Fairmont St Andrews in September awaits. 

The following day's Intersport trophy was won by Jimmy Smith with an excellent nett 64 (86) well clear of Rab Duffin (89) nett 72 and Grant Wiseman also with a nett 72 (80), Grant's 80 being the lowest gross on the day.  The first Wednesday sweepstake, which counts towards the Summer League trophy, saw Lee Carter not wishing to hand over the trophy he won last year, as he scored an impressive 45 points, six clear of Ian Scott and Robert Sales.

The middle weekend of the month saw the two qualifying rounds for the Club Championship and Henry Gilbertson trophies being played over two consecutive days.  Leading the pack after the first round with nett 62's were Ross MacDougall (69) and Dave McNicol (71), Ross's 69 being the lowest gross of the day.  A quartet of players - Jimmy Sales (81), Alan Harcus (73), John Ewart (72) and Ian Scott (75) were 5 back with nett 67's.  The second round saw a superb nett 60 (77) from Joshua Morrison, lying second was Magnus Leask with (74), the lowest gross of the day, being a nett 67.  A shot further back were first round leaders Dave McNicol (77) and Ross MacDougall (75).  Putting the two round's scores together saw Ross MacDougall lead the scratch qualifiers for the Club Championship with a total of 144, four ahead of Alan Harcus and Dave McNicol on 148.  The other qualifiers were Michael Boxwell, Ross Chisholm and John Ewart on 150 and Magnus Leask and Stuart Fox who on 153 edged out Lee Carter by virtue of a better second round.  The handicap qualifiers for the Henry Gilbertson trophy were headed by Joshua Morrison with a total of 131, eight clear of David Howells and Lee Carter on 139, two further back on 141 was Ian B Leask then Ian Leiper and Jimmy Sales on 142, Steve Lamb on 143 and T George Leask with a 144 total.  The matchplay stages sees: -

For the Club Championship - Ross MacDougall play Stuart Fox, Dave McNicol play John Ewart, Alan Harcus play Magnus Leask and Michael Boxwell play Ross Chisholm

For the Henry Gilbertson trophy - Joshua Morrison play T George Leask, Lee Carter play Jimmy Sales, David Howells play Steve Lamb and Ian B Leask play Ian Leiper

The following Wednesday sweep was won by Ian Scott with the lowest gross of the day (73) nett 71 on countback from Abdelhaq Zaoui (91) with David Brown third with a nett 72 (93).  The Saturday sweep saw a win for Steven Henry with 36 points and John Mouat second with 29 points.  The Tennents cup on Sunday saw Ian Scott clean up with a nett 69 (77) the lowest gross of the day.  A shot further back in second was Ian B Leask (83) and third was Ernie Smith (77) and David Howells (79) with nett 71's.  The third Wednesday sweep saw Robert Sales win with 38 points, Stuart Anderson second a point behind and Grant Wiseman third with 35 points.

The first open of the season, the Jotun Open, saw an excellent 73 entries, however some fair weather minded golfers had looked at the forecast and decided not to turn up, as only 61 scores were entered.  The combination of a gale force wind interspread with rain showers obviously took a toll on the scores with 17 No-Returns being recorded. 

The scratch trophy was won by John Ewart with an excellent 73, second was Whalsay's Stuart Anderson with a 79, Colin Bain was third with an 80 and Ross Chisholm fourth on 81, ,just edging out T George Leask on a better back nine score.  The handicap trophy saw a win for Dougie Shearer with a nett 68 (78), a shot ahead of Whalsay's Robbie P Irvine (90).  Third was Steven Henry (90) nett 70, another Whalsay man Anthony Shearer was fourth (83) nett 73, edging out Stuart Anderson also 73, then Grant Wiseman also 73 and John Teale with a nett 74.  Other prize-winners on the day were Sandy Taylor Nearest the pin at the 2nd, Longest Drive Adrian Henderson, Nearest the pin at the 12th Anthony Shearer and Nearest the pin in two at the 16th Davy L Thomson.

The May Medal was cancelled as the course was closed due to weather and has been rescheduled for Wednesday 1 July 2011.