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Monday, September 15, 2014

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY UNDER 18 LEAGUE - Ayrshire finish runners up to Dumbartonshire

Dumbartonshire won their final match of the season in the West Of Scotland Inter County Under 18 league on Sunday 14 September against Glasgow, leaving Ayrshire as runners up to the Dumbartonshire team in the competition this year.

Dumbartonshire won the David Wishart Trophy and West Of Scotland Inter County Under 18 title by defeating Glasgow by 6.5 - 1.5 at Ralston GC.

In the other match played on Sunday, Renfrewshire beat Lanarkshire 6 - 2 at Greenock to secure third place overall in the final league table.

The final positions in the West Of Scotland Under 18 Inter County League for 2014 are :-

 
COUNTY
P
W
D
L
F
A
Dif
Pts
DUMBARTONSHIRE
5
4
1
0
26
14
+12
9
AYRSHIRE
5
3
1
1
23.5
16.5
+7
7
RENFREWSHIRE
5
2
1
2
22
18
+4
5
LANARKSHIRE
5
2
1
2
19.5
20.5
-1
5
STIRLINGSHIRE
5
2
0
3
19.5
20.5
-1
4
GLASGOW
5
0
0
5
9.5
30.5
-21
0

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Irvine win Wallace Thornton Trophy whilst Loudoun take Under 16 title

The first two of the four Ayrshire Junior Golf League finals for 2014 were held at Prestwick St Nicholas GC on Sunday 14th September, with the teams from Irvine and Loudoun emerging victorious in the Wallace Thornton Trophy and Under 16 Knockout Trophy events respectively.


Wallace Thornton Trophy winners - Irvine GC

Under 16 Knockout Trophy winners - Loudoun GC
  



The first competition on the course was the scratch championship for the Wallace Thornton Trophy, where Irvine GC faced host club Prestwick St Nicholas.


The Wallace Thornton Trophy finalists
Irvine & Prestwick St Nicholas
The first two ties out featured Scotland internationalist Stuart Easton and Ayrshire Boys Champion Jack Thomas for Irvine against Graeme Greer and Connor Brooke respectively, and both these ties were to prove close throughout, the results of which were decided on the final green.

Scott Howat, in the final tie on the course, got the first point on the board for Irvine with a 6 & 5 win over Connor McIntosh, and Ross McDonald made it 2 - 0 for Irvine shortly afterwards with a 4 & 3 win over Tom Nairn.

The first two ties both finished in victory for the Irvine players by a single hole, giving Irvine GC the Wallace Thornton Trophy with a 4 - 0 winning score overall.

Match details (Irvine names first) :-

Stuart Easton beat Graeme Greer by 1 hole
Jack Thomas beat Connor Brooke by 1 hole
Ross McDonald beat Tom Nairn by 4&3
Scott Howat beat Connor McIntosh by 6&5

IRVINE   4    PRESTWICK ST NICHOLAS   0




Under 16 Knockut Trophy finalists
Loudoun & Ballochmyle
In the Under 16 Knockout Trophy, Loudoun faced Ballochmyle in the final.

Elliot Spence got the Loudoun team off to the perfect start with a 7 & 6 win over Declan Chalmers in the lead tie and the Loudoun lead was extended to 2 - 0 following Rob Yorston's 3 & 2 win over Shaun Houston.

Loudoun confirmed their trophy win with a 3 & 2 win for Robert Browning over Mark Watson in the last tie out, and the Loudoun clubs dominance of the match was confirmed when Greg Hampshire beat Adam Carballo by one hole in the remaining tie to give Loudoun a 4 -- 0 victory overall.

Match details (Loudoun names first) :-
Elliot Spence beat Declan Chalmers  by 7&6
Greg Hampshire beat Adam Carballo by 1 hole
Rob Yorston beat Shaun Houston by 3&2

Robert Browning beat Mark Watson by 3&2

LOUDOUN       4      BALLOCHMYLE    0

At the conclusion of both finals, the trophies were handed over to the winning teams by League Chairman John Stobie (Prestwick St Nicholas).

The finals of the Champion Of Champions Trophy and the League Championship take place at Prestwick St Nicholas on Sunday 21st September.

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES - Irvine deny Loudoun three in a row

The 2014 Ayrshire Scratch league Division 1 champions are Irvine Gofl Club, who won the title from defending champions Loudoun by the narrowest of margins this week, despite losing their final match at Loudoun by 4 - 2.

Loudoun, who have won the title in the last two years in final match encounters, needed to win their final home match against Irvine by 5 - 1 to retain the title once more, but came up just short in their bid, their 4 - 2 win leaving them just a single tie away from retaining their title.

At the foot of the table, Ballochmyle saved their Division 1 status for 2015 at the expense of their hosts Troon Welbeck/ Ballochmlye's 3.5 - 2.5 final match win at Troon, over the darley course, ensured their survival.

The game was also memorable for Ballochmyle's Jamie Wilson who recorded a hole in one at the ninth on the Darley course during the match.

Final placings in Division 1 are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
Irvine
10
36.5
23.5
24
Loudoun
10
35.5
24.5
24
Kilmarnock Barassie
10
33
27
22
Ballochmyle
10
24.5
35.5
20
Irvine Ravenspark
10
26
34
18
Troon Welbeck
10
24.5
35.5
12

 
In Division 2, Ardeer saved their place in the second tier in 2015 with a 3 - 3 draw with caprington in their last home match of the season, which also saw the Kilmarnock side relegated to Division 3 next season.
Paul Giffney won 5&3 against W. Smith and Sandy Walker won 8&7 against C. Howie to put Ardeer two in fornt and needing only one more point to ensure survival, but Craig Stevenson lost 4&3 to M. Smith, Steven Donnelly lost 3&2 to G. Munro and Tommy Spence lost 5&4 to B. McDonnell, which left the relegation battle on a knife edge with only one tie remaining.
 
In the final tie, to the relief of the Ardeer team, Craig McMahon won by 4&2 against D. Cook to secure the required 3 - 3 draw and retain Ardeer's place in the second flight for 2015.
 
Final placings in Division 2 are :-
 
 
Played
For
Against
Points
Prestwick St Cuthbert
10
39.5
20.5
28
Ayr Belleisle
10
34.5
25.5
20
West Kilbride
10
32.5
27.5
20
Girvan
10
26
34
18
Ardeer
10
25
35
18
Caprington
10
22.5
37.5
16

 In Division 3, two matches remain to be played, with the title already won by Turnberry but the relegation place still to be decided. Present positions in Division 3 are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
Turnberry
7
30.5
11.5
22
Kilbirnie Place
7
24
18
18
New Cumnock
8
15
33
14
Largs
7
19
23
10
Prestwick St Nicholas
7
19.5
22.5
8

 Outstanding results :-
Largs Vs Turnberry
Prestwick St Nicholas Vs Kilbirnie Place

In Division 4, Rowallan Castle had a much needed 6 - 0 home win over Doon valley in their latest match, to move them off the bottom of the table.

Present positions in Division 4 are :-
 
 
Played
For
Against
Points
Troon St Meddans
8
30
18
24
Tam O Shanter
6
18
18
14
Ayr Dalmilling
5
14
16
10
Rowallan Castle
5
16
14
8
Doon Valley
8
18
30
8

 Outstnading results :-
Ayr Dalmilling Vs Tam O Shanter               
Rowallan Castle Vs Tam O Shanter          
Ayr Dalmilling Vs Rowallan Castle             
Rowallan Castle Vs Ayr Dalmilling             

In Division 5, Brunston Castle had a 3.5 - 2.5 win away from home against Abbotsford. Present positions in Division 5 are :-
Played
For
Against
Points
Maybole
4
15
9
12
Brunston Castle
2
5.5
6.5
4
Moorpark
3
8
10
4
Abbotsford
3
7.5
10.5
4

 Outstnaing results :-
Moorpark Vs Brunston Castle    
Moorpark Vs Abbotsford            
Brunston Castle Vs Abbotsford 
Abbotsford Vs Maybole               
Brunston Castle Vs Moorpark    
Brunston Castle Vs Maybole