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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

AYRSHIRE BOYS MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Thomas & McCrone through to final

Jack Thomas & Murray McCrone
with the Ayrshire Boys Matchplay trophy
they will contest on Thursday
The final of the 2014 Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship on Thursday 21st August will be between Jack Thomas (Irvine) and Murray McCrone (Troon Welbeck). 


In the semi finals on Wednesday evening, Murray McCrone faced his clubmate Craig McKenzie whilst Jack Thomas was up against Jordan Fraser (Ayr Belleisle).

McCrone lead from early on in his tie against McKenzie and played some of his best golf of the season as he increased his lead during the match, eventually running out the winner with a 5 & 3 victory over Mckenzie.

The other semi final tie reached the eighteenth tee all square and a half in par fours at the last took the tie into extra holes.

Jack Thomas had the opportunity to take the tie at the first extra hole but took three from the back of the green to half the hole in bogey fives.

The par three second was also halved in bogeys and the players progressed to the par five third, the 21st hole of the match, in a bid to settle the tie.

Both players were in good position from the tee and easily negotiated the Cardinal bunker in two. Thomas played his approach first from the centre of the fairway and saw his ball come to rest just 12 feet from the hole.

The finalists with the trophy 
outside the Prestwick GC clubhouse
Coming from the left side of the fairway, Fraser saw his pitch run just through the green into the hollow at the back and his next shot also ran some distance past the hole, just outside where Thomas' ball lay. Fraser's effort for par missed, leaving Thomas with two putts for the hole and a place in the final. Thomas finished off the tie in style, holing his 12 foot putt for a winning birdie four to progress to the final and maintain his bid for a boys county championship double in 2014, having recently won the Ayrshire Boys Strokeplay championship.

The final on Thursday evening tees off at 4.30 p.m. at Prestwick Golf Club.

AYRSHIRE SCRATCH LEAGUES - Ravenspark, Barassie and Girvan sign off for 2014 season

Irvine Ravenspark, Kilmarnock Barassie and Girvan completed their fixtures in the 2014 Ayrshire Scrratch Leagues this week.

In DIVISION 1, Kilmarnock (Barassie) finished their campaign with a 4 - 2 home win over Irvine Ravenspark, to ensure that they will stay in Division1 for next season.

Ravenspark's defeat means they will have to await the outcome of other matches to determine which division they will be in in 2015. Ballochmyle can ensure their safety in their final match if they can defeat Troon Welbeck away from home, although Welbeck, with three matches remaining, require at least two wins and a draw from their match against Ballochmyle and two away matches at Loudoun and Irvine to make sure of survival in the division.

Defending champions Loudoun can still retain their title with wins in their remaining matches at home to Troon Welbeck and Irvine, although they would also require Troon Welbeck to secure a result at Irvine in their remaining fixtre there.

Present positions in Division 1 are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
Irvine
8
31.5
16.5
22
Kilmarnock Barassie
10
33
27
22
Irvine Ravenspark
10
26
34
18
Ballochmyle
9
21
33
16
Loudoun
8
26.5
21.5
16
Troon Welbeck
7
18
24
10

Outstanding fixtures :-
Troon Welbeck Vs Ballochmyle        
Loudoun Vs Troon Welbeck             
Irvine Vs Troon Welbeck   
Loudoun Vs Irvine               

In DIVISION 2, Girvan completed their seasons fixtures with a 5 - 1 home win over Ardeer in their final match of the season, and now await the results if outstanding fixtures to see if they will retain their place i9n Division 2 for 2015.

Ardeer, with three home fixtures remaining, can still overtake Girvan, although both West Kilbride and Ayr Belleisle will be looking for favourable results in their respective bids for the divisional title.

Caprington need a win and a draw from their remaining ties, at hoem to Prestwick St Cuthbert and away to Ardeer, but like Belleisle and West Kilbride, Prestwick St Cuthbert will be looking for a win to maintain their title hopes.

Present positions in Division 2 are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
Prestwick St Cuthbert
8
29.5
18.5
20
Ayr Belleisle
8
31
17
20
West Kilbride
9
30.5
23.5
20
Girvan
10
26
34
18
Caprington
8
19
29
14
Ardeer
7
14
28
8

Outstanding fixtures:-
Prestwick St Cuthbert Vs Ayr Belleisle            
Ardeer Vs Ayr Belleisle      
Ardeer Vs West Kilbride    
Caprington Vs Prestwick St Cuthbert               
Ardeer Vs Caprington
In DIVISION 3, Kilbirnie maintained their title hopes with a 4.5 - 1.5 home win over largs in their latest fixture. The destination of both the title and the relegation place are still unclear, with a number of variations possible , pending the results of outstanding matches.

Present positions in Division 3 are :-

Played
For
Against
Points
Turnberry
6
26.5
9.5
18
Kilbirnie Place
6
18.5
17.5
14
New Cumnock
7
14.5
27.5
14
Prestwick St Nicholas
5
15.5
14.5
8
Largs
6
15
21
6
 
Outstanding fixtures:-
Largs Vs Prestwick St Nicholas                          
Largs Vs Turnberry             
Kilbirnie Place Vs New Cumnock      
Prestwick St Nicholas Vs Turnberry 
Prestwick St Nicholas Vs Kilbirnie Place

LADIES SCOTTISH OPEN - National championship to move to Dundonald in 2015 ?

BREAKING NEWS!

(from the Bunkered facebook page)

Hearing some interesting chat on the grapevine today.

Ladies Scottish Open is to move to Dundonald Links in 2015 and be held the week preceding the Ricoh Women's British Open at Turnberry.

Also, there are plans in place for current sponsors of the Scottish Open to extend their backing of the event through to 2020 (currently 2017), whilst next year's pre-qualifying tournament for the Scottish Open will be held at North Berwick.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

AYRSHIRE BOYS MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Thomas continues double bid

The first round of the 2014 Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship took place at Prestwick Golf Club on Tuesday evening, 19th August, in fin but breezy conditions, with newly crowned Ayrshire Boys Champion Jack Thomas successfully negotiating the first hurdle in his bid for the strokeplay and matchplay double this year.
Ross Meikle & Jack Thomas
  


In the opening tie, Jack Thomas (Irvine) faces Ross Meikle (Ayr Belleisle) but the Irvine player was always in control of the tie, running out eventual winner by 5 & 3.




Jordan Fraser & Ross McDonald


In the semi finals on Wednesday evening, Thomas will play Jordan Fraser (Ayr Belleisle) who won through to the last four in a tight match against Ross McDonald (Irvine).

McDonald had the opportunity to win the tie at the final hole but missed his putt, which took the tie into extra holes. Both players hit good tee shots at the first extra hole but a high flighted approach from McDonald drifted out of bounds to the right and Fraser completed the hole to take the tie and the semi final place.




Euan Ferguson & Murray McCrone
In the lower half of the draw, Murray McCrone (Troon Welbeck) faced the strokeplay runner up Euan Ferguson (Turnberry) but the more experienced McCrone, who has made several previous appearances in the championship over the Prestwick links,  took the semi final place with a 5 & 3 win over his young opponent.




Craig McKenzie & Callum McLean


In the semi finals McCrone will play clubmate Craig McKenzie (Troon Welbeck) who edged into the last four with a final green victory over Callum McLean (Kilmarnock Barassie).

One down playing the last, McLean went with driver at the final hole in an effort to force the tie into extra holes but saw his drive drift right of the green and go out of bounds into the car park.

In a bunker from the tee, Mckenzie successfully made the putting surface in two and a good first putt from distance prompted a concession from McLean to give McKenzie a two hole victory.

The semi final matches take place at Prestwick GC on Wednesday evening, 20th August, from 4.30 p.m.

Monday, August 18, 2014

DOC THOM AYRSHIRE ORDER OF MERIT - Shanks boosts points with one event to play

The outright winner of the Doc Thom Salver and Ayrshire Order Of merit title this year, John Shanks (Irvine) boosted his points total once again on Sunday 17th August with a third place finish in the Viking Krus at Largs.

Scores of 73 & 78 gave shanks a two round total of 151, leaving him trailing by two from the winner of the trophy, host club member Iain Macdonald, who returned rounds of 74 & 75 for his 149 total.

With only the Arrol Cup at Prestwick St Nicholas remaining to be played, on Saturday 20th September, John Shanks has an unbeatable lead in the points table, though any one of a dozen or so players could still hoist themselves into the top three prizewinning places in the order of merit, depending on results at St Nicholas.

Present positions in the Order Of merit table are :-

725JOHNSHANKSIRVINE
231.25CRAIGHAMILTONBALLOCHMYLE
208.33STUARTROBINPR. ST CUTHBERT
167.5 JIM JOHNSTON AYR BELLEISLE
162.5 STEPHEN  SPENCE ROYAL TROON
150.83 IAIN MACDONALD LARGS
130 STEVEN MCEWAN LOUDOUN
100 DANIEL FORBES IRVINE
96.25 KEITH  HAMILTON AYR BELLEISLE
95 SANDY BUCHANAN PR. ST NICHOLAS
88.33 GORDON BOYLE TURNBERRY
85 STEVEN  WALLACE PR. ST CUTHBERT
85 SCOTT BROWN TURNBERRY
84.17 JOHN  SLOAN DOON VALLEY
75 BRIAN JAMIESON BRUNSTON CASTLE
75 MARK  ANDERSON IRVINE
50.42 GEORGE ROBERTSON IRVINE RAVENSPARK
50 EUAN WALKER KIL. BARASSIE
50 JOHN  NEILAN BRUNSTON CASTLE
50 WILLIAM  MCMEIKAN GIRVAN
50 JACK McDONALD KIL. BARASSIE
45 JIM  SHEARER WEST KILBRIDE
45 GARY MORRISON KIL. BARASSIE
45 ROBIN McCAIG WEST KILBRIDE
45 MARTIN GRAY IRVINE
42.5 SHAUN RYAN AYR BELLEISLE
36.25 MICHAEL SMYTH ROYAL TROON
35 GARY ALLISON ROWALLAN CASTLE
35 BRIAN FISHER LARGS
21.67 EWAN  MCKINNON CORRIE
21.67 TOMMY MCINALLY LOUDOUN
21.67 SCOTT MCILWRAITH AYR DALMILLING
20 A BREADON ROWALLAN CASTLE
17.5 WILLIAM F WILSON BALLOCHMYLE
17.5 JAMES  MCMURDO BALLOCHMYLE
17.5 LEX LINDSAY BALLOCHMYLE
15 LEE HUGHES AYR BELLEISLE
15 ALAN DUNSMORE AYR BELLEISLE
10 PAUL  GIFFNEY ARDEER
7.5 FRANK MURDOCH BRUNSTON CASTLE
5 GARY VOGWELL WEST KILBRIDE
5 LORIMER SHAW AYR SEAFIELD
5 DAVID ORCHISON BALLOCHMYLE
5 SCOTT DAVIDSON LARGS
0.83 A D  WRIGHT ROYAL TROON
0.83 GREG VERNON KIL. BARASSIE
0.83 STEVEN MURRAY TROON WELBECK
0.83 STEPHEN  MCBLAIN TROON PORTLAND