Local men to the fore in Alliance pro-am at Burntisland

BALLUMBIE Castle professional Lee Sutherland partnered amateur trio Jim Brown, Kirkcaldy, Jim Muir, Scotscraig, and George Cant, Monifieth, to second team prize in the Eddie Sherry Pro-Am held by the Midland Golfers’ Alliance at Burntisland House Golf Club, Fife, last Wednesday.

With a net aggregate score of 131, they finished four behind the winning team of Jim Crawford, Euan Douglas, Chris Watters and professional Paul Jamieson, all Dunblane New.

On a very wintry and windy day, professionals Alastair Webster, Edzell, and Kenny Hutton, Downfield, tied for best individual scratch with scores of two-over-par 72.

Leading scores

Scratch

72 - A. Webster (P), Edzell; K. Hutton (P), Downfield.

73 - R. Bell, Downfield.

75 - A. Lockhart (AP), Ladybank; A. Duncan (AP), Murrayshall.

76 - D. McKay (P), Wellsgreen.

78 - W. Murray (P), Unattached; M. Fraser, Dukes.

80 - P. Jamieson (P), Dunblane New; G. Armstrong (AP), Burntisland.

Team Competition

127 - P. Jamieson (P), J. Crawford (5), E. Douglas (3), and C. Watters (8), all Dunblane New.

131 - L. Sutherland (P), Ballumbie Castle, J. Brown, Kirkcaldy, (9), J. Muir, Scotscraig, (11), and G. Cant, Monifieth, (11). 134 (bih) - K. Hutton (P), T. Anderson (2), J. Walker (5), and D. Morrison (12), all Downfield.

The next competition is at Brechin on Thursday, March 24. Tee-times are from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

MGA Order-Of-Merit

Leading positions

Professional - 1, A. Lockhart, Ladybank, £1,280; 2, A. Webster, Edzell, £435; 3, P. Jamieson, Dunblane New, £400; 4, D. McKay, Wellsgreen, £340; 5, J. Stevenson, Braehead, £325; 6, P. Brookes, Pitreavie, £310; 7, K. Hutton, Downfield, £205; 8, C. Matheson, Falkirk Tryst, £180; 9, M. Pirie, Pitlochry, £160; 10, G. Brown, Montrose, £140.

Amateur - 1, C. Westland, Alloa, £330; 2, R. Stewart, Tulliallan, £290; 3, G. Finlay, Ballumbie Castle, £285; 4, A. Smith, Edzell, £240; 5 equal, J. Rankin, Scotscraig, K. Bruce, Edzell, £230; 7, R. Brownhill, Edzell, £220; 8, M. Niven, Alloa, £210; 9, M. Brown, Monifieth, £200; 10, K. Thomson, Alloa, £180.

Locals in Championships

RESPECTIVE Angus junior champions Ailsa Summers, Carnoustie Ladies, and Monifieth’s Grant Bowman were among the 59 players who contested the Scottish Junior Champion of Champions girls’ and boys’ titles over a very soggy Dukes Course, St Andrews, on Sunday.

Conditions were so bad in the morning, the start of play had to be delayed an hour to allow the excess water on the course to be mopped up or drain away.

In the girls’ competition, Ailsa tied for fourth place with a five-over-par 76, just two behind Broomieknowe’s Kate McIntosh, who took the title on the better inward half from Rachel Watton, Mortonhall.

Grant, however, struggled in the wet conditions, eventually posting a 12-over 83 for a share of 33rd place in the boys’ event, also decided on countback, with Craig Ross, Kirkhill, pipping home favourite Ewan Scott, St Andrews on the better back nine after both had carded excellent two-under-par 69s.

Golf Awareness

GOLF clubs across the country, including those in Carnoustie, Monifieth and surrounding area, are being encouraged to take part in this year’s Scottish Golf Awareness Week from April 10 to 17.

The Scottish Golf Union and Scottish Ladies’ Golfing Association first launched Golf Awareness Week back in 2009 to support clubs in their efforts to attract new golfers to the game and retain existing members. While national membership numbers fell by 1.9 per cent among adult male golfers during 2010, some positive signs emerged with 37 per cent of clubs recording an increase in their numbers and 10 per cent of clubs reporting double digit percentage growth.

This year’s national campaign coincides with the weekend of the US Masters in Augusta, the first Major event of the season broadcast on terrestrial television and regarded as the traditional kick start to the golfing year for many. With the clocks changing and the lighter nights, coupled with an expected improvement in the weather, the governing bodies hope their activity will encourage nomadic golfers to consider joining their local golf club.

“By marketing the benefits of joining a golf club through a national media campaign, our aim is to provide clubs with the platform to deliver their own marketing activity on a local basis and attract nomadic golfers or lapsed members back into club membership,” explains Andy Salmon, Scottish Golf development manager.

“We have been hugely encouraged by the response from clubs over the past two years who have adapted well to the changing nature of membership. We’ve seen a much more proactive approach, with an increased number of age and price categories on offer, flexible payment options and a customer-focused approach,” he added.

“While we are under no illusions as to the continued challenges clubs are facing, including poor weather and a difficult economic climate, our membership figures from last year highlight what can be achieved with the correct approach.”

More than 220 clubs attended the recent SGU and SLGA seminars with membership high on the agenda and the governing bodies have reacted to the demand from clubs for increased support and more resource in this area.

Investment in this year’s campaign has risen, while a wide range of membership marketing services have been provided on the SGU website, from advice on running Open Days to case studies on clubs who have been successful in recruiting new members.

This year’s national campaign, themed “Golf Club Membership - Time Well Spent”, will promote the wide range of benefits and the flexibility membership can offer to golfers. The governing bodies are working with leading marketing agency Merchant Soul to develop the campaign, with activity taking place across national and regional media.

Club returns

Ballumbie Castle Golf Club: Senior Winter League Stableford, CSS 72, group one - 1, J. Finlayson 35 points; 2 equal, J. Hendry, J. Little 33 points: group two - 1, J. Thomson 39 points; 2, B. McLeod 32 points; 3, R. Campbell 31 points.

Broughty Golf Club: Sunday, March 13, Ashludie Course, Winter League, division one - 1, F. Jackson (6) 40 points; 2 equal, B. Rae (13), M. Feeney (5) 38 points: division two - 1, R. Mooney (16) 35 points; 2, J. Elder (23) 32 points; 3, M. O’Brien (17) 22 points.

Carnoustie Golf Club: Saturday, March 12, Championship Course - No scores returned.

Burnside Course, 14 Holes, Three-Quarters Handicap, CSS N/Q, Winter Trophy, fourth round, scratch to 28 - 1, T.E. Walls snr (5) 58; 2, T.E. Walls jnr (5) 62.

Buddon Links Course - No scores returned.

Sunday, March 13, Championship Course - No scores returned.

Burnside Course - No scores returned.

Buddon Links Course, CSS N/Q, Stroke Competition, scratch to 28 - 1, R. McKie (16) 67; 2, R.A. Golden (17) 68; 3, F. Golden (18) 69.

Tuesday, March 15, Buddon Links Course, CSS N/Q, Stroke Competition, scratch to 28 - 1, R. Gray (19) 61; 2, R. Kirk (15) 64; 3, A. Donaldson (8) 73.

Grange Ladies’ Golf Club: Winter League Stableford - 1, C. MacDonald 125 points; 2, H. Elrick 117 points; 3, A. Young 114 points. Ringer, silver division - 1, A. Young 48.78; 2, H. Elrick 49.56: bronze division - 1, P. Wicksted 55.34; 2, P. Chalmers 56.34.

Trophy-winners, Stableford, C. MacDonald. Ringer, A. Young.

Ladies’ Panmure Golf Club, Monifieth: Friday, March 11, Medal Course, 13 Holes, Stroke Competition - 1 equal, G. Little, A. Learmonth 56; 3 equal, L. Young, E. Stewart 58.

Ashludie Course, Stroke Competition, 13 Holes - 1 equal, J. Hawkins, R. Lee 55; 3, S. Johnstone 58: Seven Holes - 1, D. Barker 34; 2, H. Seivwright 37.

Monifieth Golf Club: Wednesday, March 9, Midweek Winter League Stableford - 1 equal, D. Smart (4), A. Reid (6), C. Eastaugh (6) 33 points; 4 equal, C. Brunton (1), J. Kempsell (12) 32 points; 6, D. Eastaugh (3) 31 points.

Winter leagues

New Taymouth Golf Club Winter League: Sunday, March 13, week 13 results - D. Black and J. McLeish beat K.J. Robertson; B. Dailly and D. McDiarmid beat S. Nicoll, reserve; G. Wallace and I. Jamieson, reserve, beat D. Dyer and A.E. McNicoll; K. Cox and D. Esposito beat G. McLeish and G. Nicoll; A. Pryde and A. Jamieson beat K.W. Robertson.

Placings

P W L D Pts

D. McDiarmid 13 8 2 3 32

A.E. McNicoll 13 8 1 4 32

D. Black 13 8 4 1 30

K.W. Robertson 13 8 4 1 30

J. McLeish 13 6 3 4 29

G. Nicoll 13 6 3 4 28

D. Esposito 13 6 6 1 26

A. Jamieson 13 6 5 2 26

K. Cox 13 6 5 2 25

B. Dailly 13 4 5 4 25

G. Wallace 13 5 6 2 25

K.J. Robertson 13 5 6 2 24

N. Robertson 13 7 4 2 24

D. Dyer 13 5 8 0 21

G. McLeish 13 3 7 3 21

A. Pryde 13 3 7 3 20

G. Thain 13 5 8 0 20

D. Millar 13 2 8 3 19

A. McArtney 13 5 7 1 18

E. Davidson 13 2 10 1 14

Sunday’s fixtures: Week 14 - G. Wallace and A. Jamieson v D. Black and N. Robertson; A.E. McNicoll and B. Dailly v D. Millar and E. Davidson; D. Dyer and D. Esposito v K.J. Robertson and G. McLeish; K. Cox and G. Thain v A. McArtney and J. McLeish; D. McDiarmid and K.W. Robertson v A. Pryde and G. Nicoll.

Carnoustie Winter League: Saturday, March 12 results - D. Taylor and N. Watson halved with S. Norrie and N. Merchant; C. Ferguson and S. Fairweather (reserve) lost to J. Neeson and D. Ramsay, 2 & 1; C. Saunders and J. Watson lost to I. Frier and J. Gilbert, 2 & 1; S. Knight and D. Kydd lost to E. Kerr and A. Brown (reserve), 3 & 1; A. Boath and G. Robson beat P. Gordon and G. Duncan, 5 & 4.

Sweepstake: scratch - J. Gilbert, 76; handicap - S. Norrie (6) 76.

P W L D +/- Pts

J. Gilbert 15 8 4 3 20 19

E. Kerr 15 9 5 1 13 19

J. Neeson 15 9 5 1 10 19

D. Kydd 15 8 4 3 6 19

N. Watson 15 8 5 2 16 18

S. Norrie 15 6 4 5 19 17

D. Taylor 15 7 5 3 12 17

G. Robson 15 7 5 3 10 17

C. Ferguson 15 6 5 4 13 16

N. Merchant 15 6 5 4 2 16

A. Boath 15 7 7 1 -8 15

J. Watson 15 6 7 2 1 14

G. Duncan 15 6 7 2 -3 14

I. Frier 15 6 8 1 -14 13

S. Knight 15 5 8 2 -5 12

C. Saunders 15 5 8 2 -11 12

P. Gordon 15 4 7 4 -11 12

D. Ramsay 15 4 7 4 -15 12

A. Gilbride 15 4 9 2 -23 10

N. Holland 15 2 10 3 -34 7