Second victory for Graeme

ARBROATH Links played host to the Midland Golfers’ Alliance on Thursday when, in rather chilly conditions, Montrose assistant professional Graeme Brown made it two victories in as many weeks with a superb five-under-par 65 to win by three shots.

Steven Cargill, Ewan Rae, both Arbroath, and Carnoustie’s Roy Farquhar tied for first handicap prize on net 68.

Winners of the team competition, sponsored by William Hill, were Harry Salmond, Tulliallan, Jim Irwin, Muckhart, and Gibby Wilkie, Muckhart, with a score of 60, pipping two local trios on the best inward half.

Leading scores

Scratch

65 - G. Brown (AP), Montrose.

68 - S. Cargill, Arbroath.

69 - S. Clark (AP), Elie; R. Bell, Downfield.

70 - S. Graham, Arbroath; C. Mathieson (AP), Falkirk Tryst.

73 - E. Rae, Arbroath; P. Jamieson (P), Dunblane New; C. West (AP), Scotscraig.

74 - D. Mitchell, Monifieth; P. Brookes (P), Pitreavie; J. Craig, Carnoustie; G. Tough, Edzell.

Handicap

68 - S. Cargill, Arbroath, (Scr); E. Rae, Arbroath, (5); R. Farquhar, Carnoustie, (10).

69 - E. Gourley, Monifieth, (12); J. Irwin, Muckhart, (8); S. Graham, Arbroath, (1).

70 - D. Mitchell, Monifieth, (4); A. Smith, Edzell, (7).

71- D. Thomson, Downfield, (6); H. Salmond, Tulliallan, (5); S. Brough, Downfield, (5); J. Craig, Carnoustie, (3); R. Bell, Downfield, (+2).

Team competition

(sponsored by William Hill)

60 - H. Salmond, Tulliallan, (5), J. Irwin, Muckhart, (8) and G. Wilkie, Muckhart, (13) bih; S. Cargill, Arbroath, (Scr), E. Rae, Arbroath, (5) and I. Butchart, Strathmore, (5) bl6; S. Graham, Arbroath, )1), R. Mclean, Dunnikier Park, (7) and J. Gilchrist, Dunnikier Park, (5).

Qualifiers for the JTC Interiors Express MGA Championship at Carnoustie in April were S. Cargill, S. Graham and E. Rae, all Arbroath.

McQueen Shield qualifiers were S. Cargill, E. Rae, both Arbroath, and R. Farquhar, Carnoustie.

The next competition is at Strathmore on Tuesday, February 14, with tee-times from 8.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

MGA Order-Of-Merit

Leading positions:

Professional - 1, A. Webster, Edzell, £555; 2, J. Stevenson, Braehead, £395; 3, A. Lockhart, Ladybank, £335; 4, P. Jamieson, Dunblane New, £265; 5, P. Brookes, Pitreavie, £240; 6, G. Brown, Montrose, £225; 7, H. Wong, Wellsgreen, £210; 8, D. McKay, Wellsgreen, £195; 9, M. Rae, Alyth, £180; 10, L. Sutherland, Monifieth, £175.

Amateur - 1, J. Watt, Edzell, £260; 2 equal, G. Jenkins, Crieff, R. Bell, Downfield, £215; 4, W. Hutton, Pitlochry, £205; 5, A. McEwan, Carnoustie, £155; 6, D. Thomson, Downfield, £140; 7 equal, C. Westland, Alloa, D. Redford, Murrayshall, J. Irwin, Muckhart, R. Ford, Scotscraig, R. Stewart, Tulliallan, £115.

Seniors’ Tour

CARNOUSTIE’S Lindsay Mann was one of only two Scots to make the last day’s play on Thursday in the Seniors Tour’s final qualifying school at the Vale da Pinta course, Lagoa, southern Portugal.

After lying in joint 16th place with a four-over-par 74 at the end of round one, he shot the same score in round two, lying in joint 42nd with 148, and looked to have a struggle to survive the third-round cut.

However, after a best round of 70, for 218, lying joint 32nd, he survived into the last day by three shots, where he had a closing round of 75 for 293, finishing joint 40th.

Winter Leagues

Carnoustie Golf Club

RESULTS: week 17; Matches cancelled due to bad weather.

Grange Ladies

RESULTS: Ashludie Course, 13 holes – H. Adamson 32 points; A. Young 31; P. Hewitt 29.

Ballumbie Castle

RESULTS – Seniors’ Winter League CSS 69; Group one – A. Stuart 38 points; J. Finlayson 37; R. Bennett 36. Group two – J. Little 35; A Harkes 34; M. Campbell 33.

Monifieth

RESULTS; Ladies Coastal Winter League – T. Creeside 42 points; C. Orr 34 bl9; I. Stewart 34; I. Worgan-Blake 33 bl9.

Club Returns

CARNOUSTIE GOLF CLUB: Saturday, January 28, Championship Course Strokeplay 13 holes, 2/3 handicap, CSS N/Q, all one class - K.I. Laird (7) 46; S. Beattie (9) 47; I.A. Ross (9) 48. Burnside Course Strokeplay 14 Holes 3/4 Handicap CSS N/Q all one class; P.F. Howlett (7) 45; J.B. McNicoll (13) 46; W. Webb (10) 48. Buddon Links strokeplay, 18 holes, CSS N/Q, all one class - M.J. Barker (15) 59; S. Rhynd (9) 63; T.E. Walls snr. (6) 68. Sunday, January 29, Championship Course, strokeplay, 13 holes, 2/3 handicap, CSS N/Q, all one class - E. Peebles (5) 46; A. Donaldson (6), W. Thompson (3) 48. Burnside Course, strokeplay, 14 holes, 3/4 handicap, CSS N/Q, all one class - no scores returned. Buddon Links, strokeplay, 18 holes, CSS N/Q, all one class - B. Ransford (13) 60; R. McKie (15) 61; J.R.M. Yule (18) 62. Tuesday, January 31, Buddon Links, stableford, CSS N/Q, all one class - D. Marshall (24) 62; R. Gray (17) 63; R. McKie (15) 64.

Carnoustie Golf Club: Saturday, Championship Course, strokeplay, 13 holes, 2/3 handicap, CSS N/Q, all one class - K.I. Laird (7) 49. Burnside Course, strokeplay, 14 holes, 3/4 handicap CSS N/Q, all one class - E. Peebles (6) 54; C.A. Fox (6) 56. Buddon Links, strokeplay, 18 holes, CSS N/Q, all one class - no scores returned.

Sunday, Championship Course, strokeplay 13 holes, 2/3 handicap, CSS N/Q, all one class - A. Donaldson (6) 47; W. Thompson (3) 48; I. Pert (11) 49. Burnside Course, strokeplay 14 holes, 3/4 handicap, CSS N/Q, all one class - no scores returned. Buddon Links, strokeplay, 18 holes, CSS N/Q, all one class - no scores returned.

Ladies’ Panmure Monifieth: Medal Course, 13 holes, stableford - R. Meldrum 30; S. Falconer 29. Ashludie Course, 13 holes, stableford - A. Hutcheson bih, S. Taylor 32; M. Campbell, S. Johnstone, E. Stewart, D. Scott, R. Lee, J. Findlay 30. Ashludie, seven holes, stableford - B. Balfour 17.

Carnoustie: Championship Course, strokeplay, 13 holes, CSS N/Q – K.I. Laird (7) 49. Burnside Course, strokeplay, 14 holes, CSS N/Q – E. Peebles (6) 54; C.A.Fox (6) 56. Sunday, Championship Course, strokeplay, 13 holes, CSS N/Q – A. Donaldson (6) 47; W. Thompson (3) 48; I. Pert (11) 49.

Carnoustie Golf Club: Tuesday, Buddon Links, stableford, CSS N/Q, all one class – R.E. McKinlay (9) 37 pts; R. Gray (17), B. Melville (6) 35; R. Kirk (13) 33.

Grange: Stableford CSS 71, first class – 1. G.R. Imrie (4) 42; 2. S. Pattie (7) 40; 3. L. Hutton (3) 39. 2nd class – 1. F. Gall (15) 52; 2. S. Griffiths (19) 49; 3. A. Stewart (17) 43.

Hole-in-one

CARNOUSTIE Golf Club member Jerry Husband holed in one at the first hole of the Buddon Course on Thursday using a nine iron. His playing partners were John Stephen and Dave Bond.