The 2017 Ladies Championship final was contested between Alison Davidson and Elaine Allison. Alison got off to a flying start with birdies and the first and second holes. Par figures at the third and fourth were sufficient for her to take a 4-hole lead. Elaine fought back to take the fifth but Alison once again regained her lead with a birdie at the seventh hole and would go 5 up with a par at the eighth. Elaine won the ninth and then had a 2 at the tenth and par at the twelfth and would cut Alison’s lead to 2up. Birdies at thirteenth and fourteenth would see Alison move to dormie 4up. With both players on the fifteenth in two, a half was sufficient for Alison to claim her tenth title. As always, the final was played in great spirit.
The Ladies’ Handicap Championship finalists were Carolyn Edward (Hcp 29) and Lorna Donaldson (Hcp 21) with Carolyn taking the title after a keenly contested match. After a friendly half at the first Carolyn went ahead with a good par at the second and after 5 holes was 2 up. Lorna won the next 2 holes to square the match by the seventh, and with some nice golf being played by both players, it was Carolyn who had the advantage at the turn. Lorna fought back and won the tenth but two good pars by Carolyn at the thirteenth and fourteenth put her ahead again. After an eventful fifteenth hole, Carolyn went to 3 up and with a half at the sixteenth Carolyn became the 2017 Ladies’ Handicap Champion. Congratulations to both players on a well-played final.
Congratulations to Frances Oxburgh who won the Bronze Championship which has reverted to the best Bronze Scratch Score over both qualifying rounds.
Thanks to the Match and Handicap Committee for the organisation during their week and a special thank you to all of the members who came out to watch all of the finals.
Saturday hosted Club Championship Finals day with seven finals being competed in the Gents, Ladies and Juniors.
Players enjoyed a course in pristine condition with excellent greens and recognition given to Course Manager James Lindsay and his team at the Prizegiving afterwards.
The flagship contest of the day was the Gents Club Championship being competed by the defending champion and looking for a fourth consecutive win Allan Watson playing the 2013 finalist Liam Haldane.
Liam took an early lead with a birdie at the first and Allan drew level with a birdie at the second. Holes 3,4 & 5 were halved in pars before Liam went 1 up with another birdie at the short sixth. 7,8 & 9 were halved in pars with both players converting short birdie putts at the 10th for another halved hole. Four consecutive pars followed for half's then Liam won Cotton's Fancy with a par to go 2up. Both players made 3 putt bogies at the 16th and then Liam won 17th with a par to go 3up. Allan had a great eagle at the 18th against Liam's birdie to go into lunch 2 down.
Liam took the 19th with a par before both players halved the 20th in birdies. Another birdie from Liam at the 21st increased the lead to 4 up. Allan responded with winning pars the 22nd and 23rd to reduce the deficit to 2 down. The next 2 holes were halved in pars before Liam went 3 up again at the 26th hole. Allan won the par 3 10th -28th with a birdie 2 then lost the next two holes with bogeys. Hole 31 was shared with birdie 4's with Liam in a commanding 4up with 5 holes to play. Allan managed a great up and down out the bunker at 14th from a plugged lie to take the match to Cotton's Fancy dormy 4. Allan won the 33rd and 34th holes with a par, birdie to keep the game dormy 2 down. However, Liam held his nerve at the 35th with a winning par to close out the match with a 3&1 win and take the title of Stirling Golf Club Club Champion 2017.
The seniors final was competed by both multiple past Club Champions Kevin Brunton and David J Smith Kevin took an Early 3up after 4 holes which included birdies at the 2nd and 4th. David responded winning holes 5 and 6 in pars with the 7th halved in bogeys. A par was good enough for Kevin to win the 8th and 9th holes to go 3up after 9. David had a great birdie 2 at the 10th to reduce the gap to 2holes. David got it back to 1 down after 12 holes before Kevin made another birdie at the 13th to go 2up again. The next four holes were halved in pars with Kevin winning with a 2&1 margin.
Last years Club Champion finalist Lee Wilson won the Handicap Championship beating Malcolm Gardiner at the 19hole. Lee (3) was giving way 6 shots to Malcolm(9) and Malcolm used them well with 4 wins and 2 half's in his six stroke holes. Lee was 2up after 11 holes before losing the next 2 holes against a par, net birdie for Malcolm to square the match. A birdie from Lee followed before Malcolm won Cotton's Fancy. 16th and 17th were traded and the 18th halved in pars to take the match into sudden death. Malcolm was stroking at the 19th, however at poor second shot let Lee in and he closed the match out holing a great birdie putt on the 19th to win 1up.
Alison Davidson beat long time friend and foe Elaine Allison in the Ladies Championship Final to win the title for an amazing 9th time.
Carolyn Edwards enjoyed a great match with Lorna Donaldson to with the Handicap Championship .
David Boyce beat Thomas Preston to win the Junior Championship and Jack Stevenson beat Ross McFarlane to win the Junior Handicap Championship.
David Kernohan beat Nathan Gannon 2&1
Liam Haldane beat Stewart McLennan 5&3
Roland Fleming beat Paul Killorn 5&4
Allan Watson beat Andrew Wilson 6&5
Kernohan lost to Haldane 3&1
Fleming lost to Watson 4&3
Haldane beat Watson 3&1
Seniors Championship QF
William Kerr lost to Kevin Brunton 5&4
Richard D Park beat Duncan McCallum 1up
Ian Muir beat Tom Dow 6&4
John Thompson lost to David J Smith 1down
Brunton beat Park 4&3
Muir lost to SMith 3&2
Brunton beat Smith 2&1
Handicap Championship QF
Malcolm Gardiner beat John Colquhoun at the 19th
Gordon McGown beat Iain Anderson 3&2
James McKean lost to Chris Kerr 1 down
William McQuillan lost to Lee Wilson 8&7
Gardiner beat McGown 5&3
Kerr lost to Wilson 1down
Gardiner lost to Wilson 19th
This week-end players will compete for the Jimmy Cooper Trophy. Jimmy was a great character on the course and in clubhouse and spent many,many happy years at Stirling Golf Club.
DAVID OATES was crowned Club Strokeplay Champion on Saturday with a winning score of 143 with rounds of 70 and 73 to win by a four stoke margin from Allan Watson, and seeded 1st in the Matchplay Championship. The forecasters got the weather correct with horrendous heavy rain combined with wind in the morning with the later tee-times of the very low handicappers missing most of the bad weather.
The CSS rose to a maximum 74 in Round 1 and 73 in Round 2.
David's 2 under par 1st round of 70 included birdies at the 2nd, 10th, 13th and 18th with dropped shots at the par's 3 6th and 8th. David was also rewarded with a handicap reduction to Scratch which he held very briefly 10 years ago. The 2nd round David got off to a flyer 3 under after five holes with birdies at the 1st, 2nd and 5th then repeating round 1 with bogey at the sixth and a double bogey at the eighth. David was home in 37 with a closing 2 putt birdie at the 18th.
Runner up and seeded 2 in the Club Matchplay Championship was Allan Watson with rounds of 74 and 73 (147). Roland Fleming was 3rd on 148 with a level par first round of 72 and a 76 in round 2. Ben Liddell fourth seed on 152 with rounds of 77 and 75.
Four players qualified – Grant Carnegie 77,76 (153) Alan Dryden 71,83 (154), Chris Lawton 83,75 (158) and Kenny Stewart 78,82 (160) -however due to holidays and other work commitments are unavailable for the Matchplay Stages this week.
The 16 Qualifiers cut was 161 with David Kernohan nudging out Paul Killorn on the better second round 78 v 80.
All the players were high in praise for the outstanding condition and presentation of the course from Course Manager James Lindsay and his team. Recognition was also given to the Match & Handicap Team and the volunteers who assisted with squeezing the greens.
All matchplay championships are played this week, with Finals Day on Saturday 17th June, and Presentation of Prizes for all Championships in the Clubhouse around 5.15pm
Spectators welcome for all matches please support the players and enjoy watching some great golf. All draws and match results are posted in the foyer in the clubhouse.
Matchplay Draw of 16 (seeds in brackets) (NOTE I'll Email you the results of TONIGHT'S MONDAY Matches tonight)
Monday 12th June.
David Oates (1) v David Kernohan
Kieron Aldridge v Nathan Gannon
Paul James Phillip v Liam Haldane
Ben Liddell (4) v Stewart McLennan
Roland Fleming (3) v Steven Murray
Greg McLellan v Thomas Moore
Steven Duncan v Andrew Wilson
Allan Watson (2) v Chris Forsyth
Tuesday 12th June
William Kerr v Kevin Brunton
Richard Park v Duncan McCallum
Ian Muir v Thomas Dow
John Thompson v David Smith
Malcolm Gardiner v John Colquhoun
Gordon McGown v Steven Lee
James McKean v Chris Kerr
William McQuillan v Lee Wilson
Alison Davidson v Muriel Young
Orla Fitzpatrick v Maureen Noble
Elaine Allison v Aileen Lee
Frances Oxburgh v Tricia Chillas
Ladies Handicap Championship
Catriona Brown bye QF
Margaret Neilson v Carolyn Edward
Lorna Donaldson v Fiona Campbell
Moneena Peebles v Jacky Farrell.
David Boyce v Hamish Hornall
Lorne McCulloch bye
Tom Preston jnr. v Robbie Hunter
Kerr Fletcher bye.
Stirling GC Club Championship Round of 16 Results Monday 12th June AND Correction of TEXT
Oates lost to Kernohan 3&2
Aldridge lost to Gannon 1up
Phillip lost to Haldane 3&2
Liddell lost to S McLennan 5&3
Fleming beat Murray 3&2
G McLennan lost to Paul Killorn ( NOT REMOVE Thomas Murray from Draw)
Duncan lost to Wilson 5&3
Watson beat Forsyth 4&3
"The 16 Qualifiers cut was 161 with David Kernohan nudging out Paul Killorn on the better second round 78 v 80"
Ladies Championship QF Results
Davidson beat Young
Noble beat Fitzpatrick
Allison beat Lee
Chillas beat Oxburgh.
Alan Robertson sends thanks to all
Just wanted to say a massive thanks to Stirling Golf Club and to you for hosting and help orgainse the Scottish Disability Golf Partnership Order of Merit event last week.
The Club as ever delivered a great day for our members and high praise on all aspects of the visit were given. Chris in the shop was great on the day and had everything organised for the golfing side, the minor situation on the tee was dealt with impressively and generated even more positive feelings from our time at Stirling Golf Club. The feedback about the course was fantastic and as always the quality and speed of our greens are way beyond what SDGP members are playing on their home courses throughout Scotland and North of England.
Pre and post golf the clubhouse team were fantastic with what is quiet a unique group with various additional requirements, nothing was too much trouble and the food was first class.
Stirling Golf Club and our visit for the event has now become the standard we aim for with all our events, the little extras the club does such as acknowledging ('likes') on social media etc really do make a big difference.
Multiple reports and summaries of the event were shared on various social media platforms and I already know of 2 golfers who intend to come back with friends to play as visitors.
If you could pass our thanks to the various teams at the golf club, there efforts were much appreciated.
Reply from SGC
We would like to take this opportunity to say how much we enjoyed hosting you all and look forward to seeing all back next year