MEETING WITH CLUBS RE SGL DRAFT STRATEGY

At The Executive Meeting on Tuesday 26 September it was agreed to have another meeting with the Clubs prior to the SGL Special General Meeting on Saturday 2 December to ascertain their thoughts and voting intentions. The papers for the Special General Meeting must be received by the stakeholders by Saturday 11 November and this gives us 3 weeks to hold the meeting. However this is the time of year some Clubs hold their own AGM’s and a date suitable to all may be difficult to find. Consequently, the Executive have agreed to hold the meeting immediately…

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2017 FINAL ORDER OF MERIT TABLE

The South Order of Merit came to an exciting conclusion at the final counting event of the season at Thornhill on Sunday 24 September. The intrigue was heightened in the Shamash trophy as three players were in contention,  David Brodie (Newton Stewart) in the driving seat with Michael Grunwell (D&G) 75 points behind and Chris Corbett (D&G) in third place a further 55 points adrift. David was suffering with a back injury and was unable to play so a good result from Michael would win him the title. Chris had to win outright to overtake the other…

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SHAMASH TROPHY 2017

A poor turnout of 19 players competed for the Shamash Trophy at Thornhill on Sunday 24 September 2017.The course was in immaculate condition on a day of perfect weather in the morning but the downpours kept on coming from those ever- present, heavily laden clouds in the afternoon. Liam Carruthers (Powfoot) made an ideal start with birdies at the first, fifth and ninth holes to be out in 33, two under par in the morning. He dropped shots at the tenth and sixteenth on the way in for a three over par 39 and a total of…

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SOTTISH JUNIOR TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

The South officials took a Development team of six boys, all under 16 years-of-age, to Glenbervie on Sunday 24 September to compete in the inaugural Scottish Junior Team Competition. The format of the competition was 18 holes stableford between the winners of Junior Area leagues in Scotland and as South Area does not have a Junior League between all the Clubs we were permitted to enter a development team for experience. Five stableford scores from the six man team were to count as the team score. The South team of Taylor Kerr (Sanquhar), Jamie Marchbank (D&G), Sam…

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OOM UPDATE 6

The final event, the Shamash Trophy at Thornhill on Sunday 24 September, promises to be an exciting competition to determine the winner of the South Order of Merit 2017 with three players in contention to be crowned winner. With all three players in contention and playing well, David Brodie (Newton Stewart), Michael Grunwell (D&G) and Chris Corbett (D&G), the result will be in doubt until the last putt is sunk. David extended his lead at the top by winning the MacRobert Salver at Stranraer last Saturday to 75 points but Michael kept his sights firmly on the…

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SOUTH MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP 2017

On Sunday 17 September the semi-finals and final of the South Matchplay Championship took place at Stranraer Golf Club on a typical autumnal day with a slight breeze. Both the semi-finals in the morning were very tight games with Danny McConnachie (D&C) beating Martin McNae (Lochmaben at the nineteenth and Chris Corbett (D&G) beating holder  Neil Hamilton (Powfoot) by one hole. The final in the afternoon was another closely fought and friendly game. Danny got off to the perfect start by winning the first hole after both he and Chris hit wayward drives. Chris won holes 4…

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SHAMASH TROPHY

The draw for the Shamash Trophy to take place on Sunday 24 September at Thornhill Golf Club is as follows:- 8.00 & 12.30 8.10 & 12.40 8 20 & 12.50 8.30 & 13.00   R Graham (Stran); N Hamilton (Pow); R Murray (S/ness) 8 40 & 12.10   C Hamilton (Stran); M Grunwell (D&G); C Riddick (S/ness) 8.50 & 12.20   M Lockhart (Cri); S Kirkpatrick (D&C); J McBeth (Loch) 9.00 & 13.30   D Wilson (Sanq); R McCracken (Pow); P Watret (Loch) 9.10 & 13.40   J Houston (Prestwick); L Carruthers (Pow); S Foote (Pow) 9.20 &…

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OOM UPDATE 5

There are two new names on the Order of Merit following the Lennox Trophy at Lochmaben on Saturday 9 September. The winner, Dean Armstrong (Lochmaben) entered at number 17 and third place Iain McBeth (Castle Douglas) tied at number 26. Martin McNae (Lochmaben) as usual put in a strong performance on his home course to finish second and moved up three places to 5th.  Liam Carruthers (Powfoot) also played consistently and moved up three places to enter the top ten. There is no change at the top with David Brodie (Newton Stewart) and Michael Grunwell (D&G) tying…

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SCOTTISH AREA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP

The premier Scottish team championship was held at Newmachar Golf Club, Aberdeenshire from 8 to 10 September 2017. The format for the sixteen teams was 36 holes strokeplay on Friday with the top eight teams qualifying for the matchplay stages on Saturday and Sunday. On the Friday each member of the six man team had to play 18 holes over the Hawkshill Course and 18 holes over the Swaillend Course with the 5 best scores from each course counting to the team total. On an early autumn day the South team of Michael Grunwell (D&G), Alan Birdsall…

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OOM UPDATE

Greig Blayney (Southerness) moved up from tied 54th to 15th in the South of Scotland Golfers’ Association Order of Merit after his win in the Douglas Maxwell Trophy at Kirkcudbright on Sunday 3 September. His two good rounds of 70, 72 and total of 142 won him the trophy from Clark Riddick (Southerness) by 7 shots. Clark moved up two places to 6th with his second place finish. Last year’s winner David Brodie (Newton Stewart) consolidated his slender lead in the Order of Merit by taking third place to Michael Grunwell’s (D&G) fourth and now leads Michael…

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