Juniors v DURHAM

For the last match of the 2018 season in the Northern Counties Federation League, South Juniors were able to field a very experienced team against Durham Juniors at Lochmaben on Thursday 9 August. Three of the boys were playing their last game for the juniors, being too old next year, and were determined a victory was essential. On a bright summer’s day with sunny intervals Ciaran Howat (D&C) and David Sharp (D&C) led the South boys off in the morning foursomes on a course which was in immaculate condition. Back to one down after five holes they…

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SOUTH JUNIORS v NORTHUMBERLAND (a)

On Monday 23 July 2018 an inexperienced South junior team played a Northern Counties League match against Northumberland Juniors at Bedlingtonshire Golf Club. The undulating, tree lined course was in superb condition with hard, fast fairways and greens and the weather was sunny and very hot. David Sharp (D&C) and Kaleb Johnston (Portpatrick) got off to a fine start in the morning foursomes and were one up after four holes. By the half way mark they were two down after losing holes five, seven and eight and never recovered before losing by 4 & 2. The top…

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NCF CHAMPIONSHIPS

An eight-man team from each of the four competing Counties, Cumbria, Durham, Northumberland and South of Scotland contested their championship at Powfoot Golf Club on Wednesday 1 August. The format was the best six scores from the morning round and the afternoon round with the lowest aggregate determining the winners. After the recent rains the course was in immaculate condition with the greens true and fast. The weather was a strong breeze from the south in the morning accompanied by heavy rain in the afternoon. A considerable challenge for the thirty-two boys, many of whom were only…

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JUNIORS – FRASER SHIELD

On Thursday 26 July 2018, 6-man teams of juniors representing Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire gathered at a sunny Kirkcudbright Golf Course for their annual competition for the Fraser Shield. The format was to be scratch stroke play with the best four scores from each County to count towards the team total. The team with the lowest total would be the winners. The course was in immaculate condition with the ball running miles on the bone hard fairways and if hit correctly stopping quickly on the well-manicured greens. All the boys and two girls found the conditions to…

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SOUTH JUNIORS v NORTHUMBERLAND

On Monday 23 July 2018 an inexperienced South junior team played a Northern Counties League match against Northumberland Juniors at Bedlingtonshire Golf Club. The undulating, tree lined course was in superb condition with hard, fast fairways and greens and the weather was sunny and very hot. David Sharp (D&C) and Kaleb Johnston (Portpatrick) got off to a fine start in the morning foursomes and were one up after four holes. By the half way mark they were two down after losing holes five, seven and eight and never recovered before losing by 4 & 2. The top…

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SOUTH JUNIOR MATCH PLAY

Eight boys from the Stroke Play Championship qualified for the Match Play Championship and returned to Lockerbie Golf Club on Thursday 19 July. In the First Round Mitchell Cowie (D&C) beat Glen Irvine (D&G) by 4 & 3 and in a very tight game Ciaran Howat (D&C) just triumphed over Callum McMillan by one hole. David Sharp (D&C) finally found his form and in another tight game, by virtue of five birdies and driving the green at the seventeenth, overcame Finlay Copland by 2 & 1. In the last game Taylor Kerr (Thornhill) was six under par…

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SOUTH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

Fifteen boys and one girl travelled to Lockerbie Golf Club on Tuesday 17 July to compete in the South of Scotland Junior Championships. The course, in super condition, was like an oasis in the desert with lush green fairways and holding greens. Something the competitors had not seen this summer. The players relished the challenge and the scoring all day reflected the marvellous conditions. Mitchell Cowie (D&C) showed how much he had improved this year shooting 66 in the morning, coming home in 29 blows, four birdies and five pars. In the afternoon he was more consistent…

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SOUTH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP – MATCH PLAY

The draw for the first round of the Match Play at Lockerbir Golf Club on Thursday 19 July is as follows:- 9.00 am          Mitchell Cowie (D&G) v Glen Irvine (D&G) 9.10 am           Ciaran Howat (D&C) v Callum McMillan (Kirkcudbright) 9.20 am          Finlay Copland (D&G) v David Sharp (D&C) 9.30 am          Jamie Marchbank (D&G) v Taylor Kerr (Thornhill) Johnny Townsend Jersey

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SOUTH JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP

The  South Junior Championship and Junior Handicap Championship will take place on Tuesday 17 July at Lockerbie Golf Club. The draw is as follows:- 8.50 & 1.20         Corey Brown (D&C) & Finlay Copland (D&G) 9.00 & 1.30         Jamie Marchbank (D&G) & Mitchell Cowie (D&C) 9,10 & 1,40          David Sharp (D&C); Callum McMillan (Kirkcudbright) & Taylor Kerr (Thornhill) 9.20 & 1.50          Glen Irvine (D&G); Cameron Gray (Kirkcudbright) & Ciaran Howat (D&C) 9.30                       Adam Scott…

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SCOTTISH BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP

Seven boys from the South of Scotland made the long journey north to Lossiemouth to play in the Xact Scottish Boys Amateur Championship starting on Monday 2 July 2018. The format was two rounds of stroke play, one each over the Moray Old Course and the Moray New Course, with the top sixty four qualifiers progressing to the knock out stages. Taylor Kerr (Thornhill) led the South boys off over the Old Course early on Monday morning. A good start with a birdie at the fourth hole should have settled his nerves but he dropped 4 shots…

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