This annual stroke play team competition between the three counties of Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire took place at Kirkcudbright Golf Club on Thursday 21 July 2016. The weather was sunny intervals and the course was in perfect condition The teams consisted of 6 players from each County with 4 scores to count.
Despite the perfect golfing conditions only 5 players had a scratch score of under 80 which was disappointing considering the golfing talent on show. The best score was returned by Finlay Copland (D&G) with 75, followed closely on 76 by Thomas Robinson (D&G), David Sharp (D&C) and Patrick Innes (Kirkcudbright).
The individual handicap winner was Patrick Innes(Kirkcudbright) with a great score of 76-11=65. In close pursuit was David Sharp (D&C) with 76-8=68 and third Thomas Robinson (D&G) with 76-6=70. The CSS was 70 and only these three boys beat their handicap or were within their buffer zone.
After the first four scores from each team had been returned, the total scores by Dumfriesshire and Kirkcudbrightshire were very close but when David Sharp posted his 76 for Dumfriesshire no Kirkcudbrightshire player could equal or better it.
The Fraser Shield was won by the Dumfriesshire team of Finlay Copland (D&G), Thomas Robinson (D&G), Corey Brown (D&C), Taylor Kerr (Sanquhar), David Sharp (D&C) and Glen Irvine (D&G) with a total score of 308. Second were the holders Kirkcudbrightshire with a score of 318 and a team of Cameron Gray (Kirkcudbright), Iain Rae (Dalbeattie), Callum McMillan (Kirkcudbright), Patrick Innes (Kirkcudbright), John Rodger (Kirkcudbright) and Dylan Haining (Brighouse Bay). The Wigtownshire team consisted of Sam Mitchell (Portpatrick), Brendan Todd (Stranraer), Kaleb Johnstone (Portpatrick), Harry Hay (Portpatrick, and Thomas McCreadie.(Wigtown & Bladnoch) and scored 379.
An enjoyable day for all the competitors with sportsmanship and camaraderie the real winners.
The attached photograph shows the Dumfriesshire team proudly holding the Fraser Shield. From the left: Taylor Kerr, David Sharp, Finlay Copland, South President Alastair Millar, Glen Irvine, Thomas Robinson and Corey Brown