Following the South of Scotland Championships at Southerness on Sunday 21 August, David Brodie (Newton Stewart) retained his position at the top of the leader board and Michael Grunwell (D&G) leap frogged over Chris Corbett (D&G) back into second place. Liam Johnston, the new South Champion, made the greatest leap forward by entering the table in 9th place but as he has not entered the Match Play Championship any further influence on the final result seems unlikely.
Andrew Kerr (Crichton), in 11th place, also entered the table for the first time with his two consistent rounds on Sunday and his runner-up placing to Liam. Both Kyle McClung (Wigtownshire County) and Jamie Parker (Southerness) also made good strides forward but it appears it is going to take an exceptional effort for someone to overtake David.
There were some cracking ties in the first round of the South Match Play Championship last weekend with only Liam of the top seven not competing. Both David Brodie and Chris Corbett were defeated in the first round and this has left only Michael Grunwell in a position to challenge for the leadership. He got knocked out by eventual winner, Neil Hamilton (Powfoot), in the semi-finals but still gained a useful 60 points that has kept alive his chances of catching David.
Neil Hamilton cemented his 4th place with his victory and will be looking to catch Chris Corbett in the final three events. The only player to make a determined move upwards was Ross Murray (Southerness) who moved from 18th to 8th position.
Top Ten Standings
1 David Brodie (Newton Stewart) 580 points
2 Michael Grunwell (D&G) 490.3
3 Chris Corbett (D&G) 405
4 Neil Hamilton (Powfoot) 345
5 Colin Hamilton (Stranraer) 240
Clark Riddick (Southerness) 240
7 Kyle McClung (Wigtownshire County) 216.7
8 Ross Murray (Southerness) 175
9 Angus Bendall (Castle Douglas) 155
10 Liam Johnston (D&C) 150
Jamie Parker (Southerness) 150