Twenty-five years on from its first playing when Jim McAuslin donned the famous ‘Red Jersey’ by winning the inaugural Centenary Trophy, Colin Fraser etched his name on Peebles’ own Claret Jug after firing a superb five-under par 65 on Saturday.
He scorched to the turn in just 31 helped by four consecutive threes from the sixth hole including an eagle at the ninth. A further birdie followed at the 13th and Fraser bounced back from a bogey at the 17th hole to seal victory with an excellent birdie at the last. He finished a shot clear of Tommy Wynn junior, who edged out Blair Cormack for the runner-up spot thanks to his better inward half.
The previous weekend saw joyous celebrations on the balcony after Stuart ‘Loose’ Boak won his first ever competition, shooting a nett 66 (28) to clinch the Scotsdale July Medal. Declan Hegarty finished second with a fine 67 (5), with Ewen Leggatt third on the same score.
PING Scottish Mixed Championship Qualifier
The last of the season's major Mixed Foursomes events was the PING Scottish Championship Qualifier, with the top 40 Scottish club qualifiers earning a spot at the finals at Gleneagles later in the year. Susan and John Brown came out on top with 39 points, with Patricia and Sandy Wood finishing runners-up on 36 points. Lorna Rutherford and Steven Waldie scored 66.4 in the Charity Mixed Foursomes competition, edging out Marny Waddell & John Elliot (67).
There was a great turnout of 30 competitors for the Centenary Trophy. Five ladies played below par (CSS 71) with Glynis Reid winning her second trophy in a fortnight with a fine 68(26), edging out Moira Boocock 69(22). Meanwhile, on a day of high scoring, Betty Scott won the Boocock Trophy with a score of 73(23) with Patricia Wood and Mary MacIntyre winning their respective divisions in last Monday;s Stableford competition, both with scores of 32 points.
Fast improving youngster Murray Aiken blew the rest of the field away to win the Cuddy Cup and Tweeddale Qualifier thanks to an incredible nett 59 (35), with Jamie Clark and Michael Smith second and third both with good scores of nett 68. Despite his handicap tumbling to 28, Aiken went onto finish second in the following week’s Junior Monthly Medal and Rotary Club Competition with a nett 72, but it was another promising youngster, Rueben Sterricks who came out on top, three shots ahead on nett 69 (27).
South of Scotland Ladies Jamboree
Peebles Golf Club were honoured to host the recent South of Scotland, a qualifier for the Scottish County finals which will be held at Glenbervie Golf Club in Stirlingshire later this year. Teams from Dumfriesshire County, Galloway County and Borders played three foursomes in the morning and six singles in the afternoon.
With some of the country’s leading ladies on show, the standard of golf was amazing to watch, a lesson in “how to strike a ball” and a barrage of birdies. The course was in fantastic order and our guests gave great feedback on the high standards of the course and the clubhouse. Unfortunately for the hosts, the Border Ladies missed out on a place in the final by just a single point, with Dumfriesshire County winning a place in the Scottish finals. Good luck to the ladies!