The warm weather drew a packed field for Saturday’s Factory Cup team tournament with no fewer than 144 competitors taking part. Temperatures reached the 70’s but the scores plummeted as players took advantage of perfect conditions coupled with a fun scoring format. The that sizzled most in the sunshine were the quartet of Andrew Flannery, Sam Anderson, Rob Wilson and John Dawson, who’s 17-under par total of 124 gave them a one-shot victory over Alan Aiken, Ross Aiken, Kerr Sutherland and their guest. In third place were Ian Connor, Billy Wilson, Grahame Connor and Gerry Crowe on 128 with the all-female grouping of Lorna Rutherford, Sheila Horsburgh, Sheila Cuthbertson and Denise Richards in fourth spot with an excellent score of 12-under par.
If that whetted your appetite, there’s more team golf on Saturday 11 May when the popular David Duthie Texas Scramble takes place. It’s back to individual stroke play this Saturday with the qualifying round for the Captain’s – Vice-Captain’s Trophy, played alongside the Amanda McCullough Memorial Trophy, while the next Scotsdale Monthly Medal takes place on the first Saturday in May. Entry via the usual route on the BRS system – don’t forget to download the App if you haven’t done so already.
There was a three-way tie in the April Stableford with Marlene Borthwick, Julie Oram and Sheila Horsburgh all scoring 35 points. Congratulations to Sheila who won on the better inward half.
In the first of the season’s SGA Medals, Katie Brackenridge made light of the Baltic conditions to come out on top in the Bronze Division, scoring a commendable 70(21) resulting in a cut in her handicap and promotion to the Silver Division. The Silver Division competitors failed to master the conditions with Patricia Wood running out the winner with a 77(14).
Continuing her steady form since recovering from shoulder surgery, Sheila Horsburgh and partner Lorna Rutherford won the Coronation Foursomes with a fine tally of 37 points, while Susan Brown scored 37 points to lift the Cystic Fibrosis trophy, beating Glynis Reid on the better inward half.
Ten young golfers contested the David Duthie Trophy last weekend and it proved to be a runaway victory for Frankie Masson, who fired a superb scratch score of 75 – playing off 15! – to card a net 60. The ever-improving Masson is now down to 12 and is certainly a name to look out for this season. Kerr Sutherland edged Ross Aiken for second place on the better inward half after both finished on net 67. Well done boys – keep up the good work.
ClubGolf coaching returns on Sunday, starting at 10am for the P1 – P3 group and an 11am kick-off for the older P4 – S1 group, with all new members welcome.
Top Three Finish for Howie
Darren Howie’s fine early season form continued as he notched an impressive third place finish in the prestigious Battle Trophy, held at the Crail Golfing Society in the East Neuk of Fife. The 20-year-old Scotland international put himself into contention with rounds of 70 and 71 on the opening day and despite a two-over par 74 in the third round, he finished in style with an excellent four-under par 68. That gave him a 72-hole aggregate of 284, seven shots behind winner Josepth Bryce from Bathgate who sealed back-to-back victories in the Scottish Golf Order of Merit’s opening two events. Peebles’ Stephen Roger also performed well, closing with a pair of 71s to end the tournament in a share of twelfth place.
All eyes will be on Darren’s brother Craig who gets his Challenge Tour campaign underway this week at Samsun Golf Club in northern Turkey. Having won the Pro Golf Tour Order of Merit in 2018, the Stobo Castle sponsored golfer is eyeing a place in Europe’s elite and the Turkish Airlines Challenge will be the first step on his season’s journey. Good luck to Craig! You can follow his progress via the European Tour website by clicking the Challenge Tour menu.
New Caterers on the Menu
Don’t forget that our new catering team of Ani and Francesco take the reins on Wednesday 1st May and we look forward to welcoming them to the Peebles Golf Club team. A fantastic new menu is in store for members, visitors and guests alike, with theme nights to follow soon. To book a table for lunch or dinner, please call 01721 720197, or pop into the clubhouse to say hello and make your reservation.