Freedman Trophy Quarter Finals
On Sunday 13th May, the first round of the Renfrewshire Golf Union Boys Match Play Championship for the Freedman Trophy also took place the Kilmacolm Golf Club, once again in splendid weather.
The first round results were as follows:-
Cameron Percy (Caldwell) bt Euan McNeill (Lochwinnoch) 3/2
John Jack jnr (Gourock) bt Harry Kellock (Kilmacolm) 2 holes
Aaron McCue (Greenock Whinhill) bt Evan Cole (Elderslie) 5/4
Roddy McAuley (Fereneze) bt Patrick McCartney (Greenock) 2 holes
Due to various issues the semi-final and final will again be played at Kilmacolm on Sunday 5th August.
Renfrewshire Golf Union at Kilmacolm Golf Club
On a beautiful sunny day once again the Renfrewshire Golf Union played their Seniors Championship on Wednesday 16th May at the picturesque Kilmacolm Golf Club where the course was set up well by the green keeping staff for this major County event.
The event was well supported by a good number of the 24 clubs in the County with 104 players listed and 97 eventually starting.
Round of the day came from one of the late finishers Gerry Donnachie – Greenock Golf Club with a net score of 63 playing off his 7 handicap which matched the best Gross Score of the day, 70 by Brian Adam – Paisley and Stuart Millar Cochrane Castle.
His 63 was enough to see him crowned 2018 Seniors Champion. With this score he won Division 1 by 3 shots from his nearest challenger.
In division 2 – Greenock Golf Club were again successful with another late finisher Jim McNeill – claiming the spoils with a round of 79 less 13 for 66 winning this section by 1 shot.
The rain earlier in the week had the course in great condition and the fairways, now off preferred lies were tight but fair and the greens were a joy to putt on.
This is the third year that the RGU have successfully played this competition at “The Mini Gleneagles” in Renfrewshire and like the “Masters” in Augusta we hope we have found a permanent home for the event.
The Renfrewshire Golf Union would like to thank Kilmacolm Golf Club for the use of their facilities to host this event, and to congratulate them on the condition of the course and the in house facilities provided.
Results as follows –
Gerry Donnachie – Greenock 70 – 7 – 63 (overall winner)
Danny McNair – Cochrane Castle – 78 – 12 – 66 (b.i.h.)
Bill Millan – Old Course Ranfurly – 77 – 11 – 66
Stuart Armitage – Old Course Ranfurly – 79 – 12 – 67
Jim McNeill – Greenock – 79 – 13 – 66
Robert Loftus – Old Course Ranfurly – 82 – 15 – 67
Alan Gray – Whitecraigs – 84 – 16 – 68
George Martin – Old Course Ranfurly – 88 – 19 – 69
Sunday 6th May 2018 – Elderslie Golf Club
Winner – Stewart Watt, Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club
Picture – Robert McIlroy (Elderslie GC Captain), Stewart Watt (Winner) & Derek McGlynn (RGU President)
Sunday 6th May 2018 – Elderslie Golf Club
Winner – Euan McNeill, Lochwinnoch Golf Club
Picture – Robert McIlroy (Elderslie GC Captain), Euan McNeill (Winner) & Derek McGlynn, (RGU President)
Played at Paisley Golf Club on Sunday 22nd April, and once again generously sponsored by Greenlaw Garage, Paisley, www.greenlawgarge.com on a day when the weather returned to normal Scottish conditions of wind and rain, following the great weather of
the previous day, the final of the Renfrewshire Golf Union Boys Champion of Champions took place.
In the Final Roddy McAuley – Fereneze, who is also champion at Caldwell, faced Patrick McCartney – Greenock who was runner up in the Boys County Match Play in 2017.
The game started in a peculiar fashion with Roddy going out of bounds at the first and second holes while Patrick was safely on the fairway at both holes. This gave Patrick an early 2 holes lead. The next hole was halved before Patrick went 3 up at the fourth when Roddy missed the green and failed to get up and down. The fifth and sixth were halved before Roddy won the seventh after Patrick unusually took 2 to recover from the
greenside bunker. The lead was reduced to one when Patrick missed the green at the eighth hole and failed to recover for par. The ninth was halved in par with Patrick 1 up at the turn.
The next 4 holes were all halved in what was now a very tight game with putts being missed by both players who were otherwise coping well with good golf in the poor weather conditions. The game went all square after both missed the green at 14 but Roddy made a good up and down. The fifteenth hole was halved and the telling blow came at the par 5 sixteenth with both players just short but Roddy making a good birdie with the only long putt seen all day to go one up. On the seventeenth, Roddy was safely
on the green while Patrick missed on the right, and after he failed to get up and down Roddy safely took 2 putts to win the hole and the match by 2/1.
The match was played in the best of spirits by 2 fine Renfrewshire boys.
In the semi-finals played on Friday 20th Patrick McCartney – beat Aaron McCue – Greenock Whinhill 2and1 while Roddy McAuley – beat Kenan Ingram – Port Glasgow 5 and 3.
On the previous Sunday, 15th April, Roddy McAuley beat Mackenzie Holmes – Kilmacolm 4 and 3, Kenan Ingram beat Cameron Lyle – Paisley by 1 hole and Patrick McCartney beat Euan English – Erskine 2 and 1. Aaron McCue received a walk over when his opponent failed to make his tee-time.
In the preliminary rounds Mackenzie Holmes beat David Tarvet – East Renfrewshire at the 20th, Cameron Lyle beat Angus Frood – Ranfurly Castle 4 and 3 and Euan English beat Naill Gallagher – Gourock by 1 hole.
Junior Champion of Champions Update…
McAuley, Fereneze beat Ingram, Port Glasgow 5/3
McCartney, Greenock beat McCue, Greenock Whinhill 2/1
Final will take place tomorrow at Paisley.