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.
Updated Scores as at Sunday 15th April
Erskine Golf Club hosts several Open Competitions throughout the Golfing season, these being:
Ladies Tri-Am – Amateur Team even, open to all Ladies. Maximum allowable handicap is 30, although higher handicaps may still enter.
Download the application form for the 2018 Ladies Tri-am – 25/4/18.
Seniors Open – Amateur event for Senior golfers of age 55 and over.
Download the application form for the Seniors Open Texas Scramble – 11/09/18.
Download the application form for the Seniors Erskine Quaich – 21/06/18
Gents Open – Amateur 18 hole scratch event with Handicap prizes for gents.
Download the Gents open winners – 6/8/2018
Mixed Open – Amateur mixed pairs event for Ladies and Gents.
The RGU is keen to promote and support as many clubs in the County as possible should you wish to post your clubs events please contact us.
Congrats to Stewart Watt, OCRGC who defeated Martyn Paton, Gleddoch by 1 hole in the final of the Duncan Trophy at Cochrane Castle Golf Club
Congratulations to Bryan Adam (Paisley GC) who defeated David Boyd (East Renfrewshire GC) in the final of the 2017 Champion of Champions competition held at Cochrane Castle GC.
In a very tight match played in great spirit, there was never more than one hole between the players. After some early exchanges, David squared the game with a birdie 4 at the long 16th. Bryan then secured a good par at the short 17th with a save from the greenside bunker to regain the advantage as David’s par attempt lipped-out. David’s birdie attempt at 18 came up agonisingly short, and Bryan rolled his putt up close enough for the concession, and the victory.
Thanks to Cochrane Castle GC for granting use of the course.
Pictured below (L to R) are David, RGU President Derek McGlynn and Bryan.
Paisley’s Alexander Ferguson finished the 2017 season in great form to win the Renfrewshire Gents Order of Merit.
Alexander who was lagging behind going into the George Taylor Strokeplay at his home course, Paisley, produced an excellent display to win the event and move himself to the top of the leaderboard. Alex then consolidated his position by playing in the final events at Caldwell and Eastwood to win by 40 points from Bonnyton’s David Sibbald.
Renfrewshire Boys Golf Team retained the West League Title, with a 3 in a row win, despite losing 5 – 3 at home against Stirlingshire at Elderslie Golf Club on Sunday 10th September.
This is the first time the team has been beaten in the last 3 years, so great credit to Stirlingshire in very difficult conditions.
The course was as you would expect heavilywaterlogged due to the recent wet weather, and despite the rain during the day the course remained playable which is a credit to the green staff at Elderslie.
The Renfrewshire team showed a number of changes from previous matches, and with must under 18 players unavailable we had to field 6 under 18’s to make up the numbers.
Scott Newman at 11 years of age set the team off, possibly the youngest player ever to represent the county, was in charge of his game, and was 2 up with 5 to play, but ran out of steam and after a poor drive at 18 lost 2 down.
Jonny Murphy was always struggling to find his best form and with a lack of recent practice lost 2/1.
Timmy Erskine was having a nightmare of a front 9, losing 8 balls and being something like 17 over par ,was 7 down at the turn, however he kept going and made his opponent work hard eventually losing by 5/3.
Cammy Johnstone brought hope to the home team and despite having a nightmare at the first hole, much to the amusement of his fellow players on the tee, had the last laugh bringing home the first points of the day with a 5/4 victory.
Roddy McAuley promoted to the Under 18 slot made up for his disappointing performance in his last match and came in with a solid 1 hole victory.
Aidan O’Hagan, again promoted to the Under18 slot, and playing for the County at this level, for the first time did not find his best form, too much golf maybe, and lost 2/1.
With Euan English in the final game having lost by 3/2 working hard but never in complete control it was left to Kenan Ingram to save the day.
Kenan had never been behind and was 3 up after 13 despite a fortunate escape at 12 where his opponent made the most unlikely of pars with a miracle 3rd shot, while Kenan struggled for par.
However the match turned when his opponent won the 14th and 15 with par, with the 16th halved in par.
At 17 his opponent hit drive to the right and blocked out by the trees which he hit with his second shot, while Kenan went left and had a clear shot into the green. A solid shot to the centre of the green from Kenan was enough to secure his par and victory.
All credit to the boys from both teams in a game which was played in very difficult conditions due totally to the atrocious weather which we have had over the summer period, but great credit due to Elderslie Golf Club for the condition of the course.
The match, as always, was again played in a very sporting manner
Sunday at Ralston seen Renfrewshire golfers win both championships that were on offer in the Glasgow Youths Championships.
The competition was reduced to one round due to the dreadful weather conditions that hit the course.
Luckily our players performed well in the first round which secured the victory .
The individual trophy was won by Stewart Cameron from Elderslie GC with a score of 73- one stroke less than lanarkshire golfer Graeme Greer.
Renfrewshire also took the team trophy where Sean Burns’ from Caldwell added his 75 to Stewart’s 73 to give a winning aggregate of 148- 2 strokes ahead of lanarkshire. Louis Oliver from Old Ranfurly was the third member of the team with the non counting score.