2018 County Stoke Play Championship
Caldwell Golf Club, Sunday 20th May 2018
Winner Paul Alexander, Caldwell – 36 hole aggregate of 138, -4.
Paul Alexander wins Renfrewshire County Stroke Play Championship
The County Stroke Play Championship of the Renfrewshire Golf Union was held at Caldwell Golf Club on Sunday 20th May and the conditions for the event were good due to the recent dry spell, but this made the course difficult to score on with the firm conditions. The scoring in the morning resulted in reduction only for handicap purposes with a CSS of 74 with a total of 44 players starting.
Matthew Clark – Kilmacolm Golf Club returned to defend his Title and led in the first round with a 2 under par, 69 including 4 birdies on the back 9, his nearest challenger being Euan Cleary – Erskine G.C with a 4 birdie round of 71 followed on 72 by Stewart Watt – Old Ranfurly and Alex Ferguson – Paisley on 72 and on 73 Paul Alexander – Caldwell and David Sibbald – Bonnyton on 73.
In the afternoon round Matthew Clark came in with a round of round of 72 for a total of 141 to set the pace.
This was matched by Alex Ferguson with his second round of 69 for a 141 total and a playoff looked likely as none of the first round challengers managed to produce a better score.
However the title was settled when local player Paul Alexander returned the round of the day with a gross 65, in halves of 33 and 32, which included 7 birdies and a solitary bogey at the 6th to give him a total of 138.
The afternoon CSS was 73.
Final Results as follows –
1 – Paul Alexander – Caldwell – 138
2 – Alex Ferguson – Paisley – 141
3 – Matt Clark – Kilmacolm – 141
4 – Stewart Watt – Old Ranfurly – 146
The leading available qualifiers now go forward to compete in the Match Play Championship again over Caldwell Golf Club with the Semi-Finals and Final held on Sunday 27th May.
Full results of the event and the Match Play draw can be found on the Renfrewshire Golf Union web site.
The courtesy of Caldwell Golf Club given to the Renfrewshire Golf Union for the use of the course during the event was much appreciated.