South team com­petes in area cham­pi­onships

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - SPORTS -

The Area Team Cham­pi­onships were held at New­machar Golf Club in Aberdeen­shire at the week­end.

The for­mat for the 16 teams was 36 holes stroke­play on Fri­day with the top eight teams qual­i­fy­ing for the match­play stages on Satur­day and Sun­day.

On the Fri­day each mem­ber of the six man team had to play 18 holes over the Hawk­shill course and 18 holes over the Swail­lend course with the five best scores from each course count­ing to the team to­tal.

On an early au­tumn day the South team of Michael Grun­well (D&G), Alan Bird­sall (D&C), Chris Cor­bett (D&G), Bob Gra­ham (Stran­raer), Neil Hamil­ton (Pow­foot) and An­drew Kerr (Crich­ton) set off de­ter­mined to prove that even in a gath­er­ing of the elite of Scot­land’s golfers they could hold their own and em­u­late Dum­friesshire Ladies in win­ning the ladies ti­tle in 2016.

Un­for­tu­nately, although as a team they had one ea­gle and 25 birdies, they could not pro­duce the con­sis­tent golf re­quired and too many bo­geys ru­ined many a promis­ing score.

Chris Cor­bett signed for a one un­der par 71 on Hawk­shill, Alan Bird­sall a one over par 73 on Swail­lend and An­drew Kerr a one un­der par 71 on Swail­lend, all in their af­ter­noon rounds. The team even­tu­ally fin­ished in a very dis­ap­point­ing 15th place with a to­tal of 755, 35 over par.

Calum Fyfe (Glas­gow) had a mag­nif­i­cent two round score of 18 un­der par 126, (64, 62). Neil Hamil­ton marked Calum’s card when he broke the course record over the Hawk­shill course and his name now adorns the club­house wall as marker’s sig­na­ture. Loth­i­ans were the top team with a twenty eight un­der par score of 692 and NorthEast Area won the match­play and are the cham­pi­ons for 2017. In­di­vid­ual scores 147 Chris Cor­bett (D&G) 71, 76; 151 Neil Hamil­ton (Pow­foot) 74, 77; 152 Alan Bird­sall (D&C) 79, 73; 152 Bob Gra­ham (Stran­raer) 78, 74; 154 An­drew Kerr (Crich­ton) 83, 71; 159 Michael Grun­well (D&G) 83, 76.

The South team Pic­tured from the left: are Bob Gra­ham, Chris Cor­bett, Neil Hamil­ton, Alan Bird­sall, An­drew Kerr and Michael Grun­well

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