BOWLS UP­DATE

Rutherglen Reformer - - Motoring Guide -

Last Satur­day saw the an­nual In­ter­nal Ry­der Cup com­pe­ti­tion take place. This is where 24 play­ers line up in two teams of 12 to play in a sim­i­lar for­mat as the golf ver­sion.

The two team cap­tains, Stephen Leonard (pic­tured below) and David Robert­son Snr chose care­fully with vic­tory in mind and once the teams were fi­nalised the gen­eral opin­ion was that David was in pole po­si­tion to win for the sec­ond year in a row.

At 92, David is now the oldest man to cap­tain a Ry­der Cup team and he looked in con­trol all the way un­til the games started.

In the first round of sin­gles games, Stephen emerged the hap­pier cap­tain when all of his play­ers won their re­spec­tive games to take an early con­vinc­ing lead. One game of note in this round was the one be­tween Archie Coupar and David McIn­tosh. David was 5-0 up but Archie came back strongly to win 6-5.

The pairs and triples games were fairly even and when the fours games had been played Stephen had a fairly healthy eight point lead.

The shock game in these rounds was played be­tween the highly dec­o­rated and hugely suc­cess­ful Alex Aber­crom­bie lined up against Ron Davie. Ron has lots of un­re­alised po­ten­tial in the game and was the un­der­dog as the game started.

How­ever, a blis­ter­ing start by Ron saw Alex strug­gle to keep up and go­ing into the fi­nal end Ron was 1 shot up. Alex had to draw on all his ex­pe­ri­ence to wick in to win a shot which ended the game in an am­i­ca­ble draw.

The fi­nal round of sin­gles games saw a fairly even out­come and Stephen emerged as the win­ning cap­tain and he de­liv­ered an emo­tional ad­dress thank­ing all his play­ers for their ef­forts.

The day was then rounded off by re­tir­ing to the club house where every­one came to­gether to ex­tend an al­ready long day late into the night.

A great day was had by all and many are al­ready look­ing for­ward to next year.

Ladies clos­ing day is onThurs­day Oc­to­ber 4 at 2pm.On Fri­day Oc­to­ber 5 St,Brides School are hold­ing a Quiz night and all are wel­come to at­tend.Gents clos­ing day and bal­loted pairs com­pe­ti­tion will take place on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 6 at 2pm, with vis­i­tors and friends wel­come.

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