Dum­friesshire win Dren­nan Salver

The Galloway News - - DRIVETIME EXTRA -

South­er­ness Golf Club played host to the best golfers in Dum­friesshire, Kirkcud­bright­shire and Wig­town­shire as they com­peted in the an­nual match play com­pe­ti­tion be­tween the three coun­ties for the Dren­nan Salver.

It was a beau­ti­ful sunny day with no wind and the course was in im­mac­u­late con­di­tion with true and fast greens as the Kirkcud­bright­shire pair­ing of Colin Heuchan and Greig Blaney set off in the morn­ing four­somes against the Dum­friesshire pair­ing of Chris Cor­bett and Mike Grun­well. The out­come was a win for Dum­friesshire by 6&4.

The next two matches were much closer af­fairs with Jamie Parker and Clark Rid­dick (Kbt) beat­ing Dean Armstrong and Steve Hislop (Dfs) by 2 & 1 and Con­nor Ben­newith and Craig McKie (Wig) beat­ing Ross Mur­ray and Craig Smith (Kbt) by one hole.

Doug Bor­land and Dave King (Kbt) then de­mol­ished Sam Mitchell and David McCreadie (Wig) by 6 & 5. Dum­friesshire won the fi­nal two games against Wig­town­shire when Neil Hamil­ton and An­drew Kerr both played well to beat Michael Kyle and Colin Hamil­ton by 5 & 4 and Martin McNae and Liam Car­ruthers beat Michael Cowie and Bob Gra­ham by 3 & 2.

This gave Dum­friesshire three points, Kirkcud­bright­shire two points and Wig­town­shire one point with all to play for af­ter lunch.

In the af­ter­noon sin­gles the play­ers dis­carded their win­ter jer­seys and played in short sleeved shirts for the first time this year as the tem­per­a­ture rose.

Kirkcud­bright­shire got off to a fly­ing start, win­ning three of the first four games against Wig­town­shire. Colin Heuchan beat Michael Cowie by one hole; Greig Blayney lost to Colin Hamil­ton by 3 & 2; Jamie Parker beat Michael Cowie by 6 & 4; and Clark Rid­dick beat Bob Gra­ham by 3 & 2.

Chris Cor­bett (Dfs) had a crack­ing match against Con­nor Ben­newith (Wig) fi­nally win­ning by 2 & 1. The next three games were won eas­ily by Dum­friesshire; Mike Grun­well beat­ing Craig McKie by 6 & 5, Steve Hislop beat­ing 15-yearold Sam Mitchell by 5 & 4 and Dean Armstrong beat­ing David McCreadie by 7 & 6.

This left the out­come of the des­ti­na­tion for the tro­phy be­tween Kirkcud­bright­shire and Dum­friesshire and in the hands of the last four games still out on the course.

Neil Hamil­ton (Dfs) beat Ross Mur­ray (Kbt) by 3 & 2 and An­drew Kerr (Dfs) beat Craig Smith (Kbt) by 4 & 3. Doug Bor­land (Kbt) had his game con­ceded by Martin McNae (Dfs) and David King (Kbt) beat Liam Car­ruthers (Dfs) by 3 & 2. A 2-2 draw in the fi­nal four sin­gles games sealed vic­tory for Dum­friesshire and en­sured they re­tained the Dren­nan Salver. In­di­vid­ual re­sults Morn­ing four­somes: Colin Heuchan and Greig Blaney (Kbt) lost to Chris Cor­bett and Mike Grun­well (Dfs) by 6 & 4; Jamie Parker and Clark Rid­dick (Kbt)) beat Steve Hislop and Dean Armstrong (Dfs) by 2 & 1 ; Ross Mur­ray and Craig Smith (Kbt) lost to Con­nor Ben­newith and Craig McKie (Wig) by 1 hole; Doug Bor­land and David King (Kbt) beat Sam Mitchell and David McCreadie (Wig) by 6 & 5; Neil Hamil­ton and An­drew Kerr (Dfs) beat Michael Kyle and Colin Hamil­ton (Wig) by 5 & 4; Martin McNae and Liam Car­ruthers (Dfs) beat Michael Cowie and Bob Gra­ham (Wig) by 3 & 2.

Four­somes re­sult: Dum­friesshire three games; Kirkcud­bright­shire two; Wig­town­shire one.

Af­ter­noon sin­gles: Colin Heuchan (Kbt) beat Michael Kyle (Wig) by one hole; Greig Blayney (kbt) lost to Colin Hamil­ton (Wig) by 3 & 2; Jamie Parker (Kbt) beat Michael Cowie (Wig) by 6 & 4; Clark Rid­dick (Kbt) beat Bob Gra­ham (Wig) by 3 & 2; Chris Cor­bett (Dfs) beat Con­nor Ben­newith (Wig) by 2 & 1; Mike Grun­well (Dfs) beat Craig McKie (Wig) by 6 & 5; Steve Hislop (Dfs) beat Sam Mitchell (Wig) by 5 & 4; Dean Armstrong (Dfs) beat David McCreadie (Wig) by 7 & 6; Ross Mur­ray (Kbt) lost to Neil Hamil­ton (Dfs) by 3 & 2; Craig Smith (Kbt) lost to An­drew Kerr (Dfs) 4 & 3; Doug Bor­land (Kbt) beat Martin McNae (Dfs) con­ceded; David King (Kbt) beat Liam Car­ruthers (Dfs) by 3 & 2.

Sin­gles re­sult: Dum­friesshire 6; Kirkcud­bright­shire 5; Wig­town­shire 1.

Com­pe­ti­tion re­sult: Dum­friesshire 9; Kirkcud­bright­shire 7; Wig­town­shire 2.

Win­ners The Dum­friesshire team with the Dren­nan Salver.

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