Thursday, August 11, 2005

AYRSHIRE BOYS MATCHPLAY CHAMPIONSHIP - Henderson ensures Barassie finalist, after first round win

The Ayrshire Boys matchplay Championship began on Thursday 11th August with the first round ties over the links of Prestwick Golf Club.

In the first tie, the recently crowned Ayrshire Boys Champion, Jamie Mackay (Kilmarnock Barassie) raced to a 4 hole lead after 4 against clubmate Euan Brown. Brown however founght back, securing a halved match with a birdie 3 at the final hole. The match proceeded to extra holes and it was Euan Brown who secured a notable comeback with victory at the second extra hole.

In the semi final Brown faces another Kilmarnock Barassie member, Stuart Henderson, who ensured a Barassie representation in the final with a 1 hole victory over Graeme Gimson (Prestwick St. Cuthbert).

With Stuart Robin (Prestwick St. Nicholas) still competing in the British Boys Championship at Hunstanton, Craig McLaughlin (Largs) came in as a late replacement to play Craig McCall (Prestwick St. Nicholas). All square playing the last, McCall bunkered his tee shot, efore playing out and chipping to witnin 10 feet of the hole in 3. Safely on the green in 2, McLaughlin had a brave putt, from around 40 feet, for birdie, which just narrowly missed going in. McCall showed his mettle by bravely holing his par putt to take the match into extra holes, however at the first extra hole it was McLaughlin who secured a semi final spot.

In the semi final, Craig McLaughlin faces former Ayrshire Boys Champion and under 16 internationalist, Cameron Gray (West Kilbride), who had a comfortable 5 & 4 victory over the 2003 Ayrshire Boys Matchplay winner Nicky Sinclair (Kilmarnock Barassie).

The semi finals take place on Friday night, 12th August, at 5 p.m. with the final on Saturday 13th at 4 p.m.

FIRST ROUND RESULTS - Thursday 11 August

Jamie Mackay (Barassie) lost to Euan Brown (Barassie) at the 20th
Stuart Henderson (Barassie) beat Graeme Gimson (St. Cuthbert) 1 hole
Craig Mclaughlin (Largs) beat Craig McCall (St. Nicholas) at the 19th
Cameron Gray (West Kilbride) beat Nicky Sinclair (Barassie) 5 & 4

SEMI FINALS - Friday 12 August

1700 hrs - Brown Vs. Henderson
1710 hrs - McLaughlin Vs. Gray

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