Saturday, August 06, 2005

AYRSHIRE GOLF ASSOCIATION - Loudoun win nailbiting play off for Summer League semi final place.

The play off between section 1 leaders, West Kilbride and Loudoun, for a place in the semi finals of the Summer League, took place at West Kilbride on Thursday 4th August. Both teams agreed to a single match play off, with the clubs tossing a coin for home advantage, with West Kilbride the successful hosts.

In keeping with the seasons results, the match was close throughout, resulting in a 3-3 draw.

The clubs agreed prior to the match that, in the event of a draw, the first player in each team woulf play off on a sudden death basis for a place in the semi final, and so the pressure fell upon Tommy McInally (Loudoun) and Ian Brown (West Kilbride).

With a 5 & 4 win in the match proper, and with home advantage, circumstances appeared to favour Brown, but McInally rose to the occasion , smashing his drive at the first play off hole onto the second tee before chipping down to 6 feet and holing the birdie putt to win his club a place in the semi final.

In the semi finals, Loudoun face Annanhill, whilst the other semi final features Troon Welbeck and the winner of the Kilmarnock Barassie Vs. Irvine Ravenspark play off. In the latter match, which should be concluded this week, Barassie take a 4.5 - 1.5 advantage to the second leg at Ravenspark.

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