Sunday, September 04, 2005

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR GOLF LEAGUE - Kilmarnock (Barassie) secure double in Caprington finals

Kilmarnock (Barassie) secured wins in both the Wallace Thornton and Under 16 Trophy finals at Caprington on Sunday 4th September, to add to an impressive haul of Ayrshire trophies this season for the club.

In the UNDER 16 KNOCKOUT TROPHY final, the Barassie team were giving shots in all four ties to their higher handicapped opponents from Beith.

In the early stages, all four ties were close, but with 6 holes to play, Barassie had clear leads in three of the four ties.

Kyle Smith, in the lead match secured Barassie's first point with a 3 & 2 win over David Gray, but a spectacular collapse over the closing holes saw Robbie Gemmill crash to a 4 & 2 defeat by David Hewitson, to level the match.

With David Currie 2 up with 2 to play in the secoond tie, a win for Fraser Kerr in the last match on the course would ensure victory for Barassie, and Kerr duly obliged with a 3 & 2 win over Colin Evans. David Currie ensured a clear win for barassie qwith a 2 & 1 win over Chris O'Donnell.

Match details (Barassie names first) are :-

Kyle Smith (1) beat David Gray (10) 3 & 2
David Currie (3) beat Chris O'Donnell (12) 2 & 1
Robbie Gemmill (8) lost to david Hewitson (15) 4 & 2
Fraser Kerr (12) beat Colin Evans (17) 3 & 2


In the WALLACE THORNTON TROPHY final Kilmarnock (Barassie), the holders for the last two years, began as firm favourites against West Kilbride.

Led by Scottish Boys Strokeplay Champion, Steven McEwan, the Barassie team of four had a combined handicap total of scratch, McEwan's +3 handicap being offset by his three team mates 1 handicaps, whilst West Kilbride's total handicap for the 4 team members was 28. With the competition being comopeted on a scratch basis, the enormity of West Kilbride's task was clear from the outset.

Despite the underdog tag, the West Kilbride team competed well early on, keeping Barassie in their sights in most of the ties, however over the middle third of the round, Barassie pulled ahead of their opponents, building comfortable leads in all four ties to set up a 4 - 0 overall victory.

Match results (Barassie names first) are :-

Steven McEwan beat Martin Bell 6 & 5
Jamie McKay beat Darren Kean 2 & 1
Euan Brown beat Michael Roos 6 & 5
Stuart Henderson beat Grant Weir 3 & 2


In what is proving an outstandingly succesful season in the county for the Barassie juniors, a total of Ayrshire trophies are already on display within the club.

As well as the Wallace Thornton Trophy and Under 16 Knockout Trophy, Kilmarnock Barassie and their juniors have won the Matt Lygate Trophy (Ayrshire Boys Team Champions), The Prestwick Circuits Trophy (Robert McKnight), the Ayrshire Boys Championship (Jamie Mackay), the Ayrshire Boys Matchplay Championship (Euan Brown), The Ayrshire Order Of Merit (Jamie Mackay), whilst Steven McEwan has a chance to add to the haul, being in the final of the Champion Of Champions Trophy.

Awards were presented to all the finalists, at the conclusion of play, by AJGL Assistant Secretary Alastair Graham (Prestwick St. Cuthbert) who retires this year after 16 year in the Assistant Secretary's post.

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