Thursday, March 24, 2022

IRVINE G.C. Vs AYRSHIRE SELECT - Scratch league champions winn season's opener

The 2021 Ayrshire Scratch League champions opened the season with a win over an Ayrshire select team at Irvine GC on Sunday 20th March.

Two strong teams fought out a close encounter with the host club eventually winning by 3.5 - 2.5.

In the lead tie John Shanks put the hosts ahead with a 5&5 win over Robbie Muir (Kilmarnock Barassie) but a 5&4 win by Craig Telfer (Turnberry) over Greg Cathie leveled the match score at 1-1.

Darren Mallinson edged out Steven Stamper (Turnberry) by a single hole to put the hosts ahead once more and when George Robertson halved with Scott Brown (Turnberry), Irvine were 2.5 - 1.5 ahead with two ties remaining on the course.

In the event, Paul Kennedy was beaten by a single hole by Joe McSorley (Prestwick St Cuthbert) in the anchor tie, whilst his son, 16 year old Ayrshire boys team player Ryan Kennedy, secured the necessary point to give Irvine the overall win in the match when he defeated Barry O'Rourke (Loudoun) by 2 holes.

The next Ayrshire fixture is the annual Boys & Youths Match against the South of Scotland for The President's Trophy, which takes place at Dumfries & Galloway GC on Sunday 3rd April.  

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