Thursday, August 12, 2004

AYRSHIRE BOYS MATCHPLAY - Sinclair remains on course to retain title

The first round of the 2004 Ayrshire Boys Match Play Championship took place tonight at Prestwick Golf Club with the holder Nicky Sinclair (Kilmarnock Barassie) remaining on course to retain the title with a 5 & 4 win over John Shanks (Ardeer). Sinclair now meets Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) who edged through in a close match by 2 & 1 against Fergus Cunningham (Ardeer).

In the first match on the course, Largs club mates Ian Menzies and Craig McLaughlin contested a very close match. Menzies, hoping for a double after his win in the Stroke Play Championship last week, found himself one down playing the last, and Mclaughlin made his opponents task even harder, driving the ball just through the green from the tee on the 284 yard par 4 18th. Both players secured solid pars giving Craig McLaughlin the tie by one hole. McLaughlin now meets Jamie Murchie (Lamlash) in tomorrows semi final after Murchie cruised to a 9 & 7 victory over an out of sorts Jamie McKay (Troon St. Meddans).

SEMI FINALS - Friday 13 August

1700 hrs - Craig McLaughlin (Largs) Vs. Jamie Murchie (Lamlash)
1710 hrs - Michael Stewart (Troon Welbeck) Vs. Nicky Sinclair (Kilmarncok Barassie)

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