Sunday, September 11, 2011

WEST OF SCOTLAND UNDER 18 LEAGUES - Final match heartache for Ayrshire

Despite being undefeated over the five match series, the Ayrshire Under 18 team suffered the heartache of losing out on the title on the last day of the West Of Scotland Inter County Under 18 League competition, after drawing 4 - 4 with Dumbartonshire on Sunday 11th September.

With wet and windy conditions and a heavy course at Lenzie, Ayrshire needed to win to snatch the title from their hosts, who had a 100% record in their four previous matches, whilst Ayrshire had three wins and a draw.

Stuart Easton and Blair Gavin were both 1 down after the 1st hole but battled on to win their respective ties by one hole. Greg Vernon was never down in his tie and also recorded a one hole victory, whilst Callum Gorrie played solid golf to win 2&1.

Ayrshire Boys Champion Callum Beveridge was 2 holes up after 9 but his opponent turned the crucial tie around and defeated Beveridge by 3&2.

Jack McCluskey was up against it from the start. As well as recovering from a throat infection he was drawn to play the club champion at Lenzie for the last 4 years, who ran out the winner by 6 & 5.

Jack Thomas battled well in the condition's but was never in front and lost out by 2 & 1.

Despite remaining undefeated throughout the season, Ayrshire were just pipped to the title by Dumbartonshire with the final match draw.

match details :-

1. Stuart Easton (Irvine) beat Euan Ferguson [Bearsden] by 1 hole
2. Callum Gorrie (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Robert Johnston [Helensburgh] by 2 & 1
3. Blair Gavin (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Chris McLean [Clydebank & District] by 1 hole

4. Jack Thomas (Irvine) lost to Cameron Kirkwood [Bearsden] by 2 & 1
5. Colin Currie (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Gavin Rodger [Clober] by 5 & 4 

6. Greg Vernon (Annanhill) beat George Duncan [Windyhill] by 1 hole  
7. Callum Beveridge (Troon Welbeck) lost to Cameron Farrell [Cardross] by 3 & 2
8. Jack McCluskey (Ayr Belleisle)lost to Craig Chalmers {Lenzie] by 6 & 5.


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