Sunday, May 26, 2013

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY UNDER 18 LEAGUE - Stirlingshire edge out Ayrshire in opening fixture

Ayrshire narrowly lost out to Stirlingshire in their first fixture of the season in the West Of Scotland Under 18 inter county league.

The Ayrshire team at Falkirk

In a tight match, with four of the eight ties being decided on the final green, the home side found themselves two behind after the opening two ties but turned things around to record a 4.5 - 3.5 win.

Ayrshire opened well with Murray McCrone and Campbell Mathieson winning the first two ties. Despite fighting back from a four hole deficit, Connor McKay lost out on the final green whilst defeat for Ross McDonald in the remaining Under 16 tie saw the hosts level the match at 2 - 2.

Callum Gorrie was edged out on the 18th green and with Shaun hedger losing by 3 & 1, Ayrshire needed to win the remaining two ties to force a half match.

With some fine approach play over the closing holes, Stewart Russell forced a half in his tie, but despite Darryll Lynch's one hole win in the remaining tie, Ayrshire came up just short in their efforts to force a draw.

Match details (Stirlingshire names first):-

David Burt (Falkirk) lost to Murray McCrone (Troon Welbeck) by 5 & 3
Jamie Hunter (Falkirk Tryst) lost to Campbell Mathieson (Troon Welbeck)by 3 & 1
Callum Bauchop (Glenbervie) beat Connor McKay (Loudoun) by 2 holes
Stuart Murray (Falkirk) beat Ross McDonald (Irvine) by 4 & 3
Richard Johnston (Glenbervie) beat Callum Gorrie (Kilmarnock Barassie) by 2 holes
Jamie Simpson (Falkirk) beat Shaun Hedger (West Kilbride) by 3 & 1
Peter Maxwell (Glenbervie) halved with Stewart Russell (Kilmarnock Barassie)
Ben Craggs (Glenbervie) lost to Darryl Lynch (Ayr Belleisle) by 1 hole

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