Monday, September 24, 2018

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Ayrshire win against Renfrewshire at Western Gailes but youths lose out at Gourock

The Ayrshire A team beat Renfrewshire 6 – 2 at Western Gailes on Sunday 23rd September 2018 in the second of the series of five matches in the the defence of their West Of Scotland Inter County League championship title.

Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) got Ayrshire off to a winning start with a single hole victory over former Western Gailes Club Champion Andrew Farmer but the home side’s hopes were dented when the Ayr Belleisle duo of Keith Hamilton and Jack Broun both lost their ties by 3&2

A 6&5 win by Steven Stamper (Turnberry) in the penultimate tie levelled the match score at 2-2 and a 2&1 win for John Shanks (Irvine) edged Ayrshire ahead. 

The two ties in the middle order, featuring Prestwick St Cuthbert duo Craig Telfer and Scott Brown, looked to be vital and so they proved to be, with both Ayrshire players gaining single hole victories to give the home side the match overall. 

Tommy McInally (Loudoun) finished off a deceptively comprehensive 6 – 2 victory for Ayrshire with a 2&1 win in the anchor tie.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Craig Hamilton (Ballochmyle) beat Andrew Farmer (Kilmacolm) by 1 hole
Keith Hamilton (Ayr Belleisle) lost to Derek Anderson (Cochrane Castle) by 3&2
Jack Broun (Ayr Belleisle) lost to Stewart Watt (Old Ranfurly) by 3&2
Craig Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat Paul Alexander (Caldwell) by 1 hole
Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat Alex Ferguson (Paisley) by 1 hole
John Shanks (Irvine) beat Lee Jenkins (Elderslie) by 2&1
Steven Stamper (Turnberry) beat Andy Jamieson (Paisley) by 6&5
Tommy McInally (Loudoun) beat Craig Thomson (Marr Hall) by 2&1


Next Sunday, 30th September, Ayrshire are away to Dumbartonshire at Clober.

In the corresponding youths match at Gourock, the Ayrshire team were unfortunate to lose out narrowly to their hosts by 4.5 – 3.5.

Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) won the lead tie by 2&1 whilst sandy walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) added another half point in the second tie on the course

A 3&2 defeat for Ross Caddis (Kilmarnock Barassie) was countered by a 3&2 win for Daryl Lynch (Ayr Belleisle) and when Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) took Ayrshire’s total to 3.5 with a 2&1 win in is tie, Ayrshire were close to taking something from the match.

Despite their best efforts however, Ross McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost by 3&2 and Jordan Murray (Rowallan Castle) lost by 5&3 which left the match score tied a 3.5 – 3.5 with just the tie involving Glenn Wilson (Ayr Dalmilling) left on the course. In a tight finish, Wilson unfortunately lost out by a single hole which gave Renfrewshire victory overall, by the narrowest of margins.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Greg Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat Andrew Crusher (Eastwood) by 2&1
Sandy Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) halved with Callum Taggart (Eastwood)
Ross Caddis (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Graham Barr (Gleddoch) by 3&2
Daryl Lynch (Ayr Belleisle) beat Ibrahim Hussain (Eastwood) by 3&2
Ewan Milligan (Kilmarnock Barassie) beat Kevan Ingram (Greenock) by 2&1
Ross McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to David Slack (Kilmacolm) by 3&2
Glen Wilson (Ayr Dalmilling) lost to Jamie Duffy (Eastwood) by 1 hole
Jordan Murray (Rowallan Castle) lost to Furhan Iqbal (Gleddoch) by 5&3


The youths play host to Dumbartonshire next Sunday, 30th September, at Troon Lochgreen.

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