Sunday, August 04, 2019

AYRSHIRE JUNIOR ORDER OF MERIT - Latest positions in the chase for the 2019 title

With nine events remaining to be played, and the results of one more still to be confirmed, the chase for the 2019 Ayrshire Junior Order of Merit title is well under way.

At the Byrne Howard Junior Open at Royal Troon at the end of June, Freya Russell (Royal Troon) created a bit of history by becoming the first girl to take top points from a counting event after returning a scratch score of 74, which matched the CSS, against the best return from a boy, by Alyx Murray (Prestwick St Nicholas) of 75 which was two above the boys CSS.

Other top points scorers recently were Fraser Russell (Royal Troon) with a scratch 68 in the Cliff Francis Junior Open at Troon Darley, Patrick Smiley (Prestwick St Nicholas) with a scratch 72 at Largs, Ben Watson (Kilmarnock Barassie) with a scratch 67 at Loudoun and Patrick Smiley again with a scratch 73 at West Kilbride.

At the Scottish Boys Championship, Ruben Lindsay (Ayr Belleisle) secured maximum points with his championship win and moved straight up to third place in the Order of Merit table whilst Freya Russell and Rachel Foster (Prestwick St Nicholas) gained points in the Scottish Girls Championship for their semi final appearances, Russell moving into fourth place in the table as a result.

With his two first places Patrick Smiley lies in second place, just behind Ross McDonald (Kilmanrock Barassie) who leads  courtesy of a consistent number of good finishes, including second place at West Kilbride and joint second at the recent Ayrshire Boys Championship.

Kerr Brooks (Irvine) moved up to fifth place overall following his recent Ayrshire Boys Championship win.

The results are still awaited for the Tom Lehman Junior Open at the Troon Municipal courses, played on 30th July, whilst the next counting events are the Turnberry Junior Open on Monday 5th August, The Ayr Belleisle Junior Open on Thursday 8th August and the Prestwick Junior Open on Friday 9th August.

The present positions in the Ayrshire Junior Order of Merit are:-

252.5 ROSS McDONALD Kilmarnock Barassie
250 PATRICK SMILEY Prestwick St Nicholas
250 RUBEN LINDSAY Ayr Belleisle
227.5 FREYA RUSSELL Royal Troon
177.5 KERR BROOKS Irvine
175 BEN WATSON  Kilmarnock Barassie
150 DYLAN CAIRNS Prestwick St Nicholas
147.5 JACK ALLAN Ballochmyle
132.5 HARVEY BROADFOOT Troon Welbeck
120 FRASER RUSSELL Royal Troon
107.5 JAMIE McKINNON Caprington
100 RACHEL FOSTER  Prestwick St Nicholas
85 JOHN McCRACKEN Kilmarnock Barassie
75 ALYX MURRAY Prestwick St Nicholas
50 CAMERON SHANKS Caprington
45 CAMERON JOHNSTONE Kilmarnock Barassie
35 CONNOR WILLS Prestwick St Nicholas
20 ROB YORSTON Loudoun
10 ALEX DEAN Irvine
7.5 BEN WATT Prestwick St Nicholas
2.5 EUAN RAMSAY Prestwick St Nicholas
2.5 CAMERON McGARVIE Prestwick St Nicholas
2.5 JOSH DAVIES Troon Welbeck
2.5 KYLE REID Irvine

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