Tuesday, October 22, 2019

WEST OF SCOTLAND INTER COUNTY LEAGUES - Mixed fortunes in final fixtures for Ayrshire teams

The Ayrshire A team completed their final fixture in the 2019 West of Scotland Inter County League on Sunday 20th October, beating Stirlingshire 6 – 2 at Prestwick St Cuthbert.

Ayrshire held slim hopes of the title going into their final fixture, needing a 6.5 – 1.5 win or better to have any chance of taking the title, but Stirlingshire were in pole position going into the match, looking for their first win in the West League since 1995.

Ayrshire started well, taking 2.5 points from the opening three ties before suffering their first loss of a tie with William Fleming’s defeat by 2&1.

The home side took the last three ties comfortably, leaving the match standing at 5.5 – 1.5 with only Barry O’Rourke’s tie still on course.

The final tie to be decided went all the way to the last hole where O’Rourke held a one hole lead as they approached the final green.

With O’Rourke lying six feet from the hole with a chance of a birdie, it looked good for an Ayrshire win in the tie but in a crushing blow to the home side his opponent holed a chip shot over a greenside bunker to win the hole and half the tie which, more importantly for both sides, left Stirlingshire just ahead of Ayrshire in the title chase.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Steven Wallace (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat Graeme Robertson (Glenbervie) by 2&1
Scott Brown (Prestwick St Cuthbert) halved with James Donaldson (Stirling)
Malcolm Pennycott (Whiting Bay) beat Greig McLelland (Stirling) by 2&1
William Fleming (Ballochmyle) lost to Mark Hyslop (Glenbervie) by 2&1
Barry O’Rourke (Louodun) halved with Colin Mundie (Glenbervie)
Darren Mallinson (Irvine) beat Ross Kane (Glenbervie) by 3&2
Craig Telfer (Prestwick St Cuthbert) beat) Tommy Morrison (Kilsyth) by 4&3
John Shanks (Irvine) beat Richard Johnston (Glenbervie) by 3&2


Ayrshire will finish mid table in the West League this year, the present positions being:-

Position   Area                           P     W    L    D    F        A         Pts
1              Renfrewshire A         4     3      1     0    20.5   11.5      6
2              Stirlingshire A           5     3      2     0    21      19         6
3              Ayrshire A                 5     2      1     2    20.5   19.5      6
4              Lanarkshire A           4     1      1     2    16     16          4
5              Glasgow A                 5     2      3     0    18.5  21.5       4
6              Dumbartonshire A   5     0      3     2    15.5  24.5       2

One final postponed match remains to be played in this year’s A League, with Renfrewshire hosting Lanarkshire at paisley on Sunday 27th October. Only win by Lanarkshire by 6 .5 – 1.5 or better would prevent Renfrewshire retaining the title this year.

In the corresponding youths league match, played at Tulliallan GC, Ayrshire went down by 6 – 2 to their Stirlingshire hosts.

Despite being awarded a point after the home side were reduced to seven players after a late call off only Greg Cathie & Aiden Long, with half points each, added to the Ayrshire total.

Match details (Ayrshire names first):-

Shaun Hedger (West Kilbride) lost to Stuart irving (Falkirk) by 7&6
Sandy Walker (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Thomas Craig (Falkikrk) by 3&2
Greg Cathie (Irvine) halved with Grank Kirkwood (Falkirk)
Rob Yorston (Loudoun) lost to Callum beauchop (Glenbervie) by 574
Ross McDonald (Kilmarnock Barassie) lost to Sebastian Sandin (Dunblane new) by 5&4
Aiden Long (Ayr Belleisle) halved with Drew Cummings (Grangemouth)
Ross Caddis (Kilmanrock Barassie) lost to Fraser Gardiner (Grangemouth) by 6&5
Daryll Lynch (Ayr Belleisle) W/O Peter Maxwell (Glenbervie) Scr.


Ayrshire finished in third place overall in the Youth League this year, with Dumbartonshire winning all five fixtures to take the title for the third time in four years.

The positions after the matches this week are:-

Position   Area                         P    W    L    D    F        A        Pts
1              Dumbartonshire Y   5     5     0    0    24.5    15.5    10
2              Stirlingshire Y          5     4     1    0    23.5    16.5     8
3              Ayrshire Y                5     3     2    0    17       23        6
4              Lanarkshire Y         5    2      3    0   21.5    18.5      4
5              Glasgow Y                4    0      4    0   10.5    21.5      0
6              Renfrewshire Y        4    0      4    0   13      19          0

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