Wednesday, 31 May 2017

North-east Alliance to be run by Paul Lawrie
 
Foundation's Michael MacDougall


By COLIN FARQUHARSON
In a trail-blazing move, the Paul Lawrie Foundation is to take over the organisation of the North-east Golfers' Alliance circuit with Michael MacDougall, the PLF manager, stepping into the shoes of former joint secretaries, Dave Wilson and Joel Hopwood.
David Fleming, captain of the NE Alliance, said:
 "Following the recent meeting of the membership, I am delighted to announce the voting was overwhelmingly in favour of Michael MacDougall essentially taking over the organisation of the alliance meetings, following the retirement of Dave Wilson and Joel Hopwood stepping down.
"Our thanks are due to both for their work on our behalf  but particularly Dave Wilson who has acted as secretary for many years.  Our thanks are also due to Paul Lawrie for offering this option to the Alliance.
"Michael MacDougall will continue to be employed by the Paul Lawrie Foundation and the NE Alliance secretary's honorarium will, in future, be paid directly to the Foundation. 
"There will no real changes as far as the membership is concerned, save for the fact that Michael will have a little more time to liaise with our venues with a view to ensuring the quality of the course arrangements are as good as they can be.  However, Michael will report to, and be directed by, the officials and committee elected by the NE Alliancer membership.
"The adoption of a constitution will be proposed at the next AGM, at Craibstone Golf Club on Monday, September 4 to formalise our organisation.”
 
MacDougall (pictured) was secretary of the PGA in Scotland, well used to organising and running Tartan Tour events, when he was recruited by Paul Lawrie to be his right-hand man.
Paul Lawrie commented:  “Having played and enjoyed alliance events for almost 30 years, I’m really pleased that the foundation will now become involved in their day-to-day operation.
"I have always said that these played an important role in my own development as a golfer, allowing me to stay competitive over the long winters.  But, as well as an excellent proving ground for aspiring young professionals, the events are sociable and fun competitive gatherings where amateurs and professionals meet and enrich the game.
"I’m already looking forward to competing at the end of the year in the North-east Alliance fixtures.”
 
Fixtures for the first half of the 2017-2018 NE Alliance season are:
 
SEPTEMBER
6 Craibstone.
13 Kemnay.
20 Newmachar
27 Kintore.
 
OCTOBER
4 Alford
10-12 Scottish Alliance championship (Monifieth)
18 Banchory
25 Peterculter
 
NOVEMBER
1  Oldmeldrum
8  Strathlene
15 Fraserburgh
22 Montrose
29 Buckpool
 
DECEMBER
6 Portlethen
 
+next competition January 2018
 
 
 

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Thursday, 6 April 2017

Forfar amateur Balneaves wins Midland


Alliance championship at windy Arbroath


Liam Balneaves, a one-handicap member of Forfar Golf Club won the Midland Golfers' Alliance championship, sponsored by Perla Shower Panels, at a windy Arbroath links today.
He won the 36-hole title with a four-over-par total of 144, made up of rounds of 71 and 73.

The amateur won by two strokes from Glenrothes professional Craig Knowles (75-81) and Stuart McKendrick, a scratch player at Dunkeld and Birnam Golf Club.
In the handicap section there was a tie for first place between David Morrison (Blair Atholl) (handicap 11) and Keith Bruce (Edzell) (2), 2) both with net totals of 144.
In the McQueen Shield, played over 18 holes, Len Grindrod (Mar Hall) won with a net score of 67 off a handicap of seven.
 
Leading Championship Scratch Scores
 
144  Liam Balneaves (Forfar)  71  73
146  Craig Knowles  (Glenrothes) p 75 71, Stuart McKendrick (Dunkeld  and Birnam) 72 74                               
147  Gary Tough (Edzell) 73 74                                           
148   Keith Bruce (Edzell) 71 77                                          
151  Brian Soutar (Leven GS) 71 80
152  Gordon Laing (Lundin 74 78                                         
        David Snodgrass  (Crail GS) ap 73 79.
        Steven Mackie (St Andrews) 73 79                           
153  Steve Craig (Archerfield Links) p 78 75.                    
         Paul Brookes (Pitreavie) p 72 81.
                            
 
Leading  Championship Handicap Scores
 
142  Liam Balneaves (Forfar) (1) 70 72                                            
144  David Morrison   (Blair Atholl) (11) 71 73                               
        Keith Bruce  (Edzell) (2) 69 75.                                              
145  Graham Milne  (Aberdour) (6) 73 72                                      
        Gary Tough  (Edzell) (1) 72 73                                             
146  Stuart McKendrick (Dunkeld and Birnam) (scr) 72 74
        Gordon Laing (Lundin) (4) 71 75                                            
152  Scott Robertson (Carnoustie) (1) 76 76                                  
        Tom McLevy (Blairgowrie) (1) 76 76                                   
153  Willie Hutton (Pitlochry) (1) 78 75                                       
154  John Baxter (Lundin) (4) 76 78
                                        
 
Leading Scratch Scores McQueen Shield (18 Holes)
 
74  Len Grindrod                               Mar Hall
76  Gary Pyott                                    Arbroath Artisan
      Alister Duncan                            Murrayshall
82  Gary Smith                                   Scotscraig
83  Phil Anderson                             Crail GS
      Davie Hutchison                         Murrayshall
 
Leading Handicap Scores McQueen Shield (18 Holes)
 
67   Len Grindrod                           Mar Hall (7)
71   Gary Pyott                                Arbroath Artisan (5)
       Gary Smith                                Scotscraig (11)
       Alister Duncan                         Murrayshall (5)
73   Davie Hutchison                     Murrayshall (10)






Lee Sutherland

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West beat East 13-11 to retain Uniroyal Trophy

By ALAN GREENSHIELDS
The 71st annual match between the East and West Alliances took place today at Bruntsfield Links Golfing Society  where East retained the Uniroyal Trophy by a 13-11 margin after taking the foursomes 5-3. The singles were shared 8-8
Things almost turned sour for the West team before play thanks to a milk tanker overturning on the M8 and causing travel chaos. However, they were not deterred and went in for the famous Bruntsfield Carvery lunch leading 5-3.
It was a close match which went down to the last singles game on the 18th green to decide the winners.
The match did level up at one point in the afternoon but in the end  West  got their name on the trophy again, by retaining their 2 point margin in the afternoon to win 13 -11.
Picture shows  John Anderson presenting The Uniroyal Trophy to James Smallwood, captain of the West Alliance team.

FOURSOMES

Tee off Time

East Alliance


Points

Result

Points

West Alliance


09.15

James Dick

(Duddingston)

0

6&5

1

David Stein

(Ranfurly)


George Wither

(Duddingston)




Aiden Reid

(Whitecraigs)


Neil Henderson

(Renaissance Club)

0

3&2

1

John Henry

(Clydebank & Dist)


Steve Dand

(Pumpherston)




Colin Gardner

(Cathkin Braes)


Zander Culverwell

(Dunbar)

0

4&3

1

Mike Patterson

(Kilmalcolm)


Paul Porteous

(Longniddry)




John McDonald

(Cowglen)


Kieran Cantley

(Liberton)

1

5&4

0

Ian Graham

(Crow Wood)


Marc McAdam

(Liberton)




Angus Graham

(Crow Wood)


Colin Fraser

(Peebles)

0

2&1

1

Vincent Brown

(Golf Ministries)


David Brydon

(Torwoodlee)




Jim Fraser

(Paisley)


Mike Louden

(Glencorse)

1

4&2

0

James Smallwood

(Irvine)


James Silvestro

(Dalmahoy)




David Blair

(Irvine)


Stuart McMehen

(Glenbervie)

0

3&2

1

Ryan McCaffrey

(Irvine)


Phil Leggate

(Musselburgh)




Stephen Coyle

(Cathkin Braes)


Andy Rothney

(Deer Park)

1

3&2

0

Iain Reid

(Irvine)


Willie Laing

(Prestonfield)




Frank Drum

(St Meddans)



Totals

3


5







Tee off Time

East Alliance


Points

Result

Points

West Alliance


13.45

James Dick

(Duddingston)

0

2up

1

David Stein

(Ranfurly)


Neil Henderson

(Renaissance Club)

0

1up

1

John Henry

(Whitecraigs)


Zander Culverwell

(Dunbar)

0

2&1

1

Mike Patterson

(Clydebank & Dist)


Kieran Cantley

(Liberton)

0.5

A/S

0.5

Ian Graham

(Cathkin Braes)


Colin Fraser

(Peebles)

1

1up

0

Vincent Brown

(Kilmalcolm)


Mike Louden

(Glencorse)

1

2&1

0

James Smallwood

(Cowglen)


Stuart McMehen

(Glenbervie)

1

5&4

0

Ryan McCaffrey

(Crow Wood)


Andy Rothney

(Deer Park)

1

6&5

0

Iain Reid

(Crow Wood)



Totals

4.5


3.5



















13.45

George Wither

(Duddingston)

1

4&3

0

Aiden Reid

(Whitecraigs)


Steve Dand

(Pumpherston)

0

4&3

1

Colin Gardner

(Cathkin Braes)


Paul Porteous

(Longniddry)

0

4&3

1

John McDonald

(Cowglen)


Marc McAdam

(Liberton)

1

4&3

0

Angus Graham

(Crow Wood)


David Brydon

(Torwoodlee)

0

4&3

1

Jim Fraser

(Paisley)


James Silvestro

(Dalmahoy)

0.5

A/S

0.5

David Blair

(Irvine)


Phil Leggate

(Musselburgh)

1

2up

0

Stephen Coyle

(Cathkin Braes)


Willie Laing

(Prestonfield)

0

1up

1

Frank Drum

(St Meddans)



Totals

3.5


4.5











Match Result










East


West




Morning Foursomes

3


5



Afternoon Singles - Professional

4.5


3.5



Afternoon Singles - Amateur


3.5


4.5




Total


11


13











2017 Result : Winners - West Alliance












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