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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