Lady bowlers took centre stage last weekend as the BLBA held its Annual Championships on the Hawick and Buccleuch greens.
The event was blessed with almost tropical conditions and Sunday’s finals on the Buccleuch green matched the weather, with some scorching ties to entertain the large turnout of supporters.
Results (winners pictured): Singles – Irene Bennett (Wilton) 21 Marie Todd (Newtown) 17; Pairs – Gail Moffat, Denise Kellett (Earlston) 18 Aileen Allan, Pat Houston (Ettrick Forest) 17; Triples – Irene Wilson, Pat Brady, Alison Clarkson (Hawick) 19 Irene Bell, Ibby Currie, Hazel Dodds (St Ronan’s) 13; Fours – Donna Paterson, Lilian Irvine, Margaret Wilson, Alison Murray (Gala Waverley) 17 Margaret A. Scott, Avril Wilson, Maggie Czajka, Lesley Alexander (Lauder) 13; Senior Fours – Nessie Bell, Marjorie Fulton, Nora Turnbull, Moira Blyth (Gala) 13 Anne Blacklock, Janette Corcoran, Helen Redburn, Sue Davis (Newtown) 12.
The Matt Purdie competition opened with the Borders playing host to West Lothian at Kelso Bowling Club.
Playing in fine weather, three of the Borders rinks were up after five ends.
However, an extremely tricky green proved a bit much and after 10 ends one rink was drawn and West Lothian were well ahead with two rinks.
By the end of the match, the visitors had three rinks up with significant scores and only Yak Condy’s rink managed a one-shot win for the Borders, who lost by 40-57.
Following a disappointing run of defeats, the seniors entertained Hawick in the triples league last week.
Although one triple was well beaten, two others had convincing wins to enable the team to stop the slide down the league.
The A team played host to Stow. Although Gala might have expected a win the match turned out to be closer than might have been expected, with three of the five Gala rinks involved in close games.
However, the other two rinks both achieved wins which helped the home side to return to winning ways following the heavy defeat by Buccleuch.
On Saturday and Sunday, the ladies were involved in the Border Tournament on the Hawick and Buccleuch greens.
On the Saturday, Gail Lindores won her first match in the singles category, but in the afternoon was defeated by Christine Miller of Gala Waverley.
In the pairs, Sheila Urquhart and Naz Rutherford played against a pair representing Lauder and led for most of the match. However, the Lauder pair gradually narrowed the gap and sealed victory on the last end.
Well done to Nessie Bell, Marjorie Fulton, Nora Turnbull and Moira Blyth on their victory in the Senior Fours in the Border Ladies Championships held at Buccleuch Bowling Club on Sunday. This is the third year in succession the ladies have lifted the title.
Full results at top of page.
The club enjoyed a good turnout for the Open Pairs.
Once again, Graham Lyall and Wullie Wells came out tops, winning this title for the fifth time – a truly remarkable feat.
They played Alison Clarkson and Zenda Borthwick, also of the Hawick side, in a keenly-contested final. Beaten semi-finalists were C. Spalding and G. Scott of the Hawick club, and A. McCulloch and A. Hogg.
Tuesday saw the Seniors travel to play their Gala counterparts.
The home side put out a very strong team and emerged winners by 75-51. Top rink for Hawick was the G. Lyall rink, ably supported by W. Wells and C. Logan.
Wednesday saw the A team play a home game with near neighbours Buccleuch, the home side recording a good victory by 95-62, leaving them sitting proudly at the top of the league. Top rink for the Hawick side was the N. Amos-skipped rink.
Langholm Old Town
Grant Fletcher and Colin Turk from the host club won the Langholm Old Town open pairs bowling tournament last Sunday in fine sunny weather.
In the final they beat Billy Currie from Langholm, who was playing with John Brydon of Gretna.
In the semi-finals the eventual winners beat Callum Ogilvie and Graeme Kirkpatrick from Gretna. The other beaten semi-finalists were Colin Easton and Brian Gray from Hawick Buccleuch.
There was an entry of 24 and the tournament was sponsored by Zander Turnbull with the cup presented to the winners by Elma Aitken, who had been busy in the kitchen for much of the day.
Selkirk Bowling Club held the Fletcher Trophy (singles) on Sunday.
In glorious conditions, the winner was Jamie Purves, beating Tam Yeomans in a close final.
Wilton took on their counterparts from Earlston in a David Lightbody (painter) Jedburgh-supported league match last week and with a few ends to play across the green the West Stewart Place side were in front by 12 shots.
However, the last three ends turned the match in favour of the ‘Villagers’ who went on to win by three shots, a very disappointing result for the home team who are perilously close to the relegation zone with six games left.
On Friday night, Wilton welcomed Selkirk for a Top 10 game. The singles was won by Colin McKinnon (Selkirk) who defeated Alan Brady by 21-17.
The pairs were contested between Stuart Anderson and Chris Macdougall (Wilton) and Dave Carruthers and Stuart Henderson (skip) with the home team winning by 20-10.
The triples was a closely-run thing with Jock Elliot, Graham Brownlee and Alan Waugh (skip) of Wilton defeating Graeme Smith, Harry Bell and Ian Borthwick (skip) by 12-10.
In the fours match between Bruce Millar, Duncan Macdougall, Andrew Kyle and Colin Sutherland (skip) and Tom Yeomans, Keith Nixon, Ewan McGregor and Scott Hislop (skip), the hosts took a commanding lead after nine ends and ran out victors by 25-7.
The West Stewart Place men will now take on the Ettrick Forest club tomorrow night on the Scott Place green.
The annual rinks tournament, contested between four rinks from the Buccleuch, Hawick and Wilton clubs, for custody of the Robert Scoon Trophy, was decided on Saturday on the Wilton green.
Played as a knock-out over 13 ends, the final saw Tom Brown, Andrew Dickson, Jim Murdie and Colin Sutherland (skip), of the Wilton club, play Brian Gray, Colin Easton, Kenny Lyle and Tom Edmison (skip) of Buccleuch.
After nine ends of the 15-end final, the score was 9-8 for the Edmison-led team.
Over the next five ends, the home side added 2, 1, 3, 1, 1 to run out winners by 16-9.
John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Scott Cup Stableford: Winner, R. W. Scott 21 points bih.
Medal/Rosebowl: 1, E. Millar 90 (19) 71; 2, F. Robson 94 (21) 73. Scratch: L. Douglas 88.
Anderson’s Greensomes (Gents): 1, M. Dunne & J. Gillie; 2, D. McPherson & C. Forrest; 3, J. Felton & I. Adams. Scratch: T. Hogarth & R. McNeill. Ladies: 1, G. Dun & J. Birdsall; 2, L. Gray & L. Fortune.
Lauder Golf Club would like to thank all their sponsors for their generous prizes which helped make the day even more special.
Ladies Championship: Winner, J. Shirra-Gibb; runner-up, F. Falconer.
Tweed Trophy: Winner, A. Holton.
Lorraine Foursomes: Winners, J. Shirra-Gibb and L. Ritchie nett 75.5; runners-up, C. Dalgleish and M. Hart nett 77.5.
Seniors’ July Medal: 1, F. Mortimer 72 (6) 66 (lowest gross); 2, T. Hartop 88 (19) 69; 3=, A. Scott 83 (13) 70, D. Richardson 85 (15) 70, M. White 86 (16) 70.
Tuesday Stableford: 1, R. Gray 39 points (after countback); 2, I. Lister 39; 3=, P. Inglis, R. Pringle 37.
Juniors’ Stableford: 1, R. Latta 42 points; 2, L. Towers 38; 3, J. Flynn 37.
Ladies’ Teviotdale Cup No 4: Silver Division winner, K. Telfer 94 (19) 75; Scratch, L. Manson 97. Bronze Division winner, L. Bruce 100 (29) 71; Scratch, M. Hart 100 Bih.
Three-man team open tournament: Handicap individual, C. Smith (Minto) 73 (8) 65. Handicap team: 1, A. Wood (Roxburghe), A. Thom, G. Thom (Minto) nett 208; 2, R. Pringle, G. McDonagh, D. Miller (Minto) 211; 3, J. Hope, A. Johnson, P. Brookes (Minto) 216. Scratch individual: C. Fraser (Peebles) 69. Scratch team: C. Fraser (Peebles), D. Ballantyne (Selkirk), I. Frizzell (Roxburghe) 215.
David Marchbanks Memorial Trophy: Ladies’ winner, A. Von Ruben 93 (18) 75; Gents’ winner, R. Pringle 81 (12) 69.
Junior Summer Competition: Handicap winner, R. Nichol nett 68; Scratch winner, J. Flynn 83.
President’s Putter/Dryburgh Cup (1): 1, R. Lacon 71 (12) 59; 2. D. Murdoch 77 (16) 61; 3, S. Makepeace 68 (6) 62 (lowest gross).
Save The Children Mixed Foursomes Qualifier: 1, R. and S. Barrie nett 65.5; 2, M. Ovens and G. Oliver 66.
1, T. Martin 82 (15) 67; 2, R. Kyle 81 (13) 68 bih; 3, R. Hastings 79 (11) 68 bih. Scratch: D. Gillie 72.
Ladies’ Monthly Medal: 1, B. Hill 101 (30) 71; 2, B. Cheong-Davis 105 (29) 76.
Ladies’ Help for Heroes (Sponsored By Clelands of Galashiels): 1, S. Smith 37 points; 2, J. Cambridge 32.
Tuesday Sweep: 1, A. Lindores 76 (3) 73; 2, J. MacKenzie 85 (7) 78.
Wednesday Sweep: 1, S. Cambridge 39 points; 2, J. Geoghegan 34.
Monthly Medal A Class: 1, A. Brunton 84 (13) 71; 2, J. MacKenzie 79 (7) 72; 3, C. Tait 86 (13) 73. B Class: 1, R.McDougall 82 (19) 63; 2, N. Stevens 90 (20) 70; S. Helliwell 99 (26) 73.
Gents’ Help for Heroes (Sponsored by Clelands of Galashiels): 1, R. McDougall 43 points; 2, A. Brunton 36; 3, J. MacKenzie 35.