Charity gets a bunk-up at Minto

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At the Past Captains’ Dinner held recently at Minto Golf Club (main picture), immediate Past Captain, Ron Elliott, presented a cheque for £132 to Bill Glennie of the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team (inset), which was Ron’s chosen charity for his year in office. The money was raised mostly from donations by players whose route to the eighth green was via the Captain’s bunker.

The rest came from donations at the dinner.

The dinner provided Minto golfers with a delicious taste of what is to come as the catering was provided by the club’s new caterers, the Juicy Meat Company of Kincraig Farm, Hume, near Kelso.

Sporting digest

Archery

Ettrick Forest Archers

The club’s clout season got off to a windy start, which is refelcted in the scores, but somehow Alan Lindsay and Elaine Pearson both managed a clout – the latter described as a jammy toucher.

Results: Gents – 1, Alan Lindsay 23 hits, 55 score, 1 clout; 2, Jimmy Stillie 25, 52, 0 ; 3, Wullie Good 18, 42, 0; 4, Colin Cairney 12, 24, 0; 5, Doug Anderson 11, 23, 0; 6, Mike Pearson 6, 13, 0; 7, Jamie Kelly 0, 0, 0. Ladies – Elaine Pearson 38, 88, 1. Juniors – Kyle Fairbairn 21, 44, 0.

The next scoring round will be on April 12, as the club hosts the 10th BLBS Scottish Target Round – a York for the gentlemen and a Double National for the ladies, with a 10am start.

DARTS

Borders team

Border Area pool of players to play East Renfrewshire at home on Saturday, March 29 – Men: Adam Ballantyne, Graeme Bell, Tommy Crossett, Callum Donaldson, Norrie Forsyth, Kevin Green, Darren Grey, Paul Hannaway, Kevin Inglis, Kenny Lattimer, Craig Martin, Jimmy McGuigan, Steven J Patterson, Gordon Peters, Callum Stewart, Mike Vietch, Chris Waddell, Kevin Wright. Reserves: Darren Bohme, Peter Craig, Ryan Hogarth & Kevin Richardson.

Women: Alison Burnett, Karen Darling, Irene Hogarth, Nicola Hogarth, Helen Knight, Moira Middlemas, Janice Mitchell, Jackie Robertson, Lyn Scott, Laura Virtue.

Any call-offs or queries, contact Robert on 07504 493676.

Golf

Best National

In Scotland’s historic Ryder Cup year, the nation’s golf club members are being encouraged to be their ‘Best’, with two of the country’s most popular national championships soon set to again tee off.

And the Borders is set to host two of the events – including the Grand Final.

The Belhaven Best Scottish Club Handicap Championship, Scotland’s largest participation national handicap tournament, is back for another year, with around 25,000 golfers expected to take part.

Equally, the Belhaven Best Captains & Secretaries Championship for club officials, first staged in 2006, returns to the handicap calendar. The title of ‘national champion’ awaits the winners of each competition.

Part of the Scottish Golf Union’s portfolio of national championships for golfers at all levels, the high-profile Belhaven Best Scottish Club Handicap Championship is staged exclusively for members of Scotland’s 576 clubs.

Now in its 15th year, the Belhaven Best Scottish Club Handicap Championship gives ordinary club golfers the rare chance of competing on the big stage in front of the SGU TV cameras – with this year’s grand final taking place in the Borders.

The leading 40 club pairings will qualify for a sought-after place in the showpiece final at the stunning Roxburghe course near Kelso on Friday, September 19 – a week before the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Also, Peebles Golf Club will host a qualifier event, on August 27, where players will be looking for a place in the regional final.

Ross Duncan, SGU marketing and sponsorship manager, said: “Thanks to Belhaven’s continued sponsorship, we’re delighted to again be staging both popular handicap events as part of our support to clubs and golfers at the grass roots level.

“We’d encourage as many clubs as possible to take part and give their members a chance of claiming the title of national champions.”

Visit www.scottishgolf.org/events/ for all event information.

Galashiels

Seniors Section, sponsored by John Scott ( Plumbing & Heating ) – Winter League: winner, A. Redhead nett 35.

ELDC Cup result: 1, K. W. Simpson and A. Simpson 60; 2, W. Morrison and A. Hitchcock 61.

Lauder

Winter League: A very healthy westerly wind greeted the golfers for the penultimate week of the Winter League. Considering the conditions, the scoring was above average.

Mr Consistency Harry Moffat has been knocking at the door all winter, but he has finally walked through with a two-under par score of 68.

Result: 1, H. Moffat 85 (17) 68; 2, S. Thomson 88 (19) 69; 3, G. Cessford 91 (21) 70.

With none of the leaders able to improve their March score, Thomson’s 344 still leads the Winter League Aggregate by 1 shot from Louis Scott, with Tom Hogarth a further shot back.

Winter Eclectic: Dougie Bain managed to record two birdies at the 9th and 16th , unfortunately he had already recorded eclectic birdies at both holes. Tom Hogarth recorded a two at the sixth to increase his lead in the overall score.

Eclectic: Tom Hogarth 51.75; 2, Dougie Bain 53; 3, Ron Dick 53.75.

Sunday, March 23 is the final round of the Winter League and Winter Eclectic. With such close aggregate scores, an exciting final round is expected.

Melrose

Belhaven Winter League: 1, I. Ramsey 3 up; 2, D.Page 2 up.

Torwoodlee

Weekend March Medal result, March 15: 1, Scott Nightingale 71 (4) 67 (bih & lowest gross); 2, George Meiklem 74 (7) 67; 3, Graham Macdonald 75 (8) 67; 4, Ian Durham 76 (7) 69; 5, George Bertram 79 (10) 69. 14 twos, 55 played.

This weekend’s competition – Millenium Pairs Trophy: two-man Texas scramble, 6 drives per player. Pick your own partners. Players can play in two balls or four balls. Enter via Psi terminal as you would a Tuesday stroke. Play Saturday or Sunday from yellow tees. £6 per team.

Orienteering

Border Reivers

The 2014 Scottish Orienteering League got under way at Devilla Forest, near Kincardine, on Sunday.

Unfortunately what was once prime forest is now getting fairly rough underfoot, but some members of Roxburgh Reivers revel in such conditions and the club had three winners on the day.

John Tullie started off where he left it in 2013 with a convincing win on M55 and later in the day collected his trophy for winning the 2013 league.

Robin Sloan followed up his win last weekend with another win in M65, and Pauline McAdam took top spot on W55 despite having ran in the British Masters Cross Country Championships in Glasgow the previous day.

Ian Maxwell was the only other podium place, taking third on M50.

Faisal Khursheed M16 and Marc Heger M14, both from Melrose, had their first competitive runs on a really technical course, and although finishing outwith the medals acquitted themselves well and gained valuable experience.

The next local event is at Bowhill on Saturday, March 29.

Pool

KO Cup

Ship A fought back to clinch the KO Cup in a one-frame shootout after winning the second leg 5-4 and losing the first leg by the same score.

In a match that seesawed both ways, the game fittingly went to the final black, with Craig Reid taking the cup for the Ship after Kieran Riddell gave Reivers A high hopes with two great pots, only to jaw his attempt at the black .

The Quaich final went to High Level B, who edged Reivers B 5-4 in a tremendous game played at the neutral Fleece.

Their win was fully deserved as they turned up with only five players and started two frames down, but bounced back in great fashion, winning four on the trot before Reivers squared it at four-all, leaving Level supremo Jim Hume to seal victory in the final tense frame .

Snooker

Snooker League

Tommy Douglas Storage Borders Snooker League – tonight’s games: Innerleithen v Hawick Con A; Kelso Legion v Hawick Burns B; Selkirk A v Selkirk B; Hawick Con B v Jedburgh Legion; Hawick Burns A v St Boswells.

This weekend’s big event – the J. J. Xpress Borders Singles Competition, Sunday, March 23: semi-finals , final and presentation day. Hawick Conservative Club, noon for a 12.30 start. J. Nicol v P. Crolla; F. Kelly v R. Scott.

Jean Yule Cup results – Semi-finals: Hawick Burns A 4 Selkirk A 3; Kelso Legion 2 Jedburgh Legion 4; Jean Yule Plate semi-final: Hawick Con A P Innerleithen P; Hawick Con B 4 Selkirk B 2.

Squash

Galashiels

League Three: Luis Molero 3 Ruaridh Kohler 0.

Club night friendlies: A. Rocha 1 M. Sillies 1; D. Sharratt 3 L. Molero 0; A. Rocha 2 I. Yousef 0; D. Sharratt 2 M. Sillies 0; L. Molero 2 S. Walker 0; D. Sharratt 2 S. Walker 0; I. Yousef 2 A. Rocha 0; I. Yousef 2 S. Walker 0; A. Rocha 2 R. Kohler 0; D. Sharratt2 A. Rocha 0.