The Borders Ladies Golf Association squad retained the South Divisional Championship at Torwoodlee Golf Club.
Playing Dumfriesshire on the first day of the jamboree, Borders went 2-1 down after the morning foursomes, but they battled back well to take four of the six singles to win the day 5-4.
Day two saw Dumfriesshire to take on Galloway, with the former once again leading after the morning foursomes. Yet again they failed to capitalise and lost 5-4 overall. With all to play for on the third day, the Borders were again 2-1 down, with the pairing of Judith Anderson and Sharon Paterson the only victors in the foursomes. The afternoon singles proved exciting, with Borders winning five of the remaining matches.
Pictured back row from left: Tara Mactaggart, Liz Campbell, Judith Anderson, Julie Birdsall and Danielle Ker. Front, Carina Bunyan, Fiona Ker (captain), and Sharon Paterson. (Missing from picture, Leanne Wilson).
The A team played two Border League fixtures last week.
On Monday, at home to Ancrum, three of the rinks lost narrowly and one had a draw. However, a convincing win for Keith Campbell’s rink secured the points for Abbotsford.
On Wednesday, the team travelled to play league front-runners, Waverley. On this occasion, three of the rinks won their games, but the end result was an 85-82 victory for Waverley. Campbell skipped the top rink for Abbotsford.
On Tuesday morning, the senior team travelled to play Peebles. With three of the triples ahead, the result was a 72-51 triumph for Abbotsford.
On Tuesday evening, the ladies played a league match at home to Lauder. Each team had a winning rink, but with Abbotsford just ahead on shots, the match was won 3-2.
On Friday, the Top Ten team played at home to Stow in a second round match. In the singles, Tommy Newall won by 21-9, while in the pairs, the shots tally was boosted by a 31-10 win for Campbell and Tommy Mann Jnr. The triple and rink also won, giving Abbotsford an 8-0 victory. Next opponents will be Melrose.
On Sunday, the Braw Lads Pairs competition was held on the Gala green. Finalists were Gordon Bowers and Newall from Abbotsford and the Waverley/Abbotsford combination of Brian Kimber and Callum Riddell.
In an excellent contest, the scores were tied at the start of the last end, where Bowers and Newall played the winning bowls to lift the trophy.
On Sunday, the club is holding the Open Pairs tournament sponsored by Cleland’s.
Entries are currently being taken for the Open Singles tournament, sponsored by David Nichol Financial Planning, on Sunday, July 20.
Enter at the club, or by contacting Alan Howlieson on 01896 757629.
The Seniors entertained near neighbours Buccleuch in what can only be described as tropical conditions.
This led to some good bowls being played from both sides. Top rink for the Hawick side was the J.H. Reilly-skipped rink, ably supported by C. Anderson and D. Thomson. The final score was Hawick 66 Buccleuch 38.
The A team also had a local derby at home on Wednesday when they played Wilton.
The match was nip and tuck all the way, until the last few ends when Wilton came through by 89-73.
Langholm Old Town
The club held an open pairs tournament on Sunday, sponsored by Zander Turnbull, with 21 entries.
The winners from the New Town club were Duncan Ritchie and Alan Aitken, who beat the host entry of Steve Barker and Ian Henderson in the final.
The eventual winners knocked out the father and son entry of Kevin and Wayne Irving in the semi-finals and also out at that stage was Stuart Beadle of Newcastleton, playing with Alan Maughan.
Elma Aitken presented the David Pool Memorial Cup to the winners, and she thanked the kitchen helpers Joyce Jackson and Pamela Bell, and Grant Fletcher and Colin Turk for looking after things at the tournament.
A total of 16 pairs took part in the annual G&G Open Three-bowl Pairs competition, which was played in a round robin format.
The final was won by Keith Atkinson (Lauder) and Ross Nichol (Melrose), who overcame the father-and-son pair of Raymond and Chris Brock from Haddington in a very close match.
Also, the Border Ladies Tournament took place over the same weekend.
Well done to Anne Clarke who made it to the semi-final of the singles and Gwenda Ainslie and Amanda Ogilvie who were runners-up in the pairs.
The ‘call of the hills’ was answered by Kelso Wheelers when they held their Continental Hill Climb time trial over the Broomloan to Hume Castle course last week.
Heard first, seen second and some serious heavy breathing was the pattern for all riders on the final rise to the finish.
Colin Stevenson tamed the course for the second year in succession, coming home in an excellent time of 16 minutes and 28 seconds. All three youths taking part set new pbs, with seven in all being recorded.
Times: C. Stevenson 16.28; D. Burgher 17.08 pb; D. Richardson 17.46; G. Easson 19.22; R. Connell 19.36; G. Dalglish 19.56 pb; R. Kerr 22.50 pb; S. Onley 23.57 pb; D. Small 24.14. Youths: O. Onley 18.36 pb; B. Simpson 20.05 pb; D. Easson 23.41 pb.
John Scott Plumbing and Heating Seniors July Stableford: Winner, I. Young 19 points.
Summer Tankard: 1, S. Scott 72 (12) 60; 2, S. Yeomans 72 (9) 63; 3, J. McDonald 90 (27) 63.
LGU Medal: 1, M. Smail 97 (32) 65 BIH; 2, H. Hughes 99 (34) 65; 3, P. Hogg 86 (15) 71.
Unionist Trophy: 1, B. Colvine 80 (18) 62; 2, R. Nagle 78 (12) 66 BIH; 3, J. Field 87 (21) 66.
Intersport Midweek (3): 1, I. Thompson 40 points; 2, J. Gibson 39.
Maxwell Motors Trophy: 1, G. Taylor 75 (8) 67 BIH; 2=, A. Lyall 80 (13) 67, R. Ainslie 81 (14) 67, S. Anderson 73 (6) 67.
D S Dalgleish Trophy: 1, D. Thomson & C. Russell 50 points; 2, S. Pringle & A. Mulvie 46.
Ladies NPFA Shield: 1, D. Tomlinson 88 (17) 71; 2, L. Wilson 80 (8) 72.
Olive Middlemas Trophy (over 36 holes): 1, P. Robson nett 135; 2, M. Wilkinson 148; 3, A. Wild 149.
Captain’s Day: 1, M. Dunne 37 points; 2, G. Cessford 35; 3, B. Hunter 34.
Lewis Stableford: 1, G. Cessford (21) 36 points; 2, R. Malcolm (13) 35; 3, C. Lumsden (3) 33.
Thirty pairs contested the popular Anderson Invitation Greensomes on Sunday. The winners, with an excellent 71 (9) 62 were Kenny and Andrew Gillan, with Micky Dunne (Lauder) and Jimmy Gillie (Ladhope) taking the scratch prize.
Gents’ July Medal (Fox & Hounds No 7): 1, D. Miller 82 (15) 67 after contback; 2, R. Pringle 79 (12) 67; 3, T. Mulvee 83 (14) 69.
Seniors’ Stableford League: 1, J. MacFarlane 38 points. League leader is Tam Glendinning on 46.25 league points.
Gents’ and Seniors’ Stableford: 1, D. Whiteley 37 points; 2, A. Nichol 36 after countback; 3, P. Inglis 36 after countback. League leader is last year’s winner, Ian Learmonth, on 172 points.
Juniors’ Stableford (no 1): 1, F. Campbell 41 points; 2, G. Dodds 39; 3, R. Nichol 38.
Ladies’ Teviotdale Cup (no 4): 1, G. Cartwright 99 (31) 68; 2, K. Telfer 89 (19) 70; 3, M. Towers 91 (20) 71. Scratch winner: F. Kerr 93.
Gents’ Captain’s Prize Day: 1, G. Lothian 76 (18) 58; 2, R. Latta 73 (6) 67 after countback; 3, G. McDonagh 75 (8) 67.
Ladies Championship Qualifier (no 1): 1, J. Oliver 89 (19) 70 (lowest gross); 2, M. Allen 91 (20) 71; 3, N. Burnyeat 100 (29) 71.
The Gents’ Senior Open was a well-attended and successful event. Thanks go to Green Keeper Allen Whellans, starter Bill Barthram and to Frank Cunningham and Watt Lees for their time and help during the day.
Results: Overall winner, H. Oliver (St Boswells) 78 (20) 58. Scratch: 1, L. Wallace (Melrose) 74 (3) 71; 2, R. McCartney (Hawick) 77 (9) 68.
A-Class : 1, G. Melrose (St Boswells) 81 (13) 68; 2, G. Forsyth (Galashiels) 76 (6) 70.
B Class: 1, G. Hogg (St Boswells) 73 (6) 67; 2, M. Davis (Hawick) 80 (12) 68.
C-Class: 1, J. Rutherford (St Boswells) 79 (17) 62; 2, I. Murray (St Boswells) 85 (21) 64.
Championship Qualifier (no 4): 1, E. Johnstone 82 (20) 62; 2, A. Whellans 71 (08) 63 (lowest gross); 3, A. Hardie 76 (12) 64.
Order of Merit (round 8): 1, J. Pollitt 78 (16) 62; 2, R. Lowrie 83 (20) 63; 3, C. Lees 70 (5) 65.
Ladhope Inn 4BBB Open: 1, H. McDonald & S. Evans (Lochgelly) nett 61; 2, C. Lees & K. Rankin (Torwoodlee) 63; 3, A. Thomson & R Thomson (Torwoodlee) 64.
Gents’ Nine-hole Sweep: 1, R. Cowan 39 points; 2, P. Noble 37; J. Hood 37.
Gents Saturday Medal (A Class): 1, C. Thorburn 77 (12) 65; 2, R. Cowan 76 (9) 67; 3, A. Gillie 80 (5) 75. B Class: 1, A. Willison 85 (18) 67; 2, S. Bell 87 (16) 71; 3, R. Charters 93 (21) 72.
League One: A. Gill 3 D. Sharratt 1 (9-8, 9-5, 5-9, 9-0).
Lucy Tile, a request officer for the Borders Children’s Charity (BCC) organised a tennis funday on Sunday, June 29.
Nearly 40 players took part from St Boswells, Hawick, Melrose, Duns and Kelso tennis clubs, with the tournament ending with a finals afternoon at St Boswells Tennis Club.
The sum of £390 was raised for the BCC and Lucy would like to thank St Boswells Tennis Club for donating their courts for the afternoon and all the players that took part and provided lunch and cakes.