Last week the National Championships were held at Ayr with Abbotsford’s Liz Waugh and Tommy Mann Jnr playing in the mixed pairs competition, where their opponents were from Busby in Glasgow.
Liz and Tommy were in contention for most of the game but were never ahead and the match ended with Busby winning by 15 shots to 8.
The A team played a Border League match at home against Melrose. For the majority of the match the score was close, however in the last few ends Abbotsford pulled away for a comfortable 107-73 victory. Andrew Hancock skipped the highest rink up.
The seniors travelled to play Earlston/Melrose who proved too strong on the day and, with only Stuart Aitchison’s triple ahead, the match was lost by 66-37.
This week sees the finish of the men’s Border League fixtures. Waverley has already secured the first division title but Abbotsford still has a chance of second place, depending on the final results.
Well done to all the local bowlers who made it to the National Finals at Ayr’s Northfield greens last week, especially the Hawick Wilton Ladies rink (J Robertson, J Kyle, B Gordon, I Bennett) who made it to their final before being beaten by Newton Park in atrocious weather conditions.
Hawick travelled to Kelso for last week’s encounter and managed to come out winners by 85 to 78, with skips Bill Anderson and the ageing Martin Christy pulling them through.
The Seniors entertained local rivals Wilton at home and continued their recent run of successes by winning by 62 shots to 52. Top rink for the Hawick side was that skipped by Bobby McDonald.
On Saturday the club held an open two-bowl pairs competition. Sixteen pairs from around the district entered, which was played in a round robin format.
Some of the fancied pairs fell at the group stages, none more so than home duo Bill Anderson and Les Clarkson. The final saw J. Renwick and R. McCulloch (Ancrum) against C. Miller and D. Gentleman (Buccleuch) with the former pair emerging as winners with one end still to be played.
At the conclusion of play President J. H. Reilly presented the prizes to the winners.
A favourable tailwind helped the Maxton Flyer live up to its name for the Wheelers time trialists last week as both Senior and Youths course records fell.
Mike Burgher (20.01) joined Oscar Onley (24.39) in setting new marks.
As the season enters its final few weeks the Wheelers can look forward with anticipation, or trepidation, to the 12 and 10 mile leagues being concluded, the hill climb championship up the monstrous Redpath Rig and the 10 mile club championship.
Senior times: M. Burgher 20.01 pb and course record; R. Ure 20.23; J. Smith 20.32; C. Stevenson 20.56; R. Norris 21.25; S. Gaunt 21.31; R. Coupek 22.27; R. Connell 22.48; G. Dalglish 24.01; D. Patterson 24.57; A. White 25.45; R. Smith 26.01; J. Sinton 26.02; D. Whitecross 26.19. Youths: O. Onley 24.39 pb and course record; B. Simpson 24.59 pb.
Selkirk Flapping Association (August meeting)
Three Brethren Handicap (7 Furlongs): 1, Jupiter (Owner, The Deedlywegs) Jockey, Greg Fairley; 2, Isobar (Terrence Froud) Sean Huggan; 3, Movie Star (Alice Robb) Ian Crozier.
Ettrick Forest Handicap (mile ½): 1, That’s Right (Donna Hall) Titch Boyd; 2, Rain Dance Annie (David Telford) Greg Fairley; 3, Wee Al (Alastair Clarke) Alastair Clarke.
Chip Millar Pony Race: 1, Robbie Ashe on Shortcut; 2, Sarah McGee on Storm.
Race 4: 1, Big Mac (Waverly Racing) Sean Huggan; 2, Full of Magic (Ian McKean) Greg Fairley; 3, The Gambler (George Campbell) Titch Boyd.
Race 5: 1, Kalahari Desert (Colin Barnfather) Greg Fairley; 2, Eye Candy (Moose Nichol) Sean Huggan; 3, Just A Joker (Neil Henderson) Jack Jones.
John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Championship Qualifier: A. League winner, S. Scott nett 32; B. League winner, G. Turnbull 34 BIH.
Intersport Midweek 6: 1, G. Borthwick 38 points. Intersport Midweek Trophy Overall Result: 1, G. Liddle 117 points; 2, B. Paterson 114; 3, G. Borthwick 112.
Wullie Douglas Trophy: 1, B. Hogarth 69 (3) 66; 2, G. Sanders 81 (14) 67.
Three Club Competition: 1, S. Little 80 (9) 71; 2, N. Hinnigan 93 (21) 72.
Bob Swan Trophy: 1, C. Foster 40 points BIH; 2=, G. Taylor, P. Wilson 40.
Hill Medal (3rd Qualifier): 1, P. Robson 86 (17) 69; 2, A. Wild 90 (19) 71.
Open Mixed Foursomes: 1, B. Allan & J. Ure (Braehead) 77 (10.5) 66.5; 2, D. Brotherston & M. Callander (Kelso) 92 (23) 69; 3, J. A. Anderson & Ann Wild (Kelso) 87 (17.5) 69.5. Scratch: T. Pringle & S. Paterson (Kelso) 77.
The club are holding a Ladies Open Texas Scramble on Sunday, August 24, enter via the website www.kelsogolfclub.co.uk or by telephoning 01573 223009 – teams of three and a shotgun start at 1.30pm.
Burts Hotel Challenge Trophy: 1, A. Purves 84 (21) 63; 2, C. Creamer 72 (6) 66. Scratch L. M. Wallace 68.
Gents’ Senior Open (Class A): 1, M. Dalgetty (Melrose) nett 68; 2, J. Ross (St Boswells) 70; 3, A. Scott (Minto) 70. Class B: A. Simpson (Torwoodlee) 63; 2, D. Minto (Minto) 64; 3, M. Davis (Hawick) 65. Class C: T. Hartop (Minto) 62; 2, Albert Thompson (Minto) 63; 3, Robert Bowd (Torwoodlee) 66.
Finlay Campbell, Fraser Lothian and Lily Towers secured third place in the ClubGolf Junior Masters qualifying competition played over the tough Powfoot course and thus earned a place in the ClubGolf Junior Masters final at Blairgowrie in October.
A second Minto team, Scott Murdoch, Ross Nichol and Frazer Towers narrowly missed out on getting to the final.
Eight Minto juniors competed in the Hirsel Junior Open, an indication of the depth of talent in the Minto Junior section at the moment. Owen Cranston emerged the winner on a superb nett 63, four shots ahead of his nearest rival.
Ladies’ Salver: 1, H. Todd 105 (36) 69; 2, G. Cartwright 100 (30) 70; 3, M. Towers 92 (19) 73. Scratch: L. Bruce 94.
For her second ladies’ captain’s outing of the season, Gill Cartwright chose Burgham Park near Morpeth, which proved to be a popular but challenging choice with its wide fairways, strategically placed bunkers and numerous water hazards. The day was warm and sunny but the strong east coast winds added to the challenges.
The clear winners of the four ball better ball competition were Carole Allott & Mary Towers with 37 Stableford points. Lesley Moore & Ann Witherington were second with 31 points.
Ladies Millennium Salver: 1, C. Hunter (35) 43 points; 2, R. Thorburn (23) 39; 3, R. Macdonald (15) 38.
Tuesday Order of Merit: 1, I. Wilson 68 (3) 65; 2, G. Low 69 (3) 66; 3, R. Kyle 80 (12) 68.
Willie Moffat Cup: 1, M. Dodds 77 (12) 65; 2, A. Lundie 77 (12) 65; 3, E. Brown 84 (17) 67. Scratch: D. Gillie 69.
Members sent 40 birds to Tow Law, liberated into a north-west wind. Result: 1, 2, 3, S. Martin 824.01; 4, 5, S. Hardie & Sons 658.74.
The club released 121 birds from Ingleton into a west wind – 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, R. V. Graham 1274.982; 2, D Nordon 1267.440; 6, 9, A. Henderson 1254.925; 10, K. Braben 1211.661.
Kirstin Maxwell, Jedburgh, has been selected to represent GB at the World Universities Orienteering Championships in the Czech Republic this week. A total of 267 competitors from 32 countries will take part in the three individual events and two relays in the area around Olomouc in the east of the country.
One of only four Scots in the 12-strong team, Kirstin has been selected for the sprint event and the two relay events following her victory in the sprint selection race in the Lake District earlier in the year. Orienteering at this level requires good running speed and in addition to being a member of Roxburgh Reivers Orienteering Club the Edinburgh University student also runs for Gala Harriers and has represented Scottish Universities at cross country.
League One: D. Burnie 3 Ruaridh Kohler 0 (9-6, 9-6, 9-7); D. Sharratt 3 Ian Chalmers 2 (8-9, 7-9, 9-2, 9-5, 9-3). Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 2 R. Kohler 1; L. Molero 1 A. Gill 0; I. Chalmers 2 M Silies 0; R. Kohler 1 R. McAleese 1; I. Chalmers 2 L. Molero 0; D. Sharratt 2 M. Silies 0; A. Gill 2 D. Burnie 0; O. Lindsay 1 D. Sharratt 0; A Gill 2 D Sharratt 0; D Burnie 2 R. McAleese 0.