The early-morning fog soon lifted to expose a cold winter morning, and although the course was frosted, it was imminently playable.
Which was just as well, as 14 golfers turned up to take up the Lauder Golf Club Winter Challenge.
Tom Hogarth shot one under the card to pick up the spoils of the day, pushing newcomer to the podium, George Cessford, who carded 71, into second place. David McPherson was third, knocking Louis Scott off the podium by way of a better inward half.
Results: 1, T. Hogarth 84 (15) 69; 2, G. Cessford 92 (21) 71; 3, D. McPherson 86 (14) 72. Photographed from left: George, Louis and Tom. Louis Scott still leads the aggregate score with Sandy Thomson and Tom Hogarth tied for second. Tom Hogarth remains in front in the Eclectic Competition. Results: 1, T. Hogarth 52.75; 2, R. Dick 54.75; 3, D. Bain 55.
Robin Runciman’s soup was well worth the wait. He assured the company it was made in 2013 and has had lots of time to develop the flavour.
The popular BUPA Great Winter Junior Run took place in Holyrood Park at the weekend. In the first race-off, Gala Harriers were represented by young Gregor Collins, coming home in an impressive third position in 8 minutes and 15 seconds over the 2.5km distance. Mark Purves also enjoyed his outing and finished in 8.54.
Senior Harriers were also represented in the race around Arthur’s Seat, with Gina Allen (24.04), Dawn Grant (24.10), Caroline McDermott (30.37) and Anne Purves (30.43) running strongly around the 5km course.
The stunning garden landscapes of Paxton House provided the backdrop for the fourth round of the Borders Winter Cross-country series on Sunday.
A total of 97 juniors and 165 seniors from all over south-east Scotland populated the picturesque frosty routes with 41 Gala juniors ensuring that almost half of the young runners were green and white.
There were excellent category placings for many, including Jason McIntosh, Joe Agnew, James Mercer, Jamie Logan, Corri Campbell, Susannah Godfrey-Faussett and Rhiannon Fagan.
The seniors were no less well represented, again with good individual placings for many, notably Fergus Johnston who was the first Harrier across the line, Chrys Murphy, Bob Marshall, Fiona Dalgleish and Kirstin Maxwell (The complete results can be found on the Borders XC website, via Norham Running Club’s site).
Several hardy souls from the club braved the January 1 Portobello four-mile Promathon, again with Fergus Johnston (22.03) leading home the quartet of Fiona Shepherd (27.07), Amy Capper (28.14) and Graham Capper (28.47).
This weekend sees the East District Cross-country League (third round) take place at Broxburn and the Feel the Burn Hill Race at Selkirk on Sunday.
It’s eyes down at Earlston Bowling Club at the end of the month as the popular winter warmer nights continue.
Bingo Night is the theme on Friday, January 31, with the fun starting in the clubhouse at 7.30pm. All welcome.
Border Ice Rink
Early in the New Year the opening rounds of the Tweedmouth Kettle saw Ayton Castle, Chirnside, Earlston, Foulden, Lammermuir, Lees and Swinton eliminated from the competition, and so by deduction, it wound up that Coldstream would play Lauderdale, and Duns would meet Greenlaw in the semi-finals.
As things turned out, Coldstream defeated Duns in the final for this venerable trophy which dates back to 1878 or thereabouts.
The list of clubs that have won over the years includes Allanton, Lithtillum, Reston and Co’path to name but a few from bygone days, while the names of various players would bring tears to a glass eye.
Equally early in the New Year, the Border Bonspiel took place on January 8 and 9, and when the snow, ice, smog and stoor cleared, the results added up to a win for St Boswells, with Glendale in second spot.
Sadly, this was to be the final year of the generous and much-appreciated sponsorship by The Famous Grouse.
In more dangerous and enlightened days not many of those prize bottles would have come out from the rink!
Boxing Day is the traditional date for the family Bonspiel and so it came to pass that the Stevenson family won this cheery competition. Three generations were in the rink – Helen Mattheson, daughter Wendy and her husband John, with their son Thomas, presumably at lead.
The Auld Yins are in full flow with Logan Forrest at one end of the league and Michael Aitchison at the other.
John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Winter League: Winner, G. Turnbull nett 36 bih.
There will be a quiz at the newly-refurbished clubhouse on Friday, February 7, starting at 7pm for 7.30pm. Members and guests welcome to make up teams of four.
There is a limited number of tables, so to book early phone Tom (07808 479858) or email email@example.com.
Food and refreshments will be served on the night.
The new captains at the helm at Minto have expressed confidence in the future of the club at the beginning of their term of office.
John Law, the club captain, and Gill Cartwright, the ladies’ captain, believe that 2014 will be the year in which long-nurtured plans for the club’s development begin to come to fruition. Their confidence is based, in part, on the revision of the club lease with its landlord for a 25-year period. Together with the acceptance of a new constitution by club members, the new lease will allow the club to make funding applications for further improvements to the course and the clubhouse.
By the time the summer season starts, members and visitors will already be benefiting from the refurbishment of the clubhouse kitchen and enjoying the use of a new picturesque bridge over the burn on the third hole.
Both captains paid tribute to their predecessors, Ron Elliot and Lesley Moore, and to other office bearers who had worked tirelessly to achieve the revision of the lease and the finalising of the new constitution. Among a number of initiatives being considered by the club council is the Get into Golf scheme, which will give adults who haven’t played golf before and those who have been away from the game for a while the chance to try their hand at it.
For more information about membership of Minto Golf Club, ring the secretary on 01450 870 220 (ext 3) or go to the club website www.mintogolf.co.uk
Midweek Eight-hole Stableford: 1, J. Graham 17 points (bl4); 2, D. Richards 17.
After the festive break, the league resumed with First Division leaders Ship A consolidating top spot by edging second-placed High Level A in a last-frame thriller to go six points clear.
Waverley A joined the Level in second, outpointing a plucky Niki’s, while Dryburgh and Reivers B both won to relieve their relegation worries.
Division Two saw all games finish 5-4 in what looks like being a cracking season, with only one win separating the top five. Fleece B just stay top from High Level B and Station, all winning last-frame deciders, while sixth-placed Red Lion A sneaked victory against their B team in a tight Kelso local derby.
Results – Division One: Waverley A (Hawick) 6 Niki’s Bar (Gala) 3; Ship A (Melrose) 5 High Level A (Hawick) 4; Reivers B (Gala) 5 Reivers A (Hawick) 4; Dryburgh (Newtown) 7 Fleece A (Selkirk) 2.
Division Two: High Level B (Hawick) 5 Ship B (Melrose) 4; Station Bar (Hawick) 5 Waverley B (Hawick) 4; Red Lion B (Kelso) 4 Red Lion A (Kelso) 5; Fleece B (Selkirk) 5 Bridge Inn (Gala) 4.
Organisers of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games have confirmed the teams and pools for the Rugby Sevens at this summer’s event.
The 16 participants who will strive for gold at Ibrox Stadium are: Australia, Canada, Cook Islands, England, Kenya, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda and Wales.
Reigning champions New Zealand, who have won all four Commonwealth Gold medals to date, have been drawn in Pool A alongside Canada, Nigeria and tournament hosts, Scotland.
Tickets are on sale online at glasgow2014.com or via the Ticketing Hotline – telephone 08448 262014.
Tommy Douglas Storage Border League results: Hawick Conservative Club A 4 Hawick Burns Club B 2; Innerleithen 4 Selkirk B 2; Kelso Legion 4 St Boswells 2; Selkirk A 5 Jedburgh Legion 1; Hawick Burns Club A 5 Hawick Conservative Club A 1.
League standings after 11 rounds: 1, Hawick Conservative Club A 58; 2, Kelso Legion 41; 3, Hawick Burns Club A 41; 4, Selkirk A 40; 5, Jedburgh Legion 35; 6, Hawick Burns Club B 31; 7, Selkirk B 25; 8, Hawick Conservative Club B 23; 9, St Boswells 21; 10, Innerleithen 15.
Tonight’s Jean Yule Cup Fixtures: Selkirk B v Hawick Conservative Club A; St Boswells v Hawick Burns Club A; Hawick Burns Club B v Kelso Legion; Hawick Conservative Club B v Innerleithen. Free Week – Jedburgh Legion and Selkirk A.
This weekend’s big event: The Selkirk Conservative Club sponsored 25-and-Under Singles competition to be held in the club on Sunday, January 19, noon for 12.30pm start. Entries on the day.
Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 2 B. Hogg 0; I. Chalmers 2 I. Ross 0; A. Gill 2 B. Hogg 0;I. Chalmers 2 I. Ross 0; B. Hogg 2 I. Ross 0. Racketball Ladder: A. Gill 2 D Sharratt 1.