Around the greens

ETTRICK FOREST

SATURDAY saw the Belhaven-sponsored Open Pairs take place at Ettrick Forest with a good entry.

In a keenly-contested final, Colin Sandilands (skip) and Elliot Fraser defeated Pat Houston (skip) and Betty Currie.

The beaten semi-finalists were Eryl Roberts (skip) and Peter Mirtle, and Jim Sharp (skip) and Esme Weldon.

GALASHIELS

THE last action in what has been a dismal season weatherwise was the closing day on Saturday.

Apart from a last game on the outdoor green, the day also included the presentation of prizes to winners and 38 members joined in the game.

The men’s champion is Malcolm Thin, who also took the handicap and the two-bowl singles to complete what has been an excellent season for him.

Although he just missed out on the Border Singles Championship, being the runner-up, he recently carried off the Champion of Champions at Jedburgh.

For the ladies, the champion is Gail Lindores, who also narrowly missed out in becoming the ladies’ Border Singles Champion.

NEWCASTLETON

THE club held its presentation of prizes in the clubrooms. There was also going to be a friendly game to end the season, but this was called off due to the wet weather, but an enjoyable meal was provided by Valerie Beadle.

Prizewinners – men’s championship: 1, Alistair Elliot; 2, Drew Rutherford; ladies’ championship: 1, Margaret Thomson; 2, Valerie Beadle; Handicap singles: joint winners, Joe Sergeant and Jemima Richardson; handicap pairs: 1, Margaret Thomson and Foster Nixon, 2, Jemima Richardson and Lauren Scott; Club Pairs: 1, Jemima Richardson and Alistair Elliot, 2, Valerie Beadle and Margaret Thomson; Lidalia Pairs: 1, Joe Sergeant and Adam Mitchell, 2, Murray Adamson and George Crawford; Monday night competition: 1, Robert Robson, 2, Alistair Elliot; Thursday night competition: 1, Robert Robson, 2 equal, Davie Scott and Joe Sergeant; Saturday night competition: 1, Wattie Elliot, 2, Davie Scott.

SELKIRK

LAST Saturday, members played for the President’s Prize.

E. Clapperton emerged the winner with C. McKinnon second and T. Yeomans third.

Sunday saw the last competition of the season when the Fletcher Shield was played for and, in a closely-contested final, G. Smith defeated D. Jackson.

TWEEDBANK

WITH most outdoor clubs having their closing days on Saturday, the indoor facilities are now fully available.

All leagues began this week, including the Scottish leagues, in which the men have a home game against Stirling on Saturday.

On the same day, the ladies travel to Portobello.

The stadium is open each week day for bounce games between noon and 4pm, except sessions when leagues are on. As usual, a weekly programme of events is on the noticeboard.

New members will be made welcome and can make enquiries at the stadium or by contacting the club on 01896 756396 or the secretary on 01896 750601.

A half-price membership offer is available for the first season. This also applies to former members returning after a gap of two years or more.