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Mrs June Henderson throwing the first jack of the 2015 season at Abbotsford Bowling Club on  Sat 18 Apr. 56 members took to the green for the first game of the season, which is one of the highest attending opening days in recent times.

Mrs June Henderson throwing the first jack of the 2015 season at Abbotsford Bowling Club on Sat 18 Apr. 56 members took to the green for the first game of the season, which is one of the highest attending opening days in recent times.

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On Saturday President Mike Henderson and his wife June opened the Abbotsford Bowling Club green for the 2015 season.

After the official ceremony, Mike joined 56 members to play in the opening game and, after an excellent meal provided by the Old Mill Kitchen, presented prizes to the winners of the winter competitions, sponsored by Nan Butler.

The indoor league was won by Andrew Hancock, Colin Hancock and Tommy Mann Jnr; Keith Campbell won the singles while Kenny Johnstone and John Hardie triumphed in the pairs. Donald Elliot won the pool competition.

The club is holding an open day on Sunday between 1-4pm for any adult or child over eight years. Experienced club members will be available to provide basic tuition.

The competitive action begins next week when two senior league matches are due to be played.

Then, on Saturday, May 2, the club hosts the annual friendly against Whitehouse and Grange.

Sporting digest

Archery

Ettrick Forest Archers

Sunday, April 26 sees a clout shoot at 1pm in the field at Thirladean, followed by an EGM in the Dunsdale Road shooting range at around 3.45pm.

The meeting will deal with the appointment of officers, amongst other things, so all members are requested to attend.

Bowling

Hawick

Thirty-four members turned up to watch Ann Anderson deliver the first jack of the new season.

A match then followed with President Bill Anderson’s side against vice-president Martin Christy’s team. Played in a very friendly spirit, it was the vice-president’s team who emerged winners by 39-30.

Lauder

Opening Day took place on what must have been the warmest day of the year.

It was attended by 21 bowlers, along with a number of spectators. A 15-end competition took place between the president’s and ladies’ president’s teams, with the latter coming out winners with a score of 68-53. As a result of this competition the sum of £42 was collected and will be donated to a breast cancer charity.

On Saturday at 1.30pm, the club is holding a members/non-members open day, so if anyone is thinking about playing or even learning how to play bowls they will be made more than welcome.

Cycling

Kelso Wheelers

Even though the first round of Kelso Wheelers’ 10 mile league was run in cold and windy conditions, five riders claimed personal bests.

Oscar Onley also broke his own youths’ course record, the second of this fledging season.

All four division winners – Donald Richardson, Simon Gaunt, David Whitecross and Oscar Onley – along with Gav Ford – posted minus scores. Kenny Darling was fastest on the night, recording an excellent 23.17.

Red Division: D. Richardson (24.56) 20 points; C. Stevenson (24.05) 18; R. Norris (24.59) 16; J. Smith (24.47) 14; D. Burgher (23.53) 12; K. Darling (23.17) 10; M. Burgher (24.57) 8.

Pink Division: S. Gaunt (24.35 pb) 20 points; G. Ford (25.56 pb) 18; P. McGreal (27.06 pb) 16; I. McKenzie (25.42) 14; G. Dalglish (28.34) 12; R. Coupek (27.10) 10; R. Connell (27.23) 8; G. Easson (29.10) 6; J. Bader (26.12) 4; A. Power (28.06) 4; D. Scott-Watson (28.00) 4.

Polka Dot Division: D. Whitecross (29.0 pb) 20 points; S. Onley (30.41) 18; R. Smith (31.38) 16; Jill Sinton (34.14) 14; G. Gauld (29.50) 10.

Yellow Division: O. Onley (27.15 pb/cr) 20 points; D. Easson (32.16) 18.

Golf

Earlston

A total of 34 Earlston Golf Club members braved the blustery and damp conditions at Kelso on Sunday to play the Donaldson Trophy Stableford competition.

The wind made the scoring tricky, but Les Hardy emerged a convincing winner with 39 points. Runner-up was Shane Paton with Keith Hutchison third. Nearest the pin in one went to Grant Cannon, nearest pin in two David Gordon, nearest pin in three Sandy Thompson, while Mark Reilly had the longest drive.

Thanks go to Grant Cannon and Donaldson Butchers for their generous sponsorship of this event.

Galashiels

Bert Rankin competition: 1, G. Philip 73 (6) 66 BIH; 2, D. Carruthers 78 (12) 66; 3, J. Berthinussen 82 (15) 67.

John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Championship Qualifier: A League winner – D. Bunyan net 30; B League winner – A. Finlay.

Kelso

Gents’ Rodger Fish Trophy: 1, D. Wilson 79 (14) 65; 2, B. Sweenie 88 (22) 66; 3=, G. Sanders 81 (14) 67, B. Hogarth 70 (3) 67.

Dick Brown Shield: 1, G. Borthwick 40 points; 2, S. Pringle 39; 3=, W. Mulroy and Graeme Kellington 38.

Ladies’ 15-hole three-club competition: 1, D. Pringle 29 points; 2. G. Herriot 27.

Melrose

Spring Competition: 1, R. Chisholm 85 (17) 68 (Dingleton Tankard winner); 2, C. Campbell 77 (6) 71 (Robertson Cup winner); 3, D. Corry 93 (22) 71. Scratch: I. Ramsey 77.

Fullarton Trophy: 1, J. Whiteford and B. Robertson; 2, V. Hogg and M. Scully.

Minto

Congratulations to the Minto team of Marion King and Irene Middlemiss on winning the bronze competition at the BLCGA Jenny Cleghorn Greensomes with a net score of 70.

Seniors’ Summer League: 1, J. McFarlane 41 points; 2, D. Miller 39; 3, D. Taylor 37.

Current league positions: 1, D. Taylor 22 points; 2, N. Simpson 21; 3, D. Miller 17.

Ladies’ three-club competition: 1, F. Kerr 95 (20) 75 (after countback); 2, M. Bland 102 (27) 75 (after countback); 3, L. Towers 91 (13) 78 (lowest gross). Scratch: L. Moore 94.

Juniors’ April Medal: 1, A. Brown 78 (16) 62 (lowest gross); 2, L. Towers 83 (17) 66; 3, R. Middlemass 96 (29) 67.

Gents’ Fox and Hounds No 2: 1, A. Johnson 77 (12) 65 (after countback); 2, N. Simpson 89 (24) 65; 3, D. Willison 81 (14) 67 (after countback).

St Boswells

J & J Tait Medal: 1, C. Hardie 75 (12) 63; 2, L. Bell 75 (12) 63; 3, S. Renwick 72 (8) 64.

Gents’ Stableford: 1, N. Lowrie (13) 42 points; 2, B. Gracie (17) 37; 3, K. Graham (19) 37.

Ladies LGU Brooch: 1, S. Braithwaite 93 (22) 71 (lowest gross); 2, S. Gerard 104 (33) 71; 3, L. Ovens 95 (21) 74.

Ladies Club Trophy (1): 1, R. Thorburn 92 (22) 70 (lowest gross); 2, L. Runciman 94 (21) 73; 3, V. Shirra-Gibb 96 (22) 74.

Entries now being accepted for the Marjoribanks Mixed Open on Sunday, May 10, and the Ladies’ Open Greensomes on Saturday, May 23. Call Sue on 01835 823527 for tee times, or email secretary@stboswellsgolfclub.co.uk

Torwoodlee

April Medal: 1, D. Dick 76 (10) 66 BL3; 2, D. Dods 75 (9) 66 BIH; 3, J. Shiel 77 (11) 66.

Tuesday Stroke: 1, A. Chadha 75 (9) 66; 2, S. Nightingale 72 (5) 67; 3, D. Keddie 75 (7) 68.

SLGA

Leading children’s charity Barnardo’s Scotland has teamed up again with the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association (SLGA) for its annual fundraising golf tournament, now in its 16th year.

The charity is appealing to lady golfers in the Borders to register for the event and tee-off in support of the charity. A series of competitions are being organised throughout the summer months by local golf clubs with the top scorers from the play-offs going through to the final, which will be held at Arbroath Golf Course on Friday, August 28.

Golfers interested in taking part in the event should contact their local golf club or the SLGA on 0131 339 3987.

The Woll

April 1: 1, W. Davis 32 points; 2, S. Batchelor 32; 3, D. Sceats 31.

April 4: 1, R. Stark 35 points; 2, A. Lindores 33; 3, J. Nelson 32.

Ladies’ Swish Quiche winner: M. Turnbull.

April 7: 1, A. Lindores 75 (4) 71; 2, R. Stark 87 (10) 77; 3, B. Pettie 95 (17) 78.

April 11 (Division 1): 1, S. Graham 76 (6) 70; 2, G. Mackenzie 82 (12) 70; 3, A. Lindores 75 (4) 71. Division 2: 1, M. MacKay 91 (19) 72; 2, D. Taylor 94 (22) 72; 3, R. Thomson 90 (17) 73.

April Ladies: 1, B. Hill 34 points; 2, M. Innes 32; 3, B. Cheong Davis 32.

April 14: 1, J. Paterson 90 (19) 71; 2, P. Inglis 85 (13) 72; 3, M. Willison 86 (9) 77.

April 18 (Division 1): 1, D. Nichol 77 (8) 69; 2, S. Graham 77 (6) 71; 3, P. Inglis 85 (13) 72. Division 2: 1, N. Stevens 87 (21) 66; 2, K. McDougall 88 (17) 71; 3, P. Quinn 94 (21) 73.

Homing

Earlston & District

Members sent 94 birds to Ridsdale, liberated at 9am into a light easterly wind. Result: 1, 14, S. Hardie & sons 1306.64; 2, 3, 4, A. Bain 1242.43; 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, S. Martin 1189.30; 10, 13, W. Gray & son 1108.07; 11, A. Simpson 1098.13.

Galashiels

Seven members sent 42 pigeons to Ridsdale, a distance of 43 miles. Result: 1, G. Irvine 1380.880; 2, 3, 4, 7, 10, Douglas & Ward 1326.698; 5, 8, W. Hopewell 1227.502; 6, J. Ramage 1141.592; 9, A. Lindores 1058.999.

Langholm

Langholm Homing Club liberated 52 birds from Shap in their first race of the season, into an east wind. Result: 1, Braban and Stewart 1443.464; 2, W. Irving 1411.648; 3, 4, 5, A. Henderson 1384.096; 6, D. Nordon 1370.052.

Pony club

Duke of Buccleuch

The branch quiz team were delighted to win seventh prize at the Pony Club National Championships in Warwickshire. The team were a delight to train and each had their strengths: Rosie and Lexie aced the spelling round, Lucy had fantastic recognition in the picture round and Emma had a brilliant practical round. Many thanks go to John D. Falla & Son and Harbro Ltd for their sponsorship.

Squash

Galashiels

Club night friendlies: M. Brooke 2 J. Barowska 0; D. Sharratt 2 R. Kohler 0; M. Brooke 2 J. Barrow 1; R. Kohler 2 J. Barowska 0; D. Sharratt 2 R. McAleese 0; A. Gill 2 J. Barrow 0; R. McAleese 2 J. Barowska 0; A. Gill 2 D. Sharratt 0; R. Kohler 2 M. Brooke 1; A. Gill 1 J. Barowska 0; M. Brooke 2 R. McAleese 0.