Europe win Minto Ryder Cup

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Europe won the Minto Ryder Cup on Friday by the convincing score of 426 shots to the USA’s 462 in a competition organised by junior convener Angus Towers.

The event was held to commemorate the official opening of Jock’s Brig on the third hole by Lord Minto (pictured above).

Each of the eight teams consisted of adults and juniors, with some pre-handicap juniors as young as six taking part.


Ettrick Forest

The club held an Albion shoot on Sunday, with Mike Pearson taking the honours.

Results: 1, Mike Pearson 65 hits, 277 score, 1 gold; 2, Doug Anderson 58, 214, 0; 3, Elaine Pearson 53, 211, 5; 4, Wullie Good 52, 206, 3; 5, Alec Blake 43, 161, 2; 6, Helen Ogilivie 38, 158, 1; 7, Ev Craig 35, 147, 3; 8, Michael Liddle 35, 135, 1; 9, Terry Dakin (ret) 14, 40, 0; 10, Adair (ret) Anderson 2, 4, 0.

This Sunday, August 24, the club welcomes archers from far and wide for the annual Flodden Clout tournament. First arrow is at 11am prompt. Spectators welcome.



The inaugural Cademuir Rollercoaster hill race, sponsored by Franco’s Ristorante and Pizzeria, took place in Peebles on Saturday with 57 entries, 17 in the 3k and 40 in the 6k.

Underfoot conditions were very good, with a blustery wind and grey skies keeping conditions challenging and interesting.

In the 3k it was a strong 1-2-3 for the Costorphine boys, Jonathon Jackson (U15B) leading home the runners in 13 minutes and 5 seconds. Michael Smith (U13B) was the first Moorfoot home in fourth in 13.52 and clubmate Beth Hobbs (U13G) was less than a minute behind and the first girl back in 14.45.

A squally shower greeted the start of the 6k which saw a clear win for Don Naylor (Hunters Bog Trotters) in 26.50, making it an inaugural Gypsy Glen/Cademuir Rollercoaster double for the former Commonwealth Games athlete. Thomas Otten (U17M) of Gala Harriers had a great run for second place in 28.09, ahead of his U17 teammates Jason McIntosh in fourth and Gavin Bryson fifth. Lauderdale’s Mark Sutherland split the Gala boys with his third-place finish. Local Peebles runner Susan Ridley (Edinburgh AC) was first woman in 31.22 for another Gypsy Glen/Cademuir Rollercoaster double and Lucas Cheskin (U20M) was the first Moorfoot home in seventh, holding off Andy Cox who was a few seconds further back.



The A team travelled to Kelso to play a first-round Knock-out Cup tie, sponsored by D. R. Lightbody Painter and Decorator, Jedburgh, and won by 81-63.

Highest-up rink was skipped by Tommy Mann Jnr.

On Tuesday, the senior team played at home against Selkirk/Ettrick Forest, winning by 57-52. Stuart Aitchison and Bill Philip’s triples shared the highest-up spot, each winning by 14 shots.

Later on Tuesday, the rink of Iain Macdonald, Graham Prentice, John Manczak and Colin Hancock travelled to Wilton to play against Waverley in a qualifier for the Border Championships finals and recorded a 15-13 victory.

On Wednesday, the A team played its last Border League match of the season at home against Wilton, winning 108-66. The best rink was skipped by Colin Hancock.

The team finished in third place behind Hawick and Waverley.

On Thursday, the ladies played a friendly at home against Corstorphine. The play began in sunshine, but after 10 ends torrential rain resulted in the match being abandoned and a draw was declared.

Finally, on Saturday, Liz Waugh progressed to the semi-finals of the ladies’ Borders Champion of Champions, defeating Mary Martin of Buccleuch by 21-17.


Sixteen pairs turned out for the Earlston BC Pro Am competition in bright, but very breezy, conditions on Saturday.

Following some entertaining and highly-competitive pool games, the pairings of George & Elsie Douglas, Steven Greer & Stewart Stevenson, Brian Turner & Kevin Graham and Peter Scott and David Young arrived in the semi-finals. These were also hotly contested, with Greer and Turner making it through to the final, which the latter won by 9 shots to 2. Turner was literally ‘in the pink’ over this long-awaited triumph.

Vice-president Bob Beattie thanked all in attendance, especially the non-bowlers, who helped make the day a great success for the club.

Playing their final league game last week, the Earlston men’s team let a healthy lead against Melrose slip to be beaten by just three shots, ending the season in sixth place in the Division One league table.

With four games left to play, the mixed Earlston/Melrose senior team are in second place, with a game in hand on leaders Wilton and just one point separating the two.


Hawick Seniors travelled over to Newtown on Tuesday, and enjoyed a good win by 58-45. Top rink for the Teries was the G. Lyall-skipped rink, supported by W. Short and C. Anderson.

The A team travelled to Lauder, knowing that they were playing for second place in the league, with Gala Waverley already having won it. The match was very much a one-sided affair, with Hawick winning quite easily by 116-63. Top rink was L. Clarkson’s, ably supported by S. Johnstone, A. Wilson and K. Ford.

The B team entertained Gala B at home, and they too enjoyed a comfortable win by 100-57. Top rink was the Bert Wear-skipped team, supported by D. Johnstone, J. Armstrong and B. Gray.


Kelso Wheelers

The recent glut of pbs and course records was brought to a sudden halt by the final throes of Hurricane Bertha last week.

A brutal headwind faced the riders for their 12-mile time trial, in which the field of 13 bravely battled the elements to be rewarded only by exhaustion and the satisfaction of completing the course. Daniel Easson, Fraser Veitch and Ben Simpson deserve special mention for handling the conditions so well and Rebecca Easson for her particularly-courageous ride.

Times: M. Burgher 28.29; C. Stevenson 29.38; R. Ure 29.54; R. Norris 31.05; D. Richardson 31.51; G. Ford 32.52; K. Wilson 33.08; G. Easson 35.28; A. Ker 35.40; Youths: B. Simpson 36.58; F. Veitch 39.32; D. Easson 41.24; R. Easson 50.07.

The Simon Porteous Cycles, Kelso, 12-mile league was also decided last week and, after a low score in the first leg, Mike Burgher rallied to take the Section One title by eight points from Donald Richardson and Colin Stevenson. Scores: M. Burgher 48; D. Richardson, C. Stevenson 40; R. Norris, S. Gaunt 34; J. Smith 30; R. Ure 26; D. Burgher 18.

The most keenly-fought battle was in Section Two, where the title could have gone to any one of three riders. In the end, Gordon Dalglish chose to miss the last leg and Kenny Wilson, even though he scored the maximum 20 points, lost out by two points overall to Graham Easson. Scores: G. Easson 54; K. Wilson 52; G. Ford 44; G. Dalglish 38; G. Moore 20; R. Kerr 14; R. Connell 10; P. McGreal, R. Coupek 8.

Andrew Ker had a runaway victory in Section Three by the grand margin of 18 points. Scores: A. Ker 56; D. Whitecross 38; R. Smith 32; J. Sinton 26; D. Small 14.

The value of contesting every leg of the competition was again proved as Daniel Easson won by 10 points from Fraser Veitch, who accrued the highest points in the rounds he rode. Overall scores: D. Easson 50; F. Veitch 40; B. Simpson 38; R. Gillie 18; O. Onley 16; R. Easson, T. Purves 14.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors: Turner Cup winner (2 best scores), R. Horsburgh 71; Dickson Cup winner, W. Crighton 73.

Shish Tandoori Shield: 1, M. Niven & D. Clyne 77pts; 2, A. Pringle & W. Millar 74pts; 3, D. Thomson & J. Berthinussen 72pts.


Championship: 1, G. Hughes; 2, G. Purdie. Second Class: 1, C. Page; 2, T. McGeachy. Third Class: 1, B. Colvine; 2, G. Kelly.

Ladies: 1, P. Hogg; 2, K. Chapman.

Juniors: ,1 F. Campbell; 2, S. Murdoch.


Gents’ Tom Scott Trophy: 1, I. Ford 74 + 70 = 144 (bih); 2= P. Wilson 72 + 72 = 144, K. Fortune 72 + 72 = 144 and S. Hawker 69 + 75 = 144.

John A. Anderson beat Eck Wilson in the Knockout Singles final to win the Logie Trophy, while Eck Wilson and son Kevin defeated John Maxwell and Alan Snowball in the Foursomes to retain the Hogg Trophy.

Ladies’ results – Autumn Stroke: 1, L. Wilson 78 (8) 70; 2, S. Paterson 77 (6) 71.

Hill Medal final: 1, L. Wilson 71, 7, 64; 2, A. Wild 89, 19, 70.

Thistle Brooches: 1, L. Wilson and D. Pringle 80 (12.4) 67.6; 2, L. Small and E. Pearson 95 (17.2) 77.8.

Seniors’ Trophy: 1, G. Small 51; 2, J. Brown 52; 3, B. Taylor 53.

Tom Scott Trophy: 1, I. Thompson and L. Flannigan 36 pts; 2, B. Haig and B. Nicholson 34 pts; 3, A. Chadwick and D. Smith 30 pts.

The Ladies’ Open Texas Scramble is on Sunday, August 24, enter via or by phoning the club on 01573 223009 – teams of three and a shotgun start at 1.30pm.


Bordergolf Competition: 1, A. Cockburn 87 (22) 65; 2, I. Ramsey 67 (2) 65; 3, R. Falconer 80 (13) 67. Scratch: K. Haldane 75.


Senior Gents Annual Ryder Cup Competition: The Rest of the World emerged triumphant over Scotland, winning the singles rubbers 7-4 and the overall match by 9.5-7.5 points.

Ladies’ Medal No 3: 1, K. Telfer 93 (19) 74; 2, C. Mackie 101 (26) 75 (after countback); 3, Kaija Sanford 100 (25) 75 (after countback). Scratch: 1, Jean Beattie 90.

Gents’ Summer Competition, Fox & Hounds No 6 & Championship Qualifier No 3: Stuart Taylor shot his second net 61 (gross 77) of the season to win by two shots from Brian Howden on 63 (gross 69 and lowest gross), with Andrew Richardson third, after countback, on 64.

Seniors’ Medal & Summer Stableford League: 1, T. Hartop 38pts

2=, D. Shiell and J. Henderson 36pts. League positions: 1, T. Glendinning 63.75; 2, J. Lunn 58; 3, T. Kerr 42.

Junior Summer Competition 4: 1, R. Nichol 88 gross, 66 net; 2, O. Cranston 95, 67; 3, C. Patterson 113, 73; 4, J. Flynn 85 74 (lowest gross).

Tuesday Stableford: 1, R. Kellett 38pts; 2, B. Hope 37 (on countback); 3, R. Latta 37. League table: 1=, R. Taylor and R. Elliott 183; 3, R. Latta 182.

Seniors’ 13-hole Magson Trophy: 1, S. Mather 64, 47; 2, M. McFarlane 63, 49 (lowest gross); 3, D. Shiell 64, 50.

Steward’s Invitation: Gents – 1, A. King & S. Richie 45pts; 2, D.Howden & J.H. Scott 43; 3, F. Mortimer & C. Goodfellow 42 (on countback).

Ladies – 1, C. Allott & J. Wright 40; 2, S. Lees & L. Flannigan 37; 3, F. Kerr & J. Craig 36 points (on countback).


Order Of Merit (round 15): 1, R. Lacon 67 (4) 63; 2, J. Graham 74 (9) 65; 3, R. Lowrie 84 (17) 64. Scratch: S. Fairburn 66.

Dave Brydon’s Tyres & Exhausts Torwoodlee Gents Open: 1, D. Dodds nett 66; 2, R. Czajka 66; 3, C. MacDonald 66. Scratch: 1, A. Lawrie 67; 2, C. Riddle 68; 3, D. Gillie 69.


Entries are now being taken for the Seniors’ Open on Wednesday, August 27; the Gents’ Open on Sunday, August 31 sponsored by Scotbet; the Juniors’ Open on Sunday, August 31; the Four Player team event on Sunday, September 7, sponsored by Caddon Designs; and the Mixed Open on Sunday, September 21.


Earlston & District

Three members sent 97 birds to Tow Law, liberated at 8.50am into a west-north-west wind. Result: 1, 2, S. Hardie & sons 1137.26; 3, 5, 8, S.Martin 833.54; 4, 6, 7, A. Simpson 832.42.


Six members sent 38 birds to Tow Law. Only six pigeons were timed in. Result: 1, 6, Austin Lindores 886.829; 2, 5, Douglas & Spearman 845.512; 3, Wattie Hopewell 518.109; 4, J.J. Ramage 513.660.


Three members sent 59 birds to Tow Law. Results: 1, 3, 4, Mr & Mrs Simpson 742.784; 2, 5, 6, T. Wilson 690.491; 7, Andrew Agnew & son 478.259.


Open day

Otterburn-based racing stud Girsonfield is holding an open day on Sunday, August 24, from 2pm.

The stud, which employs staff from Hawick and Jedburgh, has had two winners and seven placings from 14 outings this season, and is aiming to attract people to join racing syndicates.

There will be a parade of stallions at 2pm, including Bahri, whose sons and daughters have won £8million in prize money between them.



League One: D. Sharratt 3 Ruaridh Kohler 0 (9-7, 9-7, 10-8); I. Chalmers 3 Dave Burnie 1 (9-7, 9-6, 4-9, 9-2).

Club Night Friendlies: A Gill 1 M O’Donnell 0; D Sharratt 2 R Kohler 0; D Burnie 2 R McAleese 0; Olivia Lindsay 1 Oscar Lindsay 0; D Sharratt 2 M O’Donnell 0; A Gill 2 R Kohler 0; D Sharratt 1 Olivia Lindsay 0; Oscar Lindsay 1 R McAleese 0; A Gill 2 D Burnie 0.