Making a difference at Minto

From left: Gill Cartwright, ladies' captain, John Law, club captain and Albert Thompson, vice-captain and organiser of the fundraising day at Minto Golf Club
From left: Gill Cartwright, ladies' captain, John Law, club captain and Albert Thompson, vice-captain and organiser of the fundraising day at Minto Golf Club

Minto member Jim Geatons has achieved his goal of helping to raise enough money to provide a defibrillator for the Roxburghshire golf club.

With Jim’s fundraising efforts over the past year, plus funds of £1,030 raised from a golf Texas Scramble competition organised by Minto vice-captain Albert Thompson, £2,022 was realised.

Jim and Albert paid tribute to all those who had contributed and played golf for the appeal. The amount raised will be adequate to purchase the defibrillator equipment and provide training for those who Jim has recruited to use it.

Prior to the Texas Scramble starting last Friday, all the players were given an Easter egg by Jim’s wife Linda and this set the tone for what was a really enjoyable day’s golf in warm sunshine.

Sport digest


Border Ladies

Week two results: Lauder 18 Jedburgh 32 (1-4); Melrose 18 Hawick 35 (0-5); Newtown 22 Waverley 33 (2-3); Selkirk 36 Gala 25 (3-2); Wilton 30 Ettrick Forest 23 (3-2); Buccleuch 41 Abbotsford 25 (3-2). Kelso – bye.

Hamilton Trophy

The Borders welcomed West Fife to Wilton Bowling Club on a cold and miserable Saturday.

Everyone hoped for the weather to stay dry as the match began, with West Fife taking a one-shot lead after the first five ends.

After a nip-and-tuck start, the home players began to fall behind and were nine shots behind at the 15th end. However, the Borderers showed their strength and resilience, started to make a comeback and won by 118-102.

The next game is against East Lothian on Saturday at Cockenzie and Port Seton Bowling Club.


The Seniors travelled to West Stewart Place to play their local rivals Wilton last Tuesday.

The Wilton side had a comprehensive victory by 69-35. Hawick’s only rink up was the Bobby McDonald-skipped rink.

Last Wednesday, the A team entertained Gala Waverley at home – and this proved to be a great escape. L. Clarkson’s rink had failed to score in 10 ends, but in the last two ends picked up 12 shots, which swung the result in Hawick’s direction, emerging winners by 88-84.

The B team travelled to Gala to play Gala Waverley at the Kirkbrae green, which was in excellent condition. The home side emerged victorious by 61 -43, with Hawick having to field one triples rink.


The entry of Grant Fletcher, Billy Currie and Colin Turk from the Old Town club won the Langholm New Town open American triples tournament last Saturday.

In the final, they defeated the host entry of Avril and Robert Grieve, and Stevie Barker. Beaten semi-finalists were the New Town entry of James McVittie, Eric Beattie and David Reid, and the Gretna triple of Robin Nichol, Graham Kirkpatrick and John Brydon jnr.


Open Senior Triples, May 22: Winners, Lauder triple of M. Ogilvie, M. Sked and M. A. Scott; runners-up, Gala Waverley triple of A. Kimber, A. Murray and B. Kimber. Ten triples took part in a round-robin format.

Two-bowl Triples, May 24: Winners, I. Hogarth, A. Weir and L. Wilson; runners-up, W. Elrick, K. Atkinson and R. Hutton.

Newtown St Boswells

The club is offering six sessions of bowling to children from P4 to P7 under the Active Schools 2014 Commonwealth Passport initiative. The sessions will be held from 6-7pm on the following Sundays:

June 1, 8 and 15, and July 13, 20 and 27.

These sessions will be free of charge. The only thing required to take part is a pair of clean, smooth-soled shoes (e.g. gymshoes) and your Commonwealth Passport to have it signed. All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult, who must stay for the duration of the coaching session.


Cameron Gunn

The 11th Borders Sport and Leisure Football Festival takes place at Netherdale, Galashiels, on Sunday, with 120 teams and more than 1,000 young players expected to take part.

The event is the largest of its kind in Scotland and is open to all primary school age children who play for SBJFA (Scottish Borders Junior Football Association) teams. It also includes the SBJFA cup finals held in memory of Cameron Gunn, which features the best Under-13, Under-14, Under-15 and Under-17 teams.

SBJFA finals start at 10am, followed by the main festival for children aged six to 12 kicking off at noon. Supporters are welcome.



On a blustery spring day, Earlston Golf Club ventured onto the fairways at Peebles Golf Course to thrash it out for the coveted Hunter Cup.

Liz Bain lifted the trophy with a smashing 70, Gordon Marshall following her in with another 70, beaten on the countback. There were 16 players with scores under 75.

Thanks go to club president Brian Hunter for his generous sponsorship on the day and Peebles Golf Club for their kind hospitality and excellent catering.


Seniors Section sponsored by John Scott Plumbing & Heating: Championship Qualifier – A League winner, W. Morrison nett 34. B League winner, G. Turnbull nett 34.

Championship first qualifier: 1, J. Rigg 75 (15) 60; 2, N. Moffat 70 (7) 63; 3, J. Thomson 75 (10) 65; 4, S. Robertson 69 (3) 66.


LGU Medal: 1, D. Oliver 103 (33) 70; 2, M. Smail 108 (34) 74; 3, M Forsythe 99 (23) 76.

RBL Rosebowl: 1, J. Field 88 (27) 61; 2, C. Levell 77 (10) 67; 3, J Hogg 81 (12) 69bih.


Gents’ Open Texas Scramble, May 24: 1, C. Dick, R. Nicholls, J. Donaldson, A. Dick 57 (1.5) 55.5; 2, M. Ford, S. McElrath, R. Glendinning, G. Sweenie 59 (2.6) 56.4.

Ladies’ Championship Qualifier 1, May 20: 1, D. Pringle 93 (21) 72; 2, L. Small 89 (14) 75.

Entries are being taken for the Ladies’ Open Greensomes on Sunday, June 1. You can enter via the club website, email or by phoning the club.

Seniors’ Open Texas Scramble, May 15: 1, G. and L. Small 84 (19.5) 64.5; 2, I. Thompson and L. Anderson 82 (17) 65; 3, G. Fletcher and G. Fletcher 83 (17) 66.


Lewis Stableford May 14: 1, M. Dunne 37 points bl6; 2, D. Easton 37; 3, Billy Hunter 36; 4, Ronnie Malcolm 35.

The leaderboard for May shows Dunne leading by seven points with one week to go. The twos pot is now a five-week rollover.


Texas Scramble: Gents – 1, Gym & Swimmers, (I. Borthwick, Iain Oliver, J. Purdie and M. White) 59.9. 2, The Submariners (P. Brooks, I. Clapham, J. Law and A. Thompson) 64bih; 3, The Doctorates (T. Kerr, S. Mather, C. Oliver and G. Ross) 64. Ladies – 1, The Friday Girls (M. Innes, T. Kirkpatrick, L. Manson and K. Telfer) 65.9. Nearest the pin for the ladies was won by K. Telfer, and for the gents, by J. Law and J. Purdie. The longest drive was won by J. Borthwick.

Seniors’ Stableford, May 19: 1, T. Kerr 38 pts; 2, R. Hill 37. Current league leader: T. Glendinning 33.75 league points.

Ladies’ SLGA Brooch, May 20: Handicap – 1, M. Bland 97 (29) 68; 2, L. Bruce 91 (22) 69; 3, F. Robertson 104 (33) 71. Scratch – Mary Glendinning 89.

Gents’ Stableford League, May 20: 1, F. Stevenson 40 points; 2, G. Ferguson 39; 3, R. Elliot 38. Current leader: T. Mulvee 111 points.

Gents’ match against Torwoodlee, May 21: Minto Gents won the return match against Torwoodlee by 5 rubbers to 1, sweet revenge for the recent 4-2 defeat at Torwoodlee.

Juniors’ Mitchell Trophy No 2, May 23: 1, F. Towers 85 (18) 67; 2, J. Flynn 80 (12) 68 (after countback); 3, Scott Murdoch 92 (24) 68. Lowest gross, J. Flynn 80.

Ally Whillans Memorial Trophy, May 24: 1, D. Jardine 71 (5) 66 (bl9); 2, R. Allott 73 (7) 66; 3, D. Wilson 81 (14) 67.


Ladies’ Brooch and second championship qualifier: 1, D. Cassidy 78 (7) 71. Twos: A. Allan and C. Purves.

St Boswells

The club held its inaugural Seniors Mixed Open last Wednesday and special thanks go to Allen Whellans, head greenkeeper, for the superb course condition which was praised by all visitors, also to St Boswells ladies for their help during the day.

Seniors Mixed Open result: Handicap – 1, D. & A. Miller 64.2; 2, M. Bland & A. Thompson 65.2; 3, L. & J. Geatons 66.2.

Scratch – 1, M. & J. Whiteford 65.8.

On Sunday, June 14, St Boswells will be holding a Mixed Open Texas Scramble fundraising event. The entry fee is £40 per team of four, 9am and 1pm shotgun starts. For entries, please call Sue Brooks on 01835 823527.

Ladies’ Cobbles Stableford, May 20: 1, C. Hunter 40pts; 2, J. Knox 39; 3, R. Thorburn 39; 4, J. Aiston 37; 5, S. Braithwaite 36.


Tuesday Order Of Merit Round Three results May 20: 1, S. Dodds 83 (23) 61; 2, R. Lacon 68 (5) 63; 3, L. Nicholson 89 (24) 65. Scratch, Jackson Berry 66. CSS 70. 37 played, three twos.

Current Order of Merit leader: Graham Low.

Cable Tec Services Gala Masters: Almost 80 golfers took to the fairways to take part in the tournament, set up between the two clubs to promote golf in Galashiels.

Results (T=Torwoodlee, G=Gala, M=Melrose): Scratch – 1, A. Lawrie (T) 138; 2, D. Gillie (T) 140; 3, C. Riddle (T) 142; 4, J. Berry (T) 148; 5, D. Gillie (T) 151. Handicap – 1, K. Lochrie (M) 137; 2, S. Wright (T) 140; 3, B. Currie (G) 141; 4, S. McDonald (Galashiels) 142; 5, J. Shiel (Galashiels) - 142. Best scratch day 1, S. Fairburn (T) 72. Best handicap day 1, G. Turnbull (G) 64 nett. Best scratch day 2, K. Donaldson (G) 73; best handicap day 2, S. Chapman (T) 64 nett.

AJ Cable Services Invitation Four Ball Better Ball: 1, J. Graham & M. Simpson 63; 2, K. Wilson & M. Swatton 63; 3, S. Fairburn & C. McNeil 63; 4, D. Gillie & J. Gillie 63. 14 twos, 33 teams played.

Saturday, May 31: Championship 1st Qualifier – Enter via PSI Terminal or online at Howdidido.


Earlston & district

Five members sent 103 birds to Newark, liberated at 6am into an east wind. Results: 1, 4, 5, W.Gray & Son 924.92; 2, 3, A.Simpson 921.89; 6, 7, A.Bain 784.87; 8, S.Hardie & sons 765.24; 9, 10, S.Martin 760.82.

Galashiels & district

Eleven members sent 171 birds to Newark, a distance of 193 miles. Results: 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, Douglas & Spearman 964.003; 4, 6, 8, Jimmy Douglas 898.187; 7, J. Wyper 816.120.


The club liberated 119 birds in a south-south­-west wind over 189 miles from Wollaston on Monday after being held over for bad weather. Results: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, R. V. Graham 1674.793; 3, 10, D. Nordon 1654.223; 4, A. Henderson 1652.776.



Handicap Tournament first round: J. Eyre (+5) 3 D. Burnie (-7) 1.

Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 2 R. Kohler 1; A. Rocha 1 M. Sillies 1; I. Yousef 2 S. Walker 0; D. Burnie 2 A. Rocha 0; D. Sharratt 2 M. Sillies 0; S. Walker 2 M. Sillies 1; D. Burnie 2 I. Yousef; R. Kohler 2 S. Walker 0; D. Sharratt 2 A. Rocha 0; D. Burnie 2 R. Kohler 0.