Diamond display from Marilyn and her friends

Winners from left to right Jane Jones, Linda Murray (both Bellingham and Marilyn Adams (Minto)
Winners from left to right Jane Jones, Linda Murray (both Bellingham and Marilyn Adams (Minto)

Glorious weather, an excellent entry from clubs in the Borders, East Lothian, Northumberland and the central belt, as well as some fine golfing performances made this year’s Minto Senior Ladies’ Open a memorable one.

Marilyn Adams (pictured far right) scored her second Minto triumph of the week. Having won the Millennium Trophy on Sunday, Marilyn won the Senior Ladies’ Open individual competition salver with the excellent score of 41 Stableford points. Playing with Jane Jones and Linda Murray from Bellingham, Marilyn also won the team competition by the impressive margin of seven points from Trish Kirkpatrick and Lesley Manson, both Minto, and Doreen Lillico, Torwoodlee. Also this week, the club is delighted that Lord Minto has accepted an invitation to perform the official opening of Jock’s Brig on Friday, August 8, at 4.30pm.

The bridge on the third hole is named after former club captain, Jock Rae, whose generosity made the construction of the bridge possible.



Ettrick Forest Archers

Five of the club’s archers undertook the brave task of travelling to Glasgow during Commonwealth Games marathon day for the BLBS Double Clout competition at Mugdock Park.

Winning the ladies’ section was young Emma Gillies from Kilwinning Archers with 55 hits, a 135 score and no clouts, while Ina Morris won the first round 21-49-0 and Ettrick Forest’s Elaine Pearson recovered from an uncharacteristic low first round to win the second 31-87-1.

In the gents’ competition, the home club’s Hugh McBrien won the double clout, while first-round winner was Scott Notman with 19-48-1 and the second round was won by Selkirk’s Jimmy Stillie with 24-52-0.

The club welcomes a group from Plattling to Thirladean this evening (Thursday) for a come and try, and the following weekend sees the Scottish Clout competition at Culzean Castle in Ayrshire, and for the hardy archers, a trip to Ardmaddy Castle, by Oban, for a Western round .



Another busy week began on Monday with the A team playing a league match at Lauder.

The lovely sunny weather and the excellent condition of the green made for an enjoyable evening.

Lauder finished ahead in three of the rinks, but wins for John Manczak’s rink and a particularly convincing win for Keith Campbell’s rink ensured a 93-74.5 victory for Abbotsford. The team played another match on Wednesday, at home to Hawick. On this occasion, Abbotsford had three rinks ahead for an 82-60 win. The highest-up rink was again skipped by Keith Campbell.

Also on Wednesday, the B team played an away match against Waverley B. Here, one Abbotsford rink managed a narrow win, but the end result was 70-58 in favour of Waverley.

On Tuesday, the senior team played a home match against Jedburgh, when three of the four triples won in a 67-44 triumph for Abbotsford. Later, on Tuesday evening, the ladies played their final Border League fixture of the seaon away to Selkirk.

In a close match, one rink won by six shots while the other lost by five, giving Abbotsford a 3-2 points victory.

The senior team were back in action on Thursday against current league leaders, Wilton. Only Tom Boyd’s triple finished ahead for Abbotsford in a 51-69 defeat.

On Saturday, the ladies held their club triples tournament. It was played in a round robin format and the winners were the triple of Lilias Anderson, Liz Waugh and Jackie Ormiston (skip).

Finally, on Sunday, the club held its annual Factory Fours tournament. The beaten semi-finalists were British Legion 3 and SBC Cleansing 1. The final was played between Abbotsford Ex-Presidents, represented by Kenny Johnstone, David Millar, Tommy Mann Jnr and Keith Campbell, against Border Young Bowlers, namely William Brownlee, Robbie Graham, Ryan Thorburn and Callum Riddell. The players were given enthusiastic support from the spectators and they responded with some excellent bowling. All square playing the last end, it was the Ex-Presidents that just managed to edge out the Young Bowlers to lift the trophy. Thanks go to Skippy’s Taxis for its continued sponsorship of the tournament


The Seniors entertained their Kelso counterparts on Tuesday in tropical conditions. The game was a very close affair, with Hawick 54-44 winners.

Wednesday night saw the A team travel to Gala to play Abbotsford – a frustrating night for the Teries, who lost out by 82-60.

The B team played Kelso B on Wednesday night, with several players on both sides having participated in the Seniors fixture 24 hours earlier. This time, however, the result went in Kelso’s favour, with the Tweedsiders winning by 77-64. Top rink for the Hawick side was the T. Anderson skipped rink, ably assisted by W. Short, J. Farries, and F. Willison.

Congratulations also go to the Hawick Ladies who won the Border League again – for the second time in three years. An excellent achievement, considering their overall squad consists of only 10 players. Well done ladies.



Within the administration of Selkirk CC, the fourth most senior club in the Border Province, Meg Robbie has taken on the presidency, in succession to Jane Telfer, her two-year mandatory sentence being terminated.

Brenda Robertson has duly been appointed to the vice-presidency, and husband Bob is retained as secretary, now being half way through his term of office, or so the rule book says. In the treasury, a seamless handover of responsibilities brings Stuart Wilson into this post in successionto his better half Ena, who almost qualified for a long service medal in that task.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors July Medal (A League): Winner, H. Carruthers nett 33. B League: Winner, P. Seggie nett 37.


R.M. Leask Trophy: 1, S. Blackie 70 (7) 63; 2, K. Oliver 75 (11) 64; 3, D. Young 80 (15) 65.

BOS Centenary Quaich: 1, G. McKechnie 73 (11) 62; 2, C. Thomson 76 (10) 66 BIH; 3, B. Cockburn 81 (15) 66.


Mixed weather conditions greeted the golfers for Lauder Open on Sunday. The wind got up in the afternoon, but it had rained in the morning so everyone thought the other half got it better.

G. Lawrie from Galashiels was top of the pile with 84 (15) 69, closely followed by Jimmy Bell (Lauder) 76 (6) 70 and D. Pringle (Selkirk) 80 (9) 71. Unfortunately there were no holes in one so the excellent prizes will have to be held back until next year.

Another fantastic day greeted the golfers playing in the latest leg of The Laidlaw Homes Eclectic. Despite the great conditions, the scoring was distinctly average, apart from one stand-out golfer, Ian Robinson, who trounced the field by seven shots, firing a net 66 to take first prize, followed by the best of the rest, Matty Whiteford and Colin Jeffs, both with nett 73.

Micky Dunne still leads the eclectic with a net score of 63, closely followed by Ron Dick and Louis Scott with nett 65 and 66 respectively.

Lauder Elderly Gentlemen Society (LEGGS) played for The Border Events Trophy on Monday afternoon: regular winner Ian Scott (11) topped the podium with 39 stableford points. Following on behind were Terry McCormack (24) and Archie Anderson (23) with 31 and 29 points respectively.


Marmion’s Melbourne Cup: 1, G. Wilks 74 (17) 57; 2, G. S. Craig 73 (7) 66; 3, M. W. Gillie 75 (9) 66. Scratch: L. M. Wallace 70.


Seniors’ Stableford League: 1, T. Hartop 39 points; 2, J. Lunn 38; 3=, J. McLaren, M. Cooper 37. Overall league leader is still Tam Glendinning with 56.25 league points.

Seniors’ Outing to Seahouses: 1, D. Millar 41 points; 2, R. Hill 37 BIH; 3, J. Adams 37.

Juniors’ Summer Competition (No 3): 1, C. Patterson 106 (45) 61 after countback; 2, J. Goodfellow 106 (45) 61; 3, G. Dodds 100 (34) 66. Lowest gross: Angus Brown 85.

Gents’ Holiday Stableford: 1, A. Richardson 43 points; 2, R. Templeman 42; 3, R. Aitken 39 after countback.


Summer Cup – Dickson Cup Round 2 & Free Membership Competition: 1, M. Horsburgh 83 (21) 62; 2, L. Nicholson 83 (20) 63; 3, R. Headspeath 81 (18) 63.

The Trophy Guy Torwoodlee Golf Club Junior Open: Girls Scratch & Handicap: 1, R. MacDonald (St Boswells). Boys Scratch (Under 18): 1, R. Lacon; 2, C. Tibbits (Uphall); 3, J. Cummings (Uphall). Boys Handicap (Under 18): 1, R. Czajka; 2, A. Simpson (Galashiels); 3, C. Forsyth. Boys’ Handicap (Under 15): 1, K. Gullen (St Boswells); 2, L. Robinson (Swallend).

July Medal: 1, J. Berry 66 (0) 66; 2, D. Gillie 65 (1) 66; 3, K. Rankin 72 (6) 66.

Adult Junior Competition (8 & Under): 1, G. Paton 58; 2, G. Brydon 59; 3, J. Rodger 60. 13 & Under: 1, H. Brydon 51; 2, D. Paton 53; 3, A. McAdam 54. Adults: 1, D. Gillie 25 (New Course record). 32 played, well done to everyone who took part.

Tuesday Order of Merit: 1, T. Martin 79 (13) 66; 2, G. Low 69 (3) 66 (lowest gross); 3, G. Black 72 (5) 67.

The Woll

Ladies’ Stableford: 1, J. Cambridge 81 (14) 67; 2, J. Craig 97 (22) 75; 3, H. Richardson 122 (36) 86.

Gents’ Tuesday Sweep: 1, C. Thorburn 79 (11) 68; 2, D. Turnbull 85 (15) 70; 3, D. Main 83 (12) 71.

Saturday Monthly Medal (A Class): 1, G. MacKenzie 76.14.62; 2, D. Brown 84.14.70; 3, R. Cowan 79 (8) 71. B Class: 1, P. Quinn 90 (23) 67; 2, D. Sherratt 84 (16) 68; 3, S. Bell 84 (16) 68. Chaplain’s Trophy Winner: George MacKenzie.

Entries are now being taken for Seniors’ Open on Wednesday, August 27, Gents’ Open (Sunday, August 31) sponsored by Scotbet and Juniors’ Open (Sunday, August 31).


Earlston & District

Three members sent 50 birds to Ridsdale, liberated at 8.45am. Results: 1, 2, S. Martin 1399.97; 3, 4, 5, 6, W. Gray & son 1287.59; 7, A. Simpson 485.71


Six members sent 52 pigeons to Ridsdale, a distance of 48 miles. Results: 1, 4, J. Douglas 1178.059; 2, 6, 7, 8, A. R. Lindores 987.219; 3, G. Whitehead & son 947.041; 5, J. Ramage 844.603.


The club liberated 124 birds from Shap last Saturday in an east-south-east wind. Results: 1, 5, 6, 8, R. V. Graham 1408.118; 2, 3, W. Irving 1335.983; 4, 7, K. Braban 1270.707; 9, 10, D. Nordon 1221.838.



Club night friendlies: I. Chalmers 2 R. Kohler 0; D. Sharratt 2 L. Molero 1; A. Gill 2 R. McAleese 0; D. Burnie 2 R. Kohler 1; I. Chalmers 2 L. Molero 0; A. Gill 1 D. Sharratt 1; D. Sharratt2 D. Burnie 0; A. Gill 1 L. Molero 1.