Jordan and Jack up for Minto challenge

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With brisk winds, conditions were challenging for the Minto Junior Open; however, some golfers overcame the elements to return good scores.

The pick of the crop was Jordan Brockie (Hawick, pictured above left)) with a score of 78 (22) 66.

Jordan’s score was the lowest gross and he also had the longest drive at the 18th hole.

Minto junior, Owen Cranston, was second with 90 (22) 68 and Josh Kerr (Hirsel) was third with 68 (on countback).

The scratch winner was Jack McDonald (Minto, pictured above right) with 83. Jack also won the Border Golf Association Under-14 competition that was played in conjunction with the Minto Junior Open.

This capped a fine fortnight for Jack, who had played in the Scottish Open Pro-Am with Graeme McDowell the previous week.

The winner of the Under-16 competition was Rory Paul from the Hirsel.

The BGA president, Bob Holmes, presented the prizes and made special mention of the organisation of the event, the hospitality that the club offered and the quality of the course.

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Last Tuesday the seniors were away to Peebles. Both teams had two triples ahead, but Peebles claimed the points with a 67-47 shots win.

Later on Tuesday evening the ladies enjoyed a 4-1 victory in their home match against Melrose.

On Wednesday the A team were at home to Wilton. The match was tightly contested but Abbotsford had three rinks ahead and emerged winners by 82-76.

On Friday, the A team played their second match of the week away to Jedburgh, and with three rinks finishing ahead, Abbotsford held out for a 77-85 victory. This was the sixth win in a row, and lifts the team into third place in the league.

Finally, on Sunday, an Open Pairs competition was held at Abbotsford.

Alan Howlieson and Craig Riddell defeated Graham Prentice and Kenny Johnstone in the final.

Beaten semi-finalists were Andrew and Colin Hancock, and Dean Dodd and Sean Fraser.

Thanks go to Clelands Borders for sponsoring the event.

On Sunday, July 26, the Abbotsford Open Singles, sponsored by Prosperity IFAS & Stockbrokers, takes place. Entries will be taken up till 7 pm today, Thursday, by telephoning the clubhouse on 01896 753417 or to Alan Howlieson on 01896 757629.


On Saturday, Earlston took part in the top-ten semi-final at Buccleuch, where they defeated Ettrick Forest to progress to the final.

The final was played at the Wilton green, where they unfortunately lost to Chirnside, who now go on to represent the Borders in next year’s Scottish Top Ten.

On Sunday, the club held its annual mixed pairs competition. The beaten semi-finalists were Joyce Thomson and Bob Beattie, and Rena Donaldson and George A. Cessford. The final was won by the Earlston pair of Denise Kellett and Steven Greer who beat Victoria Simon and Graeme Donkin from Wooler.

The club would like to thank Elsie and George P. Douglas for sponsoring this tournament.


The Seniors travelled to Melrose on Tuesday to take on the Earlston/Melrose senior team, who triumphed 73-45.

On Wednesday, the A teambeat Jed in an excellent 84-70 victory.

The B team took on Gala Waverley at home and had a very good 70-60 win.

Friday saw the A team play their second league game of the week, a top-of-the-table clash against Melrose at home, and it was the visitors who coped better with the wet conditions and won by 90-71.

Sunday saw the playing of the JHR Open Pairs competition. Martin Christy and Scott Clarkson emerged as winners, beating Les Clarkson and his wife Alison.

Beaten semi-finalists were N. McAskill and A. Gentleman, and B. Anderson and A. Anderson.

The club thanked sponsor Barry Scott and J.H. Reilly for donating the crystal trophy.

The club wish all the best to the five Hawick players who are representing the club in this week’s Top Five tournament being played at Coldstream.


Teenager Scott Morrison from the Langholm New Town club won the Old Town open single-handed tournament on Sunday, defeating Colin Spalding of Hawick in the final.

At 17, Scott is possibly the youngest player to win the tournament. The same players met in the final two years ago, but on that occasion the Hawick man came out on top.

Simon Spalding, the son of Colin, lost to the eventual winner in the semi-finals and Robert Robson of Newcastleton was also knocked out at that stage.

There was an entry of 36 and the tournament was sponsored by Karl Nawrocki.


The long journey from Hawick proved worthwhile when Buccleuch duo Marion Pearson and Caroline Hogarth lifted the Lauder Ladies Open Pairs title.

Played on a mostly sunny Sunday afternoon, the competition proved as popular and well contested as ever, with some quality bowls on show throughout the day.

Following some entertaining group matches, Kay Purves and Sheila Douglas (Chirnside) managed a convincing 9-3 victory over Babs Hogg and Laura Lightbody (Jedburgh) in the semi-finals, while Pearson and Hogarth fought off a worthy challenge from the home pairing of Fiona Nichol and Margaret A. Scott to win 7-2.

In the final, Pearson and Hogarth stepped up another gear to take the title 8-2.

The ladies, as usual, were well looked after throughout the day, enjoying lunch, high tea and some excellent company. Organiser Isabel MacRae thanked all in attendance and all who helped make the day a tremendous success.


It was an all-Eastriggs final at the Newcastleton open pairs bowling tournament when Lee Nesbit and Scott Smith beat James Little and Ian Blenkinsop and they agreed to play only five ends. The eventual winners beat Scott Morrison and Christopher Tait (jnr) from the Langholm New Town club in the semi-finals. Alistair Elliot from Newcastleton, playing with Kevin Irving from Langholm Old Town, were the other beaten semi-finalists. It was a good day’s bowling with 38 entries, and was sponsored by Philip Hedley.


The annual Newtown St Boswells Open Ladies Pairs was played on Saturday.

After the horrendous weather on Friday all in attendance were relieved to see blue skies the following day, although the force four wind gusting down the green made life tricky for some.

Following some hotly contested round-robin ties and two entertaining semi-finals, home duo Sandra Thomson and Sandra Somerville saw off a challenge from Susan Firth (Newtown) and Sandra Oliver (Ettrick Forest) to lift the title.

Organiser Marie Todd thanked all in attendance as well as the Newtown gentleman who not only ensured the smooth running of the event, but also kept the ladies replenished and entertained throughout the day.


Kelso Wheelers

Mercifully, the forecast rain did not materialise for the fourth round of the Birgham Time Trial League.

After four rounds, the main contenders for the titles in the four divisions have started to pull away from the rest of their rivals.

In the Red Division, Rob Ure (54) scored 20 points on the night, to move him into third place, though Donald Richardson (72) has a commanding lead of 14 points over Colin Stevenson (58) in second.

Eight points separate Simon Gaunt (60), Gav Ford (56) and Audrey Power (52) in the Pink Division, which should lead to some fine racing over the next two rounds.

David Whitecross dominates the Polka Dot Division (80) by 12 points from Rob Smith (68) and Steve Onley and Jill Sinton on 36.

The battle in the youths’ Yellow Division is between Daniel Easson (74) and Oscar Onley (70) with Ben Simpson (20) and Harry Graves (20) in a distant third place.

Times: M. Burgher 23.21, J. Smith 23.41, S. Gaunt 23.46 pb, R. Ure 24.16, W. McIntosh 24.26 pb, D. Richardson 24.30, J. Bader 25.32, A. Power 27.04 pb, G. Dalglish 27.22, O. Onley 27.37, Z. Pflug 28.14 pb, D. Whitecross 28.54, R. Smith 30.02, D. Easson 30.43, H. Graves 32.12 pb.



Tile Style Trophy – overall winner: D. Carruthers 75 (11) 64. Scratch: K.W. Simpson 68; A Class handicap: N. Moffat 72 (6) 66; B Class handicap: D. Wallace 87 (19) 68.

Organisers thanked Tile Style for its sponsorship.

Seniors Section, sponsored by John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) – A League: Turner Cup winner – W. Morrison net 36. B. League: Dickson Cup winner – I. Casson net 37


Gents’ Seniors Open, July 16: John McLean Trophy for the lowest overall nett score – I. Halliday(Kelso) with 69 (9) 60. Scratch: I. Thompson (Kelso) 77. Age group winners – 55-62: D. Cowan (Hawick) nett 68, 63-69 W. Foster (Kelso) nett 65; 70+: A. Lauder (Kelso) nett 69 BIH. 69 golfers took part.

Civic Week Stroke, July 18: 1, C. Blackie 73 (7) 66; 2, B. Hogarth 71 (3) 68 and Jim Black 81 (13) 68.

Maxwell Motors Trophy, July 19: 1, S. Hawker 78 (12) 66; 2, P. Wilson 77 (10) 67 and M. Kerr 79 (12) 67.

Ladies’ Hill Medal, 2nd Qualifier and SLGA Medal, July 14: 1, M. Wilkinson 88 (17) 71 BIH; 2, D. Pringle 92 (21) 71.

The Open Mixed Foursomes competition will be held on Saturday, August 8. Tee times are still available and you can enter via the contact form on the club website or by phoning 01573 223009.


Gents’ Lewis 18-hole Stableford, July 7: 1, S. Thompson 35pts; 2, B. Cadogan 34; 3, B. Hunter 31.

Louis Scott Friday Night Bash – nine-hole Stableford Order of Merit: 1, R.Malcolm 19pts; 2, M. Dunne 12; 3=, I. Scott, T. Hogarth and M. Todd 11.

Captains’ Prize: 1, D. McPherson 38 pts ; 2, M. Dunne 36; 3, R. Dick 35.

Championship draw to be played commencing Tuesday, August 18.

The club’s Seniors Open sponsored by Shaws Fine Meats, takes place today and on Sunday, July 26, the Lauderdale Open, sponsored by Lauderdale Hotel, is held. For tee times in both competitions, contact or telephone 07999 450139.


Minto Seniors v Goswick, July 14: Minto won by 5.5 rubbers to 0.5.

Tuesday Stableford, July 15: 1, R. Pringle 41pts; 2, S. Paisley 40; 3, K. Thompson 39. League positions: 1, R. Pringle 189; 2, W. Mackenzie 186; 3, S. Paisley 185.

Ladies’ Teviotdale Cup, July 16: 1, L. Geatons 93 (24) 69; 2, L. Bruce 89 (19) 70 (Lowest gross);

3, A. Paterson 91 (21) 70.

Minto Gents v Lauder, July 17:

Minto won by 4 rubbers to 1. This brought Minto’s inter-club match season to an end, with the Minto team winning three, losing two and halving one.

Millennium Trophy, July 19: 1, M. Towers with 89 (19) 70; 2, C. Thom 86 (13) 73; 3, M. Bland 103 (28) 75. Scratch: L. de Burgh Whyte 95.



Club Night Friendlies:

J. McLean 2 D. Quinn 0; A. Nieczewski 2 D. Sharratt 0; J. Barrow 2 J. Borowska 0; A. Nieczewski 2 J. Barrow 0; D. Sharrat 2 D. Quinn 0; A. Nieczewski 2 L. Molero 1; J. McLean 2 R. McAleese 1; D. Sharratt 2 R. McAleese 0; L. Molero 2 J. Barrow 0; A. Nieczewski 2 J. McLean 0; D. Sharrat 2 J. McLean 0; A. Nieczewski 2 D. Quinn 0.

League 2: L. Molero 3 J. Borowska 0 (9-2; 9-1; 9-2).