Lauder’s Blinkbonny Quarry/Express Tyres sidecar team of Stephen Kershaw and Rob Wilson (far right of picture) have reclaimed their third position in the British F1 Championship.
Last weekend, the pair made the trip to Hampshire for round seven which took place on the 2.3-mile Thruxton circuit.
Lying in fourth place, only three-and-a-half points from third-placed Roger Lovelock and Aki Alto, the local duo were third in qualifying, averaging 105mph, to take their best ever position on the grid for Saturday’s two races, finishing third in both. On Sunday a three-way fight for second place saw them narrowly losing out on another podium with a fourth-place finish.
The Lauder lads are now back into third overall, 38.5 points ahead of their nearest rivals.
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The next round is in seven weeks at the TT circuit of Assen in the Netherlands.
On Tuesday, the seniors had a home fixture against Newtown. The match was played in persistent rain and both clubs agreed to finish after the minimum 11 ends were completed. At this point Abbotsford had three triples ahead for a 54-30 win, thus ending a long run of defeats.
The highest-up triple for Abbotsford was Bert Adamson, Stuart Aitchison and John Manczak.
On Wednesday the A team returned to Melrose and were hoping for another win following the narrow victory in the knock-out cup on the previous Friday. Once again there was little to separate the two teams and while Melrose held a slight lead for the bulk of the match, Abbotsford gained enough shots in the final two ends for a 77-75 victory. Highest-up rink for Abbotsford was that of Alan Howlieson, Calum Todd, John Manczak and Keith Campbell.
On Saturday, 17 teams competed for the Factory Fours cup, sponsored by Skippy’s Taxis. In the semi-finals, SBC 3 defeated Gala Star Vets, while SBC 1 defeated the Window Wipers. Then, in a closely-fought final, Tommy Sutherland, Craig Miller, Donald Elliot and Dean Dodd from SBC 3 defeated the SBC 1 team of Ray McLaughlin, Carolyn Prentice, Graham Prentice and John Manczak. Thanks go to Graham Gray from Skippy’s Taxis for presenting the cup and prizes.
With the National Championships being played at Ayr over the past week, Hawick only managed to play their seniors fixture.
The A team match against Gala Waverley was cancelled due to the Hawick green being unplayable.
The seniors travelled to Galashiels on the Tuesday, to play the Gala club. It was a keenly-fought match with Hawick emerging winners 55-48. Top rink for the Hawick club was the J.H. Reilly-skipped rink, ably supported by Wilson Blaikie and Ronnie Graham.
Langholm New Town
The triple of Paul Warwick, Scott Morrison and Roy Park won the open triples bowling tournament at Lockerbie last Sunday.
In the final, they beat the host entry of Ricky Thomson, Jim Lauder and Willie Shearer. The beaten semi-finalists were the Eastriggs entry of A. Service, D. Ferguson and J. Smith, and the Dalbeattie triple of S. McCubbin, R. Gibson and J. Richardson.
The Triples tournament sponsored by Wattie Elliot took place last Saturday and had 24 entries.
The eventual winners were the host entry of Robert Robson and Jemima and Elizabeth Richardson, who beat the Wilton triple of C. Miller, D. Gentleman and J. Smyth. In the semi-finals, Wilton beat the Gretna entry of W. O’Hara, J. Hetherington and J. O’Hara. Also knocked out in the semi-finals to the eventual winners was the Langholm New Town triple of Scott Morrison, Duncan Ritchie and Malcolm Johnstone.
John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors July Medal: A league winner, A. Hogg net 36 BIH; B League winner, W. Crichton 35.
Graham Cup: 1, K. W. Simpson 42 points; 2, D. Carruthers 39; 3, I. Casson 38.
The next competition is the Shish Tandoori Shield.
Ex-Captain’s Texas Scramble: 1, C. Brown, J. Browne, F. Mortimer 60; 2, S. Oliver, T. Riddell, C. Goodfellow 64; 3, K. Oliver, D. Oliver, D. Easton 71. Nearest the pin at 14th hole: D Miller.
Gents’ Kelso Show Stroke: 1, J. Maxwell 79 (16) 63; 2, P. Stewart 80 (13) 67; 3, W. Foster 89 (21) 68.
AA Hunter Trophy: 1, G. Fletcher 80 (12) 68 BIH; 2, B. Hogarth 70 (2) 68; 3, P. Wilson 78 (9) 69.
Millennium Trophy: Winners, G. Welsh, P. Henderson and Les Murray 87 points; Runners-up, L. Small, G. Small and A. Burns 83.
Wullie Douglas Trophy:1, I. Jerdan 70 (4) 66 BIH; 2, S. Anderson 73 (7) 66; 3, S. Hawker 78 (11) 67.
Congratulations to our team of Bob Hogarth, Allan Chalmers, Ian Lauder and Ian Ford, who won the BGA Team Tournament over our home course on Sunday.
The team can now look forward to playing in the national final at Fortrose in September.
Ladies’ Summer Stroke: 1, D. Tomlinson 93 (19) 74; 2, D. Pringle 101 (21) 80.
SLGA Medal: 1, L. Wilson 79 (6) 73; 2, D. Pringle 100 (21) 79 BIH.
Invitation Mixed Tri-am: 1, L. Small, G. Small and A. Burns net 127. 2, L. Mathewson, I. Mathewson and S. Anderson 130; 3, D. Pringle, T. Pringle and I. Halliday 132. Many thanks to our sponsor for this event, Corran Properties.
The club are holding their annual Mixed Open Foursomes on Saturday, playing for both scratch and handicap trophies. Late entries are available by phoning 01573 223009, if leaving a message, please leave your contact details and your preferred tee time.
Seniors Section Trophy: Overall winner, C. Jefferies 51; Gents winner, G. Small 52; 2, B. Nicholson 53; Ladies winner, M. Wilkinson 58; 2, Ann Wild 60.
August Clubhouse Competition: 1, L. M. Wallace 69 (3) 66; 2, C. Creamer 75 (7) 68; 3, I. Swan 87 (18) 69. Scratch: D. Page 77.
Lewis Stableford: 1, M. Dunne (11) 33 points; 2, B. Hunter (12) 32; 3, R. Malcolm (12) 32.
Louis Scott Friday Night Bash: 1, T. Hogarth (7) 17 points; 2, S. Paton (7) 15; 3, R. Malcolm (6) 15. Order of Merit: 1, T. Hogarth 21 points; 2, R. Malcolm 20; 3, M. Todd 14.
Jefferies Greensome: 1, K. Gillan and G. Robson 78 (14.4) 63.6; 2, M. Dunne and R. Malcolm 78 (11.8) 66.2; 3, J. Jefferies and D. Kellett 84 (13.6) 70.4. Scratch: M. Dunne and R. Malcolm 78.
Junior July Medal: 1, R. Nichol 83 (16) 67 lowest gross; 2, C. Paterson 104 (36) 68 after countback; 3, J. Goodfellow 92 (24) 68.
Minto’s youngest juniors held their regular Six Hole Competition and picnic recently. The winner of the competition, played from the 100yd markers, was Ollie Robson. Ewan Stevenson and Craig Lothian were the top two players from the 150yd marker, while William Brodie and Sam Allott were the top two from the blue tees.
Margaret Donaldson Open Mixed Foursomes: 1, F. and T. Kerr 87 (21.5) 65.5; 2, L. Bruce and B. Whiteley 89 (18) 71; 3, M. and A. Towers 87 (15) 72 BIH. Scratch: C. and R. Allott 81. Nearest the hole (8th), D. Whiteley; Nearest the hole (17th), M. Towers.
The Minto Mail on Sunday Classic team progressed to the eighth round and last 16 of this national competition with a tremendous 3.5 to 1.5 rubbers win over former champions Murrayfield Golf Club on Sunday. The Minto team of Mary Towers, Lynn Bruce, Lily Towers, Cherry Thom and Lesley Moore showed they were not overawed by their opponents’ success in the 2010 competition. The team’s success means that Minto is one of only three Scottish clubs remaining in the UK-wide competition. Two other members of the squad, Margaret Bland and Anne Paterson, who have contributed significantly to the team’s progress to this stage, were on the course to witness their teammates’ triumph.
The draw for the next round will be made on Monday.
The Championship finals produced an exciting days golf, Colin Ovens won the Gents Championship for the 24th time and Gillian Oliver won the Ladies for the 10th time.
Many thanks to Lawries Garage St Boswells for their continued sponsorship and to everyone who helped during the week and on the day.
Gents C Class: Winner, G. Donald; Runner-up: M. Gallagher. Gents B Class: Winner, J. Forsyth; Runner-up, R. Barrie. Gents Championship: Winner, C. Ovens; Runner-up, A. Smith. Senior Gents: Winner, J. Ross; Runner-up, J. Cumming. Ladies Bronze Class: Winner, V. Shirra-Gibb; Runner-up, S. Braithwaite. Ladies Championship: Winner, G. Oliver; Runner-up, A. Forrest. Junior Under 14s: Winner, S. Murdoch; Runner-up J. McDonald.
Junior 9-Hole Competition: 1, G. Anderson 59 (33) 26 new handicap - 28; 2, S. Lawrie 64 (37) 27 new handicap - 32; 3, L. Gillie 52 (20) 32 new handicap – 18
Earlston & District
One member sent 20 birds to Ridsdale, liberated at 09;55 into a south west wind. Result: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, S. Martin 775.33.
The club liberated 75 young birds in a light south west wind in the second race from Shap last Saturday. Result: 1, 2, 3, D. Nordon 1486.723; 4, 5, 6, W. Irving 1403.219; 7, 8, A. Henderson 1361.575, 1323.967.
League 2 result: Luis Molero 3 Rachel McAleese 0.
Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 2 J. Borowska 0; I. Chalmers 2 A. Niemczewski 0; J. McLean 2 R. McAleese 0; D. Quinn 2 J. Borowska 0; I. Chalmers 2 L. Molero 0; D. Sharratt 2 D. Quinn 1; A. Niemczewski 2 D. Sharratt 0; J. McLean 2 D Quinn 0; L. Molero 2 D. Sharratt 0.