Sunshine on Newtown for start of new bowling season

Members of Newtown Bowling Club enjoyed their 2014 opening of the green.
Members of Newtown Bowling Club enjoyed their 2014 opening of the green.

The season has officially begun for Borders bowlers, with many holding their opening days over the past two weekends.

Luckily the weather was fantastic last Saturday and Sunday, with the sun shining brightly on both days.

A good number of members (pictured above) turned out for Newtown BC’s first day of this season and the club would like to thank everyone who attended for showing their support, including the various family members who cheered on the bowlers from the sidelines (in hushed tones of course).

The green was opened by Melissa Craig (president Gary Craig’s daughter) who threw the first jack of what is hoped to be a successful 2014 season.

Club members also wish to thank greenkeeper Mike McCall for the hard work that he and his apprentices have done during the winter, the green is bowling well for the early part of the season.

The Gents’ Border League kicks off on Wednesday, May 7 with the seniors starting next Tuesday.

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Hawick Bowling Club held their Opening Day picnic on Saturday in sweltering conditions.

President Jim Reilly welcomed 32 playing members to the green before they split to play the annual president v vice-president match with Bill Anderson, the recently-retired traffic warden, leading the vice-president’s team.

The match, played over 13 ends, resulted in a narrow victory for the president by 48-46.

Rink scores: J. H. Reilly 9 W. Anderson 11; B. Irvine 9 A. Clarkson 7; M. Christy 11 L. Clarkson 15; A. Oliver 19 M. Hogg 13.

Players then enjoyed a superbly cooked meal from Margaret Todd, club secretary and the president’s partner.

The club would like to wish Micky Hogg, who goes into hospital this week to get a hip replacement op, a very speedy recovery.


The new season started on Easter Saturday with the Opening Day, which was held in glorious conditions, for a change, and with a good number of players taking part.

The first jack was thrown by Jim Middlemiss, while the first game of the season was a challenge between teams captained by the vice-president and ladies’ president, a keenly-fought match in which the former team was victorious by 55-53.

On Saturday, the Lauder club is holding an Open Day at 2pm for anyone thinking about taking up the game.

Please come along and have a go, you will be made more than welcome.



John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) Seniors Championship: A League winner, R. Horsburgh nett 35; B League winner, R. Brown 37 bih.


Charity Medal: 1, T. Riddell 71 (4) 67; 2, V. Brown 79 (11) 68 bih; 3, D. Miller 81 (13) 68 bih.

Bruce Cup: 1, K. Chapman 108 (34) 74; 2, P. Hogg 93 (14) 79; 3, M. Forsythe 104 (23) 81.


Rodger Fish Trophy: 1, M. Johnston 76 (9) 67; 2, S. Kinghorn 75 (7) 68.

Dick Brown Shield: 1, C. Sweenie 42 points; 2, Bob Hogarth 41.

Ladies 15 hole Stableford: 1, D. Pringle 27 points bih; 2, P. Laing 27.


Under a glorious cloudless sky the gents’ summer season really kicked off on Saturday afternoon with the April Medal, as 16 eager golfers, fortified by a hearty lunch, were convinced that the conditions would produce some scintillating scores.

As the sun beat down, the scores rose higher and out of the field emerged the current man in form Geordie Dun, winning for the second time in five days, again closely followed by Micky Dunne.

A big thanks go to all who turned up early and helped make the breakfast on Lauder Hill a great way to start the day.

Result: 1, G. Dun 97 (24) 73; 2, M. Dunne 84 (11) 73 (lowest gross); 3, R. Dick 94 (20) 74.

Sunshine once again greeted the gents on Sunday and the scoring continued in the same style as Saturday. Geordie Dun narrowly missed out on three in a row when being relegated to third on count back, while Louis Scott triumphed, beating Micky Dunne into second place once again. Louis also scooped the twos pot with a two at the 12th.

Next week, the gents are off to West Linton for the spring outing and the following week will be the first championship qualifier, the May Medal.

Result: 1, L. Scott 92 (19) 73; 2, M. Dunne 84 (11) 73; 3, G. Dun 97 (24) 73.


Spring Competition: 1, A. Cockburn 90 (23) 67; 2, B. Rout 88 (20) 68; 3, K. Grieve 83 (14) 69. Scratch: L. M. Wallace 73. Dingleton Tankard winner – A. Cockburn; Robertson Cup winner – L. M. Wallace.

April Medal (Ladies): 1, J. Whiteford 87 (13) 74; 2, A. Holton 103 (21) 82. Scratch, J. Shirra-Gibb 98. Nine-hole Comp – M. Scully 13 points.


Seniors’ Summer Stableford League: 1, M. Cooper 38 points; 2, B. Howden 37 bi6; 3, J. Lunn 37.

Ladies’ Teviotdale Cup No 1: 1, L. Bruce 89 (24) 65; 2, G. Cartwright 104 (31) 73; 3, M. Hart 94 (21) 73. Scratch: J. Beattie 92.

Gents’ Spring Competition: 1, C. Black 79 (18) 61; 2, B. Whiteley 79 (16) 63; 3, A. Elliot 77 (13) 64.

Their success in this competition means that Craig Black and Barry Whiteley have qualified to represent Minto in the prestigious Belhaven Best Club Handicap Championship at Newbattle Golf Club in August.

Ladies’ Marie Curie Stableford Competition: 1, A. Paterson 32 points; 2, S. James 29; 3, E. Learmonth 27 (after countback).

Juniors’ Mitchell Trophy No 1: 1, R. Nichol 94 (28) 66; 2, F. Campbell 102 (34) 68; 3, J. Flynn 82 (12) 70 (lowest gross).

Juniors’ April Medal/Chips and Cheese League: 1, S. Murdoch 91 (37) 54; 2, J. Flynn 75 (12) 63 (lowest gross); 3, F. Campbell 99 (34) 65.

Scott Murdoch’s stunning score in the Juniors’ April medal puts him in the lead in the Chips and Cheese League, sponsored by the club’s new caterers, the Juicy Meat Company. Thirteen-year-old Scott has been selected for BGA-funded coaching with Frank Scott, whose contribution to the development of young Minto golfers is considerable.

Forthcoming event: To raise money for Radio Borders’ ‘Cash for Kids’ appeal, Minto Golf Club is hosting a Juniors and Adults alternate shots Stableford competition tomorrow, starting at 5pm.

Adult/Junior pairings from other clubs, as well as from Minto, are very welcome to come and join the fun. There will be a prize for the best Superhero outfit, though dressing up is optional. If you would like to play, please ring Minto Golf Club on 01450 870220 to book your place.


Saturday Stroke: 1, A. Kinghorn 77 (15) 62; 2, J. Grierson 88 (22) 66; 3, G. Meiklem 72 (6) 66. Scratch: J. Berry 67.

Tuesday Stroke: 1, J. Grierson 93 (25) 68; 2, C. Riddle 68 (0) 68 (Lowest Gross); 3, J. Penny 70 (1) 69.

Junior April Medal: 1, R. Lowrie 87 (25) 62.

Junior OOM (Round 3): 1, R. Lacon 71 (6) 65.

The next Junior competition is on Sunday, April 27 – Junior OOM Rd 4.

St Boswells

Millenium Salver: 1, C. Hardie 76 (12) 64; 2, D. Hancock 76 (12) 64; 3, G. Hogg 71 (06) 65. Scratch: C. I. Ovens 70.

J. & J. Tait April Medal: 1, C. Rae 66 (4) 62 (lowest gross); 2, C. Hardie 75 (12) 63; 3, A. Smith 69 (5) 64.

Ladies’ LGU Brooch: 1, N. Burnyeat 103 (29) 74; 2, R. Thorburn 97 (23) 74; 3, S. Gerard 108 (32) 76.

St Boswells Golf Club are hosting a free ‘Give Golf A Go’ event for adults on Sunday, April 27, between 2-5pm, with instruction in small groups from a PGA professional. For further details call Sue Brooks on 01835 823527, email or visit



Eight members sent 48 pigeons to Ridsdale, a distance of 48 miles. Results: 1, 3, 5, 6, J. Douglas 2071.133; 2, G. Whitehead & Son 2010.425; 4, A. R. Lindores 1957.609; 7, J. Ramage 1770.891; 8, A. Smail 1725.864; 9, W. Hopewell 1194.530; 10, B. Dixon 1091.455.


Five members sent 138 pigeons to Ridsdale, a distance of 36 miles. Results: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, A. Agnew & Son 2260.117; 5, 9, T. Wilson 2168.313; 7, 10, F. Taylor 2146.269; 8, Mr & Mrs Simpson 2137.122.


The club held its first race of the new season last Saturday when 74 birds were liberated from Appleby in a south-east wind. Results: 1, D. Nordon 1573.790; 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10, R. V. Graham 1488.285; 4, 6, A. Henderson 1452.653; 5, K. Braban 1440.657.


Matt Lochrie Memorial Cup

The third annual playing of the above match took place last Friday, with Melrose beating Gala Red Triangle Under 15 by 17-14.

The Lochrie family wish to thank Gala Red Triangle, Melrose RFC and Gala RFC for running the event. They would also like to thank all those who turned out to watch the game and donated to the memorial fund.

Semi-Junior Sevens

Draw for Selkirk Youth Club Sevens taking place this Saturday (first tie 1.30pm): Hawick Wanderers v Peebles Colts; Kelso Quins v Gala Wanderers; Selkirk Youth Club A v Hawick PSA; Duns Colts v Haddington Colts; Biggar Colts v Murrayfield Wanderers; Melrose Wasps v Edinburgh BATS; Berwick Colts v Selkirk Youth Club B; Jed Thistle v Tynedale Colts.

Following their own tournament last weekend, Gala Wanderers still head the table, with Hawick Wanderers and Jed Thistle in close persuit. Watsonians beat Biggar Colts 29-10 in last weekend’s final.



Club night friendlies: I. Chalmers 2 S. Walker 0; A. Gill 2 R. Kohler 0; I. Chalmers 2 D. Sharratt 0; R. Kohler 2 S. Walker 0; A. Gill 2 D. Sharatt 0; I. Chalmers 2 R. Kohler 0; D. Sharratt 2 S. Walker 0; A. Gill 2 I. Chalmers 0; D. Sharratt 2 R. Kohler 1.