Twenty-one young volunteers, aged between 16-18, from across the region are set to join the Borders Sport and Leisure Trust Young Coach Programme.
The programme, now in its fourth year, is a unique year-long initiative that has been developed to recognise the important role young people can play in leading sports activities, and enables them to attain at least a Level One coaching qualification.
Back row, from left: Fraser Brown (Borders College, Gala), Scott Clark (Selkirk High School), Sam Corson (Borders College, Hawick), Liam Nicholson (Borders College, Gala), Alexandra Vallance (Berwickshire High School), Rebekah Herbert (Berwickshire High School), Anna Forsyth (Peebles High School), Dawn McLean (Peebles High School).
Front row, from left: Robbie Lowrie (Borders College, Gala), Jack Halls (Borders College, Gala), Honor Brett (Earlston High School), Niamh Sharp (Hawick High School), Karrie Petty (Kelso High School), Linsey Young (Kelso High School), Lizzie Edmondson (Eyemouth High School), Rachel Rutherford (Galashiels Academy), Rebecca Leigh (Earlston High School) and Abbie Linton (Selkirk High School).
A busy week began on Monday with a top-five tie at home to Waverley.
Wins for Tommy Newall, Andrew Hancock, Kenny Johnstone and Keith Campbell brought about a 4-1 home win. Abbotsford now progress to the finals day at Coldstream on July 25, where their opponents in the semi- final will be Hawick, the winners meeting either Ancrum or Chirnside in the final.
On Tuesday, the senior team travelled to Innerleithen to play St Ronan’s, but lost 71-53. The only triple to win for Abbotsford were Jimmy Birse, Rob Simpson and George Kerr.
Also on Tuesday evening, the ladies played Kelso at home and recorded a welcome 3-2 win.
Waverley returned on Wednesday to play against the A team. The improvement shown in the previous two league matches was maintained with four Abbotsford rinks finishing ahead in an 82-65 victory.
Meanwhile, the B team had an away match against Hawick B. Each team had two winning rinks, but Hawick claimed the points with a 64.5-63 shots win.
The second round of the Top Ten competition was held on Friday. Waverley provided the opposition again, but on this occasion Waverley were well beaten 0-8.
The Abbotsford team was: Single – Tommy Newall; Pair – Kenny Johnstone and Keith Campbell; Triple – Callum Riddell, Brian Anderson and Gordon Bowers; Rink – Taylor Johnston, Graham Prentice, Colin Hancock and Tommy Mann Jnr.
On Saturday the Ladies Border Tournament was affected by heavy rain. The ties at Abbotsford and Gala were called off, but the rinks ties were played on the Waverley green after a late start. In the first round an Abbotsford four of Margaret Brown, Nan Davidson, Jackie Ormiston and Ella Brydon defeated an Earlston four by 19-15. However, in the next round they lost to a Kelso four by one shot after an extra end. The postponed matches were played on Sunday and in the singles Liz Waugh lost 21-17 to Ann Blacklock from Newtown, while in the pairs Libby Simpson and Catriona Reid lost to a Lauder duo also by 21-17.
Finally on Sunday, the Braw Lads Pairs competition was held at Waverley. In an all-Abbotsford semi-final, John Hardie and Callum Riddell had a narrow win over Kenny Johnstone and Colin Hancock, while in the other semi-final Liam and Ralph Nicholson from Waverley had a comfortable win over Abbotsford’s Alan Howlieson and Graham Prentice. In the final the Nicholson partnership continued their impressive form by overcoming Hardie and Riddell.
It’s been a busy week again for the Hawick club. On Monday, they played Melrose in the Top 5 and were rewarded with a 3-2 victory. The individual results were: E. McGregor bt K. Johnstone; M. Christy bt N. McInally; N. Amos bt L. Haldane; S. Clarkson lost to R. Nichol and C. Spalding lost to I. Crawford.
Tuesday saw the seniors take on near-neighbours Buccleuch, with the latter winning by 62-50.
On Wednesday the B team played a rearranged game against Abbotsford and triumphed by the narrowest of margins – 64.5-63.
The A team played their local rivals Wilton and also recorded a good win by 83-75.
Langholm Old Town
Melrose’s Neil McNally and Michael Paterson won the Langholm Old Town open pairs bowling tournament last Sunday, beating Newcastleton pair Robert Robson and Jemmima Richardson in the final.
Alistair Elliot and Elizabeth Richardson from Newcastleton lost out to the eventual winners in the semi-final. Also knocked out at that stage was the Melrose pair of Craig Brydon and Mike Dillon.
There was an entry of 24 pairs and the tournament was sponsored by Zander Turnbull. Old Town president Donald Little thanked everyone who had helped make the day a success and then presented the David Pool Memorial Cup to the winners.
The most unusual aspect of the 12-Mile Club Championship over the Orange Lane course was that it was blessed with fine weather.
Kenny Darling’s excellent 16th place in the 25-mile Scottish Championship the day before was a springboard for him to take the title in 27 minutes dead. Simon Gaunt was the only other senior to pb on a night where times were generally slow.
All four youths, however, are keeping the pb flag flying, seemingly posting them at will, with Ben Simpson breaking the course record.
Seniors: K. Darling 27.00; R. Norris 27.51; J. Smith 28.37; S. Gaunt 28.41 pb; M. Burgher 28.45; D. Richardson 29.32; R. Ure 29.35; G. Ford 31.09; R. Connell 32.39; G. Dalglish 33.31; J. Bader 33.45; L. Thomson 33.45; D. Whitecross 34.09; A. Ker 35.28; R. Smith 36.14; D. Burgher DNF.
Ladies: A. Power 33.51; S. Milburn 38.25; J. Sinton 39.07.
Youths: B. Simpson 32.02 cr/pb; O. Onley 32.36 pb; D. Easson 37.22 pb; H. Graves 38.42 pb.
John Scott (Plumbing & Heating) July Stableford: Winner, R. Little 22 points.
The Maxwell Motors competition on Saturday had to be abandoned due to heavy morning rain. This will be rescheduled for later in the season.
Gents’ four-ball better-ball for the D S Dalgleish Trophy, held on Sunday: 1, S. Pringle and A. Mulvie 49 points, 2=, S. Anderson and I. Mathewson & I. Ford and G. Brekenridge 46.
Intersport Trophy round 7, Wednesday, July 1: 1, G. Liddle 44 points; 2, David Hirst 40.
The Gents’ Open and Gents’ Senior Open are being held on Saturday, July 11, and Thursday, July 16. Tee times are still available – enter via the contact form on www.kelsogolfclub.co.uk or by phoning 01573 223009.
Ladies’ second 36-hole competition of the season for the Olive Middlemas Trophy: 1, S. Paterson 65+75=140 (net); 2, D. Pringle 75+67=142; 3, L. Wilson 75+69=144.
The Minto team of Mary Towers, Margaret Bland, Anne Paterson, Lily Towers and Lesley Moore pulled off a splendid win against the ladies of Burgham Park Golf Club, near Morpeth, in the Mail on Sunday Classic. Their 4 rubbers to 1 victory means that the Minto ladies have now played 25 rubbers and won 21 of them, with only three losses and one rubber halved, an outstanding record.
The match was played at Burgham Park, the first away fixture for the Minto team, and their victory showed that they are formidable opponents playing away as well as at home.
The Minto ladies’ victory puts the team in the seventh round of this national competition. Lynn Bruce and Cherry Thom have also contributed in earlier rounds.
May Medal and Fox & Hounds No 3 Sunday, June 28 (rearranged): 1, A. Towers 79 (12) 67 (after countback); 2, R. Johnston 81 (14) 67; 3, B. Scott 76 (8) 68 (lowest gross).
Seniors’ Summer League, June 29: 1, J. Lunn 38 points; 2, D. Shiell 33 (after countback); 3, D. Miller 33. League positions: 1, J. Lunn 59 league points; 2, D. Taylor 51.83; 3, A. Lauder 42.75.
Gents’ Tuesday Stableford, June 30: 1, G. Ferguson 39 points; 2=, S. Mabon & D. Minto 38.
Ladies’ Marie Curie Stableford, July 2: 1, M. Towers 39 points; 2, J. Elliot 38 (after countback); 3, M. Bland 38.
Junior Summer Competition No 1, July 3: 1, C. Campbell 98 (35) 63; 2, R. Nichol 81 (17) 64 (lowest gross); 3, F. Towers 87 (16) 71.
Ladies’ David Marchbanks Trophy, July 4: 1, M. Towers 86 (20) 66; 2, C. Thom 83 (13) 70 (after countback – lowest gross); 3, L. Towers 83 (13) 70. Scratch winner: Sharon Lees 84.
Senior Gents’ Open: Overall winner, I. Murray (St Boswellls) net 63 (BIH). Scratch: 1, L. Wallace (Melrose) 73; 2, T. Nisbet (Cambuslang) 73. Group A: 1, J. Ross (St Boswells) net 66; 2, G. Melrose (St Boswells) net 68. Group B: 1, R. Marr (St Boswells) net 63 2, W. Redpath (Kelso) net 64. Group C: 1, A. Fulton (Lilliardsedge) net 65; 2, J. Rutherford (St Boswells) net 66.
Greenkeeper Craig McNeill and his assistant Hamish Oliver were thanked for presenting the course in excellent condition.
Entries are being taken for the Gordon Melrose Building Design Gents’ Open on Saturday, August 22 – Hole in One Competition, top prize £5,000, plus other prizes, see website for details or ring Sue on 01835 823527.
Ladies’ Championship Qualifier (1): 1, G. Oliver 74 (6) 68; 2, M. Allen 92 (20) 72; 3, L. Crow 105 (29) 76.
Entries are being taken for the Senior Ladies’ Open on Wednesday, August 19.
Junior Competition: 1, S. Lawrie 69 (41) 28 – new hanicap 37; 2, G. Brydon 45 (15) 30 – new handicap 12; 3, H. Seggie 58 (26) 32 – new handicap 24.
Club night friendlies: D. Sharratt 2 R. McAleese 1; J. McLean 2 C. McLean 0; C. McLean 2 J. Barowska 0; D. Sharratt 2 J. Mclean 0; R. McAleese 2 C. McLean 0; D. Sharratt 2 C. McLean 0; J. Mclean 2 J. Barowska 0.