Welcome to the Brand Putter League for 2017 season.
We are at the halfway point in the season, and still we don't have settled weather. However the golf is making up for the poor conditions. At Fereneze, the home club had a tremendous win over visitors Cathcart with an clean sheet in every game. At Haggs Castle, the visitors Pollok picked up 3 away points in a hard fought draw and meanwhile high scoring Bonnyton continued in similar fashion to last week with a convincing win against Eastwood. Williamwood bounced back from last week's defeat with a good home win against East Ren, and Whitecraigs were held to a draw at home against visitors Cowglen.
In the Fields in Trust, Eastwood continue to lead the way, pursued by Whitecraigs and Williamwood.
The Past Captains Outing for the Connor Salver was held on Tuesday 20th June at East Renfrewshire Golf Club. A total of 27 players entered for the event. The weather was fabulous with continuous warm sunshine. The winner this year was Mike Robinson of Eastwood Golf Club (pictured below with the Salver) with 40 stableford points. Second was Iain Lennox of East Renfrewshire with 37 points and in third place Bob Ward of Cowglen on 36 points BIH last 3. A very successful outing, and we would like to thank East Renfrewshire Golf Club for their hospitality and courtesy of the course.
On a night that threatened to be very wet turned out fair with the odd shower both teams played out a hard fought draw. In the first match out Graeme Belch played steady golf to overcome a stubborn Gordon Peters by 4&3. Next up was Ross McLeod against the effervescent Willie Duncan, Ross again played well this week overcoming Willie by 3&2. The big hitting Paul Gault was up next against the new teen sensation in Gregg McCaffer unfortunately for Paul he was the one outgunned with Gregg turning in a sterling performance with an emphatic 4&3 win, big things are expected of Gregg and with form like this I see no reason why he wont fulfill his promise. Johnny Brown was next against John Bissett, this was an up and down match for both players culminating in a fair half in the end. Home favourite John Mathers was next against Chris Wedgeworth, another very tight match won on the 18th by Chris with John unfortunately overshooting the green and going out of bounds. Stephen Forbes was up against the undefeated Matt Hendricks who got off to a flyer, birdieing the first 3 holes to win them all, by the turn it was back to 1 and with 3 to go was still the same however Stephen produced a great finishing to eventually win by 1 hole. Club Champion Craig Morrison was next against stand in no.1 James Cassidy, again another tight match ebbing and flowing to eventually finish in a halved match. Finally it was the late Andrew Torrance, Andrew was held up at a works disciplinary meeting, after this performance it might be him next! Despite a stunning opening drive Andrew couldn't sustain the quality and Ali Pugh ran out a worthy winner 4&3. Congratulations to both teams for a hard fought match played in the usual BP spirit. Again great positive comments on the course from the teams, thanks to Scott and his team.
The ominous looking sky at the start of the match soon gave way to evening sunshine and excellent conditions for playing golf. An understrength East Renfrewshire team called on some 'pool' players including Alistair McNair, making his first BP appearance, after 34 years! Unfortunately for him, his opponent, Glen Ballantyne, was quick off the mark, resulting in an early win. Elsewhere, the other matches remained close until the later holes, with good wins for Gary Hopkirk, Fraser Davren and Gerry Bruen of Williamwood, countered by an away win for Ryan McCaffrey. Alistair Kyle for the visitors came out on top against Jack Crawford. Two matches finished on the 18th with Andrew Hunter for the the home team and the visitor's David Boyd, both narrowly winning, with the match ending 5-3 for Williamwood but a good effort from the improvised East Renfrewshire team.
Fereneze bounced back with an emphatic win against Cathcart Castle after the disappointing results of last 2 matches. Both teams fielded new faces on a cold and windy evening which gave Fereneze a massive home advantage. Andrew Buttar had a good win with a slick performance over Scott Coulter. 15 year old Roddy McCaully a tremendous win against a hapless Matt 0'Neil. The match was played in good spirit. Final score Fereneze 8 Cathcart Castle 0