|Renfrewshire extended their remarkable record|
in the West Of Scotland Inter County A League
on Sunday 4th October 2012 when they defeated
their hosts Ayrshire to secure their 11th successive
title in the championship.
(Report courtesy of the Renfrewshire Golf Union website)
|Prestwick was the venue for Renfrewshire Golf Union's
"A" team's challenge|
for yet another West of Scotland Inter Counties Championship where they
faced a high quality Ayrshire team which was determined to put an end
to Renfrewshire's dominance.
The ten man team started badly with Ayrshire taking advantage of course
knowledge to take the lead in six of the matches with Matt Clark
(Kilmacolm), recently returned from representing Scotland in Turkey and
suffering badly with a trapped nerve, going five down after five holes to
Loudoun's Tommy McInally. This was a match that Renfrewshire manager,
David MacFarlane, had been counting on and heads were down as the top
games all seemed to be going Ayrshire's way.
Whitecraig's Gordon Stephenson started to turn the tide as he fought back
for a half match against Keith Hamilton but Jack McDonald from Barassie,
one of Scotland's most promising golfers, overcame the challenge of Sam
Binning (Ranfurly Castle) and with Chris Kelly, Alistair McDougall and
Ryan Mackenzie, in addition to Matt Clark, all down, it looked as if win
eleven was slipping away.
There were great wins for Paul Alexander (Caldwell), Michael Daily
(Erskine) and Bonnyton's Grant Beaton, who has won all of his three matches
this season, but it was Matt Clark, like a limping Lazarus, who shocked his
opponent by clawing his way back into the match from five down with some
inspired golf. Having driven the par four sixteenth to get the match back to
all square, Matt won the seventeenth and halved the last in three to get a point
on the board which not even the most optimistic expected to see.
Team captain Ronnie Clark from Erskine had past Scottish Boy's Champion,
David Wilson as his opponent and this deciding match swung one way then
the other before Ronnie showed his course management experience and some
of the best golf of the day to win with a birdie on the seventeenth to record
four wins and a halved match for his West of Scotland appearances.
David MacFarlane was delighted. He said "In my first year as manager,
I was under pressure to continue the winning run and all the players have
given me a hundred percent. We have a great pool of players in Renfrewshire
and twelve in a row is now the target"
The West Of Scotland Golf Leagues are competed for by the Scottish Golf Union Area Associations of Ayrshire, Dumbartonshire, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Stirlingshire.
This page brings news on the West Of Scotland Inter County Leagues and Boys Championships.
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This new web page has been established to promote the Inter County Golf Championships involving the Scottish Golf Union Area Associations of Ayrshire, Dumbartonshire, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire and Stirlingshire.
The six area associations compete in inter county matches at boys (under 18) , youths (under 23) an county (a team) levels.
The Boys matches involve teams of four under 18's and 4 under 16's and are played monthly throughlut the season from May until September.
The Youths and A team matches are played over five successive weeks in September and October each year.
In addition the six area associations administer and host, on a rotational basis, the annual West Of Scotland Boys Strokeplay and Matchplay Championships.
It is hoped to develop this page to make results available soon after matches are played, along with current league positions, in order to increase the profile of the championships and allow information to be made available to the wider media.