The year started with the county fours at Tulliallan and as per usual I posted a squad of 12 players on the notice board and only 8 made themselves available so this was the 8 that were picked. The county fours is the team event all the clubs want to win the most. We were drawn against Braehead”s finest in the semi-final and after being well down most of the way the players staged an incredible fightback to win in extra holes. In the final we were up against home club Tulliallan who also had a strong team and in another late fightback not quite as in the dramatic fashion as the semi-final but just as satisfying we managed to win on the last hole and bring the first county trophy of the year back to Schawpark. All players showed tremendous fight and spirit to win.

County fours team, 1,Ian Ross & Andrew Main, 2,David Milloy & Ian Guthrie 3,Jamie Aitken & Craig White, Playing reserve David Abernethy non playing reserve Jim Allan

The next team event was the county league games. In the first match we had Braehead at home and although I had more players available I decided to stick with the same 6 players who played in county fours final and this paid off as we won by 4 ½ – 1 ½ which was to be pivotal as both ourselves and Braehead went on to win all our remaining matches with ourselves winning 4-2 away to Tillicoultry and Dollar and a 4 ½-1 ½ win at home against Tulliallan and home win against Alva. Only John McLaren was added to league team that won county fours

In the Alexander Trophy we selected Ian Ross,Jamie Aitken, David Milloy and Craig White we didn’t perform as well as they hoped and finished in the middle off the field of teams from Clackmannanshire and Stirlingshire.

The Scottish team event qualifier was the County Strokeplay at Schawpark and with the only 3 players playing from schawpark our team was Ian Ross, Andrew Main, & Ian Guthrie. In the morning round both Ian”s scored 70 scratch to have us leading at halfway stage and with Ian Ross shooting 71 and Andrew shooting 69 in the afternoon this was good enough to qualify for the Scottish finals at Luffness in. As the 3 players contributed to qualifying the same players were picked to go to Luffness. At the finals in tough conditions the guys finished down the the field but in my opinion done well in amongst some of the top players in Scotland and was good to see Alloa Golf Clubs name on an SGU scoreboard. A big thanks to Aspect heating and our club pro for supplying team shirts and jumpers in club colours.

The county mixed fours was played at our course and with the county fours already won the league almost won the guys wanted to win this to give us the county team treble. The ladies picked four players for me to pair up which was, 1,Morag Hunter &Ian Ross, 2,Alison Boyes & Andrew Main, 3,Traceyanne Whitelaw & Jim Allan, 4,Janie McMahon & David Abernethy. On a windy day Morag & Ian scored a great best of the day score of 74-6 nett 68 to get us off to great start and with all other pairings scoring around the par mark we won this with a few shots in hand to complete a fantastic team year.

I would like to thank the 9 gents and four ladies who made themselves available to play for the team this year I know not always easy to get change of shifts or finish early at work or get baby sitters to enable to play and also thanks to all spectators who came along to watch. With the players who played this year and also the younger players who have done well this year can make a claim for a team place hopefully we can continue to dominate next year.

 

Andrew Whitelaw

Team Captain