Extra hole sees Hunter clinch Hawick golf title

Last week saw some excellent scores as Hawick Golf Club held its flagship event, the club championship, over the Vertish Hill course.

Qualifying was reduced from 36 to 18 holes due to the severe weather but it is testament to the greenkeepers that any golf was played at all.

With an increased field from last year, top qualifiers were: Championship – Stuart Hunter (68); Gold Vase – Neil Gillies (74); and Silver Trophy – Alex Caldwell (87).

The weather improved for the knockout stages, which comprised some keenly-contested ties, and the eventual finalists were: Championship – Stuart Hunter and Jamie Tinlin; Gold Vase – Ryan Lyall and Iain Revel; Silver Trophy – Bruce Cranston and Alex Caldwell; Ladies’ ‘A’ – Judith Anderson and Lynn Douglas; Ladies’ ‘B’ – Sheila Crowford and Susan Trimby; Junior ‘A’ – Aiden Oldham and Jordan Brockie; and Junior ‘B’ – Neil Renwick and Lewis Robertson.

The championship final was played over 36 holes, and after the first 18 it was Hunter who held a slender advantage of one up. Tinlin managed to claw his way back into things to force an extra hole on the 1st. Both players missed the green with their tee shots. Tinlin then played a bump-and-run to the front edge of the green before Hunter produced a fantastic pitch to a foot from the hole. Tinlin then exemplified the excellent sportsmanship in which the tie had been played when conceding his opponent’s putt. This also meant the former had to hole his putt to continue the match but his
effort shaved the edge of the hole and Hunter emerged the victor.

The Gold Vase was another hard-fought final with Lyall and Revel playing some fine golf, and both carding 39 for the front nine. However, it was Revel who went on to gain the upper hand with some excellent shots, winning four holes in a row to secure a 4&3 success. Other winners were: Silver Trophy – Alex Caldwell; Ladies’ ‘A’ – Judith Anderson; Ladies’ ‘B’ – Sheila Crowford; Junior ‘A’ – Aiden Oldham; Junior ‘B’ – Neil Renwick.

A golf club spokesperson said: “We’d like to thank all those who volunteered to help rake bunkers and referee ties throughout the week and to our greenkeepers, Kenny [Robson]and Ali [George] for all the hard graft and extended hours they put in through the week to ensure the course was in top condition.”

n Ladies’ Medal/Rosebowl (July 2): 1, L. Spalding 93 (24) 69; 2, P. Leithead 97 (22) 75.