Scottish Boy’s Area Team Championship
Sunday 3rd June 2018
The Eastwood Golf Course was the venue for the Scottish Boy’s Area Team Championship. The 16 Scottish Areas were represented by 4 boys who played foursomes in the morning and singles in the afternoon.
The course is situated just off the M77 south of Glasgow. None of our boys had played the course so the practice round on Saturday gave them a look at the layout of the course which is for the most part either up or down with water on the flat sections. After a meal in the clubhouse the boys retired to a Travel Lodge near Kilmarnock. All the teams were struggling for places to stay as someone called Ed Sheeran was playing a gig and all his fans had taken up all the beds in Renfrewshire.
We fortunately had booked early and it was just a 10 mile trip to Kilmarnock.
Tee off was 7.15 so an early rise was needed just to travel and get something to eat. Something else was feeding, the midges. Scotland’s holiday disaster was at their worst. One official who smoked found lots of new friends seeking to shelter in his clouds of smoke.
The alternative stroke competition (Foursomes) is a forgotten form of the game for most youngsters. Almost All the boys playing are in the low single digit number handicaps but the scores ranged from 2 over to 37 over par. The Borders fell in the middle ground at +19. Rounds of 79 and 80 put us in 9th place.
Soup and sandwiches for lunch and it was away with the singles. As always in golf, just the odd missed putt or an off line drive and the score mounts. Our boys combined handicaps totaled 16 and there singles total was only 9 behind the winners singles total. We finished = 10th and they did what we want, they competed.
A bite to eat from the excellent clubhouse staff that produced food for hunger men and boys. We were on our way home and the real winner of the day was the Mighty Midges, they were undefeated.
Ben Wright/Aaron Borthwick 79
Jack McDonald/Anthony Webb 80
Ben Wright 75
Aaron Borthwick 76
Jack McDonald 74
Anthony Webb 79