Senior & Junior Matchplay Results

P&KCGU had a tremendous day at Auchterarder yesterday playing our Seniors and Juniors Matchplay finals in glorious sunshine.  There was an array of golfing talent on display with an age range that would impress a bingo caller!

In the Junior Handicap Semi finals Staurt Duncan from Strathmore was playing Dougal McAdam fromTaymouth and Dougal's brother Finlay was playing Pitlochry's Cameron Shaw.

The 1st match was a close game with Stuart receiving 1 shot - it was nip & tuck throughout the morning but Stuart just edged it 3&1.  The other game was a bit more one sided for Cameron Shaw - despite giving away a large number of shots.  His comment was...."it used to be me that got shots"..... this made my day and shows the progression that these young players benefit from being part of P&K.

In the Final Stuart got off to a flyer picking up a number of holes by using the shots he was getting very well.  Cameron started to hit some "bombs" but was just not able to get back into the game.  Stuart played very steady and kept his own game under control.  This young player benefits from the coaching set up at Strathmore, his swing, grip and ettiquette are all top drawer. Stuart won 6&5 - but this game was closer than the result shows.

In the Scratch Semi Finals first up were Muckhart club mates and good friends Lewis Seath and Alex Turlik - this was going to be a very competitive match.  The 2nd Semi Final was pitching Muckharts Luke Volland against Pitlochry's Josh Dolzanski.

The 1st match was very close with Alex managing to sneak into a slender lead.  Lewis was always in the hunt and managed to peg Alex back in the back 9.  An uncharacteristic run of poor putting from both players meant that Lewis just manage to pip Alex on the 17th.  The 2nd Match saw an even start with neither player managing to get more than a shot ahead.  Josh - usng his new putter - managed to click and get a couple of holes in front.  Luke tried to counter with some excellent ballstriking - but just couldn't get past Josh who won 3&1.

The final was set up to be a battle of the long hitters - but the player that controlled the "bombs" was going to triumph.  There was never more than a hole in it either way with only birdies winning holes - an impressive display from both players.  Josh played14 & 15 well to sneak ahead with Lewis pulling one back at 16.  Adreneline getting to both - they over shot their approaches to 17th green.  Josh managed to get up & down and claim the title 2 up.  This game was played in the most sporting manner - a credit to both players and their clubs and parents.  This match demonstrates the need for our P&KCGU set up, as we have seen both of these young men progress over the years! 

In our Seniors Handicap event the semi finalists were Billy McGregor from Strathmore taking on Eric Lindsay from Blairgowrie with old school pals (not recently!..) Iain Butchart from Strathmore taking on Blairgowrie's Tom McLevy.

Eric managed to get his nose in front of Billy early on and maintained this 3 shot lead for most of the match.  Billy did manage to get a couple back and create some doubt - but Eric held on to win 3&1.

Iain got off to a great start managing a 4 shot lead within the front 9.  Some bad luck (ball bouncing out on insert) and a lost ball up 11 meant that Tom's comeback was on.  Tom played 14 &15 well to get in front, Iain countered on 16, but Tom edged it on 17 to win 2&1.

The Final was going to be a "light-hearted" affair with Eric & Tom having played many a game with and against each other.  It was a close game with Eric making good use of his shots to take a slender lead.  Tom stated to turn the screw at the beginning of the inward half and once he got 3 up - it looked over for Eric.  Tom played the tricky 14th well and hit some great shots along 15 which meant he had secured a 4&3 victory over his good friend.  Secretary is happy to report that there was "no fighting"!!  It was also pleasing to introduce Eric to Alex Turlik during the presentation of Alex's Gents Matchlay trophy from last week.  Eric is a 5 time winner of the trophy now in Alex's hands - with his 1st win in 1976.  Fast forward to 2020 and Eric is still competing and enjoying the P&KCGU events - this is why we all should be supportive and proud of what we do!

The Scratch Semi Finals saw Kinross's Scott Michie playing against Martin Foster from Dunkeld & Birnam with Strathmore's Norman Dyce playing Dunkeld's Stuart McKendrick.

Scott & Martin's game went with the form book.  Despite his tender back injury Scott was doing his usual chipping & putting masterclass to keep Martin at bay.  Every time Martin was in with a chance - the "machine" delivered.  Scott took an early lead and never let it go - winning the tie 4&3.  The 2nd match piched two of the Senior Circuit regulars aganst each other.  Norman & Stuart are used to playing in many of the SSGS and Midland Alliance events all over - so know each others games inside out.  Norman snuck into a 1 shot lead on the front 9 with Stuart never really in trouble - but things just not happening.  The match turned in his favour playing 14 and 15, but Norman countered on 16 with Stuart again playing 17 well to win this tight match 2&1.

The final was tee'd up to be a batlle royale.  Scott and Stuart are both very competitive - but are also a credit to our county with their attitude and sportmanship.  Stuart started very well and got into a 4 shot lead - but once the painkillers kicked in Scott got back into the groove and his putting performance over a 5 hole stretch had pulled him right back into contention.  It was nip and tuck and by the time they stood on 17 the match was all square.  17 and 18 were halved so it was now extra holes.

The sun was setting, the crowds heading home - but these 2 stalwarts duly tee'd up on the first and hit great tee shots in the sudden death play off.  The 1st was an easy half, the 2nd - Scott hit a great approach into 6 feet, Stuart's approach was about 9 feet which he missed just left.  Scott then had a chance - but also missed left.  Stuart's comment was "I thought that was a gimme"!

Onto the 3rd with 2 good tee shots onto the corner of the slight dog leg.  Stuart pulled his left to the front edge with Scott again in good postion at about 10 feet.  Stuart hit a good long putt but pulled up 4 feet short.  Scott lagged up for par then Stuart missed his putt meaning that Scott was our winner!

This game was such good entertainment to watch.  Both players demonstrating why they have been at the top of the P&K scene for a number of years.  If any of our youngsters want to see solid golf, good positonal play and excellent short games - then watching a final like this would do wonders for their learning.

Final thought for the day and one that was echo'd by all our finalists today.  Auchterarder was in top class condition - many players commented that they have not seen the course in such excellent condition for years.  A credit to Archie Dunn and his team - the course was simply superb, the greens nice and slick for our finals and a true test for all our players - young and old!


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