Wednesday 27th March 2019

The semi final line up for the Women’s Individual Matchplay competition was confirmed during the course of two rounds over the New Course at Moray GC

Womens Matchplay

Last 16 stage

It was an early start on a fair but breezy day at Moray GC this morning for the last 16 ties in the Scottish Students Women’s Individual Matchplay tournament.

Georgina Hirst (St Andrews) faced her team mate Cassie Kneen in a tie that seemed 3 parts friendly to 1 part rivalry. A fine encounter ensued with the pair trading blows over the opening holes, before Hirst found an extra gear and eventually came out on top with a 3&2 victory.

Match two also provided a derby encounter, with stablemates Mirren Fraser and Jennifer Rankine (Stirling) battling it out. In a tight match Fraser had just too much for her team-mate and managed to get over the line on the 17th with a 2&1 victory.

Emily Laws (Stirling) showed great matchplay skills in overcoming St Andrews’ Fern Clark by 5&4 in the third tie, whilst Nicola Slater ground out a hard fought 1 hole win against room-mate Rachel Thompson.

MORNING RESULTS

Georgina Hirst (St Andrews)         bt            Cassie Kneen (St Andrews)           1 hole

Mirren Fraser (Stirling)                   bt            Jennifer Rankine (Stirling)             2&1

Emily Laws (Stirling)                        bt            Fern Clark (St Andrews)                5&4

Nicola Slater (Stirling)                     bt            Rachel Thompson (Stirling)          1 hole

 

These results teed up some intriguing quarter final matches, with the four top seeds entering the competition in the afternoon at the last eight stage.

Strokeplay champion Chloe Goadby (Stirling) began as hot favourite against Georgina Hirst, but was made to work very hard indeed by the underdog from St Andrews. The match was very close until well into the back nine, but Goadby found an extra gear and would finally prevail by 3&2.

Mirren Fraser faced fourth seed Caitlin Boa (UHI) and the match proved to be nip and tuck throughout, with Fraser eventually coming out on top by 2 holes.

Emily Laws continued her impressive matchplay form and dismantled fellow Stirling player and second seed Penny Brown by 4&3.

In the final tie of the day third seed Susan Woodhouse (Strathclyde) couldn’t quite take advantage of her long lie and fell by 2&1 to Nicola Slater, who like Emily seems to have saved her best golf of the week for the matchplay.

Play continues tomorrow, with semi-finals in the morning (New Course) followed by an 18 hole final on the Old Course in the afternoon. Follow all the action on GolfBox.

 

QUARTER FINAL RESULTS

Chloe Goadby (Stirling)                   bt            Georgina Hirst (St Andrews)        3&2

Mirren Fraser (Stirling)                   bt            Caitlin Boa (UHI)                             2 holes

Emily Laws (Stirling)                        bt            Penny Brown (Stirling)                   4&3

Nicola Slater (Stirling)                     bt            Susan Woodhouse (Strathclyde)    2&1

 

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Tuesday 26th March 2019

Chloe Goadby of Stirling University and St Andrews’ James Blyth proved too strong for the assembled fields at the 97th Scottish Student Championships at Moray GC.

Chloe Goadby of Stirling University and St Andrews’ James Blyth proved too strong for the assembled fields at the 97th Scottish Student Championships at Moray GC.

Goadby began the day two shots back of overnight leader Penny Brown, but came roaring through to the top of the board after a fine morning round of 67 (-4) on the New Course, aided by birdies at the 3rd, 6th, 12th, 13th and 14th .

Meanwhile Lorna McClymont (SRUC) was building an impressive round of her own, resulting in a two under par round of 69, featuring birdies on the 7th, 9th and 14th. This was a fine effort on a difficult day, especially as it was the first sub-70 round of her career.

Brown (Stirling) had an eventful morning, dropping three shots overall in a round that had only seven pars.  She struggled to get back to her best this afternoon, and cut a slightly embattled figure in posting a four over 79 (Old Course) despite three birdies on the way and thus had to settle for third place and a total of +11.

Lorna couldn’t quite match the heights of the morning and dropped five shots to par in the front nine to lose any chance of 1st place. However she regrouped well and managed home with only one further dropped shot so as to secure a creditable second place at +10, one ahead of Brown.

Goadby never looked in too much trouble in the afternoon, though was perhaps less than content with a front nine of 40 (+3). However she turned for home with a steely sense of purpose, and compiled an error free run for home that included birdies at fourteen and seventeen.

Her +2 total represents four very strong rounds in challenging conditions and Chloe can be proud to lift her maiden Scottish Students title and the Smith-Murray Cup.

The Men’s Championship developed in absorbing fashion throughout 36 holes on Moray Old, on a day when par represented excellent golf.

On a tough day for chasing, overnight leader James Blyth (St Andrews) set out knowing that avoiding mistakes was key. Two bogeys and two birdies heading out into the prevailing wind was just what the doctor ordered and having dropped shots at 13 and 16 he would have been pretty satisfied over lunch with a 73 (+2) for a total of +3 and a four stroke lead.

Stirling duo Michael Lawrie and Robert Foley led the chasing pack on +7, with UHI’s Alistair MacNaughton and Riccardo Cellerino a further two behind on +9.

With darkening skies the afternoon round played out dramatically – and at times slowly – with the top five staying just about in touch throughout, albeit never quite close enough to really ramp up the pressure on Blyth.

Cellerino played lots of good golf but would rue costly double-bogeys on the 2nd and 8th which left him with too much to do. A closing 75 gave him a total of +13 and fifth place.

Robert Foley also had to respond to a front nine of 40, including a 7 on the par-5 2nd and although he rallied back in level par he would finish just outside the top three, on a total of +12.

Team mate Michael Lawrie followed a very similar path, with the fiercely difficult Old Course front nine again showing its teeth. Despite a birdie three at the first hole he would struggle to the turn in 41 as a consequence of double bogeys at the fourth and seventh.

Amidst the slide of the chasers only Alistair MacNaughton may have felt like he was heading in the right direction. Four threes helped him to the turn in 36 and he produced a gritty back nine of 37 to post a clubhouse total of 293 (+11).

With the backdrop of faltering challenges James Blyth’s primary task was to stick to his game plan and get round with the minimum of mistakes. Calamity called on the monstrously tough 2nd hole which yielded a triple-bogey 8. However this perhaps galvanised things for the leader, as he negotiated the rest of the front nine in level par to turn in +3. The back nine, whilst a little scrappy, brought relatively little drama for Blyth and he did very well to par the final five holes under heavy skies and visible nerves to post a final round of 77 – probably the most welcome 77 of his career.

Blyth therefore deservedly claimed the Scottish Students Title and the famous Jack Allan Trophy.

That concludes the strokeplay part of Championship week, and for a number of the top Scottish players thoughts now turn to the BUCS Tour Finals at Lundin GC from 15-17 April.

Full results are available via GolfBox.

Meanwhile in Moray the focus shifts to matchplay, with the last 16 stage of the Women’s Singles Championships, and the quarter final Men’s Team draw commencing early tomorrow morning.

Match updates will be available throughout the next three days via GolfBox for both the Men’s Team Tournament and the Women’s Individual Tournament.

 

RESULTS SUMMARY

Women’s Individual Strokeplay (Smith-Murray Cup)

Chloe Goadby, Stirling Uni            +2

Lorna McClymont, SRUC               +10

Penny Brown, Stirling Uni             +11

Jasmine Mackintosh, RGU            +13

Alexa Hammer, St Andrews         +17

 

Men’s Individual Strokeplay (Jack Allan Cup)

 

James Blyth, St Andrews               +9

Alistair McNaughton, UHI             +11

Michael Lawrie, Stirling                  +12

Robert Foley, Stirling                       +12

Riccardo Cellerino, UHI                  +13

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Monday 25th March 2019

Play continued today on Moray GC New course as the 120 strong field of competitors jockeyed for position at the 97th Scottish Student Golf Championships.

Play continued today on Moray GC New course as the 120 strong field of competitors jockeyed for position at the 97th Scottish Student Golf Championships.

The ladies were first out into the stiff morning breeze for what proved to be an absorbing day of golf. Stirling University’s Penny Brown continued her very useful form from day one, with birdies at the 6th, 9th and 12th on her way to a very healthy 73 and a leading 36-hole total of +4.

This placed her just ahead of compatriot and overnight leader Chloe Goadby (Stirling), who never quite found the same form as yesterday and stuttered slightly to a +4 round of 75, with only a solitary birdie at the 13th to smile about. Nevertheless she remains only one shot back and with everything very much to play for over 36 holes on Tuesday.

The top three at the half-way stage is rounded out by Lorna McClymont from SRUC, who posted a very impressive -1 round of 70 to spring up the leaderboard and finish the day two off the lead on +6. McClymont had an up and down day but showed great tenacity to fire three birdies in her closing five holes, including a 3 at the last that was set up by a wonderfully controlled approach shot to six feet.

Also making the cut, amongst others, are Alexa Hammer (St A), Caitlin Boa (UHI) and Susan Woodhouse (Strathclyde) meaning that six institutions will be represented across the top ten.

Play continues tomorrow over the New and then the Old Course, in pursuit of the Scottish Students title and the much coveted Smith-Murray Cup.

James Blyth of St Andrews (pictured) leads the field at the half-way mark of the men’s competition, thanks to a swashbuckling round of 67. James’ colourful card featured an eagle at the par 5 third, plus five birdies – including a hat-trick starting at the 13th. James thus posted the joint best round of the tournament to enjoy a three stroke lead with two rounds to go.

Riccardo Cellerino (UHI) accelerated up the leaderboard early on thanks to a flawless front nine of 31 that included birdies at the 1st, 3rd, 6th and 9th holes. However he was to suffer a series of unfortunate events over the next six holes, during which 7 shots were lost to par. He finished the day six shots off the pace at +7.

Stirling’s Alasdair MacDougall showed some great fighting spirit after a double bogey six at the first took him to +10 for the tournament. Undeterred, he kicked back with an eagle at the third and would go on to post a further three birdies without reply, finishing the day on +5 thanks to a very accomplished round of 67 (-3).

Macdougall finds himself just one shot behind first round leader Oliver Bailey, who had a topsy-turvy round – including just a solitary par on the front nine – to finish the day in third place on a total of +4. Stirling stablemates Michael Lawrie and Matthew Bell round out the men’s top five, but they will all be chasing the man from St Andrews when play resumes tomorrow morning.

The top half of the men’s field will play the last two rounds over the Old Course tomorrow, with their sights set on securing the Jack Allan Cup for the champion student golfer of the year.

 

You can follow live updates on GolfBox.

 

Top five leaderboards (after 36 holes):

Women

Penny Brown, Stirling                                     +4

Chloe Goadby, Stirling                                    +5

Lorna McClymont, SRUC                               +6

Jasmine Mackintosh, RGU                            +9

Alexa Hammer, St Andrews                         +11

 

Men

James Blyth, St Andrews                               +1

Oliver Bailey, Stirling                                       +4

Alasdair MacDougall, Stirling                       +5

Michael Lawrie, Stirling                                  +5

Matthew Bell, Stirling                                     +6

 

 

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Sunday 24th March 2019

The 97th Scottish Student Golf Championships got off to a testing, blustery start at Moray GC today.

The 97th Scottish Student Golf Championships got off to a testing, blustery start at Moray GC today, as around 130 of the finest College and University players began three days of strokeplay competition.

Play got underway for the men at 0900 at which time the westerly wind was only in the thirties mph. However, by mid-morning the players were contending with very strong gales indeed, making it treacherously difficult to navigate the tight layout of the New Course.

Stirling Uni’s Michael Lawrie held the clubhouse lead at +3 for a spell, weathering a double bogey at the 5th and finishing neatly with birdies at 14 and 17.

Indeed the concept of weather was an ever present concern for the plucky student golfers, with intermittent hailstorms adding yet more piquancy to an already testing day. Play was suspended for a time mid-morning while a brutal hailstorm briefly took hold – and further squally showers were to be a feature of the day. Thankfully though the strong winds would ensure that even the worst conditions were only of a fleeting nature.

Despite the testing conditions there was impressive shooting from Oliver Bailey (Stirling), who birdied the seventh to help him get to the turn in an improbable score of level par. This imperious form was to continue well into the back nine, the highlight of which was a magnificent eagle at the par five fourteenth that came courtesy of a tap in after almost holing out for an albatross.

Oliver might be forgiven for being a little disappointed with three bogeys in the last four holes, as the opportunity for a really special round faded slightly. Nevertheless a +2 round of 72 represented an excellent day’s work and Oliver will be one to watch closely tomorrow afternoon.

The winner of the recent West of Scotland Trophy student event Jordan Sundborg (Stirling) amazingly carded no bogeys at all on route to a +5 round. Having absorbed double bogeys at the 1st, 6th, 12th and 13th he dug in extremely well and finished with three birdies over the last five holes to post 76.

He would finish the day in a tie for fourth with St Andrews’ Peter Kerr, each one shot ahead of James Blyth (St Andrews), who tidily carded fourteen pars on his way to a plus four round of 74.

The Women’s Championship began on the Old Course at mid-day, with the eighteen-strong field each setting out with dreams of success.

In the first group Stirling’s Chloe Goadby got her tournament off to a strong start… In conditions that would trouble even the hardiest campaigners she made it to the turn in +3 before accelerating on the back nine to eventually post a commendable +1 total of 76, thanks to birdies at the 11th and 16th.

Team mate Penny Brown had to tough it out after a difficult start, falling to plus four after the first five holes. However, a birdie 2 at the 6th provided some relief and from there she held firm to recover to a total of +2, featuring back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14.

Meanwhile Jasmine Mackintosh of Robert Gordon University showed great resilience when, having slumped to +7 after the first five holes, she rallied hard to play the following thirteen holes in level par. She would therefore post 82, alongside Emily Laws and just behind Mirren Fraser (both Stirling) – all of whose rounds followed a similar trajectory of gritting teeth after a tough start.

 

Play continues tomorrow from 0730 as the full field of men and women take to the New Course, harbouring ambitions of making the cut ahead of the final 36 holes on Tuesday. This week represents the last chance for the students to qualify for the BUCS Tour Finals so making the cut takes on extra importance to those close to the cut off mark in the Rob MacPherson Order of Merit

For up to date tournament information please stay tuned to @ScotStuGolf on facebook and for tee times and scores check out GolfBox.

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Friday 15th March 2019

The 14th West of Scotland Trophy came to a close today with two wire-to-wire winners in Stirling’s Penny Brown and Jordan Sundborg.

The 14th West of Scotland Trophy came to a close today with two wire-to-wire winners in Stirling’s Penny Brown and Jordan Sundborg.

Once again Western Gailes was beset by atrocious conditions, the final day proving possibly even windier than the first two. This brought to a close the perfect storm of weather throughout the competition and in which every players’ performance was to be commended.

Brown started the day with a 6 shot lead over teammate Hazel MacGarvie and extended that lead with a par at the first. However, a double bogey 6 at the 4th, coupled with MacGarvie’s birdie at the 6th cut the gap to 4.

That would prove to be as close as Hazel got as back-to-back bogeys saw both players turn in 41. Two birdies on the back nine from Penny closed the door on the competition and only a double bogey on 18 prevented her from being the only player to shoot in the 70s each day, a back nine of 39 seeing her sign for an 80. Her final score of 235 gave her an eight shot winning margin.

Behind the two leaders Mirren Fraser (Stirling) rounded out the top three, an 82 to match her first round concluding a very solid week of performances.

In the women’s team competition, Stirling I were the runaway victors, beating their own third team by 33 shots.

In the men’s competition, overnight leader Sundborg was defending a three shot lead over West of Scotland’s Kieran Quinn. However, it was the men who started the day in 3rd place who were the early challengers. With Jordan starting double-triple, his lead on the 3rd day was down to one as Ali MacDougall (Stirling), along with Colin Edgar (Stirling) and Conor Rochon (St Andrews) tried to put pressure on the leader.

A par at the 3rd for Sundborg steadied his round, and he would not drop another shot until the 11th, by which time he added a birdie to 7 pars. This saw his lead stretch to 5 shots, a lead he would not relinquish despite 5 dropped shots over the closing 4 holes.

The big mover of the day was Stirling’s Matt Bell, who made 4 birdies in his fantastic round of 75. This saw him leapfrog MacDougall and Edgar into second place, just two strokes behind the eventual winner.

In the men’s team competition Stirling I were again victorious, 5 strokes clear of their 2nd team.

The Tour next moves to Lossiemouth and Moray GC, for the Scottish Student Championships from the 24th-26th March.

Full results from the 14th West of Scotland Trophy are available on GolfBox.

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Thursday 14th March 2019

Jordan Sundborg & Penny Brown (both Stirling) are the overnight leaders after the second round of the 14th West of Scotland Trophy.

Jordan Sundborg & Penny Brown (both Stirling) are the overnight leaders after the second round of the 14th West of Scotland Trophy.

The weather at Western Gailes once again precluded any low scoring and it was a challenge just to stay on your feet, let alone tame the very challenging course.

Brown once again used the back nine to shoot a best of the day round, a 77 one shot better than her first day performance and the only round under 80 in the field. Despite a triple bogey on the par 3 7th that owed more to the weather and soft conditions than her golf, Penny picked up two birdies on the way in for a level par final 10 holes.

Chasing Brown down on the final day will be two Stirling team mates as Hazel MacGarvie (+19) and Fraser Mirren (+25) are her two closest competitors. MacGarvie found the going tougher than yesterday with seven dropped shots on her front nine not being offset with the birdies of the first day. Fraser was seven over through the first five holes before a birdie at 6 steadied the ship. While she continued to drop shots over the remainder of her round, her battling performance left her one shot ahead of St Andrew’s Kirsten Brown.

In the men’s competition, Sundborg has opened up a 3 stroke lead over Kieran Quinn (West of Scotland) with a trio of golfers a further two strokes back. As in the women’s competition, the aim of the day was to merely avoid too many high scores, knowing that the conditions would take care of the opposition. While only recording one birdie, at 8, Jordan only recorded one score worse than bogey in his 78 to leave him at a scarcely believable +8 for the tournament.

Quinn backed up his solid first round with a six over 77 to sit three back from the lead. A birdie at 10 was the highlight of a back nine that only featured two bogeys, a tremendous effort in the weather.

Amongst the trio in 3rd, the big movers were Colin Edgar (Stirling) and Conor Rochon (St Andrews) who shot field-best 75s (matched by Edgar’s team mate Daniel Morris) to sit level with Alasdair McDougal (Stirling) at +13.

The highlight from the field though came from Yaseen Le Falher (Durham) who defied the golfing gods in following up a birdie at 8 with a 100 yard hole out for eagle at 9!

In the team competitions, both Stirling 1st teams are comfortably clear of nearest competitors heading into the final round, the men holding an eight shots clear and the women 24.

The final round starts from 0900 with full scores and tee times available from GolfBox.

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Wednesday 13th March 2019

Three players sit at the top of the leaderboard in the women’s competition at the 14th West of Scotland Trophy while in the men’s competition Jordan Sundborg (Stirling) leads by 2.

Three players sit at the top of the leaderboard in the women’s competition at the 14th West of Scotland Trophy after Penny Brown, Hazel MacGarvie (both Stirling), and Kirsten Brown (St Andrews) all shot +7 78s in their first round. In the men’s competition a superlative +1 72 from Jordan Sundborg (Stirling) leads by 2 from team mate Scott MacPherson.

The women’s competition got underway in the worst of the competition with high winds and heavy rain creating very difficult conditions. Further hindering performance was the fact the first holes were all into the wind and indeed the first 5 holes would prove to the toughest throughout the day.

This difficult front nine saw MacGarvie’s +5 giving her a 3 stroke lead at the halfway point. However, with slightly improving weather, the two Browns were able to reel her in, both coming back in one under par to share that first round lead.

The round of the day came in the men’s competition from Sundborg. Going out in one under 35 was impressive and indeed only a bogey-bogey finish prevented him from recording the only under par round of the day.

His teammate MacPherson had early struggles, dropping three shots in his first five holes. A birdie at the 6th stopped that run and although he dropped another two shots, a birdie at 16 meant led to a round of 74. Sharing third are a couple of the later starters from the day – Kieran Quinn (West of Scotland) and Ethan Campbell (Stirling) shooting 76 apiece to lie only 4 back from the leader.

Kudos must go to the man lying one back from Quinn and Campbell, Matt Bell (Stirling) the only man to record an eagle over the course of the day – his 3 at 14 helping him to stay in contention with the leaders.

With further bad weather scheduled for day two the challenge will be for the leaders to back up their solid play while those further back will be hoping to make moves of their own and at least find themselves on the right side of the cut line at the end of the second round.

Full results and tee times for Thursday’s second round are available on GolfBox

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Tuesday 12th February 2019

Scottish Students fell to a tough 31-3 loss to their well-drilled Irish counterparts last weekend to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Queen’s University Belfast RFC, ending a five week Scottish Student Sport program.

Scottish Students fell to a tough 31-3 loss to their well-drilled Irish counterparts last weekend to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Queen’s University Belfast RFC, ending a five week Scottish Student Sport program.

Head coach James Wade, also of the University of Glasgow, and his assistants Callum Black and Jamie McCarthy, travelled to Belfast with 23 of Scotland’s finest student rugby players on Saturday morning, to try to avenge last year’s loss at Peffermill, Edinburgh.

A strong captain’s run on Saturday morning gave the players the chance to test out the pitch, run through set moves, and reinforce the still fresh partnerships, most of which had been forged since the turn of the year.

Arriving at The Dub, the home of Northern Ireland’s second oldest rugby club Queen’s University, on Sunday afternoon team spirit was good, and indeed remained high into the first half. The early exchanges saw some hugely physical carries met with equally aggressive tackling from both sides. A bright start from the Scottish backline, galvanised by fly-half and University of Glasgow player Kerr Stoddart, caused nuisance amongst the Irish defence. The stand-off showed good judgement in when to put boot to ball, a number of great kicks behind the Irish defence in the opening twenty minutes pinning them back.

With ball in hand, both teams looked equally menacing. Quick ball, and fierce competition at the breakdown led to a number of turnovers, with neither team quite settling into a rhythm throughout the first twenty-five minutes. A ruck time infringement gave Stoddart his first opportunity, and he duly slotted it over from 35 yards out.

No sooner had Scotland taken the lead however, before Ireland came knocking. With a deep kick-off, the ball was allowed to bounce, putting the Scottish defence under pressure. An infringement at the ruck presented Ireland with a chance to kick for the corner. A few phases later, despite huge defence Ireland were able to exploit a gap to put their winger over in the corner. Conversion slotted, it was game on.

High winds and miserable conditions led to misfiring lineouts on both sides, and despite a few phases of strong Irish attack, the Scots were able to match their ferocity in attack, lock forward Graham Malley making a nuisance of himself as he continued to do all day at the Irish breakdown. The Belfast born lock forward was never far from the action, flinging himself into tackles, phase after phase. He and his teammates defended with strength, and when the half time whistle came they returned to the changing room with their heads up.

Three changes came at half time, as coach Wade looked to tinker with the line-up to help change the game. Glasgow duo Harry Warr and Michael Keegan came on for Cimprich and Wither, with Stirling’s Andy Orr coming on at prop for Gordon.

Warr, typically a scrum half, was straight into the action, bolting to gather an opportunistic kick behind the defence from Ireland to call a mark. The kick came after some immense defence from Scotland, Ireland trying and trying to punch their way through the solid defensive line, with lock Reece refusing to let his teammate Malley take all the defensive plaudits with a few notable tackles of his own.

Ireland were to be held no longer, however, as several bruising pick and go phases in the middle of the park got them close enough to exploit space on the outside, with quick hands putting the winger over in the left-hand corner, conversion successful.

Scotland were not to be felled by this, and plenty of phases of strong attack ensued from the kick off. Everything was clicking into place for the Scots except that final stroke of luck to get them over the line, before Ireland found themselves back in possession, sloppy play allowing a boomer of a boot upfield to clear Irish ranks. From there it was all Ireland attack, and despite some colossal defence and jackalling from the Scottish back row, a show and go allowed the Irish scrum half to dart under the sticks for their third score, which was duly converted.

Another triple substitution from the coaching staff saw Stirling flyer Sam Harrison make way for Aberdeen’s Max Stobbs on the wing, hooker Bryce Robertson switch with Strathclyde’s Erik Cavan, and Lewis Govenlock take his chance for Cameron Reece, who had been an ever present with second row colleague Malley.

The triple substitution seemed to galvanise Scotland, who had the lion’s share of the ball, stand-off Stoddart making a beautiful break up field to be hauled down at the half way line. That was overshadowed by an exceptional 35 yard break from Heriot Watt’s scrum half Alex Ball, a sublime sidestep creating the space for a surge past several defenders before being bought down and the offload finding a pair of relieved Irish hands. That one phase summed the day so far up for the Scots, some absolutely exceptional work undone by a quality Irish side.

The final substitutions on the Scottish side came, as Strathclyde’s Ben Eynon replaced his Glasgow city rival Fraser Gosse, and the fearsome Owen Jackson coming on for Billy Dineen in the front row. Eynon contributed well for the first few minutes, before what looked like a nasty injury restricted him, bravely playing on due to the lack of options on the bench.

The Scots again surged forward, pinning Ireland back to their own line, with Josh Laird of Abertay pinning Ireland behind their line before being judged to be just offside.

The penalty clearance led to arguably the moment of the match. James Taylor, the Irish fly half, took the ball from the lineout, a quick break put Scotland on the back foot, and then a cross-field kick was volleyed towards the try line by the winger O’Connor, who beat Warr and Stobbs to dot down.

The commitment and desire, despite the score was ever present throughout the match, Lind again led from the front, and heads remained up and ready for the fight. A disappointing day at the office, but the scoreline was far from a true representation of the match. Some incredible defence was coupled with glimpses of sublime attack, with notable mentions in the backline to Ball, Stoddart and Laird, and in the pack, Lind, Malley and Sweeney all defended hard.

Despite the scoreline, a great weekend was had by all, and players joined each other, encouraged to sit with their opposite man at the post match function. Great spirits in the clubhouse meant the Scots were disappointed to get back on the coach and leave the fantastic hospitality on offer to them, but Scotland called, and 23 players who put rivalries aside for one weekend will go back to their clubs ready to play against each other again. All members of the playing, coaching and management team wish to thank the IURU, Queen’s University Belfast RFC for their exceptional hospitality and a fantastic weekend.

Scottish Students: Martin Cimprich (Queen Margaret University); Nathan Brown (University of Aberdeen), Josh Laird (Abertay University), Fraser Gosse (University of Glasgow), Sam Harrison (University of Stirling); Kerr Stoddart (University of Glasgow), Alex Ball (Heriot-Watt University); Ryan Sweeney (University of Glasgow), Duncan Wither (University of Strathclyde), Rob Lind (University of St Andrews) CAPTAIN; Cameron Reece (University of Glasgow), Graham Malley (University of Glasgow); Billy Dineen (University of Stirling), Erik Cavan (University of Strathclyde), Ross Gordon (University of Glasgow)

Replacements: Owen Jackson (University of Strathclyde), Andy Orr (University of Stirling), Bryce Robertson (University of Stirling), Lewis Govenlock (University of Aberdeen), Michael Keegan (University of Glasgow), Harry Warr (University of Glasgow), Ben Eynon (University of Strathclyde), Max Stobbs (University of Aberdeen)

Story by Andy White, Scottish Student Sport Rugby Intern

All Photographs courtesy of Bryan Robertson

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Sunday 14th October 2018

The 14th Fife Tournament came to a conclusion with a playoff needed for Chloe Goadby (Stirling) to claim her first victory of the 2018/19 season in the women’s competition and a fantastic performance from Caolan Rafferty (Maynooth) sealing victory in the men’s event.

The 14th Fife Tournament came to a conclusion with a playoff needed for Chloe Goadby (Stirling) to claim her first victory of the 2018/19 season in the women’s competition and a fantastic performance from Caolan Rafferty (Maynooth) sealing victory in the men’s event.

 

Chloe started the day three strokes behind her teammate Hazel MacGarvie, in a share for 3rd place. Playing a group in front of Hazel, Goadby shot a very steady outward one under, her one birdie on the par 5 fourth hole. She repeated that consistency over her back nine, a birdie at 15 guiding her to a two under par 72 and level par for the tournament.

 

Hazel, meanwhile, started very strongly with two birdies in her first 3 holes taking her to four under for the competition. However, a tough stretch from the 5th to the 8th saw her drop 5 strokes and into a tie with Goadby at one over. Coming back was equally up and down with two birdie taking her a shot clear standing on the 17th tee. A double bogey 6 meant that she needed her birdie on 18 to take the tournament to a playoff.

 

The playoff saw the two golfers go back down the first. MacGarvie’s tee shot went left and, despite best efforts, resulted in a lost ball. Going back to the tee, Hazel drilled a huge drive to at least keep herself alive. Goadby, meanwhile, had found the middle of the fairway and played her second to the front of the green. Advantage was very much with Chloe after Hazel’s approach left her with a putt of over 40ft for her par. This pressure only increased as Chloe’s chip left her with a 5ft putt for birdie. That putt, however, became a lot harder when Hazel drained her par putt to prove her competitive instinct! Goadby was up to the task, sinking the birdie putt to take victory, her first of the student season.

 

In third place, Jasmine MacKintosh took the honours by way of countback from Nicola Slater, both golfers going  76-73, but Jasmine’s back 37 trumped Nicola’s by one shot.

 

In the team competition, with both leading golfers representing Stirling I it was no surprise that they took the victory, finishing 25 strokes ahead of St Andrews II, who were 3 strokes ahead of Stirling III.

Stirling University Women’s Team – Fife Tournament Winner 2018

The men’s competition saw conditions improving all day, moving the odds for the late starters – including overnight leader Caolan Rafferty – were very much improvd. With a one stroke lead heading into the round, Caolan was determined to make it as hard as possible for his rivals and a run of three birdies from three to five took him out to four under for the tournament at the turn.

Caolan Rafferty (Maynooth University) – Fife Tournament Winner 2018

 

Hoping to put him under pressure in the group in front was Laird Shepherd (Stirling), who picked up 5 birdies in his first nine holes, closing the gap to Rafferty to only two strokes.

 

However, the birdies just kept coming for the Irishman, with the first two holes stretching his lead. A dropped shot at the 12th may have provided some light for the rest of the field, but closest competitor Laird couldn’t keep up his run, dropping 4 shots on the way home to sign for a one under 70.

 

Rafferty, meanwhile, wasn’t finished, with one final birdie at the 14th helping him to a round of 66 and victory by 7 shots.

 

Shepherd’s dropped shots allowed Raffery’s teammate Eanna Griffin to pip him for second place, a very solid round of 70 matching Laird’s, but in coming back in level par he was able to take the runners up spot.

 

In the team competition, Maynooth (-1) repeated their victory from the Stirling International, beating Durham I by 23 strokes with Stirling I a further 2 strokes back.

Maynooth University – Fife Tournament Winners 2018

 

The BUCS Tour now moves to Little Aston for the final event of the first semester with the Scottish Student Golf portion of the Tour resuming at Western Gailes for the West of Scotland Trophy in March.

 

For full results please see GolfBox.

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Friday 12th October 2018

Shocking weather characterised the first day of the 14thFife Tournament as play got under way on the Kittocks Course of Fairmont, St Andrews.

Shocking weather characterised the first day of the 14thFife Tournament as play got under way on the Kittocks Course of Fairmont, St Andrews.

 

While it seemed tough for the early groups with very strong gusting winds, as soon as that died down the later groups were exposed to rain of biblical proportions, making the course almost unplayable.

 

The golfers to escape unscathed were few and far between and had to show a very high level of skill and patience to do so.

 

In the men’s competition, no one did this better than Maynooth’s Caolan Rafferty. He added 3 birdies to 13 pars to shoot a one under par round of 70. Going out in the middle of the field this was all the more impressive as not only did he start with the high winds but he finished in the monsoon, hugely impressive from a very talented golfer.

Chasing Caolan are a couple of golfers he grew familiar with over the Stirling International tournament earlier in the season – James Glenn (Durham) and Scott Macpherson (Stirling).

 

It would not be a stretch to say that Scott has been the revelation of the autumn competition with solid round after solid round seeing him feature in early round leaderboards across all of the competitions. Here, three birdies in an up and down front nine saw him turn level and his only blemish on the back nine was a bogey on the last for a 73.

 

That was matched by James, who already has a win and a runners up spot from the two Scottish tournaments this season and is clearly looking to complete the podium sweep. Glenn utilised a lot of up and downs from short of the green to card 15 pars on his way to his one over 73, a solitary birdie at 14 his only reward for the day’s work.

 

In the men’s competition, the individual leaderboard is reflected in the team competition, with Maynooth I (+5) leading by 10 strokes from Durham I (+15), with Stirling I a further stroke back.

 

The women’s individual competition was dominated by a player playing her first Scottish student event of the season – reigning Scottish Student Golf Champion Hazel MacGarvie (Stirling). Hazel was the only golfer to break par, as she picked up 5 birdies across her round to finish at two under.

 

Perhaps more impressive a performance was that of Georgina Hirst (St Andrews) who belied her handicap of 4 to shoot a one over round of 75. A one under front nine was at risk of being undone when she doubled the par 4 12th, but two birdies in the final 4 holes left her right in the hunt after day one.

 

It is a hunt though as there are 5 golfer sharing 3rdspot at +2, all of whom will fancy their chances of making an impression into the weekend.

 

In the team competition, the individual performances are again matched for the team, with Stirling I (Par) leading St Andrews I (+10) with St Andrews II a further 3 strokes back.

 

Full results and tee times for round two are available on GolfBox

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