Glenbervie Men Win Stirlingshire Inter Club League For 2017

Congratulations to the Glenbervie mens team for winning the 2017 Stirlingshire inter club league, THE 6th YEAR IN A ROW that the club has won this particular county team competition.   The competition format sees two leagues of 4 clubs playing home and away, with 8 players per team.  The winners and runners-up in each league then progress to the match-play semi-finals.   Glenbervie finshed top in the Bellhaven Black league, finshing above Stirling, Falkirk and Falkirk Tryst.  The Belhaven Best league was won by Grangemouth, with Dunblane New as runners-up. 

The semi-finals and final were played at Falkirk GC on Sunday 3rd September.    In the morning semi-finals, Glenbervie beat Dunblane New GC and Grangemouth overcame Stirling.  So the final (perhaps appropriately) featured the two league winners, with Glenbervie coming out on top with a 5-3 victory.   

The photograph below shows members of the successful Glenbervie team with the inter-club league trophy.   Well done lads !

2017 GGC Gents League Winners

2017 Glenbervie Ladies Open Results

The 2017 Glenbervie Ladies Open was held on Sunday 3rd September and featured a full field of over 80 competitors.  Weather on the day was mixed, and with the course playing long due to little run on the fairways, the competition standard scratch ended up being 74, versus a nominal CSS of 72.   However, some low scores were recorded with the best gross being 74 and the best net 71.

Congratulations to the major winners on the day who were:

  • Scratch - Megan Briggs of Kilmacolm GC with a gross 74
  • Silver Division - Tracy Masterton of Milngavie GC with a net 71
  • Bronze Division - Elizabeth McFarlane of Hilton Park GC with a net 71 (and the winner of Ladies Open trophy)
  • Senior Prize - Alice Archbold of Gullane GC with a net 75

PLease click on the following link to review all the prize-winners (including nearest the pin and nearest the line): 2017 GGC Ladies Open Results

2017 Glenbervie Stirling Audi Gents Open Results

The 2017 Glenbervie Gents Open, sponsored by Stirling Audi, was held on Sunday 27th August.  Weather conditions were generally good on the day, and the full field delivered some good scoring with the competition standard scratch 71 for Glenbervie members, 72 for visitors (against a nominal CSS of 71).   

Congratulations to the major winners on the day who were as follows:

  • Handicap - Marc Hewitson of Dullatur Golf Club, who with a net 67 pipped 3 Glenbervie members (M Strachan, A M Haldane and D A Barclay) by 2 shots. 
  • Scratch - Scott Barr of Falkirk Golf Club, who with a gross 71 narrowly pipped Glenbervie member Richard (J R) Johnston, and D Buchanan of Falkirk Tryst GC, on a better inward half.

Thanks again to Lookers Stirling Audi for their sponsorship of this competition.   Please click on the following link to review all the prize-winners from the day: 2017 GGC Stirling Audi Gents Open Results 

2017 Glenbervie Seniors Open Results

The 2017 Glenbervie Seniors Open was held on Monday 7th August.   As normal, there was a full field competing over a course that was playing long (due to little run on the fairways) and in tricky weather conditions.   As therefore expected, low scoring was difficult and the competition standard scratch on the day was 72 - "Reductions Only" for both Glenbervie members and visitors (versus a nominal CSS of 69).

Congratulations to the class winners on the day who were as follows:

  • Class A - Jim King (Glenbervie GC), net 71
  • Class B - Matt Towland (Bonnyton GC), net 67
  • Class C - Bruce Hunter (Stirling GC), net 71
  • Scratch - Jim McArthur (St Andrews New GC), gross 75.

Please click on the following link to review all the prize-winners from the day 2017 GGC Senior Open Results

Glenbervie 2017 Finals Day - Sunshine on Larbert Reprised

Saturday, 17th June, saw the Glenbervie 2017 "Finals Day", and for the second year in succession, this significant event in the club calendar was blessed with glorious weather.   The event agenda involved 6 finals played on the championship course, while off the course a sumptous BBQ was served at the clubhouse.  The stories of the finals were as follows ... 

GENTS CHAMPIONSHIP
The gents (36 hole) final featured 2106 champion, Mark Hislop, up against Tam Miller, who normally caddies for Mark on occasions such as this.  As you might therefore expect, this final, while competitive, was played in a very sporting manner.   At lunch after the first round, Mark was 2 holes up and eventually retained his title with a 4 and 3 victory.   The difference on the day was probably down to Mark's greater experience (and wonderful short game), but Tam showed enough over the course of the final (and in reaching the final) to suggest that he will be a strong competitor for this championship over the coming years.

GENTS SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
The seniors final involved Henry Anderson up against Rob Craw and was an exciting contest that went all the way to the 18th.  After 14 holes, Rob was 2 up and look destined to win his first Glenbervie seniors championship.  However, one should never write-off Henry who came storming back to triumph by 1 up.  Nail-biting stuff.

The photos below show the gents finalists, along with their morning referee (this is the closest that Ronnie Neil will ever get to this final !), and the gents senior finalists.

 2017 Gents Seniors Finalists

GENTS HANDICAP 8-14 CHAMPIONSHIP (For the Gillepsie Quaich)
This final was played between John Leonard and Graham Gillepsie.   John was looking to make it a winning double in this event having won the strokeplay qualifying competition.   However, on the day it was not to be for John, with Graham winning and claiming (in some ways, appropriately) the Gillepsie Quaich.

GENTS HANDICAP 15-28 CHAMPIONSHIP (For the Muirhead Quaich)
The finalists in this event were Alex Burnett and Colin Marshall, and it was Alex who triumphed on the day.

The photos below show the finalists in both the gents handicap competitions, with Graham + John on the left and Alex + Colin on the right.

2017 Gents Handicap Sections Finalists

LADIES CHAMPIONSHIP
This final was contested by Louise Macgregor and Jennifer Allan, two of Glenbervie's young lady members and both previous champions. It was a competitive match with golf of a very high standard and ended with Louise winning 4&3 and becoming our 2017 champion. 

LADIES HANDICAP CHAMPIONSHIP
This final featured Susan Hagan and Margo Main, both of whom played very well despite appearing in the final for the first time. This was a very close match, with never more than one hole in it, which Margo eventually won on the 18th green.

The photos below show the finalists in both the ladies competitions, with Louise + Jennifer on the left and Margo + Susan on the right.

2017 Ladies Finalists 

Well done to all the players on the day for reaching their respective finals, an acheivement in itself.  Special congratulations to all our winners, who are shown in the photo below, along with Isobel-Anne Johnston, the Club Ladies Captain, who presented the prizes.  

2017 Finals Day Winners

Our thanks go to David Brodie and all his staff for presenting the course in such fine condition and for the excellent BBQ delivered at the clubhouse.  Finally, thanks to all members (and their guests) who turned up on the day to support the event and all the finalists.  We already look forward to finals day in 2017.   

Glenbervie's Iain Ross Wins County Handicap Championship

Another Stirlingshire county golf title comes to Glenbervie, this time courtesy of Iain Ross who won the 2017 county handicap championship. This year's county handicap championship was played at Glenbervie, with the strokeplay qualifying held on Sunday 9th July, followed by the matchplay finals the following weekend. 

Shooting a gross 78, net 72, in the strokeplay, Iain finished in 5th place and was one of the 8 qualifiers for the matchplay part of the event.  The quarter-finals were played on Saturday 15th July, in torrential rain, and Iain beat Tom McDonald of Bonnybridge GC by 2 holes. The semi final and final were both played on Sunday 16th July, when thankfully the weather was a bit kinder.  Iain beat Jeff Elgie of Falkirk Tryst 4&3 in the morning semi-fiinal, and then beat Colin Ferguson of Stirling GC 2&1 in the final.   Given that Iain was giving shots to all his matchplay opponents, and with Colin Ferguson being the top seed for the matchplay, this was a great performance by Ian over the matchplay weekend.    Many congratulations to Ian on his great win.

2017 GGC Open Mixed Foursomes Results

The 2017 Glenbervie Mixed Open Foursomes was held on Sunday, 23rd July.   The course was in magnificent condition and the weather (thankfully) remained reasonable throughout the day, allowing for some good scoring.  Glenbervie members Lyn and Gordon Fleming were the major prize-winners on the day, shooting a very credible net 68.5, and taking home (in theory at least) the impressive GGC Mixed Open Foursomes trophy.  See Lyn and Gordon with the trophy in the photo below.  

2017 GGC Open Mixed Foursomes Winners

The winners of the scratch competition were Tricia Chillas and Kevin Brunton from Stirling GC with a score of 77.   To review all the prize-winners, including those nearest the pin at the par 3s, please click on the results sheet below.   Congratulations to all the prize-winners, and to those who missed out, there is always next year !

2017 GGC Open Mixed Foursomes Results 

Glenbervie Men Regain County Team Championship in 2017

Having seen a multi-year run of trophy wins come to an end in 2016 (losing in the final to Polmont GC), Glenbervie men’s team were keen to regain the county team championship in 2017. This knockout competition follows an unusual format – two sets of pairs playing foursomes, with the scores from both matches combined to deliver the overall team score / result.

The draw for the 2017 competition saw Glenbervie receive a bye in round 1, but faced up to Dunblane GC in the second round in a match played over Kilsyth GC. The Glenbervie pairs on the night were Graeme Robertson / Mark Hislop and Colin Mundie / Ross Kane, and the team ran out comfortable winners by a margin of 14 up with 12 to play! The semi-final tie was played over Stirling GC against the host club, with the Glenbervie team again featuring the same pairs. This was a much closer match with Glenbervie victorious by a combined margin of 3 up.

The final, played at Bonnybridge GC, saw Glenbervie take on Kilsysth GC. Due to prior holiday arrangements, Mark Hislop was replaced by the in-form Jamie Lynch in the Glenbervie team line-up. Straight from the off, the Kilsyth team looked to be on top form and by the turn each of our pairs were 3 down (i.e. 6 down in the overall team score). However, the Glenbervie boys are nothing if not resilient, and Robertson / Lynch applied constant pressure over the back 9 holes to come back from 3 down to be 3 up after 18 holes. Likewise, Mundie / Kane piled on the pressure and came back to be all square through 17 when the overall team match finished. What a result, and what a way to banish all thoughts from the losing 2016 final.

Congratulations to team manager, Brian Price, and all the team members for bringing this prestigious county team trophy back to Glenbervie. Well done boys!

Glenbervie Expands "School of Golf" Programme with Braes High School

Glenbervie Golf Club are delighted to announce a new working partnership with Braes High School in our "School of Golf" programme.  Professional Steven Rosie and Bobby Rushford met recently with staff from Braes High School to design a programme that will see pupils from the school develop and enhance their golfing ability.  As well as honing their skills on the practice ground, the young people will be able to further focus on their commitment to fitness, health and wellbeing.

Iain Livingstone, headteacher, commented that "the values inherent within golf (such as ambition, respect and integrity), chime with those of Braes High School, and we look forward to seeing how the young golfers progress in the coming weeks".  From their experience of working with Bobby, the pupils also hope to gain an understanding of the multiple career opportunities within the golf industry and associated businesses.

This new programme with Braes High School follows on from the similar relationship already in place with Larbert High School.   Steven, Bobby and all the staff at Glenbervie look forward to welcoming the Braes High School pupils to our club.

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