The FP Golf Club had their Autumn outing yesterday to the Roxburghe course near Kelso and the fifteen members present were rewarded with about the best golfing day of the summer.
David Lowes with 85 had the best gross score of the day reflecting the difficulty of the course and David Macfarlane won the handicap stableford with 39 points. Bert Barclay won the nearest the pin competition at the 8th hole with the only shot that finished on the green. The two’s sweep had 3 joint winners. All agreed the course was a fantastic venue in superb condition.
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The 1st XV’s season finally came to a conclusion on Saturday at temporary “home ground” Raeburn Place. A game full of action saw Stew Mel leading by 17-5 and 24-19 before a Highland revival saw them close out the match with a sixteen point margin. So Biggar end as NL2 champions with 21 wins out of 22 matches and 101 points. Highland second with 91 points and Dumfries on 79 points just edged us, 78 points, out of third place. Hopes are high for next season.
Cricket: East Premier League – 1st XI (9 for no wickets) v Aberdeenshire. Match abandoned after only one over.
It was along way to travel on Saturday for only one over of play. A persistent drizzle delayed the start to 2pm and supposedly 40 overs a side. Put in to bat we got off to a flier with nine runs in the first over before the drizzle returned leading to the umpires taking the players off. Heavier rain followed and the match was abandoned at 3.30pm.
Next up is a second away game on Saturday v Carlton at Grange Loan (12 noon). Carlton against expectations lost their opening match on Saturday to newly promoted Stoneywood Dyce.
Golf: Best Professional finish for Grant Forrest
Grant Forrest recorded his best professional performance to date finishing in sixth place in the European Tour event in Morocco yesterday. On a Par 73 course measuring 7600 yards Grant had rounds of 75, 70, 69 and 74, doubled his prizemoney for the season and moved up to 69th place in the tour rankings – a big step towards retaining his playing rights for 2020. After eight holes of the final round Grant was in second place one behind the leader and figured prominently in Sky’s TV coverage of the event. This week he is in the field for the China Open and then the British Masters at Southport the following week.
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Have you enjoyed the 2018 edition of the FP News? / Have you ever wondered how the articles are sourced and how the magazine is brought together? / Now is the time to find out!
Our current Editor, Bob Young, is retiring after 5 years and we are therefore looking for someone to continue the ongoing development of the magazine on a voluntary basis – the job, unfortunately, doesn’t command the salary of a Fleet Street Editor.
The ideal candidate should be a self-starter, possess a keen eye (preferably two) for detail and bring a positive outlook and fresh ideas to the role.
The brief is wide–ranging – the travel not so far ranging – and will source material and news stories; through contact with other FPs and friends; various SMC & ESMS websites and social media; the school archivist; newspaper articles; 3rd party contributors. Liaison – in the best possible taste, of course – with the Club Secretary, Treasurer and the ESMS Development Office will be both productive and beneficial.
Overall, our new Editor should be motivated by the personal satisfaction of getting things done to a high standard while managing the end of year deadlines to enable the magazine to go to print for issue in January each year.
The 1st XV achieved another big win on Saturday scoring nine tries with six conversions, six of the tries coming in the second half after leading 19-3 at half-time. The win leaves them on 77 points equal with Highland who however have played two fewer games in NL2. We are due to play Highland in the match postponed from the Calcutta Cup weekend on Saturday 27th April before which Highland have games against Peebles (away) on Saturday and Howe of Fife (home) the following week.
Golf: FP Golf Club’s Spring Outing
The FP Golf Club enjoyed fine weather for their first outing of the year at the links course of Monifieth on Sunday. Despite the sunshine and only a slight breeze the course did not play easily and Euan Parker took the scratch prize from Scott Noble with a round of 83 after a count back. Donald Lowe with 40 Stableford points had no challegers for the handicap prize. Robin Mather won nearest the pin at the short 14th but Bert Barclay scooped the twos sweep with the only two of the day at the same hole. Twenty-one members took part.
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A clubhouse lunch for 120 former players and guests preceded Saturday’s match against NL2 league leaders Biggar and was thoroughly enjoyed by all with a prize raffle and heads and tails quiz included.
Things did not go quite to plan out on the field thereafter with Biggar opening the scoring with a converted try after only five minutes. Stew Mel had a spell of territorial advantage and a fair share of possession thereafter without breaching Biggar’s strong defence before another converted try put Biggar 14-0 ahead at half-time Five minutes after the break Stew Mel extended the day’s hospitality to our visitors with an unfortunate gifted try, 19-0 down and things looking as bleak as the weather. Two more Biggar tries followed, the first being converted to take the score to 31-0. Further Stew Mel pressure failed to produce any points leaving Biggar in a good place at the top of the league on 59 points, four ahead of Highland on 55 with Stew Mel still in third place but 11 points behind Highland on 44 after thirteen rounds of fixtures. Next week’s match is away to Glasgow Accies at New Anniesland (kick-off 2pm).
Golf: Good weekend on the European Tour for Grant Forrest
Grant Forrest in his second tournament as a full member of the European Tour had weekend rounds of 65 and 68 to finish in a tie for seventh place in the Mauritius Open with a 14 under par total of 274 after opening rounds of 70 and 71 saw him into the weekend with just one shot to spare. Although he never threatened the winning score of 268 he picked up sufficient ranking points (and cash!) to take him into 15th place in the 2018-19 “Race to Dubai” points table. This week he is in Johannesburg for the South African Open. Former Open Champions Ernie Els and Louis Oosthuizen and former US Masters Champion Trevor Immelman as well as the 2018 Scottish Open Champion Brandon Stone are in the field.
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Saturday sees the return of league action with an important game against league leaders Biggar at Inverleith (kick off 2pm). The rugby club is holding a pre match lunch – contact Lindsey Geddes.
Golf: Grant Forrest played his first event as a European Tour member in the Hong Kong Open qualifying for the weekend’s play and ultimately finishing in 36th place with a three under par total of 277 with rounds of 70,68,70,69.
After two weeks on the road coupled with a couple of disappointing results the 1st XV were back on familiar territory and facing a Howe of Fife team with no bench to call on due to a catalogue of injured players which seems to affect all teams those days. With the flow of the game going against them Howe of Fife were reduced to 13 players on the field before the first half was done and the score inevitably mounted before proceedings were brought to an early conclusion after about 70 minutes. The result was a welcome boost to the team’s league position. Next week its a visit to mid table Falkirk.
Golf: Grant Forrest’s progress on European Golf’s Challenge Tour has been followed with interest. A top ten finish in the tour’s final event of the season secured him seventh place in the end of season rankings and along with three other Scots in the top fifteen a place on the full European Tour next season which kicks off with five events before Christmas. We all look forward to seeing him achieving further successes in his golf career.
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Another win for the 1st XV on Saturday, the sixth in seven games keeps them in second place in the NL2 table with 28 points, five behind leaders Biggar who maintained their 100% record. Highland are third on 25 points and Preston Lodge fourth with 22 points after securing a one point victory over Falkirk.
Golf: Former pupil Grant Forrest secures playing card for main 2019 European Tour
Playing on Europe’s second tier Challenge Tour this season Grant Forrest achieved a third second place finish on Sunday in the Hainan Open played in China taking him up to seventh place in the tour rankings with two events left which with the top fifteen getting playing rights on the main tour for 2019 guarantees him that status at the season’s end. In this event he got off to a flier with a 10 under par first round of 62 (28 for the inward half including eagles at two consecutive holes). Ultimately he finished two shots behind the tournament winner with a 13 under par total of 275 failing to obtain the required birdie on the par 5 72nd hole which would have given him the win.
The European Challenge Tour includes events in Kenya, China and the UAE so this week’s tournament is also being played in China before the concluding event in the UAE.
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Cricket: Grange 344 for four (50 overs); Stewart’s Melville CC 154 for nine (50 Overs). Lost by 180 runs.
The 2018 cricket season drew to a close for the club with a final league match against Grange, the new league champions, at Raeburn Place. With ninth place secured a fortnight earlier the club had already retained their place in the Premier League for 2019. In the event as anticipated Grange’s batting proved too strong for a Stew Mel bowling attack missing professional Shaylen Pillay who returned to South Africa earlier in the week, with Nick Farrar a very accomplished opening bat compiling a score of 120 for the home side supported by Tom Foulds (52) and Neil McCallum, a former Scottish international bat playing his last league match before retirement with 46. Facing an unlikely target to win the Stew Mel batsmen were faced with aggressive seam bowling on a pitch that suited them from Graham Goudie and Stuart Davidson, another two former capped players. 20-4 suggested another early finish but Hayden Sweet dug in against the rest of the Grange attack to achieve a personal best for the season of 75 (from 86 balls)supported by Sam Tait who resolutely blocked out 117 balls in 98 minutes to finish with 13 not out and leave Grange still looking for the 10th wicket when play finished with the score on 154. Although well beaten the lasting thought was that with the same approach to batting shown by Hayden and Sam in earlier games we might have finished with more than three league wins.
Rugby: National League Cup. Carrick 19 points Stewart’s Melville RFC 41 points
Maybole was the destination for the rugby club’s first competitive game of the season with a comfortable win being achieved which takes them into the second round of the National League Cup.
Golf: Third place finish for Grant Forrest on European Challenge Tour Event
Grant Forrest showed a return to form with a 15 under par score of 273 (71,70, 66,66) and third place finish in the 40 man field for the Rolex Trophy in Geneva, one of the more significant events on the tour. This takes Grant back up into seventh place in the tour rankings with the top 15 at the end of the season winning cards for the main European Tour.
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Cricket: The heavy showers which affected the East of Scotland on Saturday resulted in a complete washout of East Premier League fixtures. Our 1st XIs match with Watsonians at Myreside was one of the last to be called off by the officiating umpires in mid afternoon after much hanging about and World Cup football watching. The monotony was relieved by the splendid Myreside tea supplied by the catering division of Heart of Midlothian FC – even our teams Hibs supporters were seen going back for seconds. The cancellation leaves the 1st XI in 8th place with two wins above Watsonians (one win) and Glenrothes (no wins).
Golf: While the Word’s attention was focused on the US Open in New York our own Grant Forrest had another successful week on the European Challenge tour in France tieing for the lead after the regulation 72 holes of strokeplay. Unfortunately he lost out in the play-off for the winners cheque at the third extra hole but the ranking points gained elevated him to 7th place where the top fifteen at the end of the season obtain playing privileges on the full European Tour.
Rugby: Scotland suffered a surprise defeat by USA in the second Test match of their Americas tour by the narrowest of margins 30-29. The Stew Mel interest was provided by George Turner winning his 5th cap who started for the first time and added a further try to the three he scored v Canada last week.
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