Golf – Near miss for Grant Forrest on Challenge Tour

Former pupil Grant Forrest (24) came close to winning a first professional golf  tournament on the European Challenge Tour this weekend in the Costa del Sol Matchplay 9 event in Malaga, Spain.

The first 36 holes of the tournament were played on a conventional strokeplay basis with the leading 64 players qualifying for matchplay with matches restricted to nine holes rather than the normal eighteen.   

Grant qualified in third place for the matchplay rounds with strokeplay rounds of 70 and 65  and followed this with wins in the rounds of 64, 32, 16, 8 and a semi-final.   In the final he played fellow Scot Liam Johnston losing the nine hole final by one hole despite birdieing four holes.  A bogey 6 at the eighth hole left Johnston one up and the ninth was halved in par 3s.

Grant’s prizemoney of 22,000 Euros takes him to just outside the Challenge Tour’s top ten in the rankings.    At the end of the season the top 15 win a playing card for the main European Golf Tour.    We will continue to watch his progress with interest.

Golf – Peter Mann Trophy

The annual golf match for the Peter Mann Trophy between pre merger former pupils of Daniel Stewart’s College and Melville College took place at Bruntsfield Links on Friday 18th May.

 The match was played 12-a-side in Greensomes foursomes format with the “Mellies” retaining the cup by 4 1/2 matches to 1 1/2. Peter’s grandson Richard was on hand to present the cup to winning captain Bert Hutchinson while opposing captain Sam Malcolm won the prize for sartorial elegance on the links.

 

Golf Club Dinner

The Annual Golf Club dinner took place in the clubhouse on Friday 23rd March.   Over seventy members and guests enjoyed the evening chaired by captain Adam Preedy.   Jim Robertson was a thoroughly entertaining guest speaker with stories from his work as a Procurator Fiscal throughout Scotland.

Weekend Sport – Sat 17th March. Rugby, Hockey, Golf.

Rugby:   Selkirk   28   Stewarts Melville RFC    5

A disappointing outcome for the 1st XV who were pretty much in the last chance saloon as regards avoiding relegation from NL1 at the end of the season.    This Saturday sees a home game v Gala (3pm) with Scottish coach Gregor Townsend a guest speaker at the pre match lunch.

Hockey:    Pride of place this week goes to the school’s Under 18 and under 15 teams who both retained Scottish Hockey’s schools cups which SMC won last year – the under 18s defeated Hutchesons 4-2 and the under 15s George Watsons 3-2 in Friday evening’s finals.   Congratulations to both teams.

In senior hockey both the mens and ladies teams continued their good post winter break form, the Mens 1s winning 3-0 v Stirling University and the Ladies 1s defeating Granite City 4-0.  In 10 team leagues the Mens team are in 4th place in NL3 and the Ladies in 3rd place in NL2.

Golf:  The FP Golf Club have a busy weekend coming – Friday is the annual dinner and prize giving night and Sunday sees the start of the new golf season with the Spring Outing at Crail.

 

Weekend Sport – Sat 10th February. Golf, Rugby and Football

Golf:   Strong performance by Grant Forrest in Australia

Grant Forrest in action in the ISPS Handa World Super 6 Tournament

Former pupil Grant Forrest’s first tournament of the year took him to the clear blue skies and warmth of Perth, Australia where he participated in the European Tour’s World Super 6s event where the initial field of 156 reduced to 8o after 36 holes strokeplay and to 24 after 54 holes.   The 24 qualifiers then played 6 hole matchplay golf on the fourth and final day.  Grant was in third place one shot behind the lead after 36 holes with a 68 and 67, before a par 72 qualified him in ninth place after 54 holes before going out by 1 hole to Australia’s Matthew Millar in the 1st round of the play-offs despite being one under par for the six holes.   This performance moved Grant up about 100 places in golf’s World rankings where he is now the tenth placed Scot.

Rugby:    Stewart’s Melville RFC    29    Penicuik     13

A strong performance in the early part of the second half  brought three tries and turned a 6-5  half-time deficit into relatively comfortable win at Inverleith on Saturday for the 1sts in the Quarter Final of the BT National League Cup against Peebles from NL2.   A fourth try took us into a 29-6 lead before Peebles reduced the deficit with a late score.   Kelso, Dumfries and Highland were the other quarter-final winners and one of them will stand between the club and a season’s end final at Murrayfield.

Football:  Just to complete the weekend news – 17 year old former pupil Euan Henderson was a late substitute in Hearts 3-0 Scottish Cup win over St Johnstone at Tynecastle.

 

Weekend sport – Sat 13th January. Rugby and Golf

Rugby:     Jedforest   64   Stewart’s Melville   7

A difficult day for the 1st XV at Jed on Saturday after a scoreless first quarter.     While this match probably was not marked down in the survival plan for Championship rugby this Saturday’s match with Musselburgh at Inverleith (2pm) certainly is.   With ten games left Musselburgh are one place (10th) and six match points ahead in the league table.    Pre-match lunches (12.30pm) are available on Saturday – contact lindseygeddes@live.com  .

There is always something different about the 3rd XV when our Lions’ legend Finlay Calder is involved.  Saturday’s 3rds for their match with Penicuik 2nd XV included a guest appearance by fellow Lion and 51 times capped Scottish internationalist Gary Armstrong who to keep things fair changed sides at half-time.  Oh … and the 3rd XV won 78 – 35 according to Lawrance Reilly who is used to keeping cricket scores.  A full accounting by Lawrance can be found on the rugby club website.

FP Golf Club:    The club’s AGM has been arranged for Friday 23rd February (7.30pm) following a wine tasting event at 6.30pm masterminded by Jim Preacher and then followed by curry and beers. Please let secretary  tonykelly045@virginmedia.com know if you are attending.   There is a £10 charge for the curry.