The winner of the 2021 Order of Merit is Fraser Grant of Ralston Golf Club.
Fraser started his OOM campaign with a win in the opening event at Cawder, the McKinnon Wood Cup, and then collected 70 valuable points in the 72 hole Tennant Cup at Gailes/Killermont.
The GGU Strokeplay and Matchplay competitions in July were key events for Fraser. A fifth place in the Strokeplay at Sandyhills was worth 100 points.
Then playing at his home course at Ralston, the Matchplay title provided an additional 200 points to his total.
The Scottish Amateur event at Murcar and Portlethen provided another 75 points, and finally 50 more points at Pollok for 11th place in the Glasgow Open giving a grand total of 695 points.
Many congratulations to Fraser on a great season and winning this title.
- McKinnon Wood Cup
- Ralston Rosebowl
- Tennant Cup
- GGU Strokeplay
- GGU Matchplay
- Parlane McFarlane
- Glasgow Open
McKinnon Wood Cup
Congratulations to Fraser Grant of Ralston Golf Club, winner of the first Order of Merit qualifying event this year
With a superb score of 69,66 (-5) for total of 135, Fraser had a two stroke victory over Ryan Brown of Dunfermline GC.
The win gives Fraser maximum OOM points for the event, and he leads the table from Paul Gault Jnr of Haggs Castle who had a 139 (-2) finish.
The next OOM event is the Ralston Rose Bowl which could be another good bet for Fraser !
David Vennard of Ralston Golf Club had an excellent 76+73 round for a total of 149, to finish second in the competition.
Scott Wearing of The Bishopbriggs Golf Club was 1 point behind on a total of 150, with Craig Harper of Haggs Castle and Lewis Reid of Glasgow both finishing on a total of 153.
The results may be viewed here
There were 11 GGU players in total sharing Order of Merit point as shown in the table below.
Well done to all who took part in the competition.
Well after a year of pandemic restrictions the easing of which allowed us to run the competition with a strong field clearly with a desire to play competitive golf again. Saturday brought perfect conditions & sub par rounds from the starters which included no less than 10 GGC members possibly a record entry.
Fortunately the damp predictions didn’t materialise at Killermont where the final rounds were completed in a soft breeze with interesting pin positions on challenging greens & 6 of the original GGC line up made the cut - well done.
The eventual winner for the second time was a well known face & supporter of our open competitions Matt Clark of Kilmacolm, with a total of 276 , this on the back of a new course record in the Amateur Championship at Nairn & Blairgowrie Scratch Open win the previous weekend.
The Tennant Cup was the 3rd event on the Order of Merit competition.
Leading GGU player at the event was Greg Telfer of the Glasgow Club, who tied for 10th position and had a 4 round score of 284. He collected 100 points for the Order of Merit.
John Laurie (Glasgow) was 15th in the field with a total of 287 for his 4 rounds, with Fraser Grant (Ralston) and Blair Dalgleish (Ralston) tied 16th position on a total of 288, all 3 players picking up OOM points.
Photo courtesy of Ewan Duncan Glasgow Club.
The GGU 36 hole Strokeplay Championship took place at Sandyhills Golf Club on Sunday 11th July. A strong field of over 50 players entered providing a challenging competition. We were lucky with the weather on the day, it being fairly overcast and dry, with sunny intervals and the odd shower.
The winners were as follows:
1st - Gordon Sangster - Cathkin Braes -5 under 135 (65,70)
2nd - Craig Moran - Bishopbriggs -3 under 137 (68,69)
3rd - Thomas Martin - Sandyhills - +1 over 141 (73,68)
Congratulations to Gordon on his win and to all the players who took part in the the competition. The full results may be viewed here
20 players scored OOM points, and after 4 events the updated points totals can be viewed below.
The GGU Matchplay Championship was held at Ralston Golf Club on 22nd - 25 July. The 16 players in the field had won through to the competition from their finishing positions in the Strokeplay event 10 days previous. With the weather during this particular week some of the warmest we have experienced this year, some really good scoring was in prospect.
The Semi-Finals on Sunday morning provided an inter-club clash, with 2 players from both Ralston and Sandyhills representing their clubs. The semi final results were
Barry Wilson Sandyhills v Fraser Grant Ralston (won 5&3)
Blair Dalgleish Ralston v Thomas Martin Sandyhills (won 3&2)
In a highly entertaing final in the afternoon with many spectators on the course, Fraser defeated Thomas 5&3 to claim the Matchplay title.
A total of 8 players collected OOM points.
The PMF was held at Cathcart Castle Golf Club on Saturday 22nd August. It turned out to be a bad weather day, with persistent rain most of the time.
The winner was Steven Stewart of Clydebank and District Golf club with a -6 under par total of 134.
The leading GGU player on the day was Chris Wedgeworth of Pollok who had a -1 under par total of 139 for 36 holes.
7 GGU players scored points for the OOM table.
The Glasgow Open was held at Pollok Golf Club on Sunday 26th September. The original date of the competition was 8th August, but that meeting had to be abandoned due to very bad weather.
The winner was Lindsay Miller of Cawder who scored 68, 69 for a total of 137. He collected 200 OOM points. In second place was Stephen Machin and Craig Chalmers who both scored 140.
A total of 15 players collected OOM points in this the last event in this year's series.