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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2015

 

Edinburgh and East of Scotland Alliance


Duncan Stewart wins with a 66 at 

Duddingston

 
FROM ALAN GREENSHIELDS
 
A healthy turn-out of 94 Edinburgh and East of Scotland Alliance  Members visited a very well presented course at Duddingston to try to  get their name on The Bootland Trophy.
 
Some excellent scoring from the professional ranks saw the top scratch score of 66 (34-32) from Duncan Stewart (Turnhouse) win the top prize and also claim The Bootland Trophy on the par 72 course (37-35).
 
Close on his heels with second place scratch score was Craig Gordon (Edinburgh Golf Centre) with 67 (34,33) whose bogey 6 at the 17th lost him some ground
 

  In third place scratch was Zack Saltman (Archerfield Links) on 68 (31-37) whose outward nine was made up of seven birdies, one par and one bogey. After the turn a double bogey 5 at the short 10th proved costly. 
On the handicap front scoring was very close with the top net score of 69 being achieved by four players - Ron Grant (Baberton) 75 less 6, Willie Laing (Prestonfield) 76 less 7, Steven Lees (Dalmahoy) 75 less 6 (even with a bogey at 17th and triple bogey at 18th) and Andy McElhinney (Harburn) 78 less 9.
Top Senior prize on net 71 went to Mortonhall's Alastair Love, 77 less 6, and the Trainee Prize went to Marc Owenson (Gullane) on 80.

In the Scratch Order of Merit Andy Marshall now has a 48 point lead following another solid performance with his 73 earning him a share of 5th Scratch Prize -

1. Andy Marshall (Houston GR) - 232.0
2. George Wither (Duddingston) - 184.0
3. Andrew Erskine (Ratho Park) - 177.0

In the Handicap Order of Merit Willie Laing jumped from fourth to top place -

1. Willie Laing (Prestonfield) - 59.0
2. Graeme Johnston (Glenbervie) - 58.0
3. Ron Grant (Baberton) - 56.0

Play stays in Midlothian next week with a visit to Kings Acre Golf Course.
 Bootland Trophy            Duddingston       
Scratch Scores                
   
No    Surname    Forename    Club    Category   
1    Stewart    Duncan J Turnhouse    Pro     66
2    Gordon    Craig     Edinburgh GC    Pro    67
3    Saltman    Zack    Archerfield Links Pro    68
4    Munro    Ross     Duddingston    Trainee    69
5    McMehen    Stuart     Falkirk Tryst    Amateur    71
6    Marshall Andrew Houston G.R.    Pro    73
7    Martin    Duncan    Longniddry    Amateur    73
   
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2015

 

KRIS NICOL WINS SCOTTISH ALLIANCE CHAMPIONSHIP 2015

JOEL HOPWOOD REPORTING

Kris Nicol (Paul Lawrie Foundation) has won the 2015 Scottish Alliance Championship. Nicol's two under par total of 202 was good enough to win by two at a tough Duff House Royal. The course was playing extremely long over the past three days due to the recent wet weather and Nicol was the only player to finish under par.

Prior to the final round Nicol (Paul Lawrie Foundation), Greg McBain (Paul Lawrie Foundation) and Duncan Stewart (Turnhouse) all shared the lead but Nicol was able to produce a final round of, one under par, 67 to McBain and Stewart's rounds of  72 and 69 respectively.
Challenge Tour player Stewart, from Grantown-on-Spey, earned £900 for finishing runner-up, two behind the winner on 204.
 

Three players tied for third place on 207 - Neil Henderson (Renaissance), McBain and John Duff (Newmachar). They eached earned £500.
   

 

Jan 10th 2015

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DUNCAN Stewart is hoping a decision to reactivate his innovative shares scheme will provide the motivation to bounce back from a disappointing 2014 campaign by holding a full European Tour card this time next year.

The 30-year-old also believes his bid to achieve that target can be helped by a decision to join Chris Doak in becoming attached to Turnhouse, where Stewart has followed in the spikemarks of his fellow Grantown-on-Spey golfer, Bobby Cruickshank, by having a connection with the capital club.

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Cruickshank twice finished runner-up in the US Open, including a tie with Bobby Jones in 1923, and, though Stewart has his work cut out to reach those dizzy heights, he believes putting himself under a bit more pressure again by trying to deliver for people who have the faith to invest in him can bring better results this season.

In 2012, when he recorded back-to-back wins on the PGA EuroPro Tour to finish second on its money-list and earn a Challenge Tour card, he had a shares scheme in operation, with Paul Lawrie among those to cough up cash to support the Highlander. It was repeated the next season as Stewart, helped by finishing joint-second in the Kazakhstan Open, ended up 20th on the Challenge Tour rankings, but for last year the scheme wasn’t really necessary after he received backing through both Team Scottish Hydro and Scottish Golf Support Ltd.

“After evaluating my 2014 season I would say it was a great experience where I learned a lot both on and off the course,” said Stewart, who, having been caught in the trap of trying to divide his time between the European Tour and the Challenge Tour, ended up finishing 234th in the Race to Dubai.

“On the course, I realised that if I stick to my game plan and my strengths I can compete at the top level. Off the course, I realised that the share scheme I had done in 2012-13 was far more than of financial benefit.

“The support I have been receiving from Scottish Team Hydro and the Scottish Golf/Sportscotland funding has been invaluable and I would not be in the position I am without them. I am therefore hopeful that this support will continue in 2015.

“However, I also missed the interaction I previously had with the individual shareholders. Every week there were emails and texts of encouragement which I believe helped my confidence. Golf is very much an individual sport but can be extremely difficult to succeed in without sponsors and support, both financial and motivational. The share scheme gave me the feeling that I was not just playing for myself, but I was out there playing for all the shareholders, too. As much as I wanted to succeed for myself I wanted to succeed for them and repay everyone for believing in my ability. I think this gave me more self-belief and confidence which are a key ingredient for succeeding in golf.

“As a result, I’ve decided I’m going to reactivate the share scheme for this season. It’s going to be exactly the same as in 2013 where there will be 300 shares available at £100 each with 50 per cent of my winnings going back to the shares fund.

“When I sold shares in 2012-13 each shareholder made 25 per cent and 8 per cent profit respectively.”

Through social media, interest has already been expressed in the new scheme from the other side of the Atlantic, with Russell Knox, the Inverness man who plays on the PGA Tour, having appeared to support a Tweet indicating he’d put £1,000 in the pot to help his former Jacksonville University team-mate.

“Russell did retweet it but I have not heard personally from him as yet if he is buying some shares,” said Stewart, who is now working with Alan McCloskey and is off to Portugal next week to play on the Jamega Tour. “It was actually the Cleveland/Srixon rep who looked after us when we were in college and still looks after Russell today who said Russell will have ten shares. He is a bit of a prankster, but you never know. Russ might buy one or two.

“The amount of people who bought shares in 2012 and 2013 was incredible, not only in my local community but further afield such as Qatar, USA, England, Ireland, and all over Scotland. I believe that if people chose to back me again this year, I will achieve great things. My aim is to have full playing rights on the European Tour by 2016.”

Having finished 43rd at the Qualifying School in November, Stewart expects to get around half a dozen starts on the main circuit this year and when that happens at the same time as Doak is playing, it means Turnhouse will be represented by two players. Doak has been based there since he moved to Livingston and now Stewart has become attached, too, after he set up home in Edinburgh.

Lindsay Gordon, the Turnhouse secretary, said the club is delighted to have Stewart flying its flag as well this season, especially due to the link with Grantown-on-Spey through the celebrated Cruickshank.

“I missed a chance when meeting Duncan to tell him about Bobby, our most famous former member,” said Gordon of the man who arrived at Turnhouse as an amateur but, after turning professional and crossing the Atlantic, twice finished runner-up in the US Open – first to Jones then, in 1932, to Gene Sarazen.

“Duncan is a welcome addition to the Turnhouse ranks and, together with Chris Doak, are flagship ambassadors for the club,” added Gordon. “We wish them every success.”

   
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March 2014

Duncan had some great highlights last year, with his most memorable being his European Tour debut. He was invited to play in the Johnnie Walker Championship at the prestigious Gleneagles, which also plays host to the Ryder Cup this year.

Duncan had his Challenge Tour season best finish at the Kazakhstan Open in September, finishing an impressive 11 under par and tying him for second in the tournament. A month later, he recorded his first hole-in-one of his professional career at the Foshan Open in China.

Finishing 20th on the Challenge Tour Order of Merit, just missing out on his European Tour card, but gives him a great category this year, which will allow him to play in 8-10 European Tour events this year.

“My goal for the season is to gain full playing rights on the European Tour”, said Stewart. “If I can finish in top-15 on the Challenge Tour, then I will avoid Q School and automatically qualify for my 2015 card.

“I made a couple of minor changes to my grip and it’s starting to feel good, so hopefully I will have a good start to the season. I really enjoyed playing at Glagorm Castle in Northern Ireland and Oman last year, so I think those will be the courses I am most looking forward to going back to.”

Stewart will be teeing off at 7:50 am local time (4:50 am GMT) on Thursday 6th March. Live scoring will be available on the website www.europeantour.com/challengetour

   
21 March 2014

Looking to build on the success that has already helped five players gain European Tour cards, the organisers of Team Scottish Hydro have added two new faces in Chris Kelly and Duncan Stewart to their line-up for the coming year.

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21 March 2014

Duncan Stewart happy to end shares scheme

After giving away almost half of his earnings over the past two seasons as part of a shares scheme that enabled him to fund his golf, Duncan Stewart admits that he is looking forward to keeping what he makes this year.

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26 March 2014

Duncan Stewart thrilled with SGSL support

Duncan Stewart has credited Scottish Golf Support Limited for helping him almost reach the European Tour last season – and hopes again being part of the four-player programme in 2014 can lead to another year of success.

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06-09 March 2014

The Barclays Kenya Open

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The 2014 European Challenge Tour season tees off this week with the Barclays Kenya Open, where this year’s hopefuls will begin their chase to earn graduation to The European Tour.

Karen Country Club in Nairobi will provide a fitting backdrop for the maiden tournament of a season that will take in 27 tournaments in 21 different countries, as the players hope to follow in the footsteps of last year’s Challenge Tour Number One Andrea Pavan.

One of the longest-running tournaments on the Challenge Tour schedule, the Kenya Open also boasts arguably the greatest list of former winners.

Since the tournament’s inception back in 1967, some of European golf’s most successful players have claimed the title in Kenya’s capital, including Maurice Bembridge (1968, 1969 and 1979), Seve Ballesteros (1978) and Ian Woosnam (1986).

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An idea pioneered by Duncan Stewart, where businessmen invest in talented golfers for a cut of their earnings, is being taken on by the young Scottish Golfer Euan McLean.