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Presidents Prize & Senior Championship

Friday, September 24, 2021

Friday 10th September saw us play two finals, the Presidents Prize and the Senior Championship.

In the first of these finals, new boy Conor Malcolm was looking to pick up silverware in his first season with the Club – he had the advantage of our dodgy handicap system coming in as a scratch player as a new member to the Club. He would take on Robert Clarke who, on -2, gave Conor a two-shot advantage. After 5 ends the match was back on level terms at 3-3. The next 5 ends saw the players exchange singles with Conor leading 6-5. The next three ends seemed to put Robert in control – he picked up 5 unanswered shots to take the biggest lead of the match, 10-6. The final swung one way then the other as Conor fought back and after 19 ends, courtesy of a 3 (the biggest score of the match) he took a 13-12 lead. This was a long tight match – 25 ends played, and Conor led 17-14 but a 3 on end 26 saw the scores tied again at 17-17. The match was there for the taking and going into what turned out to be the final end of the night Conor held a 19-18 lead. A great tussle between the two was concluded after 30 ends with a pair for Conor as he triumphed by 21 shots to 18. That two shot advantage which seemed of little consequence at the beginning of the night did in fact make the difference in the end.

In the Senior Championship, Billy Nisbet took on Gwenda Ainslie in a terrific match. Gwenda started as the underdog but when she went 7-0 up after 4 ends Billy looked very unsettled. Those 7 shots though were quickly recovered for the loss of only one shot over the course of the next 4 ends as Billy reduced the deficit to 7-8. It seemed however, that every time Billy threatened to catch and overtake Gwenda, she rose to the challenge – 14-10 up but back came Billy to 14-13 – he kept getting close but could never quite get in front. Five unanswered shots over the next 3 ends and it looked like curtains for the pre-match favourite – 19-13 down after 18 ends and Gwenda looked comfortable. Billy never gave up though and battled back to trail by only one again after 22 ends, Gwenda holding a slender 20-19 lead. As had happened throughout the match though, Gwenda responded again – she was not to be defeated and a single gave her a merited 21-19 victory – a fitting victory in the end given that Gwenda had never been behind and of the 23 ends played she had won 14 of them. Well done to Gwenda.

    

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