West of Scotland Championship 2015

3-4 October 2015, Kelvingrove

Alastair Burn-Murdoch won the West of Scotland after a very tense final round in which any of Alastair, David Houston and John Campbell could have emerged winners.    John Campbell was playing Lyn Gilpin on one of the upper lawns while David Houston was playing Alastair on one of the lower lawns.   Alastair had gone round to rover with his forward ball when David got in and went round, peeling Alastair through rover and pegging him out.   However Alastair hit in from the boundary south of Hoop 1 with David's balls joined a few feet south of Hoop 3.   Alastair then took a three ball break all the way round from Hoop 2 to finish.   It wasn't without its moments as there were numerous four or five yard roquets in the break, but Alastair's straight shooting saw him home.

This left Alastair on 117 points with the game between Lyn (110 points) and John Campbell (118) points still in progress.     If John won the game he would win the tournament, otherwise Alastair would be the winner.    Lyn was well ahead having reached peg and rover, but a missed roquet after rover gave John a glimmer of hope.  However it wasn't to be and Lyn won the game +6, meaning that Alastair emerged as the tournament winner, in the process earning a handicap reduction to 7.

With the West of Scotland trophy missing, temporarily we hope, a bottle of Châteauneuf-du-Pape from the SCA cellars was presented to the winner.

The weekend had a record entry with 17 players and two on the waiting list.    The Kelvingrove lawns were dry for the weekend and well paced.    Fifty games were played in total with only five going to time.

Campbell Morrison

 

Results (Egyptian format)

 

  Points Wins Beat
Alastair Burn-Murdoch (8) 117 5/6 Jane Morrison +8, Campbell Morrison +12, Brian Clark +6, Alan Wilson +18, David Houston +12
Lyn Gilpin (20) 116 4/5 Brian Clark +14T (24-10), Bill Strachan +4, Roger Binks +14, John Campbell +6
John Campbell (16) 112 5/7 Campbell Morrison +26, David Young +17, Robert Lay +18, Jamieson Walker +23, Jane Morrison +13
Joe Lennon (11) 110 5/7 John Campbell +1, Alastair Burn-Murdoch +2, David Houston +26, Jane Morrison +14, Alan Wilson +13
David Houston (8) 107 4/6 Roger Binks +6, Charles Henderson +13, Lyn Gilpin +9, Robert Lay +9
Jamieson Walker (10) 106 4/6 Robert Lay +18, Chris Martin +13, Alistair Malcolm +1T (23-22), Alan Wilson +25
Alistair Malcolm (11) 105 3/5 Campbell Morrison +26, Chris Martin +25, David Young +10
Roger Binks (14) 105 3/5 Brian Clark +16, Joe Lennon +8T (24-16), Campbell Morrison +15
Bill Strachan (14) 104 2/3 Alistair Malcolm +2T (25-23), Chris Martin +14
Brian Clark (14) 98 2/5 Alan Wilson +26, Jamieson Walker +3
Chris Martin (5) 97 3/7 David Young +6, Charles Henderson +4, Campbell Morrison +26
David Young (20) 95 2/5 Jane Morrison +15, Charles Henderson +3T (18-15)
Charles Henderson (16) 89 1/4 Alan Wilson +14
Jane Morrison (½) 88 2/7 Chris Martin +3, Robert Lay +5
Alan Wilson (2) 85 2/8 Campbell Morrison +26, Jane Morrison +9
Campbell Morrison (-1) 85 2/8 Robert Lay +9tp, Joe Lennon +14
Robert Lay (16) 81 1/6 Alan Wilson +8