Website Report 05/04/16


This Report ties up the remainder of the 2015 season, to intimate all the season’s winners.  Pride of place goes to Jimmy Barclay, who defied all the odds to become Club Champion for the first time.  After close matches in both the Quarter Final and the Semi-Final, Jimmy had little difficulty in the Final, finding opponent, Steven Seath below par to the extent that he won 21-7.  The Ladies Champion is Mary Letham, although the Final was not played due to the unavailability of Isa Findlay.  Two bowlers who came to the club from Ayrshire, David and Isabel Gemmell, won the new Singles events.  In the Men’s, David defeated Steven Seath, 21-10 and Isabel finished winning by the same score against Lisa Hodgkinson.  Although David Smeaton did not win the Championship, nevertheless he had a spectacular season winning four of the Single hand competitions.  In two of these, he defeated Club President, Ranald McDonald, 21-19, in the Handicap and 21-17 in the Green Championship.  He defeated David Gemmell, 2-1 in sets in the Redgate Final, and won the Senior Singles for the first time with a 21-12 success against Bert Goldie.  Despite Steven Seath’s excellent season, he finished with only one victory, and that was in the Two Bowl Singles, defeating Gary Pryde, 21-17.  Bert Goldie finished second in the other Senior competition, losing 21-19 against George Sharp in the Handicap. 

In other Ladies Singles competitions, Belle Thomson won the Redgate Singles against former Junior member, Suzanne Rennie.  Belle won a close first set and dominated the second.  Julie Brown lost in two Singles Finals.  In the Two Bowl, she lost 21-18 against Mary Ingram, and went down 21-11 against Isabel Gemmell in the Handicap.

In Pairs Competitions, Pat Kinhart had a winning double.  Along with Bob Dick, he won the Senior Pairs, 15-5 against Alan Timmons and George Sharp, and added the Men’s Nomination Title along with Gordon Pryde.  The Men’s Ballot Pairs went to Hugh Prentice and David Gemmell with an 18-12 victory over Pat McInally and Steven Seath. In the Ladies Finals, Belle Thomson and Isa Findlay won the Two Bowl event defeating Chloe Stewart and Margie Kerr, 15-7.  Chloe was also defeated in the Four Bowl event partnered by Belle Thomson.  They lost 22-11 against Julie Brown and Mary Letham.  Margie Kerr and Isa Findlay won the Ballot Pairs after defeating Margaret Lewis and Rona McCraw, 19-9.  In the remaining Pairs event, the Mixed Pairs, David and Isabel Gemmell were the winners.

In the Junior Section, Ewan Hodgkinson won the Boy’s Singles after defeating Brandon Seath and Mackenzie Laing won the Girl’s Singles after defeating Grace Carroll.  Another Junior, Chloe Stewart along with Connor Hutchison, from the host club, won the Lochore Open Pairs.


The Syd Buist Trophy, sponsored by his widow, Margaret, still a prominent member at the club, was won by Hugh Prentice, who came from behind to defeat Bert Goldie, 15-14, in the Final.  Bert had defeated the holder, David Smeaton, in the 1st Round, before defeating Tom Anderson in the Semi-Final.  One Lady qualified, Chloe Stewart, and after winning her first match lost against the eventual winner.


In the final Friendly matches of the season, the club lost 83-74 at Kirriemuir and defeated Newgate, 74-66.  The Member’s Prize for Friendly match participation was won by Steven Goldie.


In end of season Open competitions, the Mixed Triples was won by Glynis Johnstone, Keith Smith and Alan Brown (Kemback) after a one bowl shoot out against Margaret Colville, Derek Johnstone and Andy Weir (Newburgh) after the scores had finished 5-5.  Andy, along with Stewart Corcoran, Mark Johnstone and Steven Simpson did, however, win the Invitation Rinks competition after a 7-6 extra end victory against the Duffus Park quartet of Johnny Lewis, Fergus Sharp, Kenny Cameron and George Sharp.


As normal, the Club entered the Fife Fours at East Fife Indoor Bowling Club.  Due to a depleted number of clubs participating, the club had only two matches, firstly against Leven then against St Andrews.  Bert Goldie won both his matches, and in the other two, there was a one shot defeat for two skips.  Rod Ferris was the unlucky one against Leven, and Bob Dick, who missed the first match, lost the second by that margin.


This Report ends on an extremely sad note with the loss of Richard Harris.  Richard made his bowling name at his former club, Newport, and was the only bowler at that club to win the Championship on three successive years.  When he moved to Cupar, he joined Duffus Park, and soon established himself in Duffus Park teams, and played in the successful Tayside League winning team last season.  He will be sorely missed at the club, after passing away after a brief illness at the age of 46.  The club’s sympathies are extended to his wife, Fiona, and his son.


The Opening match of the season takes place on Saturday first (8th April) between the President’s (Tom Anderson) teams and the Vice President’s (John McIntyre) teams.


Robert Dick