Final Handicap League Table 2014

Played
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Against
Points
               
Nairn
5
5
0
0
27½
12½
10
               
Elgin
5
3
0
2
23
17
6
               
Moray
5
1
3
1
20½
19½
5
               
Hopeman
5
1
0
3
19
21
3
               
Forres
5
1
1
3
16½
23½
3
               
Nairn Dunbar
5
1
1
3
13½
26½
3
               

LEAGUE UPDATE

 

AUGUST

Nairn Dunbar after a narrow win at home against Hopeman could not repeat that when Moray visited two weeks later. A good start by the lower order gave hope for a second home victory but Moray came back strongly to take 3 of the top four games to share the points. With Elgin comfortably beating Forres the same day, Nairn are now in control of their own destiny: a point either at Hopeman this weekend or on Super Sunday when they face Forres will allow them to retain the trophy.

Nairn got the better of not just their opponents but also the weather at win Hopeman to record an impressive 6-2 win which gave them the necessary points to clinch the trophy for the second year in succession. It means even with the Super Sunday fixtures still to come they have an unassailable lead as well as maintaining their 100% record for the season. Their target will be to keep that record going and become the first team to win all five matches since the league expanded in 2004 to six clubs. Even then winning all games in a season has only been done once before (Elgin in 2002) since the inception of the league in 1996.

Click Super Sunday for a separate report on the last day of the season.

JULY

Moray scored their first points with a comfortable 5-3 win which was decided when they won three out of the four top order games without any of them going up the final hole. Moray followed up their win with a valuable away point at Forres which hinged on the top two games both going to the 18th and in favour of Moray. Firstly Andy Campbell then Terry Scholefield got the better of their respective opponents by the narrowest of margins.

Nairn meanwhile kept their 100% record intact but next face an away match at Hopeman where the home side are always difficult to beat.

JUNE

Nairn opened the defence of the trophy at home with a comprehensive win over Elgin who were looking to build on their opening victory last month. So far three matches played and all home wins: who will be first to get that crucial away point?

The answer came in the next match as Nairn got through by the narrowest of margins at Moray when the lower order took 2½ points from the last three games. The same weekend Hopeman dented the hopes of Forres whilst giving their own a boost with a comprehensive win on home soil to jump into second place.

MAY

In an earliest ever start to the Handicap League season both Forres and Elgin made sure home course advantage was not lost when they recorded good wins over their respective visitors. However, as in every year the league has been played it is gaining points away from home which will decide who is making the strongest challenge come Super Sunday.

 

LEAGUE PREVIEW

After their first success since 1997 last year, Nairn will be hoping to retain the Handicap League Trophy although know it will not be easy given how close the competition is , going down to the last games on Super Sunday in seven of the past eight years.

So Super Sunday at Nairn in August will probably start with more then one team in contention but there will be a lot of competive golf to be played first before knowing what team or teams will have genuine title aspirations on Super Sunday.

Results and the league table will be updated as games are played throughout the season.