Scratch League Table 2013

 

Played
Won
Drawn
Lost
For
Against
Points
Nairn
4
4
0
0
24½
8
               
Moray
4
3
0
1
19
13
6
               
Elgin
4
2
0
2
18½
13½
4
               
Forres
4
1
0
3
11½
20½
2
               
Nairn Dunbar
4
0
0
4
6½
25½
0
             

SUNDAY

Moray set the target with a 6-2 win over Forres to finish on 6 points and were left hoping for a favourable result when Nairn played Nairn Dunbar. However, it was not to be and a win by a similar scoreline for Nairn set up the title decider with Elgin. Nairn can afford to lose 3 ½ -4½ but a 5-3 win or better for Elgin will see them take the Shield on countback.

Elgin took an early advantage to raise Hardhillock hopes but Nairn came back strongly to record a convincing 6-2 win and retain their title with a 100% record. Forres hit form to win well against Nairn Dunbar to take fourth place.

SATURDAY

Sunshine and showers suited both Nairn and Elgin who followed up their opening win with an equally convincing performance against Nairn Dunbar to head the league table. Nairn, the defending champions, were in good form too when they beat Moray, the only other club to win the title in the past 8 years.

Nairn took the points against Forres in their afternoon match with a strong performance throughout the team. Only Bryan Fotheringham once again showing his class for Forres, particularly with his deadly short game, gained a point for his side.

Moray are now back in the frame with a win against Elgin. We have now Moray, Elgin and Nairn with four points apiece. Moray if they win their last game against Forres will set the target for Elgin and Nairn ahead of their Sunday afternoon meeting as the title decider. The new final day "Live Scoring" will be even more valuable in keeping everyone up to date!

FRIDAY

In complete contrast to 24 hours before, Elgin entertained Forres on a night of incessant rain. Despite that some very good golf was played and Fraser Baillie got the better of North District President, Robert McKerron with five birdies from the 7th to overturn an early deficit. His team mates responded with a further 6 victories before Brian Fotheringham salvaged some Forres pride in the final game.

THURSDAY

On a beautiful sunny evening at Elgin, Moray were pushed all the way by Nairn Dunbar before emerging winners in the opening match of this year's league. They just held the edge before wins by the top two Stuart Tatters and Kevin Thomson took the two points for the Lossiemouth side.

PREVIEW

Nairn, having retained the Shield on their home course last year, will be going for hat-trick of wins: a feat last achieved from 2006-08 by Nairn themselves. However, they have only won the Shield once in the seven previous times the League has been at Elgin and that was the first time in 1978.

Moray will be sure to mount a serious challenge and Elgin will be in the frame especially with home advantage. Forres and Nairn Dunbar are more than capable of pulling off a surprise result as shown by Nairn Dunbar stopping Moray's charge to the title last year.

Hourly updates of the results will be posted over the weekend.