Sep 23 2011 by Gordon Bannerman, Perthshire Advertiser Friday
AUCHTERARDER golfers are basking in the glory of winning the 2011 Ochil League, after a nail-biting final round of matches.
As the season reached a thrilling climax, the Lang Toon club were one point behind defending champs Kinross Golf Club and only two points ahead of the Perth Artisans.
They faced Murrayshall at neighbouring Crieff Golf Club and, given the importance of a match with so much at stake, the strongest performing team was sent out to try and claim the title.
The line-up was selected according to player statistics collated over previous matches.
The opening pairing was Shaun McNaughton and Scott Logan, with second out Martin Rogalski and Mark MacKenzie and the anchor pairing was Leroy Wilson and Mark Kummerer.
Each pair won their game and attention turned to Kinross Golf Club, who were playing Muckhart Golf Club at Craigie Hill.
Managing only to secure a narrow victory, Kinross Golf Club’s grasp on their title slipped away.
Co-captain Leroy said: “For once I’m stuck for words but I’d just like to take this opportunity to thank my co-captain Mark Kummerer, and all the squad members who have contributed over the whole season. It was a great team effort.”
Mark dedicated the win to club vice-president, Peter Craigon, who has not been keeping too well this season.
Peter has run the Ochil League along with Ian Aitken, for many years. It has raised much-needed funds to support local charities, including the Macmillan Nurses and CHAS.
The Ochil League was formed in the mid-1950's and was run by Andrew Dougal of Muckhart Golf Club.
It was originally formed as “The 9 Hole League” and, as the name suggests, only golf clubs with nine holes were members.