Secretary Trophy 2007

14 July 2007, Meadows

Perhaps it was inevitable this wet summer that not many players applied to contest the Secretary Trophy, particularly as it was played only six days after the summer weekend and also clashed with a competition at Lauriston.  However, the 14-point advanced game with bisques makes an interesting change, particularly with hoops 3 and 5 as the lift hoops, and the four participants (David Appleton, Joe Lennon, Brian Murdoch and Jamieson Walker) enjoyed themselves.  It was good to see Brian playing his first competitive games for several months.  The only rain that fell during the day came when the players were enjoying Jamieson's free lunch (if there is any such thing).

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Summer Weekend 2007

7-8 July 2007, Glasgow

James hands over the quaich to MelanieThis year's Summer Weekend handicap tournament, held as usual on the level but slow-paced lawns of Kelvingrove, had a smaller entry and a narrower handicap range than in recent years.  Three of the eight players had a handicap of 5 - Fergus McInnes, Bill Spalding and Alan Wilson; on either side of them were James Hopgood on 4 and Jamieson Walker on 6; and Terry Foster (9), Joe Lennon (10) and Melanie Foster (11) made up the tail of the distribution.

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European Team Championship 2007

28 June - 1 July 2007, Cheltenham

Scotland, represented by Bruce Rannie (captain), David Magee, James Hopgood and Jamieson Walker, finished fourth in the inaugural Mitsubishi Motors WCF / FEC European Teams Championship, held at Cheltenham from 28 June to 1 July.  Wales beat Jersey 3-0 in the final.  Sweden beat Germany in the Plate final for the countries who did not qualify for the main event quarter-finals.  Italy won the prize for the best performance by a mainland-Europe country.

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Meadows Open 2007

30 June - 1 July 2007, Meadows

This year's Meadows Open was seeded by Bayesian grade, which reputedly is the best known predictor of players' performance.  Hence in the first round the top seed Peter MacGowan (handicap 1) played the lowest-ranked entrant Duncan Reeves (16); Rod Williams (2.5) played Joe Lennon (10); Jane Shorten (1) played Campbell Morrison (5); David Appleton (2.5) played Alan Wilson (5); and Martin Stephenson (3.5) played Fergus McInnes (5).

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