Gordon Hoggan (Dunfermline) hopes to get the year 2013 off with a bang by regaining the Yonex Dunfermline Badminton Men’s Singles title he lost in 2012 to Calum Menzies (Falkirk).
Once again Menzies will be his main opposition in the event, although the holder is seeded second behind Hoggan. Playing in his first senior tournament is top local junior, David Holmes who has a fairly tough first round against Lewis Gallacher of Kilmarnock.
Frances Heslop (Glasgow) is also defending her title but faces strong opposition from Emma Cook (Mauchline) and Kirsty McGlynn (Greenock).
Martin Campbell and Angus Gilmour defend their title in what should be an interesting event with Martin’s brother Michael seeded second alongside Patrick MacHugh now training in Glasgow, but from the Kinross area originally. These pairs could be challenged by the scratch partnership of Thomas Bethell and Keith Turnbull, both recent winners of the Scottish National doubles title.
In the Women’s doubles, Victoria Wan (Renfrew) and Caitlin Pringle (Giffnock) look set to retain their title, with the main opposition coming from youngsters Hannah Laing and Megan Robertson (both Haddington).
The Mixed Doubles will see new winners , as none of the couples entered has previously won the title. Favourites are Patrick MacHugh and Caitlin Pringle followed by Keith Turnbull and Megan Robertson.
The tournament at Duloch Leisure Centre starts at 0900 on Saturday 5th Jan and continues until 1900 with Singles and Doubles and on Sunday 6th Jan at 0930 with Mixed Doubles and Men’s Singles Semi-finals, followed by finals at 1300.
Entry is free, so please come along and watch some great badminton.