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Whiting Bay Golf Club

Wednesday July 19, The McLintock Cup. A field of 28 contested one of the oldest and most revered trophies and once again a very pessimistic weather forecast was found to be wide of the mark. The morning and afternoon players enjoyed benign conditions although the evening players had a wet time of it. Scoring at the top of the leaderboard was good and even a birdie finish by David Brookens couldn’t prevent club captain Wolfi Kroner lifting the cup with a splendid nett 59. 1 Wolfi Kroner 15, 59, 2 David Brookens 11, 60, 3 Frazer Barr 9, 61, 4 Andrew Mack 14, 63. Danny Head had the lowest gross score with a 69, CSS stayed at 63 and magic twos went to Nicol Auld and Alan Hill @16th and David Brookens @17th. Saturday and Sunday July 22 and 23, The Armitage Groundworks Whiting Bay Gents Open. The 2017 Open, Whiting Bay’s flagship event, got off to a fine start on Saturday with a good field enjoying fine weather, until late afternoon at least, and a golf course in the peak of condition. The good fortune continued on Sunday when, after Saturday’s evening rain, the weather remained fine. The whole event went well and a huge vote of thanks is due to Stewart and James for the condition of the course; many visiting players said the greens were the best they had played on this year. Thanks also to John and the clubhouse staff – Nancy, Jamie, Jamie the Train and Louise for catering so well to the needs of so many hungry and thirsty golfers. The smell of burgers grilling on the outdoor barbecue proved a real incentive to a brisk pace of play on the last five holes. Finally a big thank you to the main sponsors, Armitage Groundworks for their generous and continuing support and also to the many members, friends and supporters who donated prizes for the event. Saturday July 22, The Bank of Scotland Cup, 86 played and with fast tricky greens and a changeable breeze, conditions were far from easy, especially for those playing later in the day when heavy rain was added to the mix. CSS went out to 65, (66 reductions only for visiting golfers) and places were decided on a countback after three players, all in the second division, returned nett 63s. 1 Allan Macleod 12, 63 ACB, 2 Kevin McAleney 12, 63 ACB, 3 Alan Hill 15, 63, 4 Jack Adair 16, 64. Scott Adair carded the lowest gross score of 70. Magic twos came from Sandy Pringle at 2nd hole, Ryan Armstrong @11th and Jamie Ainsworth @17th. Sunday July 23, The Royal Bank of Scotland Cup. 92 players took advantage of an optimistic forecast and conditions were considerably easier than they had been on Saturday. CSS stayed at 63 (66 for visitors) and the top four placed players beat that with a couple of shots to spare. 1 Stephen Judge 11, 57, 2 Danny Head 5, 60, 3 Brian Adair 19, 61 ACB, 4 Craig Tart 16, 61. Danny Head’s gross 65 was the lowest of the day and there were no fewer than 10 magic twos, Stephen Judge and Alasdair Kelly @2nd hole, Alan Kay @3rd, Nicol Auld @4th, David Mack and Graeme Mack @7th, Danny Head and Stephen Judge @16th and Scott Adair and Neil Richardson @17th. Sunday July 23, The Armitage Groundworks Whiting Bay Open Trophy for the best 36 hole nett score. 1 Brian Adair 19, 127, 2 Danny Head 5, 128 ACB, 3 Scott Adair 6, 128. Brian also scooped the Seniors Shield and the Salver for the best scratch score over 36 holes went to Danny Head on 138. Fixtures: Sunday July 30, Nestor’s Jug, Stableford. Wednesday August 2, The Betty Black Cup.

Lamlash Golf Club

Thursday July 20, Summer Cup, CSS 65, Par 64. 1 Iain Murchie 65-5=60, 2 Allan Colquhoun 73-9=64, 3 Colin Richardson 81-16=65, 4 Dougie MacFarlane 65-0=65. Scratch, I Murchie 60, BIH over D MacFarlane. Magic twos, QJ Young, I Bremner, C Richardson, N Young at 16th, I Murchie, D MacFarlane at 12th. Yellow Medal, CSS 62, Par 61. 1 Jim Gibson 72-12=60, 2 Eugene Mitchell 82-18=64. Scratch, J Gibson 72. Magic twos, J Gibson, J Gordon at 16th. Sunday July 23, Medal Shield 3, CSS 64, Par 64. Winner, Mark Wren 77-11=66, scratch, Mark Wren 77. Ladies Section: Monday July 17, Ladies Open Tri-Am, 18 teams took part in the Open Tri-Am. In spite of a poor weather forecast, only two teams suffered the worst of the weather. The winning team of Merle King, Jan McPhee and Margaret Robertson of Irvine returned an amazing net 47. Runners up were Lamlash ladies Sherie Walker, Ann Gibson and Meg El Adm with a net 52 and in third place Tricia Martin, Gege Kroner and Margaret Bryce with net 53. The special prizes of nearest the pin in one at the 5th went to Ann May, Aileen Latona and Isobel MacDonald. Nearest in two at the 7th to the Barclay team of Jean, Claire and Lesley. Nearest in two at the 12th to Ann, Isobel and Aileen and nearest in one at the 16th to Carole Stewart, Pat Adamson and Rion Culpan. Fixtures: Sunday July 30, Hastings Cup Final Day, 8.30am, 9.30am and 12.30pm. Thursday August 3, Summer Cup. Make up own games and see starter for times. Friday August 4, Open practice day and Dan Crawford Salver, (Lifeboat Day). See starter for times. Saturday August 5, Lamlash Open, includes qualifying for the McLean Salver. Sunday August 6, Lamlash Open Day Two. A small number of tee off times are left, then cancellations only. Contact starter for times and payments.

Machrie Bay Golf Club

Tuesday July 11, Peter Sutton, CSS 65. 1 P Betley 72-12=60, 2 H Bannatyne 74-7=67, 3 R Woods 85-17=68. Lady Mary, CSS 68, R/O. 1 E Ross 99-23=76 BIH, 2 J Turnbull 92-16=76. Tuesday July 18, Peter Sutton, CSS 63, 1 R Traill 83-18=65, 2 R Betley 97-28=69, 3 J Pennycott 88-12=76. Lady Mary, CSS 68, R/O, 1 A Latona 97-23=74, 2 K Genda 91-12=79. Fixture: Tuesday August 1, Peter Sutton/Lady Mary at 12.30pm and 5.30pm.

Brodick Golf Club

Wednesday July 19, Summer Cup, 25 played, CSS 65. 1 Iain Sillars 77-15=62, 2 Bill Donaldson 79-16=63, 3 Derek Roxburgh 72-8=64 ACB. Scratch Matt Keir 68. Sunday July 23, Navy Shield Stableford, 22 played, CSS 37. Gordon Hendry 6, 40pts, Chris Pattenden 13, 37pts, Iain Pittman 13, 36pts ACB. Ladies Section: Tuesday May 25, Helen’s Vases Greensome, 1 Pat Adamson and Isobel MacDonald  83-19=64, 2 Fiona Henderson and Lesley Murray 95-19=76. Fixtures:  Sunday June 30, Club Trophy. Tuesday August 1, August Medal. Tuesday August 8, Brodick Ladies Open.

Shiskine Golf Club

Monday July 17, Centenary Putter, 20 played, CSS 41. Gents 1st Class: 1 Craig Watson 28pts, 2 Hamish Bannatyne 26pts, 3 Phil Betley 24pts BIH. 2nd Class: 1 David Brown 24pts IH, 2 Mike Hesp 24pts, 3 Colin Whitelaw 23pts. Magic twos, D Brown, P Betley, J Salton and C Dair. Ladies, CSS 44. 1  Julie Whitelaw 22pts, 2 Winnie MacCallum 21pts. Well done to Craig and Julie, congratulations.

Corrie Golf Club

Wednesday July 19, Wednesday Medal, competition abandoned due to weather. Friday July 21, The club championship was contested by Euan MacKinnon and David Jeffrey in what  a tightly fought but sporting encounter over the first nine with Euan pulling clear to win. Saturday July 22, Summer Cup. 1 J Adam 69-9=60, 2 E MacKinnon 63-1=62 and scratch. Magic twos A Macdonald and R Logan. A welcome return to form from John.

Fixtures: Saturday July 29, Summer Cup, ballots at 9am and 2pm.

Brian Adair receives the Armitage Groundworks Whiting Bay Open Trophy from club captain Wolfi Kroner.
Lamlash captain Mary Adams is pictured with Ladies Open Tri-Am winners, Margaret Robertson on the left and Merle King on the right. Not pictured, Jan McPhee.