Arran Banner golf – week 30

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Lamlash Golf Club

Thursday July 18, Summer Cup, CSS 63. 1 Todd Jameson 64-5=59, 2 Serge El Adm 76-15=61, 3 Neil Young 68-6=62, 4 Robert Calder 74-11=63, BIH over Willie Currie. Best scratch, Todd Jameson 64. Magic twos S El Adm @5th, T Jameson @17th,  N Young and W Currie @16th, A Crawford @17th. Hole 16 drawn, two winners.

Sunday July 21, Hamilton Bowl, CSS level to bogey. 1 Billy O’ Connor -2 to bogey, runner up Lee Dutton -3 to bogey.

Saturday July 20, Championship final over 36 holes. Todd Jameson v Paul Cowan. Todd was defending the title for the fourth year in succession while Paul was playing in his first ever Championship final.

In the afternoon game scoring was at times erratic due to the wind and fast greens making approach play and putting difficult. However, there were moments when their respective talents produced high quality golf. At the ninth the card records a shared hole in birdies – Todd drove the 350 yard hole with a three wood and Paul chipped close to secure his birdie. Game through nine was all square with just one shot between the players. The back nine followed a similar pattern with one bogey and eight pars result after 18 holes game square.

In the evening Paul started by winning the first, halved second in pars after finding the bunker second shot at third to within two yards of the pin to go two up. Lost fourth and fifth game all square again. Sixth shared in birdie’s after Paul’s approach shot to within one foot and good putting by Todd. At the 7th Todd went one up after driving the 285 yard hole, which he followed by two bogeys making the game all square at the turn. At the 10th the hole was halved in par then Todd began a run of three’s for four holes to edge in front by three holes. Paul rallied by winning the next two after finding his ball within a few inches of the fence on the left of the 15th, making a remarkable birdie and good putting at the 16th from long range.

The match ended at the 35th hole in Todd’s favour after Paul hit a wayward drive and failed to get up and down. The match attracted a good turnout of spectators with both players complimenting the condition of the course.

Friday July 19, E I Cannon charity day. Winning team of Neil Stewart, Alastair Crawford, Hugh Fulton and Neil Richardson. 85 stableford points. Between the entry fee and donations from members the sum of £160 was raised for the Santa Sparkle.

Ladies section: Wednesday July 17, Ladies Open. The Open this year, a 15 hole stroke competition, was held in what was almost certainly the wettest day of the summer. In spite of the adverse conditions a good number completed the 15 holes with acceptable scores.

The overall winner was Lamlash lady Gay McKay with a net 53 BIH over Bronze winner Merle King. The Scratch Trophy went to Susan Butchard with a 65. Silver division: 1 Anne Macvicar 70-15=55, 2 Sheena Murchie 69-12=57, 3 Kate McAdam 72-13=59, 4 Alison Young 71-10=61. Bronze division: 1 Merle King 77-24=53, 2 Isobel Hughes 77-18=59, 3 Ruth Hardy  82-21=61, 4 Nicky Brooks 84-21=63.

Unsurprisingly local knowledge played its part with seven of the main prize winners local residents and Lamlash members. Fortunately the lovely prizes on offer at every hole allowed our visitors the opportunity to go home with a prize.

We very much appreciated the ladies who came and supported our competition contributing generously to the raffle and the atmosphere even if they couldn’t face the monsoon like conditions on the course.

Monday July 22, Island Mixed Fours. 15 couples took part and the winners were Stan and Yvonne Brothers 77-15=62, 2 Frank Stewart and Ruth Hardy 87-20=67, 3 Billy O’ Conner and Merle King 96-26.5=69.5. Scratch, Paul Cowan and Kate McAdam 76.

Fixtures:  Friday July 26, Frank Crum two-ball foursome, make up own groups, see starter for times. Sunday July 28, Summer Stableford, 9.30am and 12.30pm starts.

Whiting Bay Golf Club

Wednesday July 17, The McLintock Cup. After a superb spell the weather finally caught up with players and The McLintock, one of the club’s oldest and most prestigious trophies, had to be continued into a second day after heavy rain on Wednesday. Unfortunately it returned late on Thursday to force a number of the evening starters from the course but at least by then a decent field of 29 had participated. Having scored a fine net 60 in poor conditions on Wednesday, Ronnie Mann was pipped to the cup by a similarly impressive net 59 from Wolfi Kroner on Thursday. Reflecting the conditions CSS went out to its maximum of 65. 1 Wolfi Kroner 16, 59, 2 Ronnie Mann 13, 60, 3 Nicol Auld 5, 65, ACB, 4 Ryan Armstrong 9, 65. Neil Richardson scored the lowest gross on 71 and there was only one Magic two scored, by Corey Allan at the 7th.

Saturday and Sunday July 20 and 21, The Armitage WBGC Gents Open.  A good field on both days ensured that the 2019 Armitage WBGC Gents Open continued the tradition of its predecessors. The Bank of Scotland Cup on the Saturday enjoyed fine dry weather and a fast running course. On Sunday the Royal Bank of Scotland Cup was not so lucky with the weather breaking to persistent rain in the afternoon. That said, the fine condition of the course made for good scoring on both days.

Saturday July 20, The Bank of Scotland Cup, 89 played. CSS 63 for home players, 66 reductions only for visitors. 1 Craig Tart 15, 58, 2 Jamie Macpherson 5, 60 and lowest gross, 3 Danny Head 6, 61. Magic twos Murray Foggo @2nd, Corey Allan, Keith Nisbet, Jamie Stewart, Sandy Kelso @4th, Dylan Smith @7th, Danny Head @12th, Neil Richardson, Stewart McGregor @17.

Sunday July 31, The Royal Bank of Scotland Cup, 83 played. CSS 63 home, 64 visitors. 1 Murray Foggo 7, 58 and lowest gross, 2 Scott Murray 11, 60, 3 Scott Adair 6, 61. Magic twos Scott Adair, Murray Foggo @1st, John Rankin, Stuart McGregor @4th, Jack Adair @5th, Murray Foggo, Brian Murray @7th, Craig Bain, Jamie Macpherson @16th, Craig Bain, Alan Foggo, Richard Mannering, Neil Richardson, Stuart McGregor @7th.

Congratulations to Murray Foggo, Armitage WBGC Open Champion for 2019 with a magnificent aggregate 6 under par score of 120. Thanks to the Armitage Group, main sponsors of the WBGC Open and to all other supporters, donors and sponsors who ensured that, once again, the Armitage WBGC Gents Open, was one of the great golfing weekends of the year. Thanks also to Stewart and Corey for presenting the course in such good shape and to John, Louise, Nancy, Jenni and Jenni for keeping everyone well fed and refreshed.

Fixtures: Sunday July 29, Nestor’s Jug Stableford, draws at 9am and 11am. Wednesday July 31, The Batty Black Cup, all day with draw at 5.30pm.

Shiskine Golf Club

Friday July 19, Ladies 12 Hole Medal. Silver: 1 and scratch Jenni Turnbull 55-11=44, 2 Lesley Sim 58-13=45. Bronze: 1 and winner Fiona Scott 57-15=42, 2 Elizabeth Kelso 59-14=45.

Saturday July 20, Gents Charlie Sim Rosebowl. 1st class: 1 C Watson 28pts, 2 R McCrae 26pts, 3 P Betley 23pts. 2nd class: 1 W Mc Nally 26pts, 2 S Kerr 25pts, 3 R Betley 24pts. Magic twos, J Govan, C Watson, J Faulkner, R McCrae.

Corrie Golf Club

Wednesday July 17, Crawford Cup. 1 A Napier 70-10=60, BIH, 2 D Logan 71-11=60, 3 G Andrew 73-10=63. Scratch, A Napier. Magig twos, A Napier, G Andrew, J McGovern but none of them the Magic one.

Saturday July 20, 18 Hole Sweep. 1 G Andrew 69-10=59, 2 E McKinnon 64-0=64. Scratch, E McKinnon. Magic twos, J McGovern, D Logan, J Adams and G Hendry.

Fixtures: Saturday July 27, Summer Cup, ballots at 9am and 2pm. Wednesday July 31, 18 Hole Sweep and magic twos, ballot at 6pm.

Machrie Bay Golf Club

Tuesday July 16, Peter Sutton/Lady Mary. 1 Phil Betley 65, BIH, 2 Ross Trail  65, 3 Reuben Betley 73. Tuesday July 23, Peter Sutton/Lady Mary. 1 Alastair MacDonald 67, 2 Brian Sherwood 68, 3 Phil Betley 71. Magic twos, Phil Betley.

Fixtures: Tuesday July 30, Peter Sutton/Lady Mary, tee off 12.30pm/5.30pm.

Main prize winners at the Lamlash Ladies Open with overall winner Gay Mackay holding the trophy aloft. N0_B30golf01

Whiting Bay Golf Club Open champion Murray Foggo receives his trophy from club captain Andy Martin and Rachel Armitage of the Armitage Group, main sponsor of the WBGC Open.  NO_B30golf02

Island Mixed Fours winners at Lamlash were: Paul Cowan and Kate McAdam – scratch winners and Yvonne and Stan Brothers – overall winners. N0_B30golf03