Brodick retain Hope Cup

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Brodick won the 99th outing of the AGA Hope Cup at Lamlash last weekend.

It puts the club at the top of the leaderboard as they retained the title they have won for a 43rd time as the competition goes into its centenary year.

Saturday June 26, Hope Cup semi finals

Shiskine vs Lamlash

In a very tight game the first Lamlash pairing were two up through 18 and the second one up through 16.

It was a good quality match with Lamlash having to perform to a high standard to win over a strong Shiskine team.

Whiting Bay vs Brodick

Arguably the best game of the Hope Cup on Saturday, in the first game Brodick were four down through 17 and won the final hole to be three down through 18.

In the second game Brodick were two up through 15, halved the next two and at the 18th Whiting Bay had a putt to halve the hole and win the game, that just shaved past, making the game overall a tie and sudden death beckoned.

The first pairings halved the first hole; the second pairing put an interesting end to the match.

Whiting Bay was first to play and following good drives, their second ended up on the eighth green while the Brodick pair played a majestic shot to within 12 ft of the pin.

Being on the wrong putting surface, Whiting Bay elected to putt off the green and through the tree roots to end up a similar distance from the pin. The Bay missed the final putt and Brodick two putted to secure their win.

Hope Cup final Lamlash the hosts vs Brodick

Depending on which team you supported, this much-anticipated battle between Lamlash and their neighbours Brodick became a damp squid or a walk in the park leading to a big score over the hosts.

Normally this final is a report of pars and birdies, but the big story was the number of bogeys and in one case a par-three hole being halved in triple bogeys.

In the first game, the damage for Lamlash was done in the front nine, the inward nine was much improved with Brodick and Lamlash scoring three birdies each, but the overall score was six up to Brodick through 15.

In the second game it was a similar story with Lamlash only winning one hole and Brodick were five up through 13.

But the record only tells part of the game; although Lamlash were below par, the Brodick lads played some excellent golf achieving a birdie from an awkward lie at the sixth hole and driving the 11th green a 265-yard uphill par four.

Since 1989, when Lamlash hosted the Hope Cup in the modern era they are recorded as having never lost a home event until now.

For the record Brodick has won on 43 occasions, Lamlash 29, Whiting Bay 16, Shiskine five, Corrie three, Machrie two and Lochranza Castle once.

Every club participating in the Hope Cup complimented the greens’ staff on the condition of Lamlash Golf Course.

Before the presentation was made by the Arran Golfers Association new president Graeme Andrew, Dougie MacFarlane presented his award – an annual event at each Hope Cup venue, which he started when secretary of the AGA in 2009 at Brodick when it was given to the late Willie Innes.

The McFarlane Award for outstanding contribution to Arran golf was presented to Jim Henderson. On presenting his award Dougie spoke of the history of the recipient and what he has achieved for Arran golf and his home Club Lamlash.

Next year’s Hope Cup in June will be at Shiskine and is the 100th competition.

Lamlash team:  Stuart Campbell and Neil Young, Dougie MacFarlane and Iain Murchie. Captain Norrie McIntyre.

Brodick team: Euan McKinnon and Mathew Dobson, Greg Macrae and Gordon Hendry. Captain Sid Sillars.

Referees- Ian Bremner and Jim Henderson.

Jim Henderson (left) receives his award from Dougie MacFarlane.


Brodick Golf Club retained the AGA Hope Cup at Lamlash last Saturday. The team left to right are: Greg McCrae, Gordon Hendry, team captain Sid Sillars, Matt Dobson and Ewan McKinnon. 01_B27hope01

Jim Henderson (left) receives his award from Dougie MacFarlane. 01_B27hope02