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Whiting Bay Golf Club
Saturday/Sunday June 19 and 20 was the Whiting Bay Senior Gents’ Open. After the disappointment of being unable to stage the Seniors last year the 2021 version was welcomed back with ideal golfing weather attracting a good field on each day.
Day 1, 29 played. Scoring was good with 22 players returning scores of 30 points or more.
Home players occupied the top 10 places with Dougie Auld returning an impressive 42 pts to win by four shots from David Blair.
Result: 1 Douglas Auld (20)42pts, 2 David Blair (12)38, 3 Graeme Crichton (14)36 acb, 4 Stan Rainey (11) 36.
Magic twos Brian Murray @4th, Ronnie Mann and Ian McKerrow @5th, George Bee, David Blair, Stuart McGregor @11th, Douglas Auld @17th.
Day two, 29 played: again scoring was good with 20 players on 30 points or more and this time it was nice to see a few visiting players appearing in the top 10 returns.
Not to be outdone by Dougie Auld, David Millar also returned 42 points to win, this time by two shots from John Pennycott. Result: 1 David Millar (22)42 pts, 2 John Pennycott (12)40, 3 Gordon MacLachlan (22)39, 4 Graeme Crichton (13)13.
Magic twos Douglas Auld @ 11th, James McCulloch and John Pennycott @17th.
By now, more astute readers will have noticed Graeme Crichton lurking dangerously on the podium on both days.
On his first appearance in a seniors’ major, and after some intense scrutiny of the complexities of the new simplified handicapping system, his consistency was rewarded with first place over the two days, beating John Pennycott by one shot.
In the super seniors (over 65s) category, Dougie Auld prevailed, again by the narrowest of margins. Well done and congratulations to both.
Yet again thanks go to Colin and Jackie Nisbet for their generous sponsorship of this popular event and to all those who donated prizes or otherwise supported it.
Thanks also went to John, Nancy and Louise in the clubhouse; the constant supply of fine food and drink was, as ever, exemplary and very much appreciated.
A huge thanks went to Stewart for the fine condition of the course; the greens are in great shape just now.
With help from George McKechnie’s ‘golfer’s eye’, Stewart is doing an amazing job with no apprentice or assistant to share the load. The club really is most grateful.
Finally, thanks went to all who turned out to support the event. Visiting golfers are always welcome at Whiting Bay and it was nice to see so many familiar faces on such a fine weekend. The club hopes to see everyone again next year.
Wednesday June 23, The Ballantyne Cup.
A field of 24 played in The Ballantyne, one of the oldest trophies dating back to 1909.
The midge infested conditions did nothing to inhibit scoring and the top 14 players all returned scores in the net 60s.
At the top of the board, however, scoring was even more impressive with four players beating par and Gordon MacLachlan returning a spectacular net 57 to win by three shots from David Brookens.
Result: 1 Gordon MacLachlan (21) 57, 2 David Brookens (13) 60, 3 David Blair (12) 62 acb, 4 Alan Kay (20) 62.
Jamie Macpherson carded the best gross score on 68 shots while David Morrison and David Blair recorded the only magic twos of the day @16th and 17th respectively.
Sunday June 27, Sunday Medal. A field of 17 played on yet another fine Sunday morning with sunny skies and a gentle breeze.
To match these fine conditions scoring was good with 11 players carding scores in the net 60s.
John Pennycott topped the table though with a fine net 61 that also gave him the best gross score of the day.
Result: 1 John Pennycott (11) 61 and lowest gross, 2 Duncan Heenan (12) 62, 3 Andrew Martin (16) 63 acb, 4 David Brookens (12) 63 acb. Magic twos Douglas Auld and Stuart McGregor both @17th.
Fixtures: Sunday July 4, The Morton Quaich. Wednesday July 7, Summer Trophy. Until further notice there will be no draws for partners and players should arrange their own groupings.
Lamlash Golf Club
Wednesday June 23, ladies’ medal four: 1 Kate McAdam 78-16=62, 2 June Richardson 88-25=63. Scratch Kate McAdam 78.
Thursday June 24, Summer Stableford: 1 Norrie MacIntyre 41pts, 2 Scott Campbell 37pts, 3 Willie Currie 34pts. Best scratch Norrie MacIntyre 31pts to stableford. Magic twos Norrie MacIntyre @13th, Willie Currie @14th, hole 16 drawn – rollover,
Sunday June 27, Medal Shield: 1 Martin Wallbank 73-12=61, 2 Ian Bremner 69-8=61. Best scratch Ian Bremner 69. Magic twos Martin Wallbank @ 12th and 13th, Ian Bremner @14th and 17th, hole 2 drawn – rollover.
Fixtures Saturday July 3, Club Championship qualifying round one, draw at 12.30pm. Sunday July 4, Club Championship qualifying round two – draw at 12.30pm also Jamieson Cup. Thursday July 8, Summer Cup and Scratch Cup, make up own groups and see starter for times. Saturday August 7 and Sunday August 8, Lamlash Open.
Corrie Golf Club
Wednesday June 23, Crawford Cup: 1 A Napier 71-10=61 and scratch, 2 D Logan 76-12=64, 3 J McGovern 76-12-64.
Saturday 26, 18-hole medal: 1 M McDonald 76-18=58, 2nd equal A McDonald 75-16=59, 2nd equal A Smith 73-14-59. Scratch A Napier and W Paton 72.
Fixtures: Saturday July 3, 18-hole medal. Wednesday July 7, 18-hole medal. Arrange own games and adhere to latest Covid regulations.
Congratulations to Brodick GC on winning the Hope Cup.
Shiskine Golf Club
Thursday June 24, ladies 18-hole medal winners and flag. Winner of medal, scratch, medal winners and flag: Silver: 1 Ann May 73-7=66, 2 Alice Anderson 86-18=68, 3 Jenni Turnbull 88-19=69; Bronze: 1 Elizabeth Kelso 85-23=72, 2 Carole Stewart 104-25=79
Sunday June 27, gents’ Sunday Stableford: 1 A Stewart 28pts, 2 B Sherwood 27pts, 3 R Robertson 26pts. Magic twos R Traill, B Sherwood and J Brown.
Machrie Bay Golf Club
Tuesday June 22, Peter Sutton: 1 Hamish Bannatyne 60, 2 Phil Betley 63, 3 John Pennycott 67 BIH.
Fixtures: Tuesday July 6, Lady Mary/Peter Sutton, tee off 12.30pm. Anyone planning to play in the evening please contact Brian by Monday.
Brodick Golf Club
Wednesday June 23, Summer Cup, 38 played: Don Rudge 89-28=61, Tam McNab 73-11=62, ACB, Douglas Robertson 82-20=62. Scratch, Robin Bell 66. Sunday June 27,
Bob McCrae 68-10=58, Chris Pattenden 79-19=60, Kenny McMillan 73-12=61. Scratch,
Bob McCrae 68.
Fixture: Sunday July 4, Brandon qualifier.