Cameron lifts Whiting Bay trophy with eagle at last hole

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Whiting Bay Golf Club

Saturday and Sunday, July 24 and 25, The Hunter Furnishings Whiting Bay Golf Club Gents’ Open.

After the tribulations of last year the Gents’ Open returned with, as has become traditional, beautiful golfing weather over both days.

Bright sunshine and a dry running course made for a wonderful golfing experience for the large fields that participated and led to some exceptional scoring.

Saturday July 24, The Bank of Scotland Cup, 93 played: 1 Scott Murray 7, 56, 2 John Pennycott 11, 58 acb, 3 Andrew Martin 14, 58, 4 Fraser McKenzie 16, 61. Craig Young of the Balmore Golf Club returned the lowest gross score of 62. A total of 14 Magic twos were recorded and a full list is available on the club’s website. The major prize generously donated by Hunter Furnishing for the 1st hole-in-one of the event remained unclaimed.

Sunday July 25, The Royal Bank of Scotland Cup, 87 played: 1 Cameron Hill 13, 53, 2 Douglas Auld 18, 58, 3 David Brookens 11, 59, 4 Brian Murray 8, 60. Craig Young again returned the lowest gross score, this time a fine 64, and he also claimed the sponsor’s hole-in-one prize by acing the 17th. Congratulations Craig and here’s to many years of relaxation on your new recliner. A total of 14 magic twos were recorded and the full list is available on the club’s website.

This year’s Whiting Bay Gents Open winner is Cameron Hill whose score of 119 pipped Andy Martin on a countback. Scott Murray took third place on 122 with John Pennycott in fourth place on 124. Cameron’s eagle 2 on the 18th hole on Sunday clearly proved crucial. Many congratulations to him on a fine golfing performance over both days. The best scratch total came from Craig Young on 126.

Thanks go to Neil Richardson and Hunter Furnishings for their generous sponsorship. The provision of a major prize for the first hole-in-one was a new experience for us but one that certainly generated a large measure of interest in the event.

Thanks also to Arran Dairies, The Arran Butcher and Woolley’s,  all of whom went the extra mile to assist us when demand threatened to outstrip supply. A huge thank you to all those who toiled on the course and in the clubhouse.

Stewart’s work on the course has often been mentioned in reports this year and for our flagship event he made sure the course once again exceeded expectations.

In the clubhouse John Simmons and his helpers, Louise, Nanci Bremner and Jenni Mack worked wonders while Jamie the Train and his army of little shunters kept up the rapid supply of burgers.

The remaining Covid-19 restrictions meant that access to the clubhouse was limited and controlled but with everyone’s co-operation and understanding, the pop-up beer garden behind the home green proved a pleasant spot to enjoy the warm weather and some welcome refreshment.

Finally, thanks to all participants for their support and to their families and friends who contributed so well to the party atmosphere at the club. Hopefully we’ll see you all back next year.

Fixtures: Sunday August 1, Nestor’s Jug, Stableford. Wednesday August 4, McNicol Cup.

Wednesday July 21, The McLintock Cup. An elegant Edwardian cup presented to the club in 1908, The McLintock is one of the club’s oldest trophies and although thought of as the warm up for our open weekend, it is in itself a prestigious event.

A total of 36 played in this year’s version and despite the tricky conditions presented by a sun-baked (we don’t often get the chance to say that) course scoring at the top of the leaderboard was good. Cameron Hill, fresh from his runners-up spot in the Raymond Curtis, went one better this time to win with a net 59. 1 Cameron Hill 15, 59, 2 Sandy Pringle 14, 60 acb, 3 David Morrison 9, 60 acb, 4 Robert McNaught 17, 60 acb. Scott Adair produced the best scratch score with a well worked 66 that began with an eagle 2 at the 1st. The remaining 2s came from  Graeme Crichton @2nd, Neil Richardson @7th and David Morrison, Brian Murray and Scott Murray, all @17th.

Fixtures: Sunday August 1, Nestor’s Jug, Stableford. Wednesday August 4, McNicol Cup.

Lamlash Golf Club

Thursday July 22, Summer Cup: 1 Scott Macfarlane 69-9=60, 2 Paul Cowan 67-5=62, 3 Dylan Smith 76-13=63 BIH, 4 Dougie Macfarlane 65-2=63. Best scratch, Craig Young 64. Magic twos, Graeme Andrew and Alastair Crawford @ 16th, Norrie MacIntyre @ 17th, Scott Macfarlane @ 15th, Paul Jameson @ 13th, Craig Young @ 4th, 9th and 14th. Par 4 hole drawn, winners Scott Macfarlane @ 15th and Craig Young @ 9th. Sunday July 25, Scratch Cup. 1 Iain Murchie 74-7=67, 2 Alan Campbell 81-12=69, 3 Billy Skinner 90-19=71. Best scratch, Iain Murchie 74.

Fixtures: Sunday August 1, Hamilton Bowl [Bogey] final round, noon draw. Thursday Aug 5, Summer Cup, make up own groups and see starter for times.  Friday August 6, Dan Crawford Salver  [Stableford] and Lamlash Open practice day, make up own groups and see starter for times. Saturday August 7, Lamlash Open round one. Saturday August 8, Lamlash Open round two. Places still available for Lamlash Open, phone 600196 or 600296 to register.

Ladies’ section: A total of 43 ladies took part in the Lamlash Ladies’ Open on a very hot and sunny day. Fortunately it was played over 15 holes so the ladies did not need to climb up and around the triangle.

The playing conditions were very tricky, the ladies never knowing where the ball would end up on the fast fairways. Putting on several of the greens was extremely challenging but even in these conditions someone always manages to conquer the course.

This year’s overall winner was Gay Mackay with a net 50. Congratulations to Gay as she retained the trophy from two years ago when the club last  had an Open. The ladies of Lamlash would like to thank all the sponsors for their generosity in helping to provide an excellent array of prizes. Overall winner, Gay Mackay net 50, scratch, Ann May gross 62. Silver: 1 Yvonne Brothers net 55 acb, 2 Ann MacVicar net 55 acb, 3 Susan Butchard net 55. Bronze: 1 Jenny Pattenden net 52, 2 Sharon Percy net 59, 3 Alison Heron net 60.

SWI Golf

Thursday July 22, 12-hole competition. A total of 12 ladies played on a very warm and sunny day at Shiskine Golf and Tennis Club. 1 Jerry Arthur 61-22=39, scratch, Alice Anderson 55-12=43, 2 Piet Johnston 57-13=44, 3Elizabeth Kelso 60-15=45. Scratch, Alice Anderson 55-12=43. The raffle raised £70 which will go to the Arran Federation.

Fixture: Monday August 23, SWI 18-hole greensome. The national finals will be hosted by Wigtownshire Federation at Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club. The two teams
representing Arran are Clare Buchanan and Jerry Arthur, and Piet Johnston and Fiona Scott. Piet and Fiona are the holders of the Mitchell Trophy which they won when the finals were played in Shiskine in 2019. Good luck to both teams.

Corrie Golf Club

Wednesday July 21, Fairs Cup round one: 1 W Paton 67-8-59 and scratch, 2 Q Oliver 87-27-60, 3 A McDonald 79-17-62. Saturday July 24, Medal. 1 D Logan 71-13-58 and scratch, 2 equal J McGovern 73-13-60, 2 equal Q Oliver 86-26-60. Fixtures: Saturday July 31, 18-hole medal. Wednesday August 4, 18-hole medal second round. Competitors please adhere to current Covid regulations and make up your own pairings.

Shiskine Golf Club

Sunday July 25, Gents Sunday Stableford: 1 W Paton 29pts, 2 J Davidge 28pts, 3 T Ellis 27pts. Magic twos, W Paton, R Traill, C Watson, A Stewart, J Salton.

Machrie Bay Golf  Club

Tuesday July 20, Peter Sutton: 1 John Milesi 65, 2 Alex Morrison-Cowan 67, 3 John Pennycott 72. Fixtures: Tuesday August 3, Peter Sutton/Lady Mary, tee off 12.30pm. Anyone intending to play in the evening please contact Brian by Monday.

Brodick Golf Club

Wednesday July 21, Summer Cup, 33 played. Sam Tattersfield 77-18=59, John May 84-23=61 acb, Don Rudge 88-27=61. Scratch, Bruce Jenkins and Frazer Barr 72. Sunday June 25, Club Trophy, 28 played. Iain MacDonald 72-10=62 acb, Sam Tattersfield 79-17=62, Kenny McMillan 75-12=63 acb. Scratch, Iain MacDonald 72. Fixture: Sunday August 1, Brandon Qualifier.


Winners of the SWI 12 hole competition are, left to right, Jerry Arthur winner, Piet Johnston second and Alice Anderson scratch. No_B31ABGolf01

The main prize winners at the Lamlash Ladies Open. No_B31ABGolf02

Whiting Bay winners: Scott Murray with the Bank of Scotland Cup and Cameron Hill with the Royal Bank of Scotland Cup. No_B31ABGolf03

Whiting Bay Golf Club’s 2021 Open Champion, Cameron Hill with his trophies and a proud mum and dad. No_B31ABGolf04