Big turnout takes part in Wolfi’s open event

Prize winners Ben Kroner, Fay Mackay and Jamie Stewart with Gege and Markus Kroner and Whiting Bay Golf Club captain, Stan Rainey.

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Perfect golfing weather and a huge turnout of golfers, from all parts of the island and beyond, many overcoming ferry-induced travel difficulties, combined to help Whiting Bay Golf Club commemorate their much missed friend and past captain, Wolfi Kroner, who died in March.

Saturday September 4, saw the staging of Wolfi’s Open Stableford and what a day it was.

Gege, Markus and the rest of Wolfi’s family went to great lengths to provide a generous array of prizes for the golfers and for the well-subscribed auction and raffle that took place afterwards. Many local individuals and businesses, far too many to name here, also contributed generously and the warmth of feelings freely expressed must have been a source of great comfort to all who miss Wolfi so much.

On a day such as this, the golf is perhaps not as important as we sometimes think it is, but Wolfi loved his golf and he would have been delighted to know that 76 played in this event, a Stableford from the yellow tees just as he liked.

The full result can be found on the club’s website but for the purpose of this intimation it is perhaps enough to know that Gay Mackay from Lamlash returned the top score – and, of course, the top score from a lady golfer – with a most impressive 44 points. Their own champion Jamie Stewart took the award for the best men’s score on 41 points and fittingly, young Ben Kroner came in as top junior.