Stonehaven Golf Club round up

The Open Championship was contested in perfect sunshine this weekend, and so was Stonehaven Golf Club’s Innes Medal. Well over a hundred competitors soaked up the suns rays at Stoney on a beautiful Saturday before returning home to recline in front of the telly. Scoring was splendid, the winner of Division 1 enjoying a fine day at the office (I theng yoo) with a nett 59, and the remaining two divisions were won by Stuart Paul (62) and Bradley Wood (59) respectively.

The Men’s Senior Championship got underway earlier in the week with impressive scoring by the club’s silver foxes, again in beautiful conditions. Gordon Adamson leads after the first of three rounds and there’s a parade of familiar names lined up behind him. The number of competitors in the midweek Medal was depleted since it was held on the same day as the Senior’s championship but Mark McCracken’s winning nett 60 would be worthy of victory on any Wednesday.

The Ladies Medal this week was won by Catherine Duncan, however runner-up Rose Riddell took the glory with a hole-in-one on the 7th. Rose’s son won the club championship a few weeks ago, husband Joe therefore needs to step up to the plate if he’s to avoid an insufferable conversation over Christmas dinner. Connor Dalglish took the Junior Open with a gross 71, excellent golf for one so young but not surprising given the junior section have virtually set up camp at Stonehaven Golf Club for the duration of the school holidays. And who can blame them? I’d do the same and no mistake.

The knockout matchplay competitions also continue apace with several singles and doubles events to play for. In the Foursomes, Alex Russon and partner Ali Robertson were issued with dog licences despite not owning a pet between them. For the uninitiated, a dog licence cost 7&6 in old money, players defeated by 7&6 are therefore said to have been handed a ‘dog licence’.  Kids today call it ‘getting owned’ but hats off to McHardy & Henderson (who sound like a firm of solicitors) for their annihilation of Ali Robertson and myself. It’s a long walk back from the 12th green, particularly when you have your tail between your legs and your partner’s not talking to you.

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Results

Senior Championship Rd 1

Gordon Adamson 67

Steven McGhie 69

Colin Arthur 70

Innes Medal

Division 1

Alan Officer (11) 59

Graeme Wilson (11) 61

Samuel Geddes (9) 63

Division 2

Stuart Paul (13) 62

Duncan Cursiter (15) 63

Ally Reid (17) 64

Division 3

Bradley Wood (20) 59

Scott Willsher (19) 61

Craig McKechnie (18) 65

Wednesday Medal

Mark McCracken (13) 60

Christopher Shearer (21) 61

Neil Munro (8) 61

Ladies Medal

Division 1

Catherine Duncan (9) 65

Rose Riddell (8) 65

Fiona Currie (14) 67

Division 2

E Gilmour (26) 61

Teresa McKenzie (27) 64

Jacqui Blackburn (26) 64

Junior Open

Connor Dalglish (5) 66

Josh Killoh (13) 68

Ross Scott Burns (10) 71