Another week and another welcome stretch of fine weather at Stonehaven Golf Club, we’ve certainly been blessed by a super summer so far. Several events took place this week in both the Men’s and Ladies’ sections including an Open competition which showcased the course magnificently to visitors far and near.
The Gents section contested the RNLI Medal at the weekend in relatively benign conditions, the scores proving largely impressive. Kiefer Brown’s early morning gross score of 62 was remarkable in many respects; it was four under par, it contained two eagles (9th & 16th)…and yet it still didn’t win! One solitary bogey carded on the 2nd ended up costing him victory given Ken Green shot the same nett score, winning on count back and pleasing the galleries with a birdie-par finish. In third place came Dave Allan, just a further stroke behind. There’s a gag in there somewhere about a narrow deficit not being a laughing matter but I’m not clever enough to work it out and I’m confident he’s heard it all before. In all 120 golfers competed in this DF Leslie Qualifier with 22 breaking their handicaps and 21 handing in the dreaded ‘no-return’, I suppose you’d call that a narrow victory by quality over haplessness, a sizeable helping of mediocrity sandwiched in between.
The midweek Stableford was won by Alex Russon, amassing a huge tally of 43 points and laying down a marker for the scratch club championship now just eleven months away. Modesty prevents him from going into further detail but the words ‘birdie’ and ‘barrage’ come to mind.
The Ladies 3 Ball Open was won by the Stonehaven trio Doreen Seery, Jane Kennedy and Janet Owen. Thirteen threeballs took part including a very healthy proportion of visitors, local knowledge (and fine scoring) winning through for the Stoney team as competitors basked in beautiful, warm conditions. Co-winner Doreen Seery appears to be enjoying her recent return to golf after a spell away from the game, she’s been collecting silverware like stamps of late.
Next week we’ll be featuring the results from the Junior Championships. The Junior Section contains some very good players indeed and they’re a credit to the club. The place will miss their perpetual presence over the summer as they drift back to school, it’s a tonic having them around but evenings and weekends will doubtless continue to find them honing their games and showing us how golf should be played.
1. Ken Green (9) 61
2. Kiefer Brown (1) 61
3. Dave Allan (18) 62
1. Alex Russon 43
2. Gregor Knowles 40
3. Adam Smith 40
Ladies 3 Ball Better Ball Open
1. D Seery, J Kennedy, J Owen 51
2. J Bradford, E Mitchell, J Thurlow 54
3. M Campbell, P Parker, M Samuel 54
1. Fiona Armstrong (18) 68
2. Wilma Lawrence (11) 68
3. Jan Bradford (18) 69
1. Kathleen Groundwater (25) 66
2. Yvonne Scott (21) 67
3. Janet Owen (26) 70
Ladies Throw Out Competition
Div 1 Fiona Armstrong (24) 47
Div 2 Jacqui Blackburn (18) 43
Ladies Putter’s Quaich
1. Wilma Lawrence 30 putts