It’s been another haar affected week at Stonehaven Golf Club, heavy fog curtailing some events and putting paid entirely to others. It’s a blessing to live in such a wonderful part of the world but try telling that to frustrated golfers alighting on the first tee, unable to see beyond the end of their noses. The summer’s been excellent this year but pea soupers have occasionally been guilty of scuppering a planned day’s golf.
The ladies ‘Stoney Solheim Cup’ was postponed on Sunday thanks to haar and the course closed to allcomers for a fair chunk of the day. The previous day the men’s Barlow Cup found barely half of the intended field able to complete their rounds, but sufficient numbers for results to stand. Murray Smith was victorious with 43 points (an excellent tally worthy of top spot even if the field had been bursting with players), his win particularly impressive given he’d carded a ‘fat lady’ on the 5th. The reputedly easiest hole on the course often bares its teeth, Murray it’s latest victim, but his quadruple proved merely a blip on an otherwise blemish free scorecard.
The Ladies Medal was won this week by Wilma Lawrence (Div 1) and Susan Henderson (Div 2) with the Captain’s Prize going to Jenny Needham recording a fine total of 22 points from her 9 holes. The Ladies have Foursomes and Stableford competitions to look forward to this week, provided of course the haar doesn’t intervene once again.
The main golfing season may be coming to an end but it certainly isn’t petering out. There’s plenty still to play for, not least the four remaining matchplay competitions which have each reached the latter stages. This week a clash of the titans saw Craig Irvine (six time club champion) defeating current club champion Kevin Riddell in the DF Leslie. Had dress sense been the deciding factor however, and it had been a football match, we’d be reporting on a 0-0 draw with both teams booed off at the final whistle. The DF Leslie & RBS matchplay competitions have reached the quarterfinals but the last knockings of the JM Lowe finds Sam Geddes and Harry Roulston in the grand final while the Willie Watt semi finals sees Gary Brown v Michael Wood and Graham Sangster v Jacek Nowak.
A pleasing aspect of this years golfing season has been the number of visitors to Stonehaven Golf Club. People from all over the UK and beyond have followed up on recommendations published by various golfing media forums. Stonehaven appears as one of the top 100 courses in Scotland and people have taken notice. It’s been a pleasure to see so many sharing their summer with us at SGC, the great weather we’ve experienced rewarding them for their patronage.
For more fun and frolickery the golf club broadcasts a weekly radio show, this week’s special guest Russell Duncan, long time Stoney member and former professional footballer. Why not listen on DAB radio or online at www.mearnsfm.org.uk Mondays 8-9pm, or catch up on the Listen Again function.
- Murray Smith 43 pts
- David Summers 40 pts
- Stuart Dempster 40 pts
- Stuart Wright 40 pts
- Craig Irvine 40 pts
- Terry Middleton 40 pts
- Wilma Lawrence (11) 71
- Catherine Duncan (9) 71
- Fiona Currie (13) 72
- Susan Henderson (37) 63
- Jacqui Blackburn (22) 63
- Doreen Seery (23) 65
Ladies Captain’s Prize (9 holes)
- Jenny Needham 22 pts