After months of near perfect golfing conditions, the weather this week reminded us that it’s only too willing to bite us on the bottom. A deluge of rain put paid to Saturday’s proposed Medal competition with the ‘Course Closed’ sign evident for the majority of the day. Even the hardiest of players struggles to putt golf balls through puddles having reached the green in a canoe, the intended Innes Medal was therefore postponed to be played concurrently with next Saturday’s Willie Donald Champions Trophy.
Sunday’s weather was much better, though it was under dull skies that the Texas Scramble Open was contested. The rules were thus; teams of four players selecting the best resting place from their quartet’s tee shots and doing likewise for each shot thereafter until the culmination of the hole. Expectation levels are high when four players each take a punt from the same vantage point, the law of averages suggesting at least one of your number will hit a respectable golf shot. Don’t be duped however by this apparent safety in numbers, from unwarranted complacency are lines fluffed, as many teams discovered.
The Texas Scramble is the ultimate buck passing format, poorer players looking to their teammates to bail them out when their own contributions fail to pass muster. Such a lily livered approach pays no dividends, take the hapless Smith,Martin,McKechnie & Russon quartet for example, whose round folded like a deckchair despite a promising start. Mutiny broke out on the 5th over their choice of drive, a lame par resulting, and a lamentable bogey followed to break an already suspect resolve. The four departed the 18th green with their initial bonhomie absent having given way to rancour and disdain. One team, however, was made of sterner stuff, Messrs Dempster, Wood, McGillivary & Burness taking the bull by the horns to scoop the £400 first prize.
During the week the Senior Medal Final saw Eric Dickie victorious with a nett 66 in humid conditions. John Stephen triumphed on the same day in the Stableford competition, narrowly edging Roger Horrocks into second place.
The Ladies Section enjoyed a well attended Stableford Sweep with Liz Molloy, not for the first time in her lengthy SGC career, securing victory, and the Ladies Daily Mail Foursomes Qualifier saw Kathleen Groundwater and Wilma Lawrence progressing to the next round after a splendid net 62. It’s too late for any of them to qualify for this year’s Solheim Cup, the European team having defeated America only last week, but the trio have put themselves in the shop window for the next selection process.
Selbie Texas Scramble Open
- Stuart Dempster,Barry McGillivray,Michael Wood,Scott Burness (nett 49.3)
- Graham Foubister,Steven Innes,Ian Pratt,Scott Mitchell (nett 50)
Senior Medal Final
- Eric Dickie 66 (19)
- Ian Smith 67 (13)
- Brian Hunter 68 (7)
- John Stephen 41 pts
- Roger Horrocks 40 pts
- Gary Graham 40 pts
- Willie Garden 39 pts
- Steve Guzik 38 pts
- Alan Gall 38 pts
- Alex Russon 38 pts
field – 73
Ladies Autumn Sweep
- Liz Molloy 38 pts
- Fiona Currie 35 pts
- Rose Riddell 35 pts
Ladies Daily Mail Foursomes Qualifier
- Kathleen Groundwater & Wilma Lawrence nett 62