Those watching the Ryder Cup on Sky television last week will have noticed the dearth of information regards Stonehaven Golf Club’s latest results. The information bar whizzing across the bottom of the screen failed to inform the global audience of happenings in our corner of Scotland. We’ll endeavour therefore to redress the balance here.
Sunday’s Mixed Open Greensomes saw men and women combining to compete for silverware. Rose Riddell had the good sense to partner Kevin, her club champion son, as opposed to army golfing husband Joe, and her shrewd move paid dividends with the duo securing the Scratch trophy (67). The Handicap section found Len Wain and Yvonne Scott victorious with a splendid net 60.2 in one of the club’s more light hearted annual events. A fine day’s golf and camaraderie was enjoyed by the 22, largely harmonious, pairings.
The Saturday Stroke boasted 90 competitors with no less than 24 of them recording the dreaded N/R, a lamentable number. However, did they really stand a chance given a 14 handicap winner had the gall to birdie three of the opening five holes in a remarkable nett score of 57? Congratulations go to Allan on a spectacular victory, our best wishes too as he welcomes in the Autumn with a handicap laceration of epic proportions.
The midweek Stableford found later starters bemoaning windier conditions than the morning’s players had had to endure, but let’s not dwell on the flailings of sore losers. Ivan Groundwater left them to feast upon sour grapes, emerging victorious with an astonishing 44 points. Just to illustrate how impressive this tally was, the combined totals of Craig McKechnie and Michael Wood would have exceeded it by only a solitary point.
The Ladies section enjoyed another weekly Stableford, Catherine Duncan winning with 31 points to pip Yvonne Scott on countback. Oh for the days when ties at the top of the leaderboard were settled by an immediate 18 hole play off. It’d keep us all fit and give SGC the opportunity to introduce ‘headlamp golf’, an initiative golfing insomniacs such as myself have been advocating for decades.
The Junior section’s 6 hole league culminated this week with Alana Henderson a worthy winner of the gross section after twenty weeks of solid scoring. Oscar Wilson triumphed in the nett section and other prize winners included Fraser Skidmore and Charlie Metelski.
- Allan Gall 57 (14)
- Scott Willsher 61 (18)
- Alan Smith 61 (21)
- Ivan Groundwater 44 pts
- Gary Robertson 38pts
- Ian Carnie 37 pts
Ladies Autumn Sweep
- Catherine Duncan 31 pts
- Yvonne Scott 31 pts
- Fiona Armstrong 30 pts
Junior 6 hole League
- Alana Henderson
- Fraser Skidmore
- Oscar Wilson
- Charlie Metelski
Mixed Open Greensomes.
- Rose Riddell / Kevin Riddell – 67.
- Yvonne Scott / Len Wain – 60.2
- Wilma Lawrence / Billy Shepherd – 61.8
- Nan Byars / Billy Fraser – 61.8