There was some fine scoring this weekend at Stonehaven Golf Club with almost a hundred competitors taking part in the Barlow Cup, the last competition of the season. Players who’d hitherto failed to realise their potential attempted to step up to the plate before the season’s fat lady sang. But it was too little, too late, William McEwen’s splendid 41 point haul resigning them to a minimum six month wait before a drafted victory speech can emerge from their back pockets.
The midweek Stableford saw a surprise winner in long time club stalwart Angus Martin, the man with a putting stroke that belongs to a cricket strip. Angus’s putter usually demands a minimum of forty blows before allowing itself to be returned to the car boot but this week it took pity on him. He amassed a victorious 38 point tally, holing putts that on previous outings would still be travelling. Congratulations go to him and indeed his long suffering playing partners who’ve spent the summer looking out upon the North Sea while he putts, unable to stomach a continuation of this grotesque yip fest. Don’t buy him a putter for Christmas, he has a garage full of them.
In other news, three more end of season trophies were decided with the Irvine family once again figuring prominently. Individual scores for every player are recorded throughout the season, their ten best rounds contributing to a final aggregated total. Craig Irvine’s score of 653 won the scratch competition, the nett version was tied between Craig’s father Neil and Joe Meanen on 631 and the season long eclectic found Craig and Stuart Wright equal first with an eighteen under par return.
The ladies were out in force last week for the first of their 12 hole Winter Stablefords, an event which omits the first two gully holes plus holes 12- 15. You can understand the thinking, avoiding the hillier sections of the course, but any thoughts of a 33% winter fees discount must go out of the window forthwith. Fiona Armstrong won with 26 points, her calf muscles not in need of a soak for the first time in six months given the steeper holes were avoided.
The club is extremely grateful for the support of its many sponsors and as such provided a competition and nosebag on Sunday to convey its heart felt thanks. The View Restaurant fed the competitors magnificently before and after a Texas Scramble event won by Team Synergy, bookending their round with an eagle at the 1st and a birdie at 18.
- William McEwan 41 pts
- Mike Griffin 41 pts
- Robert Hemphill 40 pts
- Angus Martin 38 pts
- Kevin Duguid 38 pts
- Brian Andrew 37 pts
Shieldarroch Trophy (10 best scratch scores)
Craig Irvine 653
Glenshieldaig Trophy (10 best nett scores)
Neil Irvine & Joe Meanen 631
Craig Irvine & Stuart Wright 48
Ladies Winter League 12 Hole
- Fiona Armstrong 26 pts
- Jane Kennedy 24 pts
- Evelyn Gilmour 24 pts