Stonehaven Golf Club this week

Stonehaven Golf Club is always delighted to welcome visitors, never more so than at the annual Open held this year in glorious sunshine. It’s an opportunity for the club to showcase itself to newcomers and welcome back old friends, blending both with club members in universal competition.

The scoring was excellent with some scintillating results recorded. Craig Irvine in particular bombed it with a four under par 62 (gross) containing six birdies and a back nine of just 29  to win the Scratch section while Division One was won with a score in the nett 50’s. It was good to see a healthy sprinkling of visitors in medal positions with guests from Peebles, Dalmahoy and Nigg Bay featuring prominently. The perception of Stoney is that you need to play it a number of times before you have its’ measure, several visitors lay that notion to rest though when scoring nett sub-par rounds.

The Wednesday Stroke saw excellent scoring, William Donald the victor with a nett 60 to nudge out Stuart Paul out by a single shot. The Senior Medal earlier in the day found Steve McGhie, Robert Haddock and Robert Armstrong winning their divisions with sub-par rounds. Ben Crockett meanwhile took the 9 Hole Stableford at a canter.

The Ladies Medal also found Teresa Mckenzie leaving her challengers for dead in Division 2 but there was a much narrower victory for Catherine Duncan in Division 1. The Captain’s Prize was won by Liz Powell with a fine forty point haul and Irene Mearns took the 9 Hole Stableford. The comps come thick and fast at Stonehaven GC, let’s hope the fine weather continues to do likewise.

In other news, myself and Simon Mitchell represented the club at the Oldmeldrum Open while Stoney’s was being held. One of us finished 8th with a creditable nett 70 while the other crawled apologetically to a feeble 38th position, his scorecard ‘boasting’ a snowman and a prile of doubles. Said individual spent the entire round panicking over whether he’d make Pittodrie in time for 3pm, his undue haste costing him dear. I won’t embarrass the culprit by naming him, let’s just say he failed to reproduce the form shown when fluking a third place in last Wednesday’s Stroke. (Results below btw 😊)

(*photo depicts Angus Martin surveying his obliterated trolley during the Midweek Stroke. He’d inadvertently let go of the vehicle as he departed the 14th tee and could only look on as it hurtled 100mph into his playing partner’s trolley minding it’s own business at the bottom of the hill. He completed his round on two wheels and no-returned at the 17th , saving the indignity of hobbling down the last serenaded by clubhouse sniggers)

Results

Open

Scratch – C Irvine 62; K Hopkirk 65; K Brown 65.

Div 1 – S Brown 58; R McAllan 62; A Fraser 63.

Div 2 – B Wood 63; D Summers 63; G Ironside 66.

Div 3 – R Shearer 60; G Waterhouse 65; C Delaney 65.

Senior Medal

Div 1 – S McGhie 65; A Officer 66; T Gilchrist 67

Div 2 – R Haddock 61; J Findlay 65; M Ritchie 68

Div 3 – R Armstrong 63; N Clyne 64; R Horrocks 64

Wednesday Medal Final

N Cattanach 64; I Groundwater 69; J McMenemy 70

Wednesday Stroke

W Donald 60; S Paul 61; S Mitchell 62

9 Hole Stableford

B Crockett 21; D Summers 19; M Gaskin 18

Ladies Medal

Div 1 – C Duncan 64; F Currie 65; W Lawrence 67

Div 2 – T Mckenzie 61; J Owen 66; R Menzies 67

Ladies Captain’s Prize

L Powell 40;

9 Hole Stableford

I Mearns 15.

Reporter – Alex Russon