For the Men’s section, the Saturday competition is usually the centre point of the weekly fixture list. That’s when the tee-sheet is at its’ fullest and the events are more prestigious in nature, certainly when it comes to stroke-play (outside of the final two rounds of the club championship). This week however it was the midweek results that took centre stage.
Firstly, the club’s Deeside League team succeeded in winning their match at Banchory to qualify for the grand final in the Handicap Knockout. The match was drawn after the five doubles matches were completed so a sudden death playoff was called for. Jim Hepburn and Neil McArthur retrieved their clubs from their respective car boots and, in virtual darkness, returned to the course to clinch the tie. The club has never won the event before so it’s an excellent achievement to have reached the final (v Lumphanan) and will be an even finer one should they win it. The date and neutral venue is yet to be decided but when it is the team would be encouraged if a supportive away following is taken, watch this space for details.
Not to be outdone by their Deeside League compadres, a number of members shot the lights out in the midweek Stableford with some incredible scoring. Ian Taylor notched a bogeyless 62 to earn 41 points and on any other day would have claimed the best scratch score but, remarkably, he was eclipsed by playing partner Fraser Stark who bagged four birdies and an eagle (9th) in a 61. A ten footer on the last green narrowly slipped by otherwise he’d have equalled the course record, that’s how good a round it was. Perversely however, it wasn’t sufficient to win the event, Lee Watson sneaking it by a point despite a grotesque eleven on the 12th hole. Card one of those babies in a Medal and you’re toast, do it in a Stableford though and you carry on regardless. Congratulations to Lee on a splendid recovery and to The Deeside League team for doing the club proud.
There was a dearth of competition for the Ladies, the heavy rain putting paid to Tuesday’s golf leaving just Thursday for competitive action. Catherine Duncan must have spent her Tuesday practicing at the Paul Lawrie while the rest sipped coffee in Stoney’s clubhouse because come Thursday she spread eagled the field to win by seven shots!
The photo shows the sudden-death action at Banchory. (Well, kinda, it was nearly midnight by the time this was taken)
Winning Deeside League team v Banchory
R McAllan, S Wright x2, G Ironside, A Darragh, I Brattey, A Cruickshank, G Taylor, J Hepburn, N McArthur
S McGhie 39; G Graham 38; D Bell 38
L Watson 42; Fraser Stark 42; I Taylor 41.
A Geddes 38; R Leggate 36; T Middleton 36.
9 Hole Stableford
G Smith 19; C Watt 19; S Mitchell 19.
*selected other – C McKechnie 14 (last position)
Div 1 – C Duncan 64: L Molloy 71; F Currie 71.
Div 2 – P Droy 66, B Kakebeeke 70; W Eccles 71.