Eclectic Golf Action

View across the ninth green to hills beyond Stonehaven

by Fiona Currie

Bad weather played havoc with the fixtures again in the middle of January with the course being closed for most of the week due to ice followed by flooding.

In the meantime, after two years’ of virtual meetings, the club’s Annual General Meeting took place in the clubhouse. Ian Wood, Club Captain for the past two years, stood down after serving on the council in a variety of roles for many years. We will all miss his “Grip It and Rip It” messages. Ian’s replacement, Malcolm Ritchie, has also served on the council for many years and we wish him well in his new role. The Club Council work tirelessly to improve all aspects of the club and thanks go to them, as well as many other volunteers, for giving up their time to steer the club in the right direction.

The ladies have started their Winter Eclectic competition where they endeavor to improve on their previous score at each hole. There was no excuse for poor play on Tuesday, when the course was bathed in glorious sunshine and the temperature soared to 16° and, indeed, some very good scores were recorded. Despite the temperature not reaching the previous day’s high, the seniors made light work of the course with excellent scoring in all three divisions.

After an impressive score on Saturday Jacek Nowak has joined Malcolm Ritchie at the top of the Singles Winter League.  Craig Irvine and Fraser Stark have overtaken Kevin Riddell and Jason Barbour at the top of the Scratch Doubles and Neil MacArthur and Graeme McFarlane still have a sizeable lead in the Nett Doubles. However, there are still six weeks to go and all to play for.

Results

Senior 14 Hole Sweep:

Div 1 R Haddock 32; D Barnard 31; J Hepburn 31. 

Div 2 F Urquhart 32; N MacArthur 31; J McMenemy 30. 

Div 3 D Foote 33; G Forrester 31; I Carnie 31.

Ladies Winter Eclectic (18 Hole) – W Eccles 63; M Crothers 63; R Menzies 64. (9 Hole) – L Carnie 38; L Molloy 42; V Forrester 49.

Ladies 12 Hole Winter League – E Gilmour 25; J Thurlow 24; W Eccles 23.

Gents Winter League:

Singles – J Nowak 41; R McAlpine 40; I Shearer 38. 

Doubles (Gross) – C Irvine/F Stark 59; K Riddell/J Barbour 59; I Taylor/R McAllan 63.

Doubles (Nett) – S Irvine/G Lawson 55; M Halliday/I Brattey 56; S Wright/G Ironside 58.