Stonehaven Golf Club Report

By Fiona Currie

Stonehaven Golf Club Report w/e Sunday 30th April 2023

Not to be deterred by a return to wintry weather on Tuesday most of the ladies, wrapped up in thermals, powered their way round the course despite the hail showers with Jenny Needham managing to accrue 35 points. The wind and rain on Thursday obviously didn’t dampen everyone’s spirits with Jane Kennedy and Fiona Lamont making light work of the conditions both coming in with under par scores of 64. Eleven pars and one birdie have given Fiona a first-rate start to the Summer Eclectic competition.

The gents’ Wednesday Stableford saw more than a third of the field playing to their handicap or better with Neil MacArthur, who carded 42 points, back to his winning ways closely followed by Brian Hardstaff and Neil Robertson. The competition was fierce in the Sweep and JM Low Qualifier on Saturday. The top 32 players, which was everyone scoring nett 66 and better, qualified for the JM Low stroke play knockout competition. Andrew Stewart, with 10 pars and a birdie, pipped Chris Taylor to the post in division 1 despite Chris Taylor’s impressive three birdies on the last 3 holes. Competition was tight in the other divisions with Ian Shearer topping division 2 and Terry Middleton at the top of division 3.

The winners of the Scottish Golf R&A 9-Hole Challenge, which was open to all members, was played on Friday and won by Fiona Sim and Wilma Lawrence. They progress to the National Final at Dundas Park Golf Club in June.

The end of April sees the end of preferred lies on the course and players must play the ball as it lies and the course as they find it. If you cannot do either, you must follow the rules of golf which you can find at www.randa.org. The R&A also provides a very useful Rules App which can be downloaded to your smartphone.

Results

Ladies Stableford – J Needham 35; W Eccles 33; C Duncan 33.
9 Hole Stableford – J Mackintosh 19; V Forrester 10.
Ladies Medical/Eclectic – J Kennedy 64; F Lamont 64; F Armstrong 67.
Senior Blue Tee Stableford – Graeme Wilson 36; G Forrester 35; Gordon Wilson 33.
Gents Wednesday Stableford – N MacArthur 42; B Hardstaff 41; N Robertson 40.
9 Hole Stableford – A McKechnie 21; D Paton 18; R Hampson 17.
Saturday Sweep/JM Low Qualifier:
Div 1 A Stewart 62; C Taylor 63; G Ironside 63.
Div 2 I Shearer 61; D Allan 62; D Mcrae 63.
Div 3 T Middleton 62; J Findlay 63; F Urquhart 64.