Stonehaven Golf Club’s season reached its crescendo last week with various matchplay events bringing the curtain down. As the season progresses, knockout competitions complement the weekly strokeplay/stableford fixture list, such ties being bare knuckle fights, in a golfing context, with players competing one-on-one or in pairs. No blood is spilt but comprehensive defeats can hurt more than three rounds with Mike Tyson.
The pecking order of seniority as regards these competitions is a moot point but scratch events are undoubtedly the most prestigious. With that in mind Stuart Dempster took centre stage, defeating six time club champion Craig Irvine in the DF Leslie final, some feat in itself but particularly given his very challenging route to the final. Graham Sangster was victorious over Michael Wood in the Willie Watt competition and the JM Low trophy went to club stalwart Harry Roulston who triumphed over Sam Geddes.
Two doubles competitions were also completed last week. The Ewan Mechie/Damien Shine combo won the RBS Matchplay final, played in a four-ball format, and the foursomes final saw Russell Duncan and Sam Geddes disposing of Simon Mitchell and Grant Smith with the minimum of fuss. Foursomes are an alternate shot format, not great for friendship bolstering if you keep leaving your partner in the cart.
In other news, the Midweek Stableford was won by Ewan Kirkpatrick, nudging past Ron Gilmour in warm yet windy conditions and this weekend’s postponed Barlow Cup will complete the seasons full complement of competitions (aside from a clutch of Stablefords before the winter league starts up in November).
The Ladies Section have commenced their winter season but not before an end of season Texas Scramble put an end to their summer fixture list. Jane Kennedy, Morag Duncan & Catherine Duncan won this one with a nett 62. The summer season may have all but ended for the Ladies, Men’s and Junior Sections alike, but it’s been a memorable one, largely enjoyed in sublime conditions. The golfing calendar never truly ceases however, it’s an all the year round sport, so we can now look forward to six months of golf beneath several layers of clothing, carrying a hip flask to sustain ourselves rather than a water bottle.
DF Leslie Trophy – Stuart Dempster
Willie Watt Trophy – Graham Sangster
JM Low – Harry Roulston
RBS Matchplay – Ewan Mechie / Damien Shine
Greensomes – Russell Duncan / Sam Geddes
- Ewan Kirkpatrick – 42 pts
- Ron Gilmour – 40 pts
- Graham King – 39 pts
64th Brian Hardstaff – 26 pts (Brian Hardstaff is a postman. Ian Poulter’s nickname is ‘The Postman’. Here the similarities end).
71st Russell Duncan – 23 pts (clearly saving energy for his Greensomes tie at the weekend. There was no need, they were only playing Mitchell & Smith).
- Alex Geddes – 37 pts
- Thomas Hart – 34 pts
- Graeme Wilson – 34 pts
Ladies Texas Scramble
- Jane Kennedy, Morag Duncan, Catherine Duncan – 62.3