Weekending 16th May

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the ladies competed in the Ladies’ Rosebowl and it was Margaret Thompson (21), fresh from a holiday in Australia, who triumphed with a very impressive score of 40 stableford points. A birdie 3 at the tricky 14th hole just one highlight in her excellent round. Runner up was Susan Philpott (38) with 35 pts. Elizabeth Sloan (25) secured 3rd place with 31 pts.

Also, on Saturday the gents took the field to compete for the Rover Cup. Calum Riach (14) secured back to back wins after his triumph last weekend in the May medal, this time an impressive nett score of 66 being good enough for a two shot victory over nearest rival John Inglis (22). Riach enjoyed birdies at the par 5 4th hole and the short par 3 16th hole. Also, on nett 68 was Alan Gristwood (7) who also birdied the par 5 4th hole and played consistently throughout his round. Ron Lyon (12) and Steven Thomas (16) were the only other players to shoot sub 70 rounds. Leading scores:  winner, C Riach (14) 66; r/up, J Inglis (22) 68 (BL)9; A Gristwood (7) 68; R Lyon (12), S Thomas (16) 69; G Ainslie (15), R Harrower (4), V McLaughlin (19), A Grigor (17), R Kinnaird (5) 70; I Murray (7), F Morgan (13) 71.

Other results:

Club Stableford (May 12): G Ainslie (15) 43 pts; P Downs (1), R Quinn (15) 37 pts; V McLaughlin (18) 35 pts; S Rooney (25), G H Hay (2) 34 pts; S Ritchie (8), C MacDonald (16) 33 pts; R Kinnaird (5), I Gardner (11), J Inglis (21), R Lyon (11) 32 pts.

Seniors Team Open (May11): winners, A Peachey, I Reid, S Stewart, J Nicol (Alford) 85 pts; runners up, D Spencer, M Wallace, I Gardner (Boat Of Garten), A Edwards (Tantallon) 83 pts; N Shand, M Fertacz, A Henderson, M Winton (Pitlochry) 82 pts (BL6); P Smith , A Lees, S Crane, B Crasburn (Moray) 82 pts BL9; A Duthie, N Cobban, I Swanson, R Gordon (Alford) 82 pts (BL9); V Angus (Glenearn), C Milne, D Braine, R Senior (Pitlochry) 82 pts.


Weekending 9th May

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the men’s May monthly medal saw another large entry and it was Calum Riach (15) who tore the field apart with an excellent nett 62 to narrowly win Section 2 by a single shot from Steven Thomas (18). Thomas also produced his lowest round of the season, a nett 63. Riach enjoyed birdies at the 5th and 7th holes on his way to an impressive outward half of 35. Thomas had a 2 at the short 9th hole but would rue his double bogey at the difficult closing hole. In Division 1 Brian Shaw (6) fired the lowest gross score of the day, a level par round of 70 (nett 64) to secure a comfortable win over runner up Ron Lyon. Shaw hit the birdie trail with birdies at holes 2,5,9 and 17.Leading scores: Section 1 – winner, B Shaw (6) 64; R Lyon (12) 71; I Cormack (8) 72.Section 2 – winner, C Riach (15) 62; S Thomas (18) 63; J Toothill (32) 70.

Also, on Saturday the ladies’ May Medal and Club Championship qualifier turned out to be closely run affair with Ann Weller (20) narrowly pipping Pam MacGillivray (26) on countback after both returned nett 73. Susan Philpott (39) fired a nett 74 for third place. Leading scores: Winner, A Weller (20) 73 BL9; P MacGillivray (26) 73; S Philpott (39) 74; S Fielding (22) 76; T Philip (24) 77; J Ridley (15), C Bashford (15) 78; J Clark (22) 79.

Club Stableford (May 5): A Gristwood (7) 37 pts; R Simpson (5) 36 pts; R Lyon (10), R Kinnaird (5), J Inglis (21), G Ainslie (15) 35 pts; G H Hay (2), M T Graham (19), T Philip (24) 34 pts; M McDonald (6), C Blair (9) 32 pts.

Seniors Stableford (4 May) : winner, A Boxx (18) 43 pts; J Dingwall (18) 42 pts; R Palmer (34), D Card (31) 40 pts; J McPhee (26) 39 pts; J York (22) 35 pts; C Semple (18), K Aitken (8), G Anslow (17) 34 pts.


Weekending 1st May

At Boat of Garten on Saturday there was a strong entry for the men’s Tennent Cup, with the additional incentive of the Cameron Tankard for those golfers aged 55 and over. Fine overhead conditions and a course in excellent condition allowed the morning starters the opportunity to post a low score and this was grasped with both hands by seven players who all returned sub 70 scores. Best of the day was Gavin Eastwood (11) who returned a formidable gross 74, nett 63, greatly aided by birdies at two of the hardest holes on the course, the dog leg par 4 6th and the exceptionally tough 18th closing hole. A single shot behind on nett 64 was Gordon Philip (23) who enjoyed birdies at the 9th and 15th holes, followed by Chris Helik (9) who maintained his recent good form with a nett 66. Gordon Philip secured the Cameron Tankard which was awarded to the best nett score by an over 55 Member. Leading scores:  Tennent Cup– winner, G Eastwood (11) 63, C Helik (9) 66; D Housby (5) 67; D Johnstone (12) 68; I Turner (16) 69. Cameron Tankard (Over 55s): winner, G Philip (23) 64; Runner-up, P Hughes (16) 67.

Also, on Saturday the ladies competed for the Hazel Hamilton Trophy, a competition played in pairs with a Greensomes format. Winners this year were Lesley Semple and Karen Morrison (30) with an impressive nett score of 66, five shots clear of runners-up Caroline Bashford and Elizabeth Sloan (20). Tied in third place on 73 were June Clark & Lynda Coles (28) and Tierna Browne & Christine Thompson (27).

On Sunday Members competed for the RBS Trophy, played as a pairs Greensomes. Winners on nett 68 were John Inglis and Stephen Rooney (23) with Paul Downs and Andy Grigor securing runners-up position with their nett 71.

Other results:

Club Walk-on Stableford (April 28); J MacKenzie (21) 39 pts; I Turner (16)36 pts; M McDonald (6) 35 pts; P Downs (1) 34 pts; R Harrower (2), R Lyon (11) 33 pts; R Proud (12) 32 pts.

Ladies Coronation Foursomes: winners, M Crook & E Semple (28) 30 pts; runners-up, S McLaren & M Chrystie (27) 27 pts.

Ladies Cancer Relief Medal; winner, J Clark (20) 76 BIH; M Simpson (19) 76; S Hendrie (19) 77; P MacGillivray (26), R Clow (33) 80; S Philpott (39) 82.


Weekending 24th April

At Boat of Garten on Saturday there was a strong entry for the Glenfiddich Trophy which combined this year with the rescheduled April Medal. Gordon Hay was the best of the morning starters, his gross 69 nett 66 a single shot ahead of Kevin Taylor (14), Scott MacDonald (14), Steven Thomas (18) and Ronnie Kinnaird (6) who all tied on 67. It was Derek Allan, however, a late starter in the afternoon, who took the honours with his winning score of 96 less 31, nett 65 for a narrow one shot victory, also earning a small reduction in handicap. Leading Scores: winner, D Allan (31) 65; runner-up, G H Hay (3) 66; K Taylor (14), S MacDonald (14), S Thomas (18), R Kinnaird (6) 67; L Paterson (16) 68; A Boxx (16), C Riach (15) 69; M McDonald (7), R Simpson (5) 70; P Hughes (16) 71; J A Grant (3) 72.

Also, on Saturday the ladies competed in their April Medal which doubled up as a Club Championship qualifying event. Rina Clow (33), Ann Weller (20) and June Clark (19) all tied on nett 77 with Clow winning courtesy of a better last 9 holes. Susan Philpott (38) returned a nett 80, with Pam MacGillivray (26) on 82 and Lynda Coles (34) one shot further back.

On Thursday Members competed in the Club Stableford and in a very close contest Chris Helik (9) just pipped James MacKenzie (20) on countback after both had tied on 37 pts. Close on their heels were Tom Burns (4) and Douglas Spencer (16) on 34pts. Karen Morrison (32) was the highest placed lady on the day with 27pts. Leading Scores: C Helik (9), J MacKenzie (20) 37 pts; T Burns (4), D Spencer (16) 34 pts; R Kinnaird (5), D Jamieson (12) 33 pts; F Milloy (6), J Inglis (20), P Downs (1), G H Hay (3) 32 pts; A Gristwood (6), R Simpson (4) 31 pts.

On Wednesday the Gents’ Senior Section held a stableford competition where there was an excellent turnout and low scoring with 5 players scoring 40 or more points. Tied on 41 pts were Ronnie McGrath (23) and Frank McNeilage (36) with McGrath just winning on countback. Close behind came John York (22), Derek Jamieson (14) and Alec Carstairs (18) on 40 pts. Leading scores: R McGrath (23), F McNeilage (36) 41 pts; J York (22), D Jamieson (14), A Carstairs (18) 40 pts; C Semple (18), P Downs (3), A Boxx (17) 39 pts; T McMillan (13), J Dingwall (18), P Mitchell (15) 37 pts.

On Saturday 16th April the gents competed for the Garten Cup / Ingram Cup Qualifier and it was long time Member Fraser Sharp (7) who just pipped Chris Helik (10) and John Inglis (21) on countback after all three had tied on nett 69. James Grant (3) produced the lowest scratch score of the day, his 73 (nett 70) sharing fourth place with Gavin Eastwood (11). Leading scores: F Sharp (7), C Helik (10), J Inglis (21) 69; J A Grant (3), G Eastwood (11) 70; M Jones (5), M McDonald (7) 71; P Haywood (18), R Simpson (5), D Spencer (17) 72; G Ainslie (16), B Shaw (5) 73.

Also, on Saturday 16th April the ladies competed in a Stableford competition with Sheena Hendrie (21) scoring a very impressive 40 pts to secure a one shot victory over Shona Fielding (23). In third place was Jenny Ridley (17) on 37 pts with June Clark (19) two shots further back.