Captain’s Day celebrations at Stonehaven Golf Club

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SOME tasty golf was served up at Stonehaven on Saturday as well as burgers and onions as members enjoyed the traditional Captain’s Day celebrations.

It’s the one day of the year when male, female and junior golfers compete head to head and well over 100 members turned out.

The Gully Hut opened for brisk business and even the weather behaved for most of the day, with only the later competitors having to survive something of a soaking.

Club Captain Mike Rendall put up a variety of prizes, with the main event, the team Stableford competition, going to Malcolm MacEwen, Bert Droy and Gordon Lamont by the narrowest of margins over Kenny Duncan, Ian Wood and Ewan Campbell.

Mr MacEwen, a retired dentist, has clearly lost none of his ability to inflict pain and his personal haul of 42 points had many gasping in agony as well as helping his team to an impressive joint total of 110.

They were equalled by the Duncan outfit but just squeezed through on better-inward-half, thanks to two net birdies at 15 and 18 by Bert Droy and a four-point net eagle by Gordon Lamont at 15.

Mr MacEwen struck a particularly tender nerve in the individual event for men as well, with Graeme Docherty’s excellent total of 42 being beaten again on count-back.

In the event for ladies, a three-way tie on 33 points between Jackie Hunt, Wilma Lawrence and Rose Riddell had the calculators out again, with Jackie just squeezing through in the end.

Count-back also featured in the juniors, with James Arandia and Mason Jenkins tied on 37 points, but James was declared winner with an impressive 22 points on his back nine to Mason’s 21.

Fiona Currie won the “nearest-the-line” competition at the first hole, Davie Morrison had the longest drive at the ninth and Scott Reid’s ball was nearest-the-hole at the fifteenth to complete the prize list.

Stonehaven’s Deeside League team ran out of luck at Peterculter on Saturday as they tried to qualify for the final of the Mclaren Cup.

The match had already been rained off a week past Friday and heavy rain flooded the course again on Saturday, making play impossible.

It was agreed to decide the result on a one-man putt off and 18-year-old Ross McAllan was nominated to represent Stonehaven. However, by the time shoes and waterproofs were put on, the 18th green was flooded, as was the practice putting green.

So a toss of the coin was arranged and young Ross, unfortunately, called wrongly, putting Peterculter through to the final.