The Men’s Open eventually got played on Saturday after having originally been rained off on July 9. Due to heavy overnight rain some of the greens had to be cleared of water and some holes had to be shifted. Despite this a very healthy 114 players turned up to play in the competition.
Out of the nine prizes on offer only two went to visitors. In the scratch section there was a tie for first place with Neil Irvine and junior member Grant Robb both scoring one over par 67’s. Grant took first prize due to his better inward half. In third place was another junior member, Kevin Riddell with a 69.
In the 0 - 11 handicap section D Harold of Brechin had a nett 62 off his 10 handicap. He just pipped Scott Donald (11) of Clevhill and former Captain Harry Roulston (7) by one stroke.
In 12 - 18 handicap section Ewan Campbell (17) had a fine nett 60 to beat S Kranzke (18) of Brechin by 1 stroke. Jacek Nowak (14) was a further stroke behind in third place.
In the handicap section 19 - 28 Brian Reid (25) also had a nett 60 to comfortably win his section by 5 strokes from Brian Hardstaff (21). John Neal (19) was a further two strokes behind in 3rd place.
Grant Robb won the Masson Cup for the best local handicap score.
On Sunday members played in the Ruby Stephen Goblets competition. Twenty couples took part and Irene Mearns and John Holyhead topped the leaderboard with a nett 66.5. This was Irene’s third win in the competition - all with different partners. This qualifies them for the finals in Glenbervie.
In second place were John and Fiona Currie with a nett 69 with Joe Riddell and Fiona Sim a further 0.5 stroke behind in third place.
The juniors had their annual outing to Edzell golf course last week. The boys were treated to glorious heat and sunshine and excellent hospitallity from the club.
Junior champion Ross Anderson took the honours with 40 stableford points. He just pipped Scott Murray by a point with Keifer Brown in third place on 38 points.
The team scramble prize went to Josh Halliday, James Arandia, Scott Murray and Martin Starrs. Kevin Riddell was the individual prize specialist taking both nearest the hole prizes and also the longest drive prize. Thanks go to Joe Riddell and Willie Donald for their assistance during the day.
Junior stroke results: Cameron Davidson (17) - 61, Liam Davidson (15) - 62, James Arandia (26) - 63, Connor Douglas (10) - 64, Lewis Mitchell (29) - 66, Josh Halliday (5), Grant Robb (6) - 67, Ross McAllan (5) - 68.
Members are reminded to get their names in for the Captains Prize stableford competition this Saturday. This is open to all members and there will be prizes for best individual men’s, ladies and junior score and also a team prize.
Bar Manager, Brenda Gowans is now taking names for an excellent tribute act “Macblues Brothers” on October 1.