Competitions convener Brian Lawson called it “the changing of the guard” when Ross McAllan and Kevin Riddell lifted the Winter League scratch doubles trophy at the weekend with rounds of 60 and 59.
The youngsters were clearly delighted with their four-stroke victory over veterans Neil Irvine and Harry Roulston, who had won the trophy for eight of the last nine years, beating Ross and Kevin last year by just one shot. They were bent on revenge and they got it in spades with a fine team performance.
If Kevin, the club champion, was the stronger player on Saturday, with an eagle two at the 17th being the highlight, then Ross was the dominant figure on Sunday, with four 2s on his card, living up to his nickname of “One Putt,” given to him a few years ago by Paul Lawrie. His final flourish was to chip in from 50 yards at the last after his partner visited the graveyard.
There was some excellent scoring in the other events, with past captain Mike Rendall taking the singles title for the first time in comprehensive fashion. Playing off 11, he returned 43 points on Saturday and 40 on Sunday, beating his practice partner Jim Lonie (8) by a commanding eight points. While full of congratulations, of course, Mr Lonie has given Mr Rendall notice that he will NOT by giving him any strokes in future contests.
The closest encounter came in the handicap doubles with Alister Barnett and Tom Simpson producing a scorching net 55 on Sunday to snatch the title on countback from Gordon McHardy and George Deans themselves round in net 58.
Scratch Doubles: 1, Kevin Riddell/Ross McAllan 119 (60+59); 2, Neil Irvine/Harry Roulston 123 (61+62); 3 Alan Officer/Colin Arthur 129 (65+64); 4, Stuart Dempster/Barry McGillivray 129 (63+66).
Handicap Doubles: 1, Alister Barnett (12)/Tom Simpson (16) 120 (65+55); 2, Gordon McHardy (17)/George Deans (13) 120 (62+58); 3, Michael Halliday (9)/Stuart Campbell (13) 123 (60+63); 4, David Callaghan (7)/David Summers (8) 140 (66+74).
Singles (Stableford): 1, Mike Rendall (11) 83 points (43+40); 2, Jim Lonie (8) 75 (40+35); 3, Douglas Barnard (7) 71 (31+40); 4, Paul McWhirter (3) 71 (38+33); 5, Graeme Docherty (5) 68 (32+36); 6, David Henderson (10) 64 (33+31); 7, Graham Garden (13) 62 (37+25).
The Ladies at Stonehaven Golf Club will behaving a New Season Texas Scramble (fun team event) on Saturday, April 5. They invite any ladies out there who would like to try golf or get back into it to come along (no handicap is required).
There will be 10 holes of golf, which is free of charge, followed by tea/coffee and scones in the clubhouse for £2.20. The first tee time is 2pm.