Dreich Saturday conditions hamper qualifying efforts

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Saturday was the only hope for winter league golfers this week at Stonehaven Golf Club owing to the weather and even parts of that can best be described as ‘dreich’.

Steve McGhie in the singles 36 points improved his 10- round score to 377 to increase his lead. In second qualifying place is Jim Lonie who is one behind with 35 stableford points, however the score of the day came from Doug Barnard with 39 points helping his cause to qualify in six weeks time.

In the scratch doubles, club champion Kevin Riddell and Ross McAllan moved into third qualifying place with a round of 62 -- the best of the day -- for a ten-round total of 647, pushing Colin Arthur and Alan Officer into fourth place on 652. With holders Neil Irvine and Harry Roulston in the lead on 629 and Barry McGillivray and Stuart Dempster on 633, these look like being the four semi final pairings.

The handicap doubles, however, continues to build up well. Kenny Duncan and Ian Wood put together a useful net 61 to lead with a ten-round net total of 592, just two shots clear of David Callaghan and David Summers. Michael Halliday and Stuart Campbell are in third place with 597 with Bob Leggate and Malcolm MacEwen in fourth spot on 600. Tom Simpson and Alistair Barnett and Craig Mackay and Jim Hepburn are only two shots behind, with at least at least three other couples still fancying their chances.

Fifty five members enjoyed an entertaining Burns Supper on Saturday evening but it was two visiting youngsters who stole the show, Katy Wood 17 piped in the haggis and 13 year old Colleen Duncan performed 2 songs to receive much deserved applause. Vice Captain Bert Butchart addressed the haggis.

The immortal memory was delivered by Donald Mitchell. The battle of the sexes was carried out with Bert Droy toasting the lassies and responding was ex. Assistant Mackie Academy rector Jennifer MacDonald, all the speakers were well received.