Two weeks to go for Winter League finals

With only two more weekends to go, the likely qualifiers for the Winter League finals on March 15 and 16 seem more or less in place, though a last-minute scramble for a qualifying spot still seems on the cards in both the singles and the handicap doubles.

The singles continues to be led by Steve McGhie with a ten-round Stableford point’s total of 378.

The ever-consistent Jim Lonie, with a 36-point haul on Saturday, moves into second place on 371 followed closely by another senior Ian Smith on 364.

Doug Barnard did not play at the weekend but he retains fourth place one shot behind, with Chris Taylor on 362 in fifth place, just two shots ahead of Graeme Docherty on 360.

Past captain Mike Rendall improved his total to 353 and he holds seventh qualifying place, just ahead of Bob Smith on 352.

The main threats to the last-named two would seem to come from Allan Wood on 346 -- but also look out for low-handicapper Paul McWhirter, who is making a late challenge, He shot 32 points on Saturday -- only his tenth round of the winter -- for a total of 341, but that includes a paltry 18 points on one round.

If he removes that next week, he will jump into contention for a qualifying place. A similar situation exists in the handicap doubles leaders Kenny Duncan and Ian Wood are sure to qualify with their ten-round net total of 585.

George Deans and Gordon McHardy, with a net 60 on Saturday, move into second place on 592, two shots ahead of Michael Halliday and Stuart Campbell and David Callaghan and David Summers, in joint third on 594, threatening them, however, are Brian Hunter and his son Mark, who need one more round to have a qualifying score.

One of their rounds was the lowest of the winter -- an amazing net 49! If they play on Saturday, a much more modest score than that will put them into contention for a place. In the scratch doubles, the four couples who have been leading most of the winter have all but booked their spots.

Rounds of 63 by both Neil Irvine and Harry Roulston and Barry McGillivray and Stuart Dempster improved their ten-round totals respectively to 627 and 628. Club champion Kevin Riddell and his partner Ross McAllan shot a 65 which improved their total to 638, with Colin Arthur and Alan Officer in fourth place on 645.

Members are reminded that the annual fees become due on february 28 and payment or part payment will be required to continue their playing rights and membership conditions.‘Justin Bounds’