The third and fourth rounds of the Stonehaven Golf Club junior championship were played last week. After three rounds of the scratch competition Ross McAllan had a two stroke lead over Scott Murray. Defending champion Ross Anderson was a further three strokes back and in fourth place a distant eight strokes behind the leader was Kevin Riddell.
It was all change in the final round. Ross McAllan was unable to produce his 2nd and 3rd round form and dropped down the leaderboard with a disappointing 75. Scott Murray maintained his steady form with a 69 and Ross Anderson, determined not to relinquish his title, closed with his second consecutive level par round of 66 to tie with Scott.
Round of the final day however came from Kevin Riddell who produced a sparkling 63 which included a hole in one at the 14th hole. This allowed him to tie with Ross and Scott which now means a three-way 18 hole play-off for the championship will be required. The result of the play-off, which took place on Tuesday this week, will be published next week.
The handicap championship was also played for along with the scratch competition. Early halfway leader James Arandia’s form deserted him in the final two rounds. This allowed Connor Douglas to take the lead after the third round with a fine gross 67 nett 56. But it was the excellent form of Keifer Brown who closed with two fine scores of nett 59 that allowed him to finish with a 4 stroke lead from Mark McIntosh who maintained his second position throughout the competition.
Results: Scratch 275 - Kevin Riddell (68, 73, 71, 63), Ross Anderson (73, 70, 66, 66), Scott Murray (68, 67, 71, 69), 279 - Ross McAllan, 297 - Grant Robb, 300 - Connor Douglas, 311 - Keifer Brown.
Handicap 249 - Keifer Brown (68, 63, 59, 59), 253 - Mark McIntosh (64, 61, 61, 67), 254 - Kevin Riddell (62, 68, 66, 58), 255 - Connor Douglas, 257 - Liam Davidson, 258 - Ross Anderson, 259 - Scott Murray, Ross McAllan, 264 - Cameron Davidson, 270 - Mason Jenkins, James Arandia, 272 - Grant Robb, 280 - Lewis Mitchell.
The final home match in the pennant league was played last week against Northern Golf Club. In a very tight affair Stonehaven produced a 3-2 win. This was thanks mainly to the final group pairing of Alan Cruickshank and Stuart Dempster who came from 2 down with 2 to play to snatch a vital half point.
Results: Neil Irvine and Keith Douglas won 4&3, Ross Anderson and Scott Murray lost 1 down, Michael Wood and Barry McGillivray won 3&2, Steve Guzik and Ross McAllan finished all square, Alan Cruickshank and Stuart Dempster finished all square.
The final pennant match will be at the Links against Bon Accord on Thursday.
The Men’s Open competition was played on Saturday. What started off as warm, calm weather eventually turned into monsoon conditions flooding the greens around lunchtime. After an hours delay conditions did not improve and it was decided to abandon the competition and re-arrange it for 13th August. Please contact the club for a new tee time. No entry fee will be required if you have already paid.
On Monday it was the turn of the Seniors Open competition. Despite the steady showers all morning a healthy 53 competitors took part. In the scratch section John Hamilton of Murcar Links produced the best gross score of the day with a 71. He won by 2 strokes from F G Gray of Newmachar and local player Neil Robertson. Davy Callaghan just missed out on the prizes due to a poorer inward half.
In the handicap 0 - 12 section local player Malcolm MacEwen took fourth place with a nett 66. In the handicap 13 - 28 section vice captain Michael Rendall had the lowest nett score with a 63 and Donald Mitchell was third with a nett 65.
Results: scratch: 71 - J Hamilton (Murcar Links), 73 - F G Gray (Newmachar), Neil Robertson.
Handicap (0 - 12): 61 - A McLean (Dollar), 63 - W Burns (Clyde View), 65 - R E Masson (Auchmill), 66 - Malcolm MacEwen.
Handicap (13 - 28): 63 - Michael Rendall, 64 - R Denning (Newmachar), 65 - Donald Mitchell, 68 - J Fricker (Peterhead).
Members should note that the club is taking names for the Ladies Open on 23rd July, the Junior Open on 8th August and the re-arranged Men’s Open on 13th August.