JUBILEE TROPHY GOES TO DARREN
The story of the Trades Cup was the story of two scorecards: one was not signed and the other never really existed. Norrie "Tomsh" Macdonald has been in fine form recently and that continued in the competition for the Trades Cup. There were no birdies on Norrie's card but eleven par holes gave him an impressive nett 67, which would have won the event had Norrie remembered to sign his scorecard; an unsigned card is not only an embarrassment, but means instant disqualification.
To compound the lapse, had Norrie signed his scorecard, the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar team (on which he was making his debut) would have won the team prize. Unfortunately, failure to mark his "X" in the box resulted in the Comhairle team dropping out of contention.
The individual prize went instead to David Black, whose four birdies, on the Manor, Glen, Heather and Ditch, helped him to a level par round, the lowest gross score of the day, and a nett 67. That contribution to the Business team aggregate total of 212 gave them victory by two strokes and the trophy will be shared by David, Michael Jefferson, Ken MacDonald and Alasdair Maclean. Michael posted nett 70 and Alasdair nett 75. The highest score is always discounted in the Trades Cup but, nevertheless, Ken MacDonald may have the unique achievement of being part of the winning team without even reaching the first tee. Ken thought better of going out on the course in the deteriorating weather and his faith in his teammates turned out to be well founded.
The apparent appearance of something resembling summer saw some impressive scoring in the midweek qualifying round for the Caledonian Medal. A third of the participants equalled or broke par.
Dave Gilmour made no birdies in his round but a two under par outward half was the main reason that he posted nett 65, equalling his best gross score of the season and securing the runner-up spot in the competition.
Iain Macleod had a level par outward half, thanks to a birdie on the Manor. There was another birdie, on the Caberfeidh, as Iain recorded a season's best nett 63, to win the competition.
With the mercury touching 25 degrees, the opening round of the competition for the Kenneth Mackenzie Jubilee Trophy was played on the warmest day of the year so far and there were some performances matching the heat. Robert Rankin carded a nett 67 to finish in the top half dozen. David "Kiwi" Macleod and Stuart Campbell both posted nett 65 to take fifth and fourth places respectively.
There were also two players tied on nett 64, with Arthur Macintosh just edging ahead of Angus Innes, courtesy of a better inward half.
The winning score was nett 63, posted by Darren Beattie, who made birdies on the Manor and Caberfeidh, as he continued a very impressive series of scores by equalling his lowest ever gross total.
The temperature was a few degrees lower for the second round but the scoring was no less inspired. Robert Rankin improved on his first round nett 67 with a nett 65 that included a birdie on the Caberfeidh as part of a superb three over par inward half. Robert moved into fourth place overall.
Angus Innes carded nine pars and nine bogeys in his solid nett 66 and that secured third position on nett 130. In second place, David "Kiwi" Macleod had birdies on the Manor, Redan, Caberfeidh and Miller, posting nett 63 for an aggregate of nett 128.
Darren Beattie was the target for the field to aim at but his lead was never in jeopardy; he bagged six birdies, including successive birdies on the Redan and Gunsite and again on the Ditch and Cup, in another hugely impressive nett 63 to win the Trophy by two strokes.
The Ladies' Section played the first qualifying round of the Cancer Relief stableford competition and, despite a birdie on the Memorial, Jane Nicolson had to settle for the runner-up spot on 32 points. Ann Galbraith won her third event of the season with a total of 36 points.
The Junior Section has also been active. The Nine Hole Medal competition was won by Andrew Mackay, whose 25 stableford points took him well clear of runner-up Euan Anderson. The Castle Trophy had identical placings; despite a stunning nett 54, Euan Anderson missed out on winning by four strokes. Andrew Mackay blitzed his way to victory with nett 50.