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jane nicolsonThe Ladies Club Champion is Jane Nicolson, although her margin of victory is the closest in recent years. Jane and Christine Macleod were trailing after the first round but a final round nett 66 gave Christine an impressive aggregate total of 136. Jane, coming from three strokes behind after a first round nett 72, notched a birdie on the Memorial and finished strongly for her best score of the year, nett 64, to match Christine's aggregate total. Jane took the title courtesy of her lower second round score.

 

In the midweek medal qualifying competition, Jane posted nett 68 to take second place, one stroke behind winner Mary Joyce.

 

Island retained firefighters have spent much of the last three weeks working. Once they complete their day jobs, they have moved on to tackling moor and forest fires for up to ten hours a night. For those firemen who play golf, the prolonged spell of dry weather has made extreme demands on their time and energy. Golf has consequently become just one of many activities that have been curtailed while the fire and rescue services take care of the more vital work of safeguarding islanders and their communities.

 

The absence of some of the club's most talented golfers has diminished the level of competition in recent events: the battle for the Neil Morrison Trophy, fought over two rounds, is a case in point.

 

After the first round, Colin Macritchie, Kevin Macrae and Griddy Macleod were all in contention in the scratch section; their unavoidable absence in the final round because of yet another moorland blaze was not only unfortunate for them as individuals but also detracted from the event itself.

 

Having said all of that, there really was no competition in the handicap section. Dave Rattray set a blistering pace with a nett 63 in the first round and followed that with a nett 64, the lowest nett total in the second round. Of the two competitors who matched nett 64, Bryan Geddes had missed out on the first round and John R Gillies may as well have missed out.

 

The closest challenge to Dave came from David Gray, whose nett 69 for a total of 135 left him eight shots adrift. Third place was filled by Mike Smith on 139.

The scratch contest was won by Norrie "Onions" Macdonald. His second round 70 for a total of 141 was just enough to take him clear of first round leader Cal Robertson, who followed his 68 with 74 for a 142 aggregate.

 

The weekend event was another two round competition, this time for the Thomson Bruce Trophy. The returning firefighters were excused from active service by a welcome overnight shower of rain, which dropped sufficient water to have the dual effect of dampening tinder dry moorland across the islands and taking the fire out of the golf course.

 

Scoring last Saturday reflected the easing of conditions. David Black, with 65, was one of two golfers to break par. After a level par outward half, David had birdie opportunities on seven of the back nine holes. Three birdies, on the Dardanelles, Caberfeidh and Ditch, gave him a lead of two strokes over Colin Macritchie.

One over par at the turn, Colin picked up four birdies on the inward half, but two bogeys pegged back his score.

 

The best of the first round handicap scores were posted by Neil Macleod, with nett 60, Duncan Maclean, with nett 62, and Martin Flett, with nett 63.

 

David Black returned a respectable second round 71 for an aggregate total of 136, but Colin Macritchie took the trophy with 132, following a superb final round 65. A double bogey on the Ditch was the only stain on an otherwise excellent round of twelve pars and five birdies.

 

Neil Maciver was the winner in the handicap section, courtesy of an impressive second round nett 63 for an aggregate 131. That took him one stroke clear of Stephen Moar, who followed his first round nett 65 with a second round nett 67. Two shots adrift in third place was Richard Galloway, who posted nett 67 in both rounds.

 

With Golf Week now just over a fortnight away, entry forms have been posted on the Club notice board. Online entries will also be accepted for the Men's qualifying rounds.

 

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