It is not clear what crime midweek golfers have committed, but they are certainly being punished. Two weeks ago, they played through the wettest day of the year and, last week, they contested the Centenary Medal final on what turned out to be the second wettest day of the year. However, it is difficult to complain about conditions when the equivalent of the total rainfall for Stornoway this year was dumped in Louisiana in the space of three days by Hurricane Isaac. Those who enjoy complaining, of course, would point out that it may be preferable to have annual rainfall over three days rather than spread throughout the year.
The midweek weather returned with a vengeance during last Saturday’s competition for the Glennie Trophy. If truth be told, it may well have been the third wettest day of this year. Stewart Macdonald’s experience is a good example of how, when the wind and rain make life difficult, everything else seems to go wrong. Standing on the Miller tee, saturated, but maintaining his customary sunny disposition, Stewart somehow managed to roll a cigarette in the teeth of the wind. When his turn to play arrived, Stewart improvised a cigarette holder from a little piece of bark jutting out from the trunk of the huge tree adjacent to the tee.
Stewart then proceeded to hack his tee shot into the tree and it rebounded to land beside him. To add insult to injury, his tee shot dislodged his carefully positioned cigarette and it fell from its holder into a puddle. Happy days.
Given the atrocious conditions, it will come as no surprise that the winner of the Centenary Medal was Cal Robertson. The wet weather specialist revelled in splashing around the course for 37 stableford points and was the only golfer to break par. A birdie on the Memorial was one highlight but that was eclipsed by covering the final six holes in only one over par during the worst of the weather. This was the second successive win for Cal, as he had taken home the WIKPA trophy four days earlier.
Dave Sandison recovered from a difficult start to post 35 points as runner up. It was another steady round from a golfer who does not play regularly but manages to maintain his handicap with an enviable consistency.
In the weekend contest for the Glennie Trophy, Steve Bryden continued his recent good form with 38 stableford points to secure third place. Steve has struggled on the opening hole in the latter part of the season but, when he follows that with a birdie on the Manor, as he did last Saturday, the first hole woes can be forgiven and forgotten. Steve took third place with a round that maintains his handicap of 21, six shots less than at the start of the year.
Also with 38 points, the runner up was Martyn Macleod, who has been on a rich run of form since winning the Golf Week stableford event over a month ago. Martyn birdied the Manor and Caberfeidh but would probably have been most satisfied with a par on the Ditch, a hole that has been his undoing in recent rounds.
With the help of a birdie on the Redan, John Fraser reached the turn with 21 points. By that stage, he was beginning to resemble a wet rag and it was no surprise that his inward half stuttered to a finish. Nevertheless, his total of 39 points was unmatched and John will without doubt be delighted to give the Glennie Trophy pride of place on his mantelpiece.
The Ladies Section played the second round of the Captain’s Competition. Jane Nicolson held a lead of 6 strokes after her opening round 61. Despite trying conditions, Jane did enough to win the overall event comfortably.
As the season begins to wind down towards a close, the Perry Eclectic and Galloway Aggregate competitions are reaching their climax. Five players are tied on nett 47 in the eclectic competition, with Jamie Duncan just edging first place from Donald Mackenzie. Cal Robertson leads the Galloway Aggregate on 386, two strokes ahead of Bryan Geddes and Huw Lloyd.