Unnoticed by the rest of the world, Alan ‘Biddley’ Macleod has been preoccupied with his own version of the Hokey Cokey over the last couple of weeks.
At a frenetic tempo, Alan has been in and out of Category 1 golf as though he had lost control of a revolving door. He was at it again last Friday and Saturday.
Fortunately for Alan, his performance in the second of the two rounds of the competition for the Thomson Bruce Trophy means that he will remain a Category 1 golfer for at least a fortnight.
Alan put together a solid first round, although a finish with two consecutive bogeys pushed his total to gross 73, keeping him down in sixth place.
The pacesetters in the opening round were Andy Macdonald and David Black. Andy was two over par when he hit a purple patch of three consecutive birdies, on the Caberfeidh, Miller and Ditch, and then closed out his round with solid pars for gross 67.
An eagle on the Memorial helped David Black to a two under par halfway total and a level par inward half gave David a one stroke lead on gross 66 after the first round.
On nett 65, the handicap leaders were Jamie Duncan and Kenny Maclean, joined by Gordon Shand, whose impressive round was only his second of the season.
Even more impressive was Gordon’s outward half of four under par, including an eagle on the Heather sandwiched between birdies on the Manor, Glen and Memorial.
The beautiful conditions on Friday continued into Saturday morning, but a strengthening wind was to cause havoc later in the day and was a portent of heavy evening rain.
Alan Macleod improved by two strokes with his second round and did so in some style, with birdies on his opening two holes.
A steady remainder of the round gave him an aggregate of gross 146 for a share of third place in the scratch competition.
His nett total of 134 put him into second spot in the handicap section.
Norrie ‘Onions’ Macdonald also improved from first to second round, with identical totals to those posted by Alan.
Andy Macdonald secured the runner up position with a two over par 70.
A double bogey on the Gunsite undid his hard work in picking up successive birdies on the Manor and Ard Choille.
Birdies on the Whins and Ranol put Andy back on track for an aggregate total of 137.
Andy had won the Seniors title at Harris earlier in the week and continues to challenge at the highest level.
Meanwhile, David Black reasserted himself as Stornoway’s leading golfer with a final round 70 for an aggregate gross 136 and victory by one stroke.
Four earlier birdies certainly helped, but it was a birdie on the final hole that proved to be the difference between a tie and David taking home the Thomson Bruce Trophy.
An eagle on the Manor splitting bogeys on the Castle and Ard Choille was an unusual start for Kevin Macrae in the midweek charity competition for the Arthritis Care Shield.
Kevin then settled down to reel off fourteen consecutive par holes before a bogey on the last held him to 38 stableford points.
Kevin took third spot, edging ahead of Paul Maclean on the same figure.
Also on the same total, Kenny John Macleod took second place, courtesy of a better inward half which included a birdie on the Caberfeidh.
Kenny was to rue several missed short putts as George Mould racked up 39 points to win the competition.
George posted his best score of the year and picked up a handicap reduction as a bonus.
Liz Carmichael won this year’s three club competition.
At the weekend, the allowance was increased to five clubs in the competition for the Olsen Tankard. Liz won once again, comfortably ahead of Ann Galbraith and Christine Macleod.
The first Monday in August is traditionally the date for the second leg of the interclub match between Stornoway and Harris.
Stornoway held a narrow lead after the first leg in Scarista but there was to be no comeback for the Hearachs.
Instead, Stornoway recorded a whitewash win, which may help to erase the memory of some drubbings experienced by Stornoway on the far side of the Clisham.
The away interclub match against Golspie Golf Club – the ‘Wee Ryder Cup’ – is scheduled for 26th and 27th September. Team sheets are up for what is always a memorable trip.
Pictured is David Black in action.