Build up to the Harris Open Golf Tournament, affectionately known as The Tweed Jackets Open, began benignly enough with a Texas Scramble.
Forty players took to the course in moderate conditions on the Thursday afternoon (August 15th) and had a fine competition was enjoyed.
On Friday morning forty life members took part in their tournament in fresh, enjoyable conditions. The first 40 competitors in the Open teed off at 2.30pm and again enjoyed a round in dry but breezy conditions.
However Saturday’s weather turned out to be horrendous.
Tournameint organiser Hugh Maclean, said: “At 6.30am on the course it would be an unkindness to put a dog out! Our starter tent had relocated itself to somewhere off Tarransay, and, quite frankly, the last thing on anyone’s mind would be to play golf!
“But entrants to the ‘jackets’ are made off sterner stuff. Of 40 competitors scheduled to tee-off at 8am 33 made the tee ready to play - quite remarkable - they just didn’t want to let the club down.”
But the conditions for the 40 afternoon competitors did not improve a jot with lashing rain and high winds.
Hugh continued: “Would the ferries run? Would the Uist, Skye and Muir of Ord boys make it across? No need to worry they were all there. Thirty-six players took to the tee at the scheduled time off 12.30pm. What support we get from these boys. It was all quite moving.
“Ok, there were a few N/Rs, several cases of hypothermia, and disgruntilment at the performance of Gore Tex and Calvin Green. But that’s golf! No doubt the Saturday entrants had an impossible day and all the trophy winners were out on the Friday. It’s the rub of the green and could be the other way next year.”
Captain Mal Hall was fulsome in his praise to all entrants and gave a special mention to the Ladies who without exception completed their round.
Special mention was made of the club’s supporters Caledonia MacBrayne, Harris Tweed Hebrides, Harris tweed and Knitwear and Luskentyre Tweeds.
Entries for next year are opening on October 1st and there’s already a demand!
Mens Scratch (w) Jacket David Black (Stornoway) 69 (Runner up) Tormod Morrison (Harris) 73
Ladies Scratch (w) Jacket Silvia Brown (Panmure) 81(bih) (Runner up) Pam Jack (Bellingham) 81
Mens H’cap (w) jacket Pete Middleton (Stornoway) 63 nett (Runner up) Robbie MaCrae (Harris) 64 nett
Ladies H’cap (w) jacket Ann Galbraith (Stornoway) 69 nett (Runner up) Deirdrie Cochrane (Fulford Heath) 71 nett
THE ARCHIE MACLEOD MEMORIAL TROPHY (for local players)
Winner Robbie Macrae 77 , 13, 64
2nd Place Tormod Morrison 73, 8, 65
3rd Place Alan Gunn 81, 14, 67
LIFE MEMBERS TOURNAMENT
Mens Scratch (w) Stuart Robertson (Fortrose and Rosmarkie) 69 (Runner up) Willie Park (Royal Aberdeen) 72
Ladies Scratch(w) Pam Jack (Bellingham) acl (bih 83) (Runner up) Cathy Clark (Royal Aberdeen) 83
Mens H’cap (w) Roddie Morrison (Carrick) 78 ‘18, 60 nett (Runner up) Norman Macleod (Ins) 82 ,18,,64
Ladies H’Ccap (w) Morag Wallace (Inverness) 93.31.62 nett (Runner up) Nan Morrison (Dunblane New) 83. 13. 70