On the course - golf notes

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From the golf course at the weekend Scott and partner Kenny “Spoonyan” Maclean were not among those earning points in the Car Hire Hebrides Winter League last weekend when, with wind gusting over 40mph, scoring was again surprisingly low. A nett score of four under par was needed to secure a point.

Some of the pairings challenging in the overall competition, such as Garry Murray and Eddie and the Macleod father and son partnership of DJ and Donnie, were amongst those picking up five points each for nett 43, five under par. Also on nett 43 were Griddy Macleod and Kevin Macrae, whose gross 44, four under par, was the best of the day.

Three teams tied for the runner-up position on nett 42, earning ten points apiece. Dave Gilmour and Alastair Henderson opened with two bogeys before birdies on the Memorial and Short Caberfeidh ensured they reached the halfway point in level par. Two further birdies, on the Gunsite and Manor, took Dave and Alastair two under par for their round.

Pat Aird and Arthur Macintosh had an excellent outward half, marred only by a bogey on the Gunsite. There were birdies on the Redan and Manor to compensate. The inward half began with a bogey but Arthur and Pat completed the rest of the round in level par.

Roddy Martin and Norrie Mackenzie had been carefully nursing a double digit handicap but that came to an abrupt halt last weekend. Two bogeys to open their round on the Castle and Dardanelles were acceptable, particularly given the fact that those dropped shots were followed by three pars and a birdie on the Manor. A birdie on the Memorial was the highlight of an inward half that also had two pars and two bogeys; there was even time to thrown in a double bogey on the Cup.

The winning margin was two strokes, David Gray and Gordon Kennedy the victors, hauling themselves into contention with the maximum fifteen points.

For a full round up of all the golfing action see this week’s Stornoway Gazette out on Thursday, November 5th.