Glorious golf week in Stornoway

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When the dust settled at the end of another eventful Golf Week in Stornoway, the familiar figure of David Black emerged as the Western Isles Amateur Golf Champion for the third time in four years. David had just returned from the International Island Games in Jersey, where he was consistently the most accomplished member of the Western Isles golf team.

While it may have been no surprise to find David contesting the final, his opponent was unexpected. Cal Robertson came through the matchplay rounds, beating such heavyweights as Griddy Macleod and Donald “DJ” Macleod, who had an otherwise outstanding week of golf. Cal managed to raise his game in each round of competition and he was a deserving finalist.

The final itself was an exhibition of the best of island golf. Cal rose to the challenge once again but even his superb two over par performance was not enough to take care of David. The Western Isles champion was one under par when he eventually sealed victory on the sixteenth hole.

The handicap final was between an unlikely pairing. Kenneth “Benny” Mackenzie rarely has an opportunity to play the course in Stornoway and Richard Galloway has been struggling to overcome inconsistency all season. Both found success in Golf Week but Benny was simply too strong in the final and lifted the trophy he first won twenty-four years ago.

The biggest surprise in the Senior section was that Kenny “Spoonyan” Maclean was actually old enough to qualify for inclusion. Kenny overcame another relatively youthful senior in Eddie Mackenzie in the final to cap a successful week and set up an acceptable excuse for another weekend of celebration.

Liz Carmichael has had a good season so far and that was underlined by her victory in the Ladies’ Championship over Ann Galbraith. Ann Galbraith had the consolation of winning the One Day Open competition, while Jane Nicolson, whose name is synonymous with Golf Week, won both stableford events.

On a pretty soggy week, when rain was a regular feature, one high point was the encouraging number of young golfers playing in competition. The Junior Champion is still to be decided, thanks to persistent rain resulting in the postponing of the competition for a week. The qualifiers for the matchplay rounds are Kyle Munro, Ruaraidh Macmillan, Mark Morrison and John Morrison.

The Bogey/Par competition did survive and was won by Kyle Munro, just ahead of Euan Macdonald. The Junior Nine Hole competition was won by Cameron McClements, one stableford point ahead of runner-up Connor Macleod.

In the Junior One Day Open event, John Morrison’s outstanding nett 65 put him comfortably clear of Ruaraidh Macmillan and Kyle Munro. John Morrison and Mark Morrison combined for victory in the Junior Foursomes.

With a drop in wind speed and little rain to add to the already soft conditions, the Men’s One Day Open had all the ingredients for low scoring. George Macleod may have been a little surprised that his nett 65 did not even make the top three places. Roddy Martin was the third placed competitor, his nett 63 a remarkably, and for Roddy, surprisingly, steady round of pars and bogeys, with the bonus of a birdie on the Caberfeidh.

Angus Innes had yet another blistering round, this time a nett 62, to lower his handicap again. Like Roddy, Angus’ scorecard was double bogey free and he too had the bonus of a birdie, this time on the Caberfeidh.

The winning score was posted by Stewart Macqueen, capping an excellent Golf Week with his lowest gross score to date of 80 for a nett 61.

The midweek stableford competition was another event with a glut of low scoring. Colin Macritchie took third spot, birdies on the Glen, Gunsite and Avenue helping him to 38 stableford points.

David Black was runner-up, thanks to a gross two under par total. David birdied the Memorial, Ditch and Cup to post 39 points. The winner was Kenny John Macleod on 40 points, helped by a late burst that included birdies on the Caberfeidh and Cup.

Kenny John had a good Golf Week. He lost out to eventual winner Kenny “Spoonyan” Maclean in the Senior Championship semi-final and his nett 61 helped his fellow team members, John Gillies, Murdo Alex Macleod and Griddy Macleod, to victory in the team event with an astonishing 27 under par nett total.

The Texas Scramble competition was won by Mike Smith and visitors Peter Lambert, Kenneth Macleod and Ali Nicolson.

Pictured are the major trophy winners: Kenny Maclean, David Black, Liz Carmichael and Kenneth Mackenzie.