Harris golf open defies the elements

For the second year in a row the golfers in the Isle of Harris Open faced pretty atrocious condititions - strong winds and driving rain.

Were there mass withdrawls and cancellations? Not a bit of it! A capacity field of 80 turned up to play for the coveted Harris Tweed Jackets.

Commented tournament organiser Hugh Maclean: “What can I say. In conditions like these and not one no show. Quite remarkable! All entrants from Muir of Ord, Skye and Benbecula Golf Clubs all caught ferries on the day to be here with us, and my thanks to them for their continued support.”

Could the defending champion, Stevie MacIntosh, retain his trophy and add another jacket to his wardrobe? Yes he could!

Playing off plus 1 Stevie carded a fine one over par 69 scratch – a great score in the conditions. Pushing him close was A Munro (Skye GC) who carded a scratch 72.

In the Hcap section A. Munro took a Jacket with a nett 61 (72, 11, 61) Runner up was Willie Mackay, Royal Dornoch, with a nett 63,

Ladies champion and Jacket winner with a scratch 87 was Nan Morrison of Dunblane G C. pushing Mary Joyce of Stornoway G C. into second place by vitue of better inward half.

Mary was not to be denied though and won a Jacket in the Hcap section 87 (23) 64. A fine score. Runner up was Jill Mackinnon (Skye GC) 89 (22) 67

In the Archie macleod Memorial Trophy for local competitors the “young blades” took the honours with Tormod Morrison carding a nett 67. In second and third places were Billy Fraser and James Maclean.

In equally difficult conditions the previous day (Friday) 35 of the Clubs Life Members contested their annual competition.Taking the Mens Scratch from Whitehead GC. in Northern Ireland was George Robinson with a fine 70.

In 2nd place was George Fraser (Nairn GC) with a scratch 76. The gents Hcap section was won by Alastair Dickson (wentworth) with a fine nett 61. 78(17) 61. In second place was Norman Macleod ( Inverness GC) 84 (22) 62

Taking the honours in the Ladies scratch was Pam Jack (Bellingham) with a scratch 82. In second place was Nan Morrison (Dunblane GC) 84

In the Hcap section Morag Wallace took the honours with a fine nett 58. In 2nd place was Maureen Robertson ( Dalmahoy GC) with a nett 68.

A great day was had by the Life Members who enjoyed a splendid buffet after their exhertions.

Concluded Hugh: “A lot of people put in a great effort to ensure the success of these two days.

“Our committee, greenkeeper, Richard and Lena and the Local community We thank our Club supporters Cal Mac and Harris Tweed Hebrides. But my greatest praise is reserved for the players who never let us down. Many thanks to you all.”