The most contented golfer in Stornoway last Saturday night was undoubtedly Peter Dickie; his satisfied smile had nothing to do with golf.
Peter is involved in a knockout competition where participants select one English Premiership to win each week.
Peter’s latest selection was Queens Park Rangers and he believed that, if successful, he was “home and dry” in the competition.
However, with only twenty minutes played and his team already trailing by two goals, there was a gloating queue forming to meet Peter after he finished his round.
Whether or not the abuse was a factor, Peter was long gone from the Golf Club by the time his team hauled themselves back from the brink of defeat to draw level and then score the winning goal in the dying minutes. In fact, he was home and dry.
Another golfer at the wrong end of a ribbing was Chris Kelso, who has played most of the Car Hire Hebrides Winter League alone.
His team had scored no points in previous outings, as Chris was regularly reminded. However, the appearance of a partner in John Macleod was the catalyst for an inspired round.
Bogeys on two of their first three holes may not have been the most promising start for Chris and John but, sandwiched between the two, was a birdie on the Castle.
A second birdie, on the Foresters, ensured they remained level par at the halfway stage.
A birdie on the Ditch was matched by a bogey on the Heather and their level par gross total of 43 became nett 35, giving Chris and John victory by two strokes and maximum points.
Two pairings on nett 37 tied for runner up spot, each picking up eleven points.
Ken Galloway and Adam Longdon made birdie on the Ditch in a one under par outward half.
A bogey on the Miller pulled them back to level par before a birdie on their final hole, the Foresters, gave them a gross total of 42.
Chris “Tex” Graham and Martyn Macleod also posted gross 42 in slightly different circumstances.
After four straight pars, Chris and Martyn birdied their next three holes, the Short, Long Caberfeidh and Avenue. However, bogeys on two of the final three holes pegged them back and they had to settle for a share of second place.
Two partnerships tied for third place on nett 38, earning eight points apiece. Stewart Macqueen and Mark Campbell birdied the Castle in a level par outward half, dropping only one shot on the return leg for a gross 44.
Jim Hood and Colin Gilmour picked up a birdie on the Short and held on with a solid inward half.
The unexpectedly calm conditions under a blue sky certainly contributed to low scoring on what is the shortest course layout of the winter.
The result was that teams had to post three under par to earn any points.
The break in a stormy fortnight was a welcome relief for golfers, who had to find alternative ways to spend the previous Saturday when a blanket of snow covered the course.
The leading positions in the overall Winter League table remain unchanged this week, with Liam McGeoghegan and Bob Rankin in fifth place in on 31 points, one point adrift of Angus Innes and Lewis Mackenzie.
Andy Macdonald and Arthur Macintosh are third on 38 points, three points behind the joint leaders.
David Gray and Gordon Kennedy are locked in top spot with Alasdair Gillies and Calum Tom Moody.
There are a number of additional competitions over the festive period.
The Boxing Day sweep is to be held, as might be expected, on 26 December, the Hangover Trophy is up for grabs on New Year’s Day and another sweep competition is scheduled for 2 January.
Entry to all competitions is open to full, restricted and junior club members.
Those wishing to participate should simply put in an appearance by 10.30am on each date in anticipation of an 11am shotgun start.
Finally, congratulations are due to all those who contributed to the successful Christmas Dinner Dances held at the Golf Club over the last week.
Those who served almost four hundred guests will no doubt have little desire to see a turkey, or any part of a turkey, for at least another year.
The resident band, Rock Island Line, certainly played an integral part in the success of the events, as did the guests who brought an infectious party atmosphere to the evenings.