I’m delighted to provide a short report on our 2019 Club Championship Week, and what a week it was.
Starting with our Ladies, the main Championship final was contested between Jennifer Bryans and Linda Boyle. Given the difference in handicaps, this was always going to be a tough task for Linda. An on-form Jennifer covered the first 9 holes in only 35 shots, including a double bogey 5 at the 3rd and when they came off the 10th hole, Jennifer was 7 up. The match continued in this vein, and Jennifer ran out a comfortable winner in the end, winning the ladies championship for the 8th time. The first time Jennifer won the championship was back in 2000.
In the Ladies B Final, Deirdre Taylor took on the formidable Helen Warnock and this match went the distance with Helen securing a narrow win over Deirdre.
In the Gents Championship, the first round of the match play seemed to throw up a myriad of surprising results with a number of the fancied contenders in the A Class exiting early in the match play rounds.
In the B Class, some early week success saw Jim McGrane gain confidence and in the Thursday semi- final he shot a scratch 33 on his front 9. His opponent Keith Middlemass had his own scintillating score being out in level par 36 and still finding himself 3 down. Mark McManus had a steady week and saw off Francis Barkey in the semi-final to progress to Saturday’s final.
In the C Class, a steady week from Stephen Menzies saw him progress to face Michael Gibson in Saturday’s final.
Stephen’s steady week continued and after a C Class final which ebbed and flowed in each players favour, it wasn’t settled until Stephen won 1 up on the 36th hole.
In the B Class, it was nip and tuck and all square after 18. In the afternoon, Mark found form and triumphed 2&1 over Jim, having played his afternoon round at 1 over par through 17 holes.
The A Class final between Chris Rooney and Craig Deerness was played in the most sporting manner, in lovely sunshine, and despite a good birdie win on 17, Chris found himself on the wrong end of 4 down after the first 18.
In the afternoon, Craig stretched his lead to 6 up after 7 and Chris was really up against it to try and pull it back. Craig knows how to grind when he needs to and with the holes running out for Chris, pars for both players at 13 saw Craig triumph 6&5 to secure his second Club Championship.
Well done to all players this week.
In closing, I’d also like to record my thanks to John Flockhart, Jim McGrane and Jim McEwan for the late-night work in getting all the next round draws resolved and posted.
And finally, a massive vote of thanks is due to our greens staff. The course was perfect, just perfect, and appreciated by everyone, players and spectators.
Jim Stewart, Club Captain