Round 1 Update and Leaderboards

Saturday saw the first round of our exciting new Harburn Masters Tournament kick off. Conditions proved to be difficult, the White Course being played for the first time this season, together with a cold wind, added to the test for the large field of 108 players. What a great turnout for an event this early in the season and I would like to thank Scott and all the green-keeping team for preparing the course in decent condition given all the recent rainfall and allowing the players to play off fairways at this time of the year which made a big difference.

Just to show how tough the course was playing on Saturday only 4 players scored under 70, just 15 players in total played to par or better and 18 players posted “ No Returns”.

Moving on to the competition scoring, starting with the A class.

In a strong field of 27 players Neil Owen heads the leaderboard at the end of the first round with a highly respectable two under par score of 69. Neil carded two “2’s, the first at 5 and the second at 13 which almost holed out for an ace.

In joint second place Gordon Burns and Brian Rice finished on one under par 70 just one shot behind Neil.

The cut at the end of the first round is sitting at three over par 74 so lots to play for in this quality field.

The B&C class tournament attracted a field of 81 players and a superb five under par round of 66 sees Stuart Stirling at the top of the leaderboard. A strong back nine laid the foundation for his impressive round.

Archer Wilson is only one shot behind at four under par. His 67 was set up with a strong front nine.

David Russell’s two under par 69, which included two birdies, places him in third spot,three shots off the lead.

The cut at the end of the first round is sitting at four over par 75.

Again, still lots to play for this weekend.

Round 2 takes place this Saturday 27 March and it’s far too early to call at this stage with twelve places in the A Class and twenty four places in the B&C Class (plus ties) up for grabs to make the cut for the final two rounds.

Thanks to everyone for their continued support with electronic score input, 90 players out of the total field entered scores this way which is a great help in closing out the competition.

Two scorecards did not include names, resulting in extra work to find, match and contact the players to verify their entry. Just looking for a wee bit attention to detail here before players start their round.

Finally, all proceeds from the Tournament (after prizes) will be given to our grassroots Harburn Junior Academy.

Thanks again for your fantastic support to this fun but competitive event and good luck to all players going forward into the next round.

Brian Rooney

Vice Captain