Ladybank golfer’s Dunaverty dream

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A late starter contended with heavy showers to oust the early leader with a superb nett 57 at the Dunaverty July holiday open.

Scott Armstrong lifted the gent’s handicap trophy after ousting Dunaverty player Robert Irvine who had capitalized on his recent good form by leading the handicap, for most of the day, with an excellent nett 61.

One hundred and seventeen gents and 19 ladies enjoyed various degrees of success on the windswept links course occasionally swept by heavy showers.

The players were high in their praise of greenkeepers David Scullion and Willy MacMillan for the immaculate condition of the course.

In the men’s scratch division the results were so close that the winner and runner-up were decided on countback and, with the exception of the winner, the minor places in the handicap category were also decided on countback.

The ladies sections were more clear cut with Jennifer Mack recording an excellent scratch score of 74 and Fiona McLeod winning the handicap prize by posting a nett 64.

Club Captain John McDowall paid tribute to the greenkeepers, club steward Will Anderson and his staff for their catering expertise and thanked the ladies section for running the raffle.

He also thanked those committee members who ran the ballots and in particular Alex Arkell for compiling the results.

Results: Ladies scratch: 1 Jennifer Mack 74,  2  Elizabeth Marrison 83,  3 Kate Thornton, Old Ranfurly GC 89.
Ladies Handicap: 1  Fiona McLeod  82-18-64,  2  Margaret MacFarlane 91-24-67,  3 Eleanor Hawkins 85-17-68.

Gent’s Scratch: 1 Steven Gilmour, Lochgilphead, 67 bih,  2 Campbell McCallum, Machrihanish, 67, best last three 3 Ross Robertson, Machrihanish 67. 4 Matthew MacCauley, Machrihanish, 69, 5  David Irwin 70, he also won the Crae MacIntyre salver as the best Dunaverty scratch score.

Gent’s Handicap: 1 Scott Armstrong, Ladybank GC, 72-15-57,  2 Robert Irvine 70-9-61, best last six 3 James Williamson, 78-17-61 bih 4 Graham Gilchrist, Machrihanish 73-12-61, 5 Thomas Jordan, Machrihanish 72-10-62,bih.

Spot Prizes; Nearest the pin at the 16th Donald Brown 7ft-6″; Gent’s longest drive at the 17th: Campbell McCallum. Ladies longest drive at the 17th Linda Arkell.