Machrihanish trio drive in to lift Dunaverty’s Thomas trophy

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The windswept links of Dunaverty were a stern challenge for the 41 teams of three in the annual Gary Thomas memorial trophy competition.

The Thomas family started this event in memory of Gary who died suddenly while on holiday in September 2011.

He had been vice captain of the club in that year and each year since, his family and friends have provided an amazing array of prizes and, as well sponsoring every hole on the course, put up spot prizes on no less that eleven of the holes.

In addition to this each member of the top ten teams was presented with a Gary Thomas logo ball.

The scoring was very close with less than two strokes covering the top eight teams.

The Machrihanish team of Stuart Campbell, David Rankin and John McKinlay returned a card showing eight birdies and one eagle for a gross total of 58, no mean feat in the high winds.

Chasing them were Willy MacMillan, Calum MacMillan and Stuart Gillespie who carded seven birdies and one eagle for a gross 60 only to be knocked into third place by the team of Robert Irvine, Ken MacMillan and Thomas Jordan who also shot a gross 60.

These three teams maintained their position as the later players struggled in the increasing wind strength.

At the presentation, in a packed clubhouse, Captain John McDowall thanked the family and friends for their continuing fantastic support of this event both in terms of sponsorship and a party in excess of forty participating every year.

Greenkeepers David Scullion and Willy MacMillan pulled out all the stops to ensure that the course was in pristine condition awhile the staff of club steward Will Anderson were at full stretch to cater for everyone.

The ladies section were on duty all day manning the raffle table.

Kim Brown of Samuel James Engineering in Leicester has sponsored a hole since the event began and until this year has never been to it but thanks to a surprise birthday present from his wife he travelled all the way from Leicester to take part this year.

After the prize giving there was an auction for two bottles of whisky. Dougie Thomas won a bottle of Macallan Gold with a bid of £270 while Krissy Thomas was successful in his bid of £260 for the bottle of Bruichladdich.

Results: 1 Stuart Campbell, David Rankin, John McKinlay, 58-2=56, 2 Robert Irvine, Ken MacMillan,Thomas Jordan,  60-3.8=56.2
3, Willy MacMillan, Calum MacMillan, Stuart Gillespie, 60-3.2=56.8
Spot Prizes: 1st hole – a Ping putter – nearest the pin (NtP) in 2 Willy MacMillan 2.34mtrs, 2nd – a Cleveland wedge – NtP Robert Irvine 165cm,
4th Hole in One £200, not won. Titelist wedge NtP Ryan McGlynn 3′ 6″, 7th NtP – a Ping golf bag – Alister Anderson 54.5cm,  10th NtP – a ping golf bag – Peter Duffy 52cm, 14th NtP – a Calloway rescue club – Lyle Gillespie 2.63cm, 15th NtP in two – a Ping golf bag Donald Brown 4.75mtrs, 16th Ntp – a Ping putter – Terry Smith 95cms, 17th – a Ping putter – gents longest drive Gordon Tyre and ladies longest drive – £50 American Golf voucher – Joanna Scott, 18th Ntp in two – £100 American Golf voucher – Keith Johnson 30cm.

Left to right: John McKinlay, Lorraine Campbell, Captain John McDowall, David Rankin and  Dougie Thomas. NO_c40dunaverty01