Heidbangers’ outing

Dunaverty's Heidbangers on the first tee with previous winner Stewart McGoughan presenting the trophy to Sandy Watson.

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A party of Dunaverty’s Heidbangers made their 12th annual trip to the isle of Arran to compete for the Arran Trophy over three days.

Sandy Watson, in a bid to win the trophy for the second time, made his intentions clear from the start by recording 27 points in round one over the 12-hole Shiskin course and followed this up with 26 in round two while battling with wind and rain. This put him six points clear of Malcolm Ronald who was playing the course for the first time.

Day two dawned hot and still and Sandy continued his winning streak with 29 in the first round and 23 in the second.  Willie Ralston moved into second place with the help of a winning score of 28 in the second round to add to his 20 in the morning round, but 16 adrift of Sandy.

The final day was a scorcher and the players were hampered by swarms of midges. Don Hardman took the honours in round five by beating Sandy on the inward half, both achieving 28 points. At this stage it looked as if Sandy was home and dry, and this proved to be the case in the last round where he recorded 24. Willie Ralston and Don Hardman  both had 29 points in this round, but Willie won this one by having a better inward half.

The members of the group thoroughly enjoyed the trip and look forward to returning next year.