Fyne Tankard’s first round

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Captain Chris Smyth was delighted with the turnout for Tarbert Golf Club’s first competition of the season at a very blustery Glenralloch last Saturday.

Greenkeeper Graham Prentice had the course in fantastic condition with the drainage work undertaken at the second having an immediate effect coupled with the recent good weather.

Scoring was always going to be difficult with the wind changing direction at every turn and making club selection difficult.

One man who didn’t have too many issues was Iain Macalister who was playing well, with an outward nine of 34 shots and one blemish on the back nine when he lost a ball at the 14th but still returned a great score in the conditions.

His total of 71-6 for a net 65 gave him a deserved first round lead.

In second place was Bruce MacNab who had a disappointing first nine but played a level par round on the back nine for a total of 72-5 for a net 65.

In joint third place were Graham Prentice, James Smyth and Eddie White who were all on net 69, with Iain MacArthur a couple of shots further back on 71.

With everything still to play for the group is neatly packed for the second round which take place on Saturday April 27.

Tomorrow (Saturday) the club hosts an open day from noon until 3pm and organisers are encouraging new members who may consider taking up the game or past players who wish to return to attend.

There is a session for children of school age from noon until 1pm. From 1pm to 3pm, PGA professional Ken Campbell will be on hand to give his advice.

Last Sunday, April 14, the club’s lady members gathered for the High Handicap Cup which saw Sheena Ferguson take the honours with a net 64 with Angela Vernel in second place on 71 and Helen Samborek third on 75.