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The famous Machrihanish Golf Club Seniors Open was held in August. This is always the busiest day of the club calendar with 124 golfers coming from near and far to contest the prizes in the four age-group categories.
The young seniors Category A, 55 to 59 years, was won by Robert McCallum with 39 Stableford points. Robert’s excellent round included six holes where he scored three points. He was going so well that he could afford a double bogey six at the last hole and still came out on top. He was followed home by two Charlies, McIntyre and Reppke each with an excellent total of 37 points.
In Category B, 60 to 64 years, it was Stephen Kelly of Springbank whose performance was the cream of the crop. He scored an incredible 41 points, including a 4 point birdie 3 at the tough fifth hole. Davie Campbell was second with an excellent 37 points of his own.
Category C, 65 to 69 years, was won by Dennis Nivens with 39 points playing off a handicap of 15. Dennis had a tremendous back 9 of 22 points and that gave him victory over Machrihanish’s own David Rankin who put on another good show in this competition with 37 points.
The Category D competition was the most fiercely contested with more than 40 golfers playing for the prizes. The winner, with an incredible score of 41 points, was the ‘mole catcher’ himself, John Rennie. Just like the younger Stephen Kelly, he scored 41 points to win with his highlight being a fabulous birdie 3 for 4 points at the tough fifth hole. Fellow mole-catcher Stewart MacMillan was runner up with 35 points.