Foursome sweeps to victory in Machrihanish memorial contest

Sheena Robertson, centre, with the winning team, from left: Stuart Campbell, David Rankin, Stephen Kelly and Darren Kelly.
Sheena Robertson, centre, with the winning team, from left: Stuart Campbell, David Rankin, Stephen Kelly and Darren Kelly.

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Covid-19 has had a huge impact on life this year but some things never change at Machrihanish Golf Club.

In the club’s biggest competition since the return of golf as an extension to daily exercise, the team of Stuart Campbell, Stephen Kelly, David Rankin and Darren Kelly strode to victory, retaining the David Irwin Memorial Scramble with a fabulous score of 12 under par 58, less their handicap 2.3, for a winning nett score of 55.7.

Sheena Robertson, centre, with the winning team, from left: Stuart Campbell, David Rankin, Stephen Kelly and Darren Kelly.
Sheena Robertson, centre, with the winning team, from left: Stuart Campbell, David Rankin, Stephen Kelly and Darren Kelly.

Playing in beautiful sunshine with a light breeze, the colourful quartet retained the title they won 12 months previously which was being played in memory of their great friend David Irwin.

They fired eight birdies in the opening nine holes for an outward score of 27 and returned in 31, courtesy of another four birdies on the inward nine, to win by two shots from Donald Laing, Allan Cross, John McLean and Fergus Wallace, who scored nett 57.8, beating Grant Grant, Marc Paterson, James Armour and Charlie Robertson on the better inward half.

Runners up Donald Laing, Allan Cross and Fergus Wallace with Sheena Robertson. John McLean is missing from the photograph.
Runners up Donald Laing, Allan Cross and Fergus Wallace with Sheena Robertson. John McLean is missing from the photograph.

At the prizegiving, club captain Willie Livingstone thanked the green staff for turning the course out in fine condition and club professional Jennie Dunn and starter Anthony Dunn for their hard work in the shop and doing the scoring. He also thanked vice captain Kevan Gilchrist for organising the competition and the prizes.

Prizes were presented by David Irwin’s partner Sheena Robertson.

Captain Livingstone remembered David as a terrific golfer. A member at Machrihanish, Machrihanish Dunes and Dunaverty golf clubs, he truly loved the game of golf.

David is also fondly remembered as a hard-working and loyal member of the Machrihanish Golf Club greenkeeping team. The day served as a fitting tribute to a fine man.

Next year Campbell, Kelly, Rankin and Kelly will go for three in a row.