Autumn Meeting and August Medal at Dunaverty

Acting club captain Raymond Harvey, left, presenting winner David Hanley with his prize.
Acting club captain Raymond Harvey, left, presenting winner David Hanley with his prize.

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Dunaverty Golf Club members turned out in force last Saturday to compete for the club captain’s prizes in the Autumn Meeting.

A dry day with strong winds made things quite difficult for participants but nevertheless some excellent scores were recorded.

David Hanley, out in the first group playing off a handicap of seven, posted a superb round of 65 which comprised a front nine total of 33 and an even more impressive back nine of 32 to give him a leading nett score of 58.

Teeing off 30 minutes later, Malcolm Ronald, handicap 17, made a determined effort to catch David and was only thwarted by having bogeys at the last two holes. But he succeeded in matching David’s nett 58 and finished in second place as David had the better inward half.

The captain’s scratch prize was won by Lee Mathieson who recorded a 68.

Results: 1 David Hanley 65-7=58 (bih); 2 Malcolm Ronald 76-17=58; 3 Steven Garrett 73-12=61; 4 Lee Mathieson 68-6=62; 5 Ken MacMillan 80-17=63 (bih); 6 Alex Arkell 77-14=63 (bih).

Ideal warm, dry weather with hardly any wind was enjoyed by golfers playing for the August Medal on Sunday.

Ross Sinclair and Neil Brodie took full advantage of the conditions, playing in the same group as Mark Davis. The three engaged in a ‘ding-dong’ battle over the front nine, with Ross going out in 30 strokes to Neil’s 32 and Mark a little way back on 35.

The back nine was just as close but Mark came out on top with a 33, Neil on 34 and Ross on 35.

Neil, on handicap, held the top spot with a nett 56 and this looked set to be the winning score. However, ‘golden oldie’ Sandy Watson, the oldest player in the field, had other ideas and despite three bogeys on the way out reached the turn in 34. Having birdied 10 and 11 he parred the next five, bogied the 17th and left himself with a six-foot putt to clinch a win. He didn’t miss.

Ross Sinclair had the best scratch score of 65. CSS for the day was 63.

Results: 1 Sandy Watson 67-12=55; 2 Neil Brodie 66-10=66; 3 Malcolm Ronald 75-16=59; 4 Ross Sinclair 65-5=60; 5 Mark Davis 68-6=62 (bih); 6 Ken MacMillan 79-17=62.