Texas Scramble tribute to Dunaverty greenkeeper

Dunaverty Golf Club vice-captain Graeme McLennan, left, with David Scullion following the presentation.
Dunaverty Golf Club vice-captain Graeme McLennan, left, with David Scullion following the presentation.

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Dunaverty Golf club members turned out in force for a Texas Scramble competition held as a tribute and a thank you to David Scullion for the fantastic service he has given the club for the last 24 years as a greenkeeper.

David has decided he would like a change of career and all at the club wish him good luck in his new venture.

Last Sunday’s event, in which 45 members in teams of three competed, was organised by vice-captain Graeme McLennan and treasurer Ailie MacBrayne.

A perfect golfing day with a light breeze and mild conditions was conducive to good scoring.

The team of Bobby Dalziel, John Wareham and Kieran McGeachy was in fine form. With the help of four birdies, they reached the turn in 28 strokes but faltered a bit on the inward half to post 36 strokes. With a handicap of 8.6 this equated to a nett 55.4.

David, Ailie and Fraser MacBrayne matched the Dalziel team’s score of 28 by starting with six threes a two and two fours. One bogey on the back nine cost them the win as they finished with a scratch total of 60 but a lower handicap of 4.5 saw them adrift by 0.1 of a stroke.

Next up were Campbell MacBrayne, Alan Goddard and Robert Coffield who notched up 29 going out and 32 on the way back to finish on a nett 56.2.

The vice-captain thanked greenkeepers Haydn Chambers and Campbell MacBrayne for having the course in top condition, and Ailie Goddard, assisted by her sister Rona and mother Mairi, who worked hard to cater for the competitors.

Results: 1 Bobby Dalziel, John Wareham, Kieran McGeachy, 64-8.6= 55.4; 2 David, Ailie and Fraser MacBrayne, 60-4.5=55.5; 3 Campbell MacBrayne, Alan Goddard, Robert Coffield, 61-4.8=56.2; 4 Steven, Lindsay and Sophie Garrett, 62-5.7=56.3; 5 Colin Hanbidge, Mary McKinven, Roy McKinven, 68-11.6=56.4; 6 Belle Robertson, Inez Ronald, Mary Wilson, 67-9.9=57.1. Bill Brannigan won the ‘nearest the pin’ prize at the 16th.