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Strong winds and a heavy shower made things difficult for Dunaverty Golf Club members as they battled to win the traditional prize of a joint of meat in the club’s annual Christmas competition.
Early starter Bill Brannigan finished his round with a respectable nett 63 and looked a winner until Matthew Ralston, who finished third last year, showed a huge improvement in his game by posting a spectacular nett 58 to leave the leader trailing in his wake.
Due to his fourth place in the December medal, Kieran McGeachy’s handicap came down by two strokes but this didn’t stop him from producing another good round to equal Bill’s 63 but a better inward half moved him into second place.
George MacMillan had the best scratch score when he carded a 71.
This event is the first of a two-round competition, the second of which is the New Year competition. The combined nett score of these will determine the winner.
The added incentive in the New Year event is the opportunity to win the coveted Taylor Tankard which was donated by the Taylor family.
Alistair McConnachie, winner for the last two years, will be going all-out to achieve a hat-trick of wins.
Christmas competition results: 1 Matthew Ralston 81-23=58, 2 Kieran McGeachy 89-26=63 (bih), 3 Bill Brannigan 78-15=63, 4 Bobby Dalziel 77-10=67, 5 Haydn Chambers 74-5=69, 6 Sandy Watson 81-11=70 (bih).