‘Superb’ play from McConnachie in Dunaverty’s Spring Meeting

Captain Graeme McLennan, centre, after presenting Alistair McConnachie, left, and George MacMillan, right, with their prizes.
Captain Graeme McLennan, centre, after presenting Alistair McConnachie, left, and George MacMillan, right, with their prizes.

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Strong winds did not prevent some excellent scoring in Dunaverty Golf Club’s Spring Meeting, which is traditionally sponsored by the club captain.

Lee Mathieson, the first man out, carded a scratch 70 for a nett 64 while his playing companion, George MacMillan, shot a scratch 68.

Dougie Graham had a very good round returning a nett 63, just beating Sandy Watson, also on 63, with a better back inward half.

Alistair McConnachie had a superb round, reaching the turn in 31 strokes and the inward nine in 34, giving him a scratch 65 to equal his best ever score and leaving him with a nett 58.

This proved to be enough to lift the captain’s prize although Hamish Kelly and Bill Brannigan tried hard to overtake him, falling short by three strokes.

No player can win both the handicap, which is the main prize, and scratch prizes so, with Alistair taking the honours in the handicap, George MacMillan’s 68 earned him the captain’s prize for the scratch section. Each was presented with a bottle of whisky, 12 Titleist golf balls and a polo shirt.

Keith Crawford won a bottle of Kintyre Pink Gin for his nearest-the-pin-in-two at the 18th when his ball finished 39 inches from the pin.

Captain Graeme McLennan expressed his thanks to greenkeepers Haydn Chambers and Campbell MacBrayne for the great condition of the course.

Thanks also went to Ailie Goddard and her sister Rona in The Tea Box who did a fine job catering for the players throughout the day.

Result: 1 Alistair McConnachie 65-7=65, 2 Bill Brannigan 76-15=61 (better last six), 3 Hamish Kelly 84-23-61, 4 Dougie Graham 79-17=63 (bih), 5 Sandy Watson 73-10=63, 6 Lee Mathieson 70-6=64. Scratch winner: George MacMillan 68.