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The scores were so close in Dunaverty Golf Club’s annual AmAm that just two shots separated the top three places.
Third place in the Glen Scotia Distillery-sponsored competition had to be decided on the last six holes.
Last Saturday’s strong swirling winds did little to detract from the participants’ enjoyment as 44 teams of four, comprising 55 ladies and 121 men, played a course superbly prepared by greenkeepers Haydn Chambers and Campbell MacBrayne.
The scores were so close that six teams finished on 55, seven on 56 and six on 57.
Ross Sinclair’s team led the field going out in 26 and back in 28 for a nett 54.
Immediately behind Ross, Jim Hunter’s team covered the front nine in 29 strokes and the back nine in 26 for a 55 total.
These positions held until the afternoon when John Shaw and a trio of McCallums – Archie, Robert and John – upstaged them by carding 26 on the outward half and 27 on the inward to snatch the win by one stroke.
Many of the competitors praised the condition of the course and Ailie Goddard’s team in the Tea Box, who were kept busy catering for everyone.
In addition to the main prizes, each member of the winning team was presented with a bottle of Glen Scotia Victoriana whisky while the second placed team members received a bottle of Glen Scotia single malt and the third placed team each received a pack of three Glen Scotia miniatures.
Result: 1 Archie McCallum, Robert McCallum, John MacCallum, John Shaw 53; 2 Ross Sinclair, Tom Campbell, Kenny Cameron, Roddy MacDonald 54; 3 Jim Hunter, Keith Cowan, Ryan McGlynn, Colin Penman 55 (better last six); 4 Darren Renton, Campbell Anderson, Steven Dott, Patrick Galbraith 55 (bih); 5 Steve Bleasby, J Brownie, Eddie White, Malcolm MacLean 55 (bih); 6 Kevan Gilchrist, Alan B Glendinning, Graham Gilchrist, Andrew Robertson 55 (bih).
The nearest the pin winners at the following holes won a Glen Scotia miniature and a tie clip: Nearest the first hole in two: Tommy Martin, 20 feet and five inches; Hole seven: Jamie Graham, 26 inches; Hole 16: Donald Brown (St) 2.05 metres.
Two teams had the same lowest combined nett and gross scores at the 13th hole so the winning team was decided on a draw: Jim Hunter, Ryan McGlynn, Keith Cowan and Colin Penman with a nett 15.