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The Erskine Shield, Championship Course (White Tees) – Saturday July 24
Conditions for the Erskine Shield once again led to good scoring with bright sunshine and a light westerly breeze.
The course was running hard and fast after the recent prolonged spell of dry sunny weather, however, low scoring wasn’t a given as it had to be earned by finding as many fairways and greens as possible.
Good ball striking was definitely a prerequisite to shooting a sub par round.
Gerald Reid took his ‘A’ game to the course and posted an incredible nine-under-par 61 to comprehensively claim the Erskine Shield. Runner up with a four-under-par 66 was Keith Crawford, narrowly beating Grant Grant into third place on the better last nine hole score.
The scratch prize winner, with a steady 73, was Calum MacPhail.
In the seniors’ section, Calum’s father Ian MacPhail added to the family prizes with a one-under-par 69.
Results: Erskine Shield winner: Gerald Reid, 61 (88–27=61); runner-up: Keith Crawford 66 (73–7=66) bih; 3 Grant Grant 66 (81–15=66). Scratch prize: Calum MacPhail 73. Senior winner: Ian MacPhail 69 (82–13=69).
Rosebowl Trophy, Pans Course (Red Tees) – Saturday July 24
The Rosebowl Trophy was keenly contested in fine warm weather conditions, with just a light westerly breeze.
Scoring on the Pans course was proving tricky and keeping the ball on the fairways was essential for those hoping to post a sub-par score.
Catherine Armour did just that and claimed victory in style with a great score of five-under-par 63, with the runner-up prize going to Catherine Reid with a fine one-under-par 67.
Results: Rosebowl Trophy winner: Catherine Armour 63 (83–20=63); runner-up: Catherine Reid 67 (87–20=67).
McKinlay Cup, Championship Course (Yellow Tees) – Wednesday July 21
McKinlay Cup rules permit the player a maximum of five clubs in the bag as opposed to the 14 club limit under normal golf rules.
This format places club selection and shot-making at a premium and tests the players’ invention, ingenuity and skill to the limit.
Once again, the weather was warm and sunny with light winds and the fairways were running hard and fast, although the greens were receptive to well-struck approach shots.
Keith Johnson emerged victorious with an excellent score of 47 points, equivalent to 11-under-par stroke play.
Runner-up was Findlay Ross with a five-under-par score of 41 points while Charlie McIntyre took third place with 39 points, narrowly beating Kevin McMillan on the better last nine holes.
The ladies’ winner was Maggie MacArthur with a score of 38 points.
Results: Dan McKinlay Cup winner: Keith Johnson 47 points; runner-up: Findlay Ross 41 points; 3 Charlie McIntyre 39 points (bih). Ladies’ winner: Maggie MacArthur 38 points.