Brown bags Jimmy Graham Trophy for second time

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The weather was dry but windy as 24 of Dunaverty Golf Club’s Heidbangers competed for the Jimmy Graham Trophy.

Jimmy, one of the original Heidbangers, died in September 2000 and such was his popularity that the group decided to purchase a trophy in his memory.

Every Wednesday when he played, his marvellous singing could be heard over the course.

This year, the wind made for tricky conditions and a few balls were never seen again.

Hamish Kelly, despite not scoring at two holes, continued his recent good form by coming home with 39 points, one clear of Douglas Neilson and Willie Ralston.

Vice-captain Donald Brown was determined to emulate his win of last year and set about his round in great style.

He went out in 22 points, back in 23, for a total of 45 which no one else could match, giving him his second win in this event.

Sandy Watson, left, presenting the trophy to Donald Brown.
Sandy Watson, left, presenting the trophy to Donald Brown.

Greenkeepers Jonathan Barbour and Campbell MacBrayne had the course in superb condition for the event.

Mairi MacBrayne and her daughter Rona served up an excellent three-course meal in the clubhouse for the players.

In addition to the main prize, there were nearest the pin prizes at four of the holes, one of which was a bottle of whisky, provided by Neil Brodie, for nearest the pin in two shots at the 18th green.

Douglas Neilson donated four sleeves of Pro V1 golf balls as extra prizes and these were decided by drawing the winners from the score cards.

Result: 1 Donald Brown 45 points, 2 Hamish Kelly 39, 3 Willie Ralston 38 (better last six), 4 Douglas Neilson 38, 5 Dougie Graham 37 (bih), 6 Willie Young 37 (better last six), 7 Sandy Watson 37 (better last three), 8 Robin Finlay 37.

Nearest the pin at 2nd: Ken MacMillan 45″; 10th: Ken MacMillan 50″; Nearest in two at the 12th: Douglas Neilson 12′ 6″; Nearest in two at the 18th: Steve Bleasby 2′ 6″.

Golf ball winners: John Galbraith, John Dickenson, Dougie Graham and Neil Brodie.