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Fifty-two teams comprising 23 ladies and 133 gents enjoyed a wonderful day’s golf at Dunaverty Golf Club last Saturday as they competed for the Gary Thomas Memorial Trophy.
The event, now in its 10th year, is held in memory of former vice-captain Gary Thomas who died in 2011 while on holiday; as a tribute to his popularity, the competition is now the biggest in Dunaverty’s calendar.
Held in a Texas Scramble format, each team member must have four drives each.
The fantastic condition of the course, thanks to greenkeepers Jonathan Barbour and Campbell MacBrayne, led to very low scores with seven strokes covering 33 of the teams and two strokes separating the top six.
One of the early teams consisted of Danny Halliday, John Brown and Raymond Harvey who completed their round with a gross 60 to give them a nett 54.1 total for the rest to chase.
Robert Irvine, Ken MacMillan and Robert Cook produced a superb performance by going out in 28 and returning in 30 to achieve a nett winning total of 52.1.
As can be seen from the results, three of the top six teams had the lowest gross scores of 55 each.
Lorraine Thomas Campbell, along with Dougie Thomas and various family members, sponsored a terrific array of prizes for which Captain Graeme McLennan expressed his thanks on behalf of the club.
He also thanked Mairi MacBrayne with her daughters Ailie and Rona in The Tea Box for coping with the catering demands, committee members for running the raffle and match secretary Alex Arkell for collating all the scores.
More than 35 members of Gary’s family and friends from the Bothwell, Uddingston and Hamilton areas made the journey to take part in the competition.
Each member of the top 10 teams was presented with a Gary Thomas logo ball as a memento of the occasion.
Raymond Harvey presented Lorraine, Dougie and Craig Thomas with a framed Gary Thomas flag representing the fourth hole.
Team results: 1 Robert Irvine, Robert Cook, Ken MacMillan 58-5.9=52.1; 2 Ricky Tonner, Gary Beattie, Paul Kitching 56-2.9=53.1; 3 Michael Morrison, Lee Mathieson, John Docherty 55-1.6=53.4; 4 Fergus Walker, Iain McGougan, John Shaw 55-1.4=53.6; 5 Raymond Harvey, Danny Halliday, John Brown 60-5.9=54.1, 6 D Thomson, Jim Cleghorn, Jed Kilfeather 55-0.6=54.4.
Spot prizes (sponsors in brackets): Nearest the pin in two at the first: John Shaw, 0.8m (whisky); nearest the pin at the second: John Gallacher jnr, 2.28m, Titleist Wedge (Dougie and Leanne Thomas); nearest the pin at the fourth: Garry Beattie 1.62m, £100 American Golf voucher (Stuart Thomas); nearest the pin at the seventh: Larry Larrarini 13″, Ping golf bag (Archie McKee Builders, Irvine); nearest the pin at the 10th: Grant Dickson 30″, Ping golf bag (Archie McKee Builders); nearest the pin at the 14th: Donald Brown (Southend) 85″, TaylorMade Rescue club (Les Hutchison); nearest the pin at the 15th: Ryan Jamieson, Ping golf bag (Archie McKee Builders); nearest the pin at the 16th: Jim Cleghorn, 55″ (whisky); gents’ longest drive at 17th: Andrew Wallace, Titleist golf balls (Logan, Jack and Blair Thomas); ladies’ longest drive at 17th: Evelyn Shaw, voucher (Dunaverty Golf Club).