Festive fare follows Heidbangers’ final round of the season

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Twenty-four of Dunaverty Golf Club’s Heidbangers swung into action for their final round of the season.

And, with seven competitors separated by just three points, competition was sure to be intense as they battled for the Heidbangers Cup which was played for over 12 months.

Players were awarded three points for a win, two for second place and one for each time they played up to a maximum of 16.

A strong, cold, swirling wind did nothing to help the contenders and scores were relatively low.

At the end of March, using just first and second places, Eric Dunlea and Malcolm Ronald were both on five points.

Eights weeks later, Eric and Don Hardman were both on eight points with Willie Young and Neil Brodie now on seven.

In mid-July, Don moved into the lead with 10, with Eric and five others all on eight.

At the beginning of September, Don had moved on to 15 points closely, closely followed by Sandy Watson on 14, with Willie Ralston moving to 13, one clear of Willie Young.

Through the next eight weeks, Don still led with 15 and Sandy was on 14 but significant moves by Neil, Eric, Willie Ralston and Malcolm brought them within touching distance of the leaders as they were now on 13.

With one scoring day left to play, each player’s score was enhanced by 16 points and  Neil Brodie moved ahead off Don with a total of 32 points.

Don and Bill Brannigan were on his heels with 31 each, closely followed by Sandy on 30.

Don, Bill, Sandy and the other close contenders were unable to oust Neil and he was a worthy winner of the cup for the second time.

Sandy Watson, right, presents the Heidbanger Cup to competition winner Neil Brodie.
Sandy Watson, right, presents the Heidbanger Cup to competition winner Neil Brodie.

The day was rounded off with a superb four-course dinner produced by club steward Rona Burton, assisted by her mum Mairi MacBrayne and her aunt Ailie MacBrayne.

Organiser Bill Brannigan thanked Rona for her efforts and also thanked greenkeepers Jonathan Barbour and Campbell MacBrayne for having the course in excellent condition.

Also on the day, the Heidbangers competed in their usual weekly competition and there were a few exceptional scores.

Keith Crawford posted an excellent scratch score of 70 by going out in 32 and back in 38 to give him a points total of 40.

John Marrison excelled himself with a scratch 73 for an outward half total of 20 points and a superb 24 on the back nine.

As this was a special occasion, there were six nearest the pin prizes and seven place prices.

Result on the day: 1 John Marrison 44 points, 2 Keith Crawford 40, 3 Willie Young 37 (bih), 4 Douglas Neilson 37, 5 Dougie Graham 36 (bih), 6 Sandy Watson 36 (bih), 7 Willie Ralston 36.

Nearest the pin: 4th Malcolm Ronald 14′-11″; 2nd shot at the 6th Eric Dunlea 6′-5″; 7th  Douglas Neilson 31′-8″; 2nd shot at the 12th Willie Young 14′-05″; 16th Eric Dunlea 13′-7″; 2nd shot at the 18th Neil Brodie 9′-4″.

Placings in the Heidbangers Cup were decided on the number of first and second places and then the total points from the first and second places.

Heidbangers Cup: 1 Neil Brodie 32 points, 2 Bill Brannigan 31 (five firsts), 3 Don Hardman 31, 4 Sandy Watson 30, 5 Malcolm Ronald 29 (212 points), 6 Willie Ralston 29 (203 points), 7 Eric Dunlea 29 (202 points), 8 Willie Young 28 (210 points), 9 Hamish Kelly 28 (205 points).