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More than 30 Dunaverty Golf Club members turned out for the club’s New Year competition, each one determined to win the coveted Taylor Tankard.
A dry day with a strong wind promised to make things difficult for the competitors in Sunday’s competition – and this proved the case.
This was the second leg of the Christmas/New Year event and teeing off in the first group was Don Hardman who had won the first leg.
In the companyof Neil Brodie and Alec Soudan, he set about winning the double.
Neil was in great form and took the course by the scruff of the neck by covering the front nine in 34 strokes which included two bogies, a birdie at the fifth, a double bogey at the seventh and an eagle at the ninth.
With three bogies and one double bogey, he managed 39 on the inward half from a nett total of 65.
Don had a steady round of a nett 70 to put him in pole position for the two-leg victory but he would have a long wait for the result.
Ever consistent Keith Crawford reached the turn in 35 strokes and, with bogies at the tenth and fifteenth, he recovered with a birdie at the eighteenth to card another 35 for the best scratch score of the day.
Indicative of the tough conditions was the fact only four other players – Neil Brodie, Scott MacBrayne, Sandy Watson and Campbell MacBrayne – scored under 80.
In the doubles event, the two best nett scores were used to determine the winner with Don Hardman holding off a fast finishing Willie Ralston who got within three shots of him.
Two shots covered the next four finishers.
New Year result: 1 Neil Brodie 73-8=65; 2 Keith Crawford 70-3=67; 3 Matthew Ralston 88-20=68; 4 Don Hardman 82-12=70, bih; 5 Willie Ralston 88-18=70, bih; 6 Scott MacBrayne 78-8=70.
Scratch: 1 Keith Crawford 70; 2 Neil Brodie 73; 3 Sandy Watson 78, bih; 4 Scott MacBrayne 78; 5 Campbell MacBrayne 79.
Christmas/New Year result: 1 Don Hardman 62+70=132; 2 Willie Ralston 65+70=135; 3= Alex Arkell 65+73=138 and Keith Crawford 71+67=138; 5 Alec Soudan 68+71=139; 6 Hamish Kelly 70+70=140.
Club captain Graeme McLennan, right, presents Neil Brodie with the Taylor Tankard and the traditional captain’s prize of a bottle of whisky for winning the New Year competition. NO_c01dunavertyny01
Colin Hanbidge, John Marrison and David MacBrayne preparing to tee off in the January 2 competition. NO_c01dunavertyny02