ROARING SUCCESS FOR BIKERS’ RALLY
The competition for the Neil Morrison Trophy has a history of attracting healthy numbers and bringing out the best in participants. This year looks to be no different. The first of two rounds was played last Wednesday, with more than a third of the field posting nett scores equal to or better than par. The best of the low scoring, with one or two exceptions, was recorded by those playing in the evening; for those of a superstitious nature, tee times after 5pm may be the only thing between you and the course record.
One of the exceptions was Martin Flett, who leads the completion after the first round. Despite an opening double bogey, Martin recovered with two birdies - on the Manor and Short - in the outward half and, by the time he stepped onto the Caberfeidh tee, he was only four over par. There were to be no slip-ups, as Martin held his nerve to drop only two shots over the closing six holes. The resulting nett 64 lifted him clear of half a dozen others on nett 65 who will have Martin in their sights in the final round.
Kenny “Wang” Macleod has found good form recently but he left it late to secure the runner-up spot. With a handicap of 19, he managed to complete the inward half in only six over par and that proved to impossible to match. John R Gillies put the relief of not drowning in Scarista at the weekend to positive use and his finish of one over par for the final six holes was as close as anyone came to catching Kenny.
Eddie Rodgers late decision to play was justified by his lowest nett score of the season; birdies on the Manor and Memorial on the outward half were eclipsed by eight consecutive pars on the home straight as Eddie took fourth place. There were impressive outings for Cal Robertson (a gross round of level par) and Bryan Geddes (one under par after thirteen holes), but the stand-out performance was again that of David Black.
Playing off scratch, David opened with a crippling double bogey. However, birdies on the Manor, Heather and Redan took him to the halfway mark one under par. The inward half began with a bogey, before birdies on the Dardanelles, Miller and Ditch ensured that David posted his third consecutive 65 at Stornoway. It is tough to maintain a scratch handicap but David looks very comfortable at the moment. Our best wishes go to David, his fellow golfers and the entire WIIGA team as they head to Gotland this weekend
Those challenging for the Neil Morrison Trophy - more than twenty golfers are within six strokes of the lead - had the opportunity to warm up for the final round by participating in the Midge Biters Texas Scramble. This charity competition coincides with the annual Midge Biters Bikers’ Rally in Stornoway. The event is only in its second year but has mushroomed in size and seems set to become one of the fixtures of summer in the Hebrides. The organisation of an event on this scale is a huge credit to the committed team of local bikers and the arrival of fellow bikers from around the country is testament to that commitment.
Almost fifty golfers signed up for the Texas Scramble on a blustery, damp weekend. There was the usual glut of birdies but, in challenging conditions, only three teams managed to complete their rounds without a bogey on the scorecard. Nevertheless, every team posted a nett score at least six under par.
The serious end of the competition saw the only team with three players taking third place. Eddie Rodgers, Iain Macdonald and Andrew Mackay had a level par outward half that included birdies on the Memorial and Short but also had two bogeys. There was only one birdie, on the Caberfeidh, in the inward half but crucially there were no bogeys. A nett score of 58.5 edged them just ahead of another four teams posting scores under nett 60.
Arthur Macintosh, Stuart Campbell, David "Kiwi" Macleod and Paul Moorby took the runner-up spot with an excellent bogey free round of nett 56.1 that included eight birdies, three of those coming on consecutive holes: Redan, Gunsite and Short.
The winning score was 55.9, recorded by Colin Macritchie, Michael Jefferson, Neil Morrison and Gary Murray. Their haul of nine birdies included four in succession from the Dardanelles to the Miller.