SILVER AND GOLD FOR BLACK
David Black has a life-changing appointment at the altar this week but, prior to that, he took care of some important business at home, regaining the mantle of Club Champion at Stornoway Golf Club. Reigning champion Cal Robertson trailed by five shots going into the final round and posted a one over par 69 to keep the pressure on.
However, David reached the turn one under par and never looked like relinquishing his lead. His final gross 67 gave David a comfortable win. Cal can take consolation from a strong showing in his attempt to retain the title. Donald DJ Macleod finished in third place one stroke behind Cal.
In the handicap section, DJ also finished one stroke behind, but this time it was as runner-up to the winner, John M Morrison. John built up a healthy cushion with opening rounds of nett 64 and nett 60 and weathered a strong challenge in the final round.
Stornoway has a new Ladies' Club Champion in Liz Carmichael after the completion of the final round last weekend. Leading by four strokes after the opening round, Liz held her nerve to secure victory over Jane Nicolson by three strokes. Ann Galbraith finished in third position.
Admiral Sir Reginald Tupper had a relatively brief association with Stornoway during the First World War. As commander of the naval patrols in the North Atlantic between 1915 and 1916, Admiral Tupper had his shore base in Stornoway. To mark that association, he donated a trophy to Stornoway Golf Club and the Tupper Cup is still presented annually to the winner of the only Bogey/Par competition in the local golfing calendar.
This year, a beautiful Saturday in early September was the setting for the event, which attracted a field of almost fifty golfers. The format is essentially matchplay against the course and, despite the benign conditions, the number of competitors beating the course remained in single figures. The top four places were taken by those who finished three up on the course.
Fourth placed Pete Middleton was only one over par after eleven holes and, after leaking a few shots, finished strongly by winning the final hole.
Donald "Sweeney" Macsween had an inspired start and was four ahead after five holes and still in that position at the halfway point. Pegged back after slips on the Dardanelles and Miller, Sweeney had another winning hole on the Cup to take third position.
In his customary runner-up spot, Donald DJ Macleod had an inspired two under par outward half, which included birdies on the Manor and Ard Choille and an eagle on the Memorial. That work was almost undone by a pair of double bogeys at the start of the inward half but DJ added another three birdies, on the Ranol, Caberfeidh and Avenue, to post a gross total of 66, the lowest of the day.
Peter Grant survived a rocky start and birdies on the Heather and Gunsite brought him back to one up at the halfway stage. A birdie on the Miller took Peter to three up and halving the final four holes kept him in that position. His strong inward half eased Peter ahead of the pack and the Tupper Cup will take pride of place in his sitting room for the next twelve months.
Michael Black, helped by birdies on the Short and Caberfeidh, posted nett 65, the best score in the midweek Caledonian Medal final. Unfortunately for Michael, he had not qualified for the final and so runner-up Iain Macleod took the silverware with an impressive nett 66. Iain birdied the Redan and Caberfeidh and, with the exception of a treble bogey on the Miller, this was a polished performance.
Ali Gillies hauled in four birdies - on the Glen, Memorial, Ranol and Avenue - for a nett 66, an excellent showing considering there were five shots dropped on the Short. However, Ali, like fourth placed Malky Macrae who also carded nett 66, had not qualified for the final.
Instead, Ken Galloway took second spot in the Medal final with a nett 68. There were no birdies on his card but Ken's inward half of three bogeys and six pars was the epitome of steady golf.
The LGU Pendant was won by Christine Macleod, whose nett 72 was enough for a one stroke margin of victory over Ann Galbraith.
There is still time to enlist for the annual pilgrimage to Golspie on September 15th and 16th. Golfers are especially welcome.