While the elite of island golf headed off to the sun drenched Natwest Island Games on the Isle of Wight, Stornoway club golfers took the smaller step across the Minch to Ullapool last weekend. From the high spirits and good humour on the return ferry trip, any observer might reasonably have drawn the conclusion that this was a victorious team making its way home. In fact, the opposite was the case: Ullapool Golf Club was the comprehensive victor in this tie. That, of course, begs the question of what condition the Stornoway team members would have been in had they won. However, as always in these matches, the result appeared to be of little consequence and the hospitality from the hosts more than compensated for a golfing lesson that gives Ullapool a commanding lead to take into the return match in August.
The final round of the Neil Morrison Trophy was the keenly contested midweek competition. Leading the scratch and handicap sections from the first round were Norrie ‘Onions’ Macdonald and John Sommerville respectively. Both had comfortable leads to defend and both resolutely refused to buckle under the pressure of the chasing pack. Norrie carded a superb gross 67 - two under par over the back nine courtesy on birdies on the Whins and Ditch - to post an unbeatable aggregate total of 133, five under par.
Kevin Macrae and David Black, both of whom had disappointing first rounds, posted gross scores of 70 and 68 respectively in the chase for second place. However, the runner up was Murdo O’Brien, who has a history of impressive results in this competition. His gross 71 took him to 144 overall, three clear of the next best aggregate score.
In similar fashion to Norrie, John Sommerville had built up a substantial lead in the first round. His nett 63 in the second gave John an aggregate total of 125, taking him nine shots clear of his closest challenger. Allan Macleod put his indifferent 71 from the opening round behind him and equalled his best score of the year, nett 63, to take second place. Indeed, it could have been Allan’s best ever round, as a run of successive birdies on the Caberfeidh, Miller and Ditch gave him a one over par total after fifteen holes; but he is Club Captain and the curse of the Captain decreed that he would have a finish of two bogeys and a double bogey to keep his feet on the ground.
The weekend Flag competition was won by Scott Maciver. Despite the absence of so many golfers for the match in Ullapool, there was a healthy entry for this competition, with over fifty participants. Two over par at the halfway stage, Scott picked up birdies on the Whins and Cup for a level par return. His nett 63 was two strokes clear of the field.
Arthur Macintosh produced yet another impressive round, with birdies on the Manor and Heather, and has now seen his handicap cut by two strokes in the past month. Arthur was edged into third place by an excellent inward half from Andrew Reeves. Andrew recovered from a sticky start that left him eight over par after only five holes and his steady progress from that point on earned him the runner up spot.
Adam Longdon has dominated the Junior Section this summer but it was the turn of George Rennie to impress in the Saturday Medal competition. George carded nett 75 to beat Adam by two strokes.