The stormy weather of the past ten days put paid to any thoughts of golf last weekend. Coincidentally, the last Saturday of November was also the first round of the Winter League to be cancelled a year ago. That weekend was also the last opportunity for golf in 2010. We can only hope that this winter sees no repeat of the Arctic chill that prevented anything but winter sports on the golf course for almost two months. Nevertheless, the cancellation of a golfing event is but a minor inconvenience when compared to the tragic consequences of recent storms in other parts of the islands.
The awarding of the remaining prizes for the summer season will now be held this Saturday afternoon. One of those prizes is the Lews Castle Trophy, which is awarded to the club member who has achieved the greatest reduction in handicap during the year. While the recipient of that trophy remains a closely guarded secret, two other awards give some indication as to who is in contention for the Lews Castle Trophy.
The Galloway Aggregate salver is presented to the golfer with the lowest nett total for his best six competitive rounds of the year. Given that many golfers struggle to post one round under par, the performance of players such as Allan Macleod, Alastair Henderson and David Black, who all managed an aggregate total of 20 under par, is remarkable; and they only managed joint fifth place in the competition.
Kevin “Lava” Macleod was one stroke ahead on 384, 21 under par. Although he was burning up the course in the early part of the summer, it was his nett 64 in winning the Caledonian Medal final in September that clinched fourth place for Kevin.
Cal Roberston was in joint second position on nett 382 and shares the distinction of being one of only four golfers to have broken nett 60 during the season. Cal’s nett 59 was matched by Euan Morrison but the lowest score of the year was nett 58, carded by both Peter Grant and Chris Graham. Cal does, however, have the unique distinction of being the only one of the four not to have won the competition in which they posted a nett score of under 60; his nett 59 was recorded in the first round of the Western Isles Open, although Cal has the consolation of the Drambuie Salver for the lowest single round in the qualifying event.
Sharing the runner up spot with Cal was James Hood, another golfer who has had a memorable season.
The winner of the Galloway Aggregate competition was Eddie Rogers on 381, a remarkable 27 under par. His consistency over the season is emphasised by the fact that he had another handful of sub-par rounds in addition to those that won him the trophy.
The Perry Eclectic Trophy is, as the name suggests, the trophy awarded to the golfer with the lowest nett eclectic score over the summer season. David Black, Euan Morrison and Kevin “Lava” Macleod shared third place on nett 46.7, while Allan Macleod took the runner up position with nett 45.7.
The winner by a clear margin of almost two strokes on nett 44 was Arthur Macintosh. Arthur’s gross total comprised 1 par, 14 birdies and 3 eagles for 48. Incidentally, David Black matched Arthur’s gross total with 16 birdies and 2 eagles.
The 12 hole winter format has had its first change; its length is considerably shortened and par is reduced from the eye-watering 50 to 42. Those competitors who have found it difficult to score on a long course now have some respite and will sincerely hope that they do not find it difficult to score on a short course.
The annual Ken MacDonald & Co Texmas Scramble will take place on 17 Decemeber and entry forms should be available shortly.