In years to come, it will not be difficult for David Black to pinpoint the exact date of his successful defence of the Club Championship title at Stornoway Golf Club: the day will be forever remembered as Super Saturday, marking the unprecedented haul of six Olympic gold medals won in one unforgettable day by Great Britain and Northern Ireland athletes. It was also the day of the Lewis Carnival, which may partially explain David’s decision to wear a pair of blindingly polka-dotted clown trousers on the golf course.
Both David and Norrie “Onions” Macdonald posted gross 72 in the third qualifying
round last Saturday morning for leading aggregate totals of 214 and 215 respectively, to qualify for the scratch match play final. Stewart Davidson made three birdies on the back nine holes for a gross 67 but, although his aggregate total of 218 fell short in the scratch section, Stewart’s nett total of 203 made him leading qualifier in the handicap competition.
Gordon Kennedy and Eddie Rogers posted nett 205, but it was Al “Greens” Macleod who returned a third round score of nett 69 for an aggregate total of 204 to book his place in the handicap final.
Marten James and Mick Butterworth contested the Senior final, thanks to rounds of nett 65 and 67 respectively.
The scratch final was a pulsating contest of high quality golf. Norrie won the opening hole and a birdie on the Ard Choille put him two up. A birdie on the Heather gave David temporary respite but Norrie immediately birdied the next hole. David won the Redan and levelled the match with a birdie on the Gunsite. Once again, Norrie responded, with a birdie on the Short to secure a one hole halfway lead.
A birdie on the Dardanelles gave Norrie a two hole cushion, but that was eroded by David’s birdie on the Cabarfeidh and another on the Ditch meant that the match was level with three holes to play. With David through the green on the
Cup, Norrie’s superb approach shot was enough to take the lead once again. A
share of the spoils on the seventeenth left David needing to win the final hole
to square the match. He did exactly that, with a tee shot that came to rest
some twelve feet from the hole. His birdie took the match to a sudden death
After the quality of golf on display, it was a little anti-climactic that Norrie
should lose at the first extra hole because his tee shot on the Castle went out
of bounds; he had completed the preceding eighteen holes in a superb two under
David held his nerve to chip onto the green and, with Norrie conceding the hole, the Club Championship trophy was retained by David. It is a formidable achievement, proving that he is not only a golfer with skill and class. David also demonstrated that, never ahead at any stage in the regulation eighteen holes of the final, he has the steely determination required to maintain concentration and belief when things are not going to plan.
The handicap final also proved to be a high quality event. From the outset, the
standard was breathtaking, with Stewart securing an eagle on the Manor and a
birdie on the Redan to keep in touch with the blistering pace set by Al
“Greens”. The decisive holes of the match were the four successive birdies by
Al at the start of the inward half. For Stewart there is the consolation of an
impressive debut season in Stornoway; while Al “Greens” not only won the Club
Championship Handicap title, but did so in emphatic fashion, with a level of
golf that had him five under par by the end of the match.
The Senior title went to Marten James, winning on the penultimate hole against Mick Butterworth. At least Mick had the decency to look like a senior citizen,
unlike the winner, whose birth certificate had to be examined under the
microscope before it was concluded that he is, as he claims to be, quite an old
Although naturally overshadowed by the Club Championship, there has been a great deal of competitive played in Stornoway in recent weeks.
Posting a superb score of nett 63, Paul Maclean won the Kenny Mackay Shield, with a level par inward half giving him victory by the narrowest of margins over Cal Murray.
In trying conditions, John “Shillegan” Gillies won the Arthritis Care Shield. Once
again, the margin of victory was slight, with Norrie “Onions” Macdonald
equalling John’s haul of 37 points but unable to match his total of 20 points
on the inward half.
Gill Chadwick picked up the Olsen Tankard, thanks to a creditable nett 72 achieved
with only five clubs – the rules of the competition, not her personal choice.
Ann Galbraith was runner up, one stroke adrift.
Adam Longdon and Michael Jefferson celebrated the return of competitive golf in the Junior Section with rounds of nett 70 and 66 respectively. Adam won the aptly
named Exhibition Trophy, thanks to another excellent display of the standard of
golf that has resulted in his handicap being cut by eight strokes this season.