Bob wins final major

It was the final major trophy of the season and Bob Denholm showed everyone a clean pair of heels with an excellent 43 stableford points in the Barlow Cup. This gave him a huge winning margin of 5 points from Mark Paton. Graeme McFarlane and Brian Hunter were joint third with 37 points.

Leading scores CSS 66: Bob Denholm(27) - 43pts, Mark Paton(18) - 38, Graeme McFarlane(11), Brian Hunter(8) - 37, Gary Herd(13), Bill Park(21), Gordon Adamson(5), Denis Daun(16), John Cowling(16), Jim Hepburn(12), Alan Officer(8), Tom Hyder(26) - 36, Alexander Duthie(28), Graeme Docherty(7), Alister Barnett(16) - 35, Scott Reid(13), Ross McAllan(5), Donald McRae(14), Pete Beatt(12), Neil Irvine(2), Billy McEwan(14) - 34.

On Sunday it was the turn of the popular Neil Selbie & Co Texas Scramble. A very healthy 34 teams turned up to play in the competition. Jacek Nowak’s team of “Barn Pots” topped the leaderboard with a nett score of 49.9. This gave them a 1 stroke win over a team from Dunecht/Newmachar. Vice Captain, Terry Middleton’s team were in third place. Our thanks go to Neil Selbie & Co for their continued support.

Prizewinners: The Barn Pots(J Nowak, R Wilson, D Cusiter, R Ferguson)(4.1) - 49.9, 3 Baldies & a Fat Guy(G Duguid, A McKenzie, S Hardie, R McKenzie)(2.1) - 50.9, Terry’s Tigers(T Middleton, B Middleton, A Geddes, J Findlay)(5.5) - 51.5, Ed-Mon-Stone(A Smith, S Reid, I Harrison, J Gardiner)(3.2) - 51.8, The Falkirk Bairns((J McNee, S McNee, W Breen, J Baxter)(5.1) - 51.9.

The North-east of Scotland Golfers’ Alliance returned to Stonehaven for the first time in ten years last week bringing some welcome revenue to the club. The Alliance, an eclectic mix of tour pros, club pros, leading amateurs and mid-handicap enthusiasts, plays every Wednesday throughout the winter giving its members competitive golf no matter the weather. Paul Lawrie’s invitation tournament at Deeside, unfortunately, kept about a dozen Alliance regulars away, but more than 70 players enjoyed superb sunny weather. No one matched par on the day, with Fraserburgh student Gordon Munro (+1) taking the top prize with 67, one shot ahead of Newmachar plus-handicapper John Duff. Former Stonehaven club champion and current joint course record holder, Euan Kennedy, now playing off scratch at Newmachar, shared third spot on 69. In the handicap section, Stonehaven’s Harry Roulston (6), one of only two club members in the Alliance, put his local knowledge to good effect to win the Class 1 voucher with a net 66. Interestingly, Euan Kennedy said afterwards that he had never seen the course in such good condition, a comment that will no doubt be passed on to head greenkeeper Graham Dawson. Hazlehead pro Colin Nelson, who shot a 70, described the greens as “brilliant” but others found the links-like conditions round the greens too tough for them to handle. One leading North-east player, who struggled to break 80, thought the best thing to do with the course would be to build houses on it!

“Cackhander”