The Captain, Sandy Walker, welcomed a large turnout of members to Stonehaven Golf Club’s Annual General Meeting last week.
Prior to the meeting there was an EGM to propose the introduction of a Loyalty Card arrangement. This proposal was duly approved by the members and will be introduced at some point during the year. This Loyalty Card will be used by members to access the Club’s central membership system and will also be used for all purchases from the bar and coffee machine when discounts will automatically be enjoyed.
During the AGM Sandy Walker stood down from his post and Mike Rendall was duly elected as Captain. Mike proposed Terry Middleton as his vice captain and this was duly approved by the members. Mike thanked Sandy for all his hard work over the last four years on the Council.
As ordinary members Joe Riddell, Denis Daun, Kenny Duncan and Gary Graham had decided to step down from their council duties there were four vacancies to fill. These posts were taken up by Graeme Docherty, Steve Guzik, Bert Buchart and Eric Innes.
With the pressure of captaincy off his shoulders, Sandy Walker along with his playing partner Malcolm MacEwen produced the best nett score of the winter with an unbelievable 52 which consisted of 12 nett birdies and one nett eagle at the 7th hole.
This gave them a six stroke lead over Stewart Allsop & Brian Lawson and Alister Barnett & Tom Simpson. In the scratch doubles section playing on Sunday’s slightly calmer conditions Brian Lawson and Stewart Allsop scored a fine 63 to beat Neil Irvine and Harry Roulston by one stroke.
Doubles handicap scores - Sandy Walker(14) & Malcolm MacEwen(9) - 52, Stewart Allsop(5) & Brian Lawson(7), Alister Barnett(12) & Tom Simpson(17) - 58, Neil Irvine(2) & Harry Roulston(5), John Neal(15) & Douglas Henderson(9) - 59, Ian Hastie(11) & John Starrs(11), Brian Andrew & Doug Barnard(6) - 60, Kenny Duncan(5) & Ian Wood(9), Martin McCoy(13) & Colin Polson(14) - 61, Kevin Duguid(11) & Ewen Campbell(11), Gordon Lamont(5) & Fiona Lamont(5), Bert Droy(9) & Ron Gilmour(8) - 62.
Doubles scratch scores - Stewart Allsop & Brian Lawson - 63, Neil Irvine & Harry Roulston - 64, Sandy Walker & Malcolm MacEwen - 65, Brian Andrew & Doug Barnard, Kenny Duncan & Ian Wood, Gordon Lamont & Fiona Lamont - 68, Alistair Duncan & Brian Hunter - 69.
In the singles competition early pacesetter Ian Smith extended his overall lead with 39 points. Stuart Paul and Steve McGhie were second with 36 points.
Leading singles scores - Ian Smith (7) - 39pts, Stuart Paul (14), Steve McGhie (5) - 36, Duncan Cursiter (12) - 35, Bob Smith (10), Jim Lonie (8) - 33, John Findlay (12), George Innes (17), Mike Rendall (11) - 32, Bill Chalmers (13), Donald Mitchell (12), Graeme Docherty (5), Ivan Groundwater (16) - 30.
There are no changes to the leading qualifiers in each of the doubles and singles competitions.
On Sunday 35 ladies from Murcar, Westhill, Portlethen & Stonehaven played in the Winter Alliance over nine holes at Stonehaven. The Stonehaven team of Wilma Lawrence, Nan Byars, Ragnhild Ericsson and Jackie Hunt won with a score of 59. Murcar were second with 54 followed by Westhill on 47 and Portlethen on 45. Murcar is still leading overall, the next round is at Murcar on February 5.
The ladies have organised a quiz night in the Club House on Friday February 17 at 7.30pm, name sheet is on the notice board. On March 30 there will be a beetle drive, again a sheet will be on the notice board nearer the time or contact a committee member.