Mixed bag of weather

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There was a very mixed bag of weather conditions at Stonehaven Golf Club over the weekend. On Saturday, despite the strong winds, the sun shone for most of the day but on Sunday we awoke to a covering of snow making the course unplayable.

Comfortable joint winners in the singles section were Captain Mike Rendall and Donald Mitchell with an excellent 40 points. This gave them a five point win over Duncan Cursiter.

Mike and Donald have now moved into the top eight who qualify for the finals in two weeks time. The leading seven are now Ian Smith (373), Steve McGhie (365), Chris Taylor (364), Jim Lonie (363), John Findlay (362), Donald Mitchell (357) and Mike Rendall (356). Bill Chalmers, Terry Middleton and Duncan Cursiter are all fighting for the final spot with 355pts.

Leading singles scores: Mike Rendall (11), Donald Mitchell (12) - 40pts, Duncan Cursiter (12) - 35, Terry Middleton (7) - 34, Steve McGhie (5) - 33, Bob Smith (10), John Findlay (12) - 32, Richard Tindall (9) - 31, Sandy Watt (15), George Forrester (11) - 30.

In the doubles handicap section, winners were John Neal and Douglas Henderson with a nett 56. This gave them a one stroke win over Gordon McHardy and George Deans. In the scratch section a level par round of 66 from Neil Irvine and Harry Roulston was good enough to top the section.

Leading scratch scores: Neil Irvine & Harry Roulston - 66, Willie Pittendreigh & Graeme Adamson, Eric Innes & Jim Hepburn - 67, Colin Arthur & Alan Officer - 68, John Neal & Douglas Henderson - 69.

Leading handicap scores: John Neal(15) & Douglas Henderson(9) - 56, George Deans(16) & Gordon McHardy(12) - 57, Eric Innes(8) & Jim Hepburn(10) - 58, Kevin Duguid(11) & Ewen Campbell(11) - 60, Drew Hamilton(14) & Scott Crabb(13), Neil Irvine(2) & Harry Roulston(5) - 61, Ian Hastie(11) & John Starrs(11) - 62, Kenny Duncan(5) & Ian Wood(9), Colin Arthur(5) & Alan Officer(5), Willie Pittendreigh(7) & Graeme Adamson(2) - 63.

The only change in the doubles qualifiers from last week is that John Starrs and Ian Hastie are now in fourth spot on their own dropping Martin McCoy and Colin Polson into fifth place.

Junior scores: Josh Halliday (5) - 35, Grant Robb (5) - 33, James Arandia (18) - 31, Connor Douglas (8) - 28.

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Cackhander