Stonehaven Golf Club

The golfing weather continues to be good for the time of year with only a blip on Saturday preventing any golf from being played due to lying snow on the course.

The previous weekend, a hole-in-one at the eighth from Barry McGillivary was the highlight of him and his partner Stuart Dempster’s round, scoring a gross of 63.

However, this wasn’t enough to take the weekend’s best score from Colin Arthur and Alan Officer who had their best of the season so far with a 61.

Last season’s handicap winners, Deans and McHardy, had the best nett with a 55, two better than their nearest challengers in that section, Summers and Callaghan.

In the singles, playing in his first winter league, Southern Hemisphere member Aaron McLeod had 43 stableford points - one better than Jim Lonie with the latter having the same margin over Steve McGhie.

With Sunday being the only playable day last weekend, the field was very much slimmed down and even the absence of his playing partner didn’t stop Neil Irvine having the score of the day with a 63.

Surely if Harry had been there then this would have been much improved.

Sharing that score with their best so far was Brian Lawson and Stewart Allsop, and two shots further back were Stuart Dempster and Barry McGillivary.

Steve Jones and Ian Carnie shared the weekend lead in the nett competition with John Starrs and Ian Hastie scoring 58s.

In the singles, Paul McWhirter recorded another consistent score with 40 points, one ahead of Jim Lonie.

The 10-round qualifying criteria looks as if it will be comfortably achieved this year with eight rounds being played so far.

With andanother 12 weekends possible between now and March, players should be looking forward to start knocking of their worst scores by January, weather permitting!

Tickets for the boxing evening on Saturday, February 15, are now on sale.

Justin Bounds