Last major competition

Members were treated to some fine weather on Saturday for the last major competition of the season - the Barlow Cup. Despite the heavy overnight rain the course was in good condition and this was reflected in the amount of excellent scoring.

There were nine players with 40 or more points. Top of the leaderboard and winner of the trophy was Jonathan Thurlow with 44 points. This allowed him to push Craig Irvine into second place by one point. Stuart Campbell was third with 42 points.

Leading scores (CSS 64) - Jonathan Thurlow (19) - 44pts, Craig A Irvine (8) - 43, Stuart Campbell (16) - 42, Mark Rollo (12), Bob Smith (14) - 41, Gary Brown (7), Gary Herd (14), Gordon Lamont (8), Billy McEwan (13) - 40, Ross McAllan (6), Callum Mitchell (6), Graham Garden (18) - 39, Grant Robb (6), Jim Lonie (10), Jim Hepburn (13), Brian Hunter (7) - 38, Colin Arthur (7), Steve McGhie (6), Alistair Duncan (9), Alex Geddes (16) - 37.

The weather deteriorated on Sunday and heavy rain throughout the morning flooded the course resulting in the Neil Selbie Scramble being abandoned. This competition will now be played this Sunday with same times applying.

Two matchplay finals were completed last week. Allan Officer beat Stuart Wood in the 36 hole Willie Watt handicap matchplay competition and David Cruickshank overcame Michael Wood in the J M Low strokeplay knockout competition.

Only two competitions are now outstanding. The Royal Bank doubles final will be contested by Graeme Nicol & Richard Gordon and Paul Lindeman & Mike Gaskin. Ricky and Liam Davidson will play Luis and James Arandia in the final of the Freeland Family Foursomes.

The club hosted a Paul Lawrie Foundation sponsored Aberdeenshire Schools golf tournament last week. In bright but very windy conditions Mackie Academy won the team competition by three strokes from Alford Academy. Grant Robb won one of the nearest the hole prizes.

The entry sheet will be going up shortly for the winter league singles and doubles competition. Scores can be entered on a Saturday or Sunday each week. Members are encouraged to enter their names as it is an excellent chance to keep your swing grooved over the long winter months.