With only one counting week remaining in the Winter League quite a few of the qualifying positions in the 3 qualifying categories are already ‘buttoned up’.
In the scratch doubles only the fourth and final place is up for grabs with the pairings of Willie Pittendreigh and Graeme Adamson fighting out with Alan Officer and Colin Arthur in a last day shoot out both having an identical average ten round score of 65.3.
Willie and Graeme require to beat a score of 69 to improve while Colin and Alan require something better than 67 to get a better ten round total, in the event of a dead heat tie Alan and Colin would take the last place.
The order of qualifying for the top three looks like being in first place Stuart Dempster and Barry McGillivary (62.6), 2nd – Neil Irvine and Harry Roulston (63.3), 3rd – Grant Robb and Graeme McFarlane (63.4).
In the handicap doubles once the scratch is sorted out it is looking like the qualifying order will be 1st – Mike Halliday and Stuart Campbell (57.0), 2nd - Kenny Duncan and Ian Wood (58.5), 3rd – John Neal and Douglas Henderson (58.6), 4th - Alister Barnett and Tom Simpson (59.0) however a good score by any one of another two or three pairings could change the places.
The singles order of qualifying with one week to go is 1st – A.Davidson (38pts), 2nd - S.McGHie (37.7), 3rd – J.Lonie (37.6), 4th – P.McRobb (36.8), 5th – A.Geddes (36.7), 6th – N.MacArthur (36.6), 7th –D.Milne (36.4), 8th- M.Bruce (36.2) three players Ian Smith, Mark McCracken and Terry Middleton will be looking for a good score to apply pressure to the low markers.
The finals will take place on Saturday March 7 and Sunday March 8 teeing off at 9am, the order of play will be Scratch Doubles, Handicap Doubles followed by the eight single qualifiers.
Stonehaven Golf Club is still offering two one-hour coaching sessions, free of charge, led by experienced female coaches on Saturdays, March 14 and 21, from 4-5pm at the club. All you need is an iron and a putter.
As well as the free sessions, there will be opportunities to use the new hitting nets, anytime until Sunday, April 5, when people can join in the New Season Texas Scramble. Call Stonehaven Golf Club on 762124 to book your place.