One-man show by Gary Herd

The third and fourth rounds of the Handicap Trophy were played last week and Gary Herd turned it into a one man show. The third round was played in strong windy conditions and Gary’s nett 67 was good enough to jump into a three stroke lead from Colin Arthur with Gordon Adamson, Doug Lorimar and Craig Martin a further stroke behind. The final round was played in the first real summer conditions of the season and Gary thrived in the heat. He raced to the turn in 34 (2 over par) off his 15 handicap and he was able to coast home in 39 for a score of 73 nett 58 to eventually win by 9 strokes. Neil Irvine, whose score of 63 was the best scratch score of the evening sneaked into the runner up spot. Craig Martin and John Cowie finished in joint third place.

Results: 257 (62, 70, 67, 58) Gary Herd (15); 266 Neil Irvine (1); 268 Craig Martin (8), John Cowie (18); 270 Gordon Adamson (3), Allan Officer (8); 271 Colin Arthur (6), Davie Cruickshank (11); 272 Jim Lonie (10); 273 Duncan Ewing (17), Steve McGhie (8); 274 Doug Lorimar (9), Mike Rendall (12); 278 George Forrester (16), John Neal (20).

It was back to strong windy cold conditions for the Innes Medal on Saturday and a couple of juniors stole the show. Despite putting a ball out of bounds at the last, Josh Halliday’s scratch score of 70 was the best of the day and his nett score of 64 was equalled by fellow youngster Kevin Riddell’s score.

Luis Arandia also had a nett 64 and he topped Division 2. The best score in Division 3 came from Dave Houston and John Currie with nett 65s.

Results: Innes Medal (CSS 66) Division 1 64 Josh Halliday (6), Kevin Riddell (8); 66 Doug Barnard (8), Paul Jenkins (10), Graeme Docherty (7), Roger Smith (9), David Henderson (11); 67 Stuart Dempster (6), Ross McAllan (6); 68 Eric Dickie (11), Steve McGhie (7), Gary Graham (4), Stewart Allsop (6).

Division 2 64 Luis Arandia (16); 66 Neill Murray (13), Mark Rollo (12); 67 Jim Hepburn (13); 68 Fraser Stark (12), Duncan Cursiter (17); 69 Stuart Campbell (15), Martin McCoy (17), Duncan Ewing (17). Division 3 65 Dave Houston (23), John Currie (19); 66 Kenny Gordon (19); 67 John Neal (19); 68 John Stephen (21); 69 John Christie (23), Craig McKechnie (20); 70 Ben Juffermans (24), Malcolm Ritchie (18), Brian Reid(26).

Junior medal scores: Division 1 62 Kevin Riddell (7), Cameron Davidson (20); 66 Kiefer Brown (17); 67 Josh Halliday (5). Division 2 64 Mason Jenkins (23); 66 James Arandia (36); 77 Lewis Mitchell (36).

The men started their Aberdeen Pennant League campaign with a tough match away to Royal Aberdeen. This year each match consists of 5 games instead of the usual 6 games. The match ended in a 3.5 - 1.5 defeat with Gordon Adamson & Neil Irvine managing a draw and Bruce Ferguson & Barry McGillivray scoring an excellent 1 up win against much lower handicappers.

Results: D MacAndrew jnr & A Reith drew with Gordon Adamson & Neil Irvine, D MacAndrew snr & W Barclay lost to Bruce Ferguson & Barry McGillivray 1 down, E Laird & M Black beat Gary Graham & Alan Cruickshank 5&3, M Wilson & D Purdie beat Paul Lindeman & Scott Murray 2&1, G Webster & R Patterson beat Steve Guzik & Ross Anderson 2&1. Their next match is at home to Auchmill on Tuesday.

After a heavy 5-1 defeat at Inchmarlo last Thursday the men returned to winning ways in their match at home against Ballater on Sunday in the Deeside League.

Results against Ballater: Gary Graham & Ross McAllan beat G Thom & G Chalmers 3&2, Alan Cruickshank & Davy Callaghan lost to A Wood & C Mitchell 7&5, Colin Arthur & Chris Taylor beat D Cruickshank & R Farquharson 3&2, Stuart Wright & Grant Robb lost to F Anderson & R Chalmers 2&1, Doug Lorimar & Luis Arandia beat M Jolly & J Sinclair 1 up, Stewart Allsop & John Stephen beat N Murray & J Hunter 6&4. Stonehaven 4 Ballater 2.

The boys have now completed their qualifying matches in the junior pennant league. As Stonehaven had already qualified for the semi-finals, their final match away to Northern did not need to be played and a 3-3 draw was agreed between the teams. They now await their semi-final opponents which will be played on Sunday 19th June at a venue still to be determined.

Round of the week at the club came from former Ladies Champion Fiona Lamont in the Ladies section. Playing in the eclectic/medal competition, Fiona had an excellent 1 under par 66. Our records show that the Ladies course record was held by Catherine Miller also with a score of 66 in August 2001 but this was when par for the course was 68. The course has now changed slightly and the par is now 67 so Fiona’s score should stand as a new course record. After bogies at the first, second and fourth holes she birdied the eighth hole to be out in 34. Fiona then had one final blip with a bogey at the tenth hole before having birdies at the 12th, 13th, 15th and 18th holes for an inward 3 under par 32. With her handicap dropping from 7.6 to 5.8 this will give Fiona huge bragging rights over husband Gordon for weeks to come.