Winter League starts at Stonehaven Club

Winter specialist Jim Lonie started this year’s winter league as he finished last year’s competition by leading the singles with an excellent 43 points. As soon as he gets his winter mat in his hand he becomes a man possessed - if only he could use it through the summer season. Close behind in second place was Steve McGhie, another winter specialist. Steve had a mixed bag in his level par score with four 2’s and an ugly 7 at the 9th hole. John Findlay was third with 39 points and there were four players with 38 points.

Leading singles scores - Jim Lonie (8) - 43 pts, Steve McGhie (5) - 42, John Findlay (12) - 39, Chris Taylor (5), Terry Middleton (7), Kevin Riddell (3), Bob Smith (10) - 38, Roger Smith (6), Mike Rendall (11) - 36, Alan Wood (10), Eric Witton (17), Ross McAllan (4), Graeme Docherty (5), Brian Reid (18) - 35.

In the doubles competition only 16 couples turned up over the weekend. Top handicap score of 54 came from the two Davy’s - Summers and Callaghan. David Summers had birdies at the 1st, 3rd, 7th , 13th and 17th and ex captain Davy Callaghan finished strongly with a birdie at the 11th and a chip in eagle at the 17th hole. In the scratch section defending champions Neil Irvine and Harry Roulston lead with a 60 made up of 6 birdies and 12 pars.

Leading handicap scores - David Summers/David Callaghan - 54, Neil Irvine/Harry Roulston, George Deans/Gordon McHardy - 58, Stewart Allsop/Brian Lawson, ian Hastie/John Starrs, Alister Barnett/Tom Simpson - 59, Chis Taylor/ Ludwik Metelski - 60, Martin McCoy/Colin Polson - 62, Drew Hamilton/Scott Crabb - 64, Kevin Boyne/Kenny Gordon, AlistairDuncan(on his own) - 65.

Leading scratch scores - Neil Irvine/Harry Roulston - 60, David Summers/David Callaghan - 62, Stewart Allsop/Brian Lawson - 64.

Junior winter league scores - Grant Robb (5) - 42 points, Cameron Davidson (11), Josh Halliday (5) - 39, Connor Douglas (8) - 32, Liam Davidson (11) - 30.

Week 2 of the Winter League saw a weekend of gales making standing difficult let alone trying to play decent golf. Despite this there were some good scores with Bill Chalmers topping the leaderboard in the singles league with 38 points. Close behind was Ian Smith with 37 pts. One point further behind was Chris Taylor.

Leading singles scores - Bill Chalmers (13) - 38pts, Ian Smith (7) - 37, Chris Taylor (5) - 36, Graeme Docherty (5), John Findlay (12), Luis Arandia (10), George Innes (17), Roger Smith (6) - 35, Brian Hardstaff (15) - 34, Terry Middleton (7), Stuart Paul (14) - 33, Alex Geddes (12), Jim Lonie (8) - 32.

Davy Callaghan and Davy Summers maintained their fine form in the handicap doubles section. They shared top spot with Alister Barnett and Tom Simpson with a nett 61. One stroke behind were match convener Brian Lawson and his partner Stewart Allsop. Neil Irvine and Harry Roulston again had the best scratch score with a 67.

Leading scratch doubles scores - Neil Irvine/Harry Roulston - 67, David Summers/David Callaghan - 68, Brian Lawson/Stewart Allsop - 69, Alistair Duncan(on his own) - 72.

Handicap doubles scores - David Callaghan(5)/David Summers(8), Alister Barnett(12)/Tom Simpson(17) - 61, Stewart Allsop(5)/Brian Lawson(7) - 62, Neil Irvine(2)/Harry Roulston(5), Drew Hamilton(14)/Scott Crabb(13) - 63, Eric Innes(8)/Jim Hepburn(10), Alistair Duncan(7)(on his own) - 65, Kevin Duguid(11)/Ewan Campbell(11) - 66.

Junior winter league scores - Josh Halliday (5) - 40pts, Kiefer Brown (9) - 31, Lewis Mitchell (19), Connor Douglas (8), Cameron Davidson (11) - 29, Grant Robb (5) - 24.

It is with regret that we announce the passing of Gerry Parker, a past Captain of the club in 1998-99. One of the major contributions Gerry made was to change the atmosphere in the clubhouse by going out of his way to welcome visitors to the club. He made a real point of meeting and greeting any stranger who came into the club. What Gerry started has been carried on to the present day and our club is now a much more welcoming place than it once was. Gerry will be sorely missed.

Members going to the Men’s prizegiving on 19th November are reminded to pay for their tickets as soon as possible.