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Golspie Club Championship 2017

Golspie Golf Club held their first ever “Champion's Day” last Saturday when all six finals of their club championships were played with the winners receiving their trophies at the close of play.

 

The Club's two scratch champions of 2017 are Alex MacDonald and Fiona More with Alex, the golf course's head green keeper winning for a sixth time, and Fiona recording her first ever win.

 

MacDonald had monopolised the championship since 2008 and only last year gave way to Darren Hexley but returning to this years final he had sailed past Colin “Scooty” Sutherland in the semi-final before finding a tougher opponent by way of Steve Doogan in the final. After five holes it looked as if Doogan was going to fall in the same manner as Sutherland when MacDonald went three ahead after five holes.

 

The tie then went in different directions. Doogan after winning a hole back then won three in succession to go one ahead through nine holes. But then he lost three on the run from the eleventh to go two behind. MacDonald then birdied the 14th hole then parred the 15th to claim win number six and The Bell Cup with another par on the seventeenth green to win by 2 & 1.  

Meanwhile already in the clubhouse was the handicap champion, Andrew Sutherland. His name went onto the Simpson Quaich for the first time when he beat Millicent Bowl winner Colin Sutherland after sixteen holes.

 

The senior championship and Houston Cup was retained by Michael Bonner who beat Colin Ritchie in the final by 3&2 but the winner of the senior handicap A J MacRae Cup, Campbell Stewart, had to go an extra hole before his success.  A regulation par five at the 19th hole was what it took to sink a stuffy performance from Robbie Dunn in the final.

 

The two surprises in the men's and women's scratch championship latter stages were not only the non qualifying of the men's defending champion, Darren Hexley, and then the non of many times women's champion, Sheila Robertson.

 

Fiona More seized the opportunity to become Lady Champion for a first time with a 2 & 1 win over Lesley Cranna. 

 

Men's Scratch; Semi finals – A MacDonald beat C S Sutherland 6/5. S Doogan beat D Roberts 5/4. Final.  MacDonald beat Doogan 2/1.

Handicap Semi finals – A Sutherland (17) beat R Jack (11) 2 holes. Col Sutherland (9) beat D Doogan (9) at 19th.  Final A Sutherland beat C Sutherland 4/2.

Senior Scratch semi finals – R Laing beat D Bremner 1 up. M Bonner beat C Ritchie 3/2. Final – Bonner beat Laing. 5/4. Handicap Semi finals C Stewart w/o D Melville.  R Dunn beat A Matheson 3/2. Final C Stewart beat Dunn at 19th

Women Scratch Final. F More beat L Cranna 2/1. Handicap. S Robertson beat C Logie 2/1.             

 

Golspie club champiobhips

 

Sheila

  Around 60 members and friends of Golspie Golf Club enjoyed an entertaining night in the clubhouse on Saturday to honour one of it’s stalwarts.

Sheila Robertson was awarded a lifetime membership for her invaluable contribution to the club.

 

In presenting her with her lifetime certificate, Captain William MacBeath spoke of the endless hours which Sheila devotes to the club, whether coaching juniors,

attending to the flower beds, behind the bar, organising events – or even winning championships!

 

She joined just two other members who had life time memberships – Robert Beaton and Donny Jack.

 

In a witty speech, Dicky Mackay also praised her efforts, including some previously unknown facts about her!

 

Sheila was presented with a bouquet of flowers by her great nieces, Heidi and Eve who were surprise visitors on the night.

   Everyone enjoyed an excellent buffet and various entertainment, including from several members of the Sutherland Caledonian Pipe Band.

 

Look out for further news on a new Pro-Am tournament being held jointly with Tain Golf Club in 2018 supported by the SGU and sponsors yet to be announced featuring golfers from the Scottish Order of Merit.

A qualifier for the amateur teams will be held on Golspie Golf Course on the 30 September 2017.