20/01/18 – Winter League Cancelled due to snow covering the course
Results for 13/01/18
|1st||B McGee||49 – 7 = 42||4pt|
|2nd||W. Lauder||55 – 12 = 43||3pts|
|3rd||I. Forman||45 – 0 = 45||2pts|
|G. Clubb||53 – 8 = 45|
|M. Barbour||53 – 8 = 45|
|4th||R. Gordon||48 – 2 = 46||1pt|
|J. Williamson||53 – 7 = 46|
Trophy Winners 2017-2018
07/10/17 – Winner of MICHAEL MURRAY TROPHY – Ian Cameron
14/10/17 – Winner of C & L TROPHY – Mike Kerr
|£10||W. D. Thom|
Well the players were greeted this week with another Craigewan Links “Southerly Hoolie” blowing up the course and making conditions very, very difficult for all aspects of the game, from driving, iron play, pitching and putting were all affected by the gusting 40mph+ gale force winds, especially the last 5 holes as these were playing right into the teeth of the wind. But in true Winter League fashion 87 hardy players teed up to take on the challenge that mother nature and the winter greens could throw at them.
It never ceases to amaze the scoring ability of the players in the WL where considering the conditions you would expect the winning scores to be well above par, but once again the players stepped up to the plate and level par 46net was only good enough for one point, i would bet that professional golfers would struggle to post decent scores in 40mph winds…but maybe they just wouldn’t go out and play in gusting winds where it took all your time to stand up let alone hit the ball 😉
Winning score this week goes to Barry McGee with an incredible 4 under par 42net off a handicap of 7. Barry’s putter was hot with birdies at the 6th and 8th holes but these were offset with bogies at 7 and 9, level par 24 for the first 6 holes was a great achievement. This was backed up with a very steady 25 for the back 6 into the strengthening wind. Excellent golf Barry and a well deserved 4 points.
Wullie Lauder enjoyed 2nd spot on his own with 43net off a handicap of 12. His round was a bit back to front where he posted 29 for the possibly easier downwind front 6and an excellent 26 for the back 6 into the teeth of the wind. Highlight was excellent 3’s at the 10th and 18th and only blemish a double bogey 6 at the 14th. The outward holes certainly cost you the win on your own Wullie but great golf to your handicap and 3 points…Well Done
Third spot and 2 points went to Ian Forman with 1 under par 45 scratch, Graham Clubb 53 – 8 and Mark Barbour 53 – 8 = 45 for 2 points.
Ian set up his score with birdies at the 4th and 9th and recorded three 3’s in the front 6 holes for a 2 under par 22. A very steady back 6, where he pitched and putted for 23 including a great pitch in for a 2 from just off the green at the last.
Mark (according to his card) was a bit Jekyll and Hyde where he raced to the turn in 22 but this is not his score when you add it up (27) Basil you need to buy another calculator. For the back six he has posted 31 but after closer inspection of his card it was in fact 26????? So the same score ie 45net, please note that addition is not the responsibility of the player as confirmed by numerous occasions by the clubs rules official CH.
Graham was very consistent with 26/27 to post the same score, highlight being a splendid birdie 3 at the 7th which was playing into the strong wind.
Last in the points was Ross Gordon and Jim “The Shark” Williamson with 48 – 2 and 53 – 7 for 46 net respectively for 1 point.
Ross was the model of consistency where he posted level par 24 for the front 6 and the same score for the more difficult back six, an excellent close out Ross just need a few more putts to drop eh 😉
Wullie Whicher who was marking “The Sharks” card had an easy job for the first 7 holes as he posted all 4’s, these were followed by 3 fives then a costly SEVEN at the 14th this blunted the sharks bite but he closed out with a good 3 at the 18th and pick up 1 point
Best scratch score of the day went to Ian Forman with a 1 under par 45 (22/23).
No change to the front runners on the leader board this week, Camo, and the “Two Wullies” had off days and i think Jimmer was a no show, therefore the gap is still 5 points. Unless the NHS clear the winter backlog to allow Camo to go under the knife, it looks like a done deal. Camo and Brodie can sit back and watch the chasing pack try and catch them but it looks as if the trophy is in the bag. Sandy couldn’t maintain the challenge he had mounted over the past 2 weeks but he is probably just taking a breather (i don’t mean the Buckie dialect for Brother) please note the ancient Chinese proverb “Sumo Warriors Always Sleep Between Battles” so don’t count him out of the race to the line just yet 😆
The field was up this week, considering the gale force winds and cold conditions a good field of 87 turned out to try tame Craigewan Links at its wildest, this takes the average up to 84 players, just shows that the WL is still alive and kicking and a great draw for the club, most clubs in the North East would be delighted to have this numbers tee up every Saturday.
We are now into the 2nd half of the WL season and a total of 92 players have recorded points, can we reach 100 before the season is finished, come along you are guaranteed a game and enjoy the camaraderie and banter on the course and in the clubhouse, you will not be disappointed.
As always our thanks Ian “Basil” Cameron for carrying out his civic duties at the prize giving which was carried out very professionally albeit the “coontin is nae afa good”, Jim Halkett and Dave Buchan for attending to the scores and raffle, these guys make it so easy for the winter league players, just turn up, put your name on the sheet, money in the envelope and go out and play.
Please note that subject to weather conditions in the coming week, summer greens will be back in play for next week.
See you all next week
|Winter League Leader Board 13.01.18|
|Cameron Ian (Camo)||15|
|Buchan J (Jimmer)||10|
|Duthie J. (Baxter)||7|
|Cameron Ian (Basil)||6|
|Buchan D. (Red)||5|
|Ritchie S. B.||5|
|Mackie C. T.||3|
|Buchan A. B.||2|
|Scott A. D.||2|