Yet another very healthy field of 96 this week at Montrose Golf Links, courtesy of the newly merged Royal Montrose and Mercantile Golf Club. Earliest starters managed the first 12 or so holes wind and rain free while those starting a little later faced fairly persistent pulses of light rain but again, unusually perhaps for Montrose, very little if any wind. The latest starters suffered from lack of daylight but amazingly, produced some of the best scores of the day. Perhaps unable to see any hazards helped to focus attention! Seriously, however, we must do something different if we are to avoid four and a half hour rounds over a shortened, winter course in generally clement conditions. The Committee will be monitoring the situation over the coming weeks to determine why this is happening and what needs to be done to ensure that we can maximise numbers playing and minimise frustration amongst members.
Paul Lawrie’s early 66 led the field for most of the day until Greig Hutcheon appeared from the gloom with a 6 under par 64 to take the scratch prize for his first win of the season. Derek Craigie’s net 62, gross 68 was the pick of the handicap scores of the day. Fellow Kemnay member and friend Donny Adam also broke par with a 69 less 5 to take second handicap prize. The Class 2 Handicap winners showed that they too could master the conditions with three of them needing the Clubhouse lights to guide them home.
64 Greig Hutcheon (Torphins)
66 Brian Nicolson (Newmachar), Paul Lawrie (Gleneagles)
67 Craig Lawrie (Paul Lawrie GC), John Duff (Newmachar), Phil McLean (Peterhead)
Class 1 Handicap
62 Derek Craigie (Kemnay) (6)
64 Donny Adam (Kemnay) (5)
65 John Nicolson (Hazlehead) (2)
66 Colin Duffus (Royal Aberdeen) (8), Doug Booth (Tarland) (8)
Class 2 Handicap
65 Ken Mathieson (Kintore) (13)
67 Gary Homer (Aboyne) (11)
68 Paul Cornfield (Hazlehead) (12), Mark Lawrie (Kemnay) (11), Stephen Ross (Hazlehead) (16)
Website Readers’ Trophy
The much coveted Renaissance Club Money Clip was won by Tarland’s Doug Booth with an impressive net 66 with Brian Munro (Newmachar) some three shots adrift with a 69. Congratulations to all Members who entered the competition for taking part.