With the north east of Scotland and parts of East Anglia being the only areas of the UK managing to avoid a battering from Storm Dennis, 77 Alliance members enjoyed yet another glorious February day at Buckpool Golf Club. Sunshine for much of the day, a cold strong breeze keeping “feels like” temperatures at zero and rain fortunately affecting only the last group on the last couple of holes. A sharp reminder of what conditions could be like without our ongoing protective weather bubble.
Buckpool was at its longest with the Greens Team choosing to challenge the Alliance members on the day. Playing from preferred lies and bunkers in play along with summer greens, no one managed to beat the par of 70 which was a first in the 19/20 season. However Dunes Golf Centre professional Kris Nicol succeeded in matching par with a very composed one over outward nine and a one under 34 on the way in. Multi winner this season Greig Hutcheon was pipped at the post with a one over par 71 with hole 9 perhaps being a tipping point where Kris produced a birdie 3 to Greig’s par 4.
The par 4 14th hole proved to be somewhat controversial on the day. It would appear from the range of anecdotes directed at the Hon Secy and the stoical Club Captain John Adam, that a temporary out of bounds area was not clearly visible from the very back tee in use on the day. Of the 77 players taking part, this hole produced 12 pars, 25 bogeys, 17 double bogeys, 16 “triple bogeys +” and 7 no returns. Unsurprisingly, the 14th hole was calculated as the hardest of the day at 5.73. At one point in the day, the average was closer to 8 so later starters clearly had less of a struggle on the hole.
Everyone received a warm welcome at the Club which was much appreciated with catering and bar services stretched to the limit in providing a steady stream of first class service. Buckpool once again proving to be a favourite destination.
Cameron Carnegie was the Class 1 Handicap winner with an excellent net 69, scratch 74. With his handicap prize being of higher value than his third share of 4th scratch, he boosted the prize fund of John Duff and Michael Findlay for which they will be no doubt grateful.
Jim Cobban continues to dominate the Class 2 Handicap section with a three shot victory on the day. A very similar scenario to last season where Newmachar’s Ally Sorley was the master. What’s happened to him this year, by the way?
70 Kris Nicol (Dunes Golf Centre)
71 Greig Hutcheon (Torphins)
73 Brian Nicolson (Newmachar)
74 Michael Findlay (Cullen Links), John Duff (Newmachar)
Class 1 Handicap
69 Cameron Carnegie (Kemnay) (5)
71 Willie Middler (Peterhead) (4)
71 John Sunley (Newmachar) (7)
71 Steve Shand (Kemnay) (5)
73 John Borthwick (Craibstone)
Class 2 Handicap
69 Jim Cobban (Portlethen) (15)
72 Peter Cheyne (Northern) (10)
72 Mark Lawrie (Kemnay) (10)
73 Graham Thom (Murcar Links) (11)
73 Dick Wright (Auchmill) (15)