A short update on today’s event at a beautifully sunny and relatively calm Spey Bay. Our plans for next week’s Championship Round 1 at Duff House Royal were somewhat stopped in their tracks when we were advised this morning that mats would be required on fairways and semi rough. The Alliance Committee decided that this was not fitting for such an important event in the season so time was spent today in identifying an alternative location which resulted in a move to Fraserburgh Golf Club who were most accommodating in agreeing to host the event at such short notice.
Spey Bay today presented itself in a calm and sunny demeanour. In fact earliest starters found the brightness of the rising sun to be an impediment to begin with. However the course, very well presented by the Greens Team, proved to be much tougher than at first sight with only one score beating the par of 70. Newmachar plus 3 handicap amateur Gordon Munro broke the deadlock with an excellent one under par 69, only just pipping his two professional playing partners Kris Nicol and Sean Lawrie by one. Playing as a trio clearly was inspirational.
Another inspired trio produced 4th and 5th places with Torphin’s Greig Hutcheon scoring 73 and Fergus Bisset from Banchory producing a commendable 74.
Cullen’s Steven Cowie lead the Class 1 Handicap section with a net two under par 68 while Norman Glass had an excellent net 72 to win Class 2 Handicap section on a course that challenged everyone on the day.
69 Gordon Munro (Newmachar)
70 Kris Nicol (Dunes GC), Sean Lawrie (Paul Lawrie GC)
73 Greig Hutcheon (Torphins)
74 Fergus Bisset (Banchory)
Class 1 Handicap
68 Steven Cowie (Cullen) (7)
70 Ritchie Smith (Portlethen) (8)
70 Brian Ritchie (Inverallochy) (4)
72 Scott Barron (Kemnay) (5)
72 Ian Still (Craibstone) (3)
Class 2 Handicap
72 Norman Glass (Portlethen) (14)
72 Neil Hardie (Kintore) (9)
73 Glen Cochrane (Kemnay) (10)
73 Derek Cruickshank (Craibstone) (13)
73 Dick Wright (Auchmill) (15)