Panmure was the superb venue for our opening Regional Qualifying Tournament of the 14th Open Championship. There was a very strong wind to greet the 20+ competitors, who took to the course after ‘the best-ever’ bacon roll. Conditions were tough, the greens fast and true, but the rain stayed away. During the round we were even graced by a passing Flying Scotsman, the luxury Pullman train taking its passengers on a gourmet trip around the Highlands.
The winner was David Wade (9) Craigie Hill with 32pts who unfortunately could not stay for the prize-giving. The runner-up was Stephen Armstead (8) Manchester with 30pts, who, with his wife Di, had made the long and successful journey from Manchester with Trevor and Elaine Glover. In third place on countback came a regular supporter and bi-annual finalist Bob De Rose (11) Dunfermline, whilst the final qualifying spot went to another long distance traveller Bob Tawell (18) Rushmere with 29 pts.
The class golfer in the field, Eddie Comerford (2), now with Eagle Promotions, scored a very impressive 33pts, which on the day would have been regarded as scratch golf. Our thanks go to all who took part and enjoyed an excellent course and wonderful hospitality, that included, much to the surprise of some of the members, a relaxation of the dress code.
Thanks to, in particular Club secretary Charles Phillip, who having a couple of demanding visiting parties to attend to, managed the supreme juggling act of being ‘there’ at all times and with everyone. We were well supported by Paul Mainstone of Jonas Clubminder and Philip Vince of Majestic Crystal, making a rare trip to Scotland and we were honoured too, to have with us Jim Singerling, CEO of the Club Managers’ Association of America.