The 16th Golf Club Secretary Open Championship got off to a not untypical start over the testing links at Western Gailes. Typical – weather overcast, but the heavy rain held off until the very end. Typical – a small but eclectic field, which included a good number of ‘new boys’. The scoring, as ever, was exceptionally good, given the candidates. On the first tee, David Moir (15) Cathkin Braes, pronounced that Western Gailes, with its long carries was most certainly a stiff test, best suited to the lower handicapped competitor. Some four hours later, with a 36 point total, he was comfortably the day’s winner. Runner up on 33pts was Christopher Spencer (5) North Berwick, which was also matched by Mark Betteridge (8) Formby, one of several long distance travellers. All three qualify for the The GCS – Final at Royal St George’s in May next year. Our congratulations to them.
Our grateful thanks go to Jerry Kessell. our host and to the Captain, Committee and Members of Western Gailes fir their generous hospitality; we would love to return some time in the future.
Our thanks too go to Eddie Comerford of Eagle and to Ian Henderson of Golf Finance (who also scored a very impressive 36 points) for their support, together with Richard Barker of Teeofftimes, new supporters of the championship.
Finally, we were also very fortunate to have, as the most entertaining of guests, James Montgomerie, for 12 years the Secretary of Royal Troon and the teller of many amusing secretarial tales.