The Last Chance Saloon lived up to its name – qualification for the Final at Formby was eventually gained by six competitors, led by ‘new boy’ Douglas Zuill (2) Western Gailes with an outstanding 32pts. Runner up was former member (for 25 years but some time ago!) David Morgan (6) Gullane with 29pts, a popular score, third on count-back was another first timer Rory Davidson (15) Goswick Links with a much relieved Martin Gillett (5) Hobbs Cross, fourth also on 29pts, avoiding Final caddying duties and once again qualifying for a GCS Final. The NGCAA’s Jackie Howe (23) returning to the game after a fifteen year lay off, and on only her second full 18 holes, played wonderfully steady golf and also returned a score of 29pts. The final qualifier and ‘local boy’ to the Final was Chris Williams (4) Hillside, with 28pts. Our congratulations to them and our thanks to everyone who travelled so far to Southness, better luck in the 23rd Open, which starts in three months time at Worplesdon!
Our thanks too go to all at Southerness, our host Robert Kennedy whose attention to detail (including our evening at Bruno’s) was hugely appreciated, the Club Captain, Douglas Hunter, who took time out of his busy schedule to join us for (an outstanding) lunch and members who made us most welcome. Special to the lady starter and of course to scone maker extraordinare and provider of the feast, Margaret. Thank you, a very memorable visit and we hope that that we will be allowed to return in years to come.
Several Supporters made their way to south west Scotland. William Stillwell of BRS//Teeofftimes, the prodigious hitting Malcolm Penncycott from Eagle both new to the Championship. Paul Mainstone of Sawted once again in charge of tee time messaging, scoring and assisting with photography and of course Philip Vince of Majestic Crystal, making a rare but much appreciated visit to Scotland and still dispensing chocolate. Sadly David Miller of Bluefin/Marsh was unable to play, due to a family bereavement, but did join us for dinner the evening before.
A number of Contributors to The GCS joined us too, Alistair Smith of NGCAA, John Nicholson and Jonathan Gaunt as well as our ‘own’ Jezz Ellwood.
On to Formby or The GCS – 23rd Open…