Calum celebrates end of season with win at the Port

Greenkeeper John Marshall and wife Margaret flank winner Calum MacPhail. Also pictured are junior winner Thomas Howat, and other prizewinners.
Greenkeeper John Marshall and wife Margaret flank winner Calum MacPhail. Also pictured are junior winner Thomas Howat, and other prizewinners.

Calum MacPhail ended the season by winning The Greenkeeper’s Quaich and cutting his handicap by no fewer than three shots.

With a CSS of 67, his net 59 was always going to leave him in line for a handicap cut, in addition to being on the winner’s podium.

Sponsored by the greenkeeper John Marshall, this ever popular competition again attracted a good entry and they were rewarded with a generous prize list. Calum’s winning margin was by a whopping seven shots, with Pete Barnett taking second place with a nett 66. Third place was decided by better inward halves with three players - Graham Fisher, Robert Turnbull and Connor McLymont all on 68 with Connor coming out on top. Calum also claimed the prize for the longest drive at the second with the nearest the pin prizes won by Ted McDonald at the tenth and Connor McLymont at the 18th.

Three two’s were carded on the day with Iain MacLeod at the 10th, Jim Bicker at the 12th and Calum at the 18th.

It is not often that a player carding a net 62 will come fourth in a competition but that is exactly what happened in the Greenkeeper’s Junior Competition. Iain Crawford came in with his net 62 only to be beaten by Murray McLymont for third place by virtue of the better inward half, a net 60 by Josh Cowan taking second and a fabulous net 56 from Thomas Howat who won the competition with all four players cutting their handicaps.

The Port Club is grateful to John Marshall for his continued sponsorship of these two competitions but is especially grateful for the fantastic work done in keeping the Port course in such fantastic condition.

* Read the full report in this week’s Buteman - on sale from Thursday, September 25.