At 7.15am on Sunday the match secretary arrived at Port Bannatyne Golf Club to check the course. By 7.30am, a pleased match secretary decides the course is playable and starts to text players that The Rothesay Motor Services Winter League qualifying games are on and asks them politely to come to the course.
By 8am and the rain starts. The 8.30am and 8.37am games are walk-overs so first on the tee are Robert Jardine and Mark Crichton playing Frankie Lintermans and young Alistair Shaw who is subbing for father Ian. By this time the rain has turned into a downpour.
At 9am the downpour is now an absolute deluge so the match secretary dons his waterproof gear and walks to the 2nd green only to find it is a swimming pool. At 9.10am the match secretary signals by waving to Jardine and company, who are on first tee, that the Winter League is abandoned. Jardine and co. politely wave back, so the match secretary walks 50 yards down the fairway and again signals. Jardine and co. wave back to indicate they understand, however they decide to have a wee competition to see who can land a ball closest to the match secretary. Jardine wins!
Needless to say, next Sunday it’s the same place, same times, and same matches to be played.