Golf: Port’s Powerplay event is a big success

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GREAT fun was had by all those who took part in the Centenary Open Powerplay event at Port Bannatyne on Sunday – the only criticism was that at just nine holes, it was all over far too quickly!

Mark Crichton proved the best at mastering the new nine-hole format, his full house of 18 points at the ‘powerplay’ holes edging Liam Shanks into second place after both players scored 27 points, one ahead of third top Pete Barnett.

A very healthy field of 34 players tackled the new nine-hole format with varying degrees of success, mixed with some confusion over where to take their Powerplays, and whether to gamble or stick at the last.

* Elsewhere, Roddie Shaw and Jim Bicker were the top scorers in the first round of the Bike Shed Summer Cup last Wednesday.

There was a very good turnout for the first round of the competition, which takes place every Wednesday until the end of August, with the six best scores to count.

* At Bute Golf Club, meanwhile, Ian McDougall is the early front-runner in the Bike Shed Summer League after the opening rounds of the midweek stableford competition.

The 21-handicapper produced his best performance of the season in the second round of the competition last Thursday with a net 62 for a winning score of 42 points – three clear of nearest challenger Leighton Thomas (13).

McDougall has now established a comfortable lead at the top of the table after 36 holes of the competition, in which the best three scores count from a series of six rounds played throughout the summer months; his tally of 82 points is seven clear of second-placed Richie More, who has 75.

* The big golfing tournament on the island this weekend is Bute Golf Club’s Kingarth Open, sponsored by SafeSol Ltd, with a large field expected to do battle for the Middleton Cup on Sunday.