It will have been some time since a Port Bannatyne Golf Club member qualified for a knockout competition with a net 77 - but because of the weather and the now heavy rough taking its toll, that is exactly what happened in Saturday’s MacMillan Qualifier.
Jimmy Dunn’s net 77 (86-9) qualified him in fourth place for the knockout stages of the competition. He now plays top qualifier Alex Greer junior, whose net 67 (76-9) also earned him a cut, since the CSS was 68.
The other semi-final is between Jim Thom, who qualified with a 71 (83-12), and Ted McDonald, whose net 72 (83-11) earned him the third qualifying spot.
Calum MacPhail and Pete Barnett topped the round one standings in the Ettrick Bay Summer Cup with a score of net 36, including a net one at the tenth when Calum’s shot on the green was followed by his putt for a two - but Calum gets a stroke at the 10th, so a net one was the result. We all await the drink!
Friday’s Salmon Leap was won by Jim Thom with 31 stableford points.
The Port’s first Firth of Clyde league fixture on Sunday ended in a 4-0 defeat against Cowal. The positive side is that two young members, Alistair Shaw and Connor McClymont, made their debuts and along with the other youngster in the side, Matthew Dunn, the future looks bright for the Port team.
This Saturday is the annual social match at home to Rothesay, and as we are still short of a few members, anyone wishing to play should contact Robert Jardine on 500195. Sunday is the June medal and the second round of the Hector Scott, postponed last month due to the weather.