Hanson team ensures ‘home’ trophy win

Prize winners in the four-man team trophy tournament at Port Bannatyne on Sunday, sponsored by George Hanson Building Contractors.
Prize winners in the four-man team trophy tournament at Port Bannatyne on Sunday, sponsored by George Hanson Building Contractors.

THE Hanson company team of Robert Jardine, David Driver, Michael Murty and Jason McKay ensured a ‘home’ victory at Port Bannatyne in Sunday’s four-man team open, sponsored by George Hanson Building Contractors.

With George Hanson’s own team some way back in the field, the conversations at work on Monday morning would have made for very interesting listening!

The winners’ score of 118 was just one ahead of Forever Young, comprising Hector Whitelaw, Harry Slaven, Bobby Pedder and Jim Bicker.

The Usual Suspects – Donald Standaloft, Graham Dunn, Bobby Cassidy and John Black – took third spot with their score of 120, while Call Me A Taxi, comprising Tommy Duncan, Hugh Archibald, Neil Ritchie and Robert Turnbull, were two shots further back in fourth.

Thirteen teams took part, indicating the popularity both of the competition and the format, while there were plenty of interesting team names on the board – with the winner perhaps being John Shaw’s team, who called themselves British Fairways!

The Port club is grateful to Hanson Building Contractors for their continued generosity in sponsoring the competition.

Nearest the pin prizes were won by David Whitelaw at the 4th/16th, Jamie Jardine at the 10th and Pete Barnett at the 18th, while George Reynolds won the prize for the longest drive at the 2nd/14th.

Meanwhile, Donald Standaloft won the Rover Cup on Saturday with a net 64; a small field nonetheless produced no fewer than three twos, courtesy of Donald himself, Tommy Wilkinson and David Driver. The CSS was 66.

* There’s no let-up in the busy calendar this weekend at the Port – the action begins with the Past Captains’ Claret Jug on Friday evening, with ballots from 5pm onwards. This competition is over 12 holes, played from the back tees.

Saturday sees the Firth of Clyde Wee Trophy at Innellan. The team, so far, comprises Robert Jardine, John Black, Pete Barnett and David Driver – travel arrangements are in the hands of Robert Jardine, and the above players should contact him for details.

Then on Sunday it’s the popular Jimmy Whitelaw Cup, sadly taking place without the presence of sponsor Hector Whitelaw; the club wishes him well through his convalescence.

The best net aggregate over two rounds of 12 holes decides the winner, with the last tee time at 11.30am – players should take to the course for the second round whenever they have been ‘fed and watered’ after their round one efforts. Tee times so far are as follows.

9am I.L. MacLeod, J. McKirdy and C. Renfrew; 9.10am G. Macintyre, T. Wilkinson and A. Williamson; 9.20am H. Slaven, A. Stevenson; 9.30am J. Black, J. Dunn and J. Paterson; then every 10 minutes until 11am R. Turnbull, G. Fisher and J. Muldoon; 11.10am J. Bicker and D. Standaloft.