Sun shines on Port course

The clubhouse at Port Bannatyne Golf Club.
The clubhouse at Port Bannatyne Golf Club.

What a great weekend it was for golf - and there were some members at Port Bannatyne who took advantage of the great conditions to play some excellent golf.

Saturday’s Spring Handicap was a battle of the better inward halves between Robert Turnbull and Donald Standaloft, with both players carding net 63s. Robert’s 63 was made up of a gross 74 less 11, whilst Donald carded a gross 67 less 4.

Unfortunately for Robert, Donald chose his inward nine on Saturday to play some of his best golf, with a back nine of just 30 that included six threes - at the 10th, 11th, 14th, 15th,16th and 17th - which clinched the first place by a margin. The CSS for Saturday was 65.

Sunday’s Hector Linden Tankard qualifier also produced a CSS of 65, with Matthew Dunn and grandpa Hector Whitelaw sharing the best score of the day, which was a net 64.

With Matthew having the better inward half he qualifies as top dog, and will play Donald Standaloft, who qualified in fourth with his net 66.

Third place went to Gordy Macintyre thanks to a better half, and he will play Hector in the knockout stages.

Information regarding the knockout ties for this competition is on the locker notice board.

The biggest turnout for some time contested the Salmon Leap on Friday, with Robert Jardine’s 31 points taking the top prize and Pete Barnett’s 29 earning second. A reminder to all members that the Salmon Leap is on Friday evenings with a 5.30pm ballot for a couple of more weeks.

* This coming weekend is another busy one at the Port: the action starts with the April medal on Saturday, sponsored by Robert Jardine, with the usual ballot.

Sunday features the ever-popular JMF Tankard competition: this will be a rolling ballot from 8.30am, with the last tee-off time at 1pm and the presentation of prizes taking place at 5pm.

On the foyer noticeboard is an entry sheet for the McFadyen Trophy, and in the locker room notice board are the sheets for entry to this season’s knockout competitions.