Club champion lifts Port Open title after play-off drama

Prize winners from Saturday's MacLeod Homes Port Open at Port Bannatyne.
Prize winners from Saturday's MacLeod Homes Port Open at Port Bannatyne.

CLUB champion Donald Standaloft lifted the MacLeod Homes Port Open title at Port Bannatyne on Saturday – after a titanic battle against his great friend and rival Stephen Renfrew.

Both carded rounds of 68, and only at the fourth extra hole did Standaloft prevail.

Forty-seven players took to the course in fantastic weather, and with the course in equally magnificent condition it was the players who managed to keep the ball on the fairway who came in with the best scores.

Holder George Reynolds found to his cost that the rough was not the place to be – having won the title for the past two years it was inevitable that he would lose his crown sooner or later, and sadly for him it proved to be the former.

Even the winner suffered at the hands of the rough after losing a ball at the 13th which cost him a six – though it mattered not a jot in the final reckoning.

The biggest grin of the day, though, was that on the face of Gordie Macintyre, whose net 60 won him the handicap section – but only just, a better inward half seeing him home to the biggest success of his golf career so far ahead of Gordon Chrystie.

Yet again the sponsorship of MacLeod Homes allowed the competition to be a huge success and the Port club is indebted to the company for their continued support and generous sponsorhip.

Prize list as follows.

Overall: 1 D Standaloft 68 (after playoff at fourth extra hole), 2 S. Renfrew 68, 3= R. McKirdy and G. Dunn 73, 5 T. McCready 74.

Handicap section: 1 G. Macintyre 60 bih, 2 G. Chrystie 60, 3 P. Barnett 63 bih, 4 H. Whitelaw 63, 5 M. Brown 66 bih.

Nearest the pin: J. Paterson (4th and 16th), S. Kernaghan (10th), G. Fisher (18th).

Longest drive: D. Standaloft (2nd and 14th).

The CSS was 65.

* Jim McKirdy had his best round over the Port since he joined with his round of gross 69 giving him a net 61 and the first class prize in Sunday’s July medal. His 69 had two halves of 40 and 29 with no fewer than seven threes over the inward nine!

The scratch medal was won by Donald Standaloft with a gross 70, while the second class category was won by Jimmy Gordon with his net 68 by virtue of the better inward half over John Marshall.

The CSS was 66.

Twos were scored by Ted McDonald and Graham Fisher, both at the 10th; the CSS was 66.

The competition for The Bike Shed Summer Cup is now hotting up, with seven pairs taking to the course in the latest effort to win this prestigious competition.

The winners of week 3 were Ron Nicol and Alan Peacock, who took their second win of the campaign with a net 37, while the week 4 winners were Jim Bicker and Roddie Shaw with a net 39.

* This weekend sees the beginning of the battle for the Port club championship, with the first qualifying round on Saturday and the second on Sunday.

Members are asked to note that players who qualify for both the championship and the Arthur Slack Trophy will be expected to play in the knockout stages throughout Tuesday and Thursday of next week, with both finals on Saturday, July 16.

Any member unable or unwilling to play in the knockout stages of these competitions is asked to indicate this on their scorecard prior to handing it in.

Members should also note that there is a large party on the course on Saturday who are going to play 12 holes only, beginning at 11.30am.

Prior to the championship battle, however, this weekend begins with the C. & J. Gordon Trophy. This tournament has been rescheduled after its postponement last month, and will be played on Friday night, with those participating asked to report at 5.30pm for a 6pm shotgun start.

Teams will be posted in the clubhouse foyer, along with starting tees.

* Looking ahead, Bute Shinty Club’s success in reaching the final of the Balliemore Cup on July 23 has made it necessary to alter the Port’s fixture list.

The shinty commitments of the Whitelaw family mean the Jimmy Whitelaw Cup, due to be played on that weekend, will now be played on August 21; as a result the District Cup has been moved forward, from August 20 and 21 to July 23 and 24.

The club is also piloting the exciting new form of the game, The Powerplay, on September 11, with the Autumn Handicap moved to Saturday, September 10.

The Powerplay competition will also be the Captain’s Day.