Fisher and McFarlane lift Port’s Winter League title

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It took 21 holes to decide the final outcome of the Rothesay Motor Services Winter League at Port Bannatyne - but it was Graham Fisher and Ian McFarlane who eventually took the title by defeating sponsor David Reid and partner David Driver.

In the tightest of games the two Davids were two holes up with two to play, and looked hot favourites going down the 17th.

However a birdie from Ian won him and Graham the penultimate hole, and then it was Graham’s turn at 18 to play the hero - having won the semi-final with a chip in at the last, he almost did the same again with a lovely chip from the top of the bank at the 18th green.

It was certainly a gimme three, and this left the two Davids with putts of six and ten feet to half the hole and take the title. Sadly for them, both missed, and it was back along the first on a sudden death, winner-takes-all mission for both pairs, Graham and Ian eventually triumphing at the third extra hole.

Overall it was a great day, with 44 golfers taking to the course on the final day for both the adult and junior competitions.

With regular Winter League players H. Whitelaw, J. Dunn, H. Martin, M. Crichton and C. Renfrew all missing, a superb effort from the other members of the club ensured that all games on finals day were fourballs - and there were still enough players for an all-substitute fourball above the normal games.

With the title decided, there were still plenty of questions as to what happened elsewhere. Well, Preston and MacKillop beat the Whitelaws 2 and 1, with Phil Ware standing in for father Hector, to take third place; Shaw and Barnsley beat Cassidy and McKirdy 3 and 2 to take fifth, and Robertson and Standaloft beat Jardine and Paterson 3 and 2 to take seventh.

At the other end of the spectrum Bicker and Marshall beat Muldoon and Officer 2 and 1 to ensure their opponents earned the dubious title of wooden spoon winners.

Full results were as follows. Fisher & McFarlane bt Reid & Driver at 3rd extra hole; Preston & MacKillop bt Whitelaw & Whitelaw (Ware) 2 and 1; Shaw & Barnsley bt Cassidy & McKirdy 3 and 2; Standaloft & Robertson bt Jardine & Paterson 3 and 2; Slaven & McDonald bt Chrystie & Whitelaw 3 and 2; MacPhail & Barnett halved with Bodys & Martin (Chrystie); Crichton (Turnbull) & Lintermans bt Dunn (Stevenson) & Standaloft 3 and 2; Peacock & Renfrew (Williamson) bt Black & Pedder 2 and 1; Bicker & Marshall bt Muldoon & Officer 2 and 1.

A superb gross 73 gave Arran Dunn a mammoth 49 points in the last round of the junior Winter League, again sponsored by Rothesay Motor Services, which saw him leap frog Jordan Morrison to take the overall title.

Arran, the junior club champion, has been very steady throughout the winter, but Jordan had been the fron runner up to Sunday.

Arran finished with 229 points with Jordan on 224 and Alistair Shaw in third place with his total of 212.

After a fabulous meal from Janey Jardine and entertainment on TV courtesy of the Scotland v Brazil game, David Reid’s generous sponsorship was much in evidence as the prizes were presented by his wife Jan.

Despite the problems with weather in the earlier rounds, 2010-11 proved a fantastic Winter League competition, and the club’s gratitude goes to all who made it so - but especially to Janey Jardine, and most of all to David Reid and Rothesay Motor Services.

* This Sunday, April 3, sees the first of the new summer season’s competitions in the form of the Subscription Medal for the Peggy Adam Cup, donated last season by Gary Gabell. Members are reminded that subscriptions are due prior to playing in any of the competitions from now on.

Fixture cards are being printed and hopefully will be ready for distribution as of Sunday. However a list of all fixtures for April and May is on the board in the club lounge.

The Salmon Leap will be played on Saturday this week for the last time and will move to Fridays as of April 8.