Golf at Rothesay: Donnie wins R & J Anderson Trophy

The R & J Anderson trophy was played on Saturday and as in recent years, attracted a large field with 40 players taking part.

With conditions tricky due to a strong breeze, scoring was never going to be low, in fact, half the field finished within five shots of the winner Donnie McDermid, who shot an 82 less 15 for a net 67.

Donnie had played steady golf on the front nine to reach the turn in 39, but must have thought he had blown his chances when he took double bogeys at the 10th, 16th and 18th holes, with a birdie at the 15th his only high point on a back nine of 43.

His nearest challengers were two net 68s, one from Stephen Reynolds whose front nine of 45 cost him his chance, and the other being Colin Spear who played well for 16 holes but had a nightmare on the par three 13th where he took a 7 and another quadruple bogey on the par five 16th to blow his chances.

Three players managed to score a two on Saturday; Stephen Reynolds had an eagle two at the 15th hole, Tommy Duncan also had an eagle two, this time at the 17th hole, and Hughie Charker birdied the 18th for his two.

* Sunday was the first of the social matches of the season, with a home game against ex-member George Morrison’s team from Inveraray Golf Club.

As in previous years, Inveraray ran out comfortable winners with a score line of four games to two, not surprising when you have a player with an 11 of a handicap reaching the turn in 5 under par, and a player with a 20 handicap who hits the ball as far as Tiger Woods. In fact, if Inveraray played in the American Football league they would have to be known as the Inveraray Sharks!

As always, both sets of players enjoyed their games, especially Willie Glen and Greg Fisher, who took the Rothesay sweep as the highest up winners from Hughie Charker and Tommy Kilpatrick who were the other Rothesay pair to win.

After a few refreshments, the teams enjoyed a superb meal provided by George Holden, and with the usual team captain speeches out the way, the Inveraray team were sent on their way with some light reading for the bus journey home ‘A Guide to the Congu Handicap System’.

* This weekend is another busy one, starting on Saturday, April 26, with the Morris Humphreys Memorial, followed on Sunday April 27, with the April Medal (1st round Summer Cup), which has been kindly sponsored by Stuart Strathie of Ambrisbeg Ltd.

* The April medal for Rothesay Golf Club’s junior section, sponsored by D. McArthur and R. McIntyre, will be played on Sunday, April 28, at 1pm.

Players are asked to be ready for a 12.30pm ballot.