Now in its 3rd year, the popular Shepherds Cross competition took place last Sunday with over 30 teams of four taking part. The format was a Texas Scramble with the front 9 at the Machrihanish Golf Club and a selection of holes on the Machrihanish Dunes to make up the back 9.
The winning scores did not reflect the breezy conditions thrown up particularly with the Dunes being protected by a crosswind that punished anything other than the straight shots.
The Springbank boys were the first team in with a score that was virtually guaranteed to be in the prizes. The team consisted of Stephen Kelly, David Rankin, Calum Fraser and Norman Gwynne who got through the first 9 at Machrihanish 7 under par.
Some slow play ahead on the Dunes section of the course perhaps helped the Springbank boys to conserve their energy on the way home and continue to score well. A huge 300 yard drive on the second last hole from Fraser was right on target, to encourage the team in front to move on and let Springbank finish off a great score of 11 under par.
Still out on the course going well were “The Big Hitters” starring Ross Robertson, Mark Davies, Jimmy McKinven and the on form Craig Barr. Craig had already had an exceptional week going into the competition by winning the D McKinlay Cup 5 club competition on Wednesday with a gross 74, followed by a win on Saturday in the Ugadale Trophy.
Five under par at their home club was a good start but left a bit of work to do on the more difficult Machrihanish Dunes back nine. The lads pushed on home picking up another 6 birdies on the Dunes to match the Springbank score at 11 under par for the day. Ironically, both teams had the exact same handicap to be applied so both teams had a net score of 55.9, however the Big Hitters took first place courtesy of the better inward score, leaving Springbank in the runners up place.
Kevan Gilchrist, Ryan Gilchrist, Andrew Robertson and Alan Glendinning took 3rd place after finishing with a net score of 57.2 later in the day.
In addition to the main competition there were a few special prizes on each course. Nearest the pin at the 4th on Machrihanish Golf Club went to A Ossinoff, nearest in two at the 7th was R Coffield, and the longest drive at the 9th was C McMillan. On the Dunes nearest the pin on the 14th and 15th holes went to Janice McGregor and Ian Robb respectively, and the longest drive at the 7th was David Graham for the men and Hazel Scally for the ladies.
A fantastic buffet lunch was provided at the Ugadale Hotel after the competition along with the prize giving later in the evening. Dorothy Biggins and Elaine Lewis presented the prizes to conclude another successful year for the Shepherds Cross.
3 August 2012