Well the club 2018 finals day was again blessed with fantastic weather, for the third year running ! (Long may this trend continue). With the course also in fantastic condition, the setting was perfect for all our finalists. See the flyer below for the results of all the finals played on the day, along with a photograph of our gents and ladies champions alongside our club chairman and lady captain.
It was a double triumph for Tommy Wilson in the gents championship qualifying event played over 36 holes on Saturday 9th June. With the course a little "fiery" from the recent spell of dry weather, low scores were at a premium, with both rounds posting a CSS of 72 (one more than the SSS). However, with exceptional rounds of 72 (net 70) and 71 (net 69), Tommy won both the Millar of Falkirk and Lindsay Cooper trophies for lowest gross and lowest net scores.
Spare a thought, however, for Ross Kane who missed out on both trophies by the narrowest a margins - a better 2nd round for Tommy. Congratulations Tommy on your success and commiserations to Ross. And good luck to the two of you (and all the other 14 qualifiers) in the championship matchplay stage.
Congratulations to Glenbervie member Linda Allan for making it through to the matchplay stage of the 2018 Scottish Women’s amateur championship. Played over Elie golf course, the top 32 players after two strokeplay rounds made it through to the matchplay stage of the competition. With rounds of 78 and 77, Linda qualified from a high-quality field. In her subsequent first round match, Linda lost 3&1 to Gemma Batty of West Linton golf club, a very credible performance against the woman who went all the way to win the championship. Very well done Linda.
The Glenbervie gents team successfully retained the Stirlingshire County team matchplay championship for the 7th time in 8 years! This years team pool consisted of Mark Hislop, Graeme Robertson, Colin Mundie, Craig Hughes, Peter Maxwell and Ross Kane, with the selected 4 playing 2 ball foursomes. This year saw all team members contributing at some point over the four rounds played.
Congratulations to the team on yet another great win! (Shown below are 4 of the team with the championship trophy).
The new practice range facility within the John Panton Academy is now well established and proving very popular with members, their guests and visitors to the club. The facility offers a ball dispensing machine (employing single-use tokens or multiple-use cards) along with new practice bays, target nets and distance markers. As before the practice fairway is generously wide and very long, allowing drives of over 250 yards to be hit. For those members who have yet to use this new facility, then you should definitely get yourself down there soon. Ball dispensing tokens are available from the pro-shop and multiple-use cards from the general manager's office.
It may still be early on in the season, but Glenbervie's lady golfers have already achieved some considerable success in external competitions.
On Sunday 13th May, a group of our lady members played in the Gleneagles Ladies Open. The sun shone, everyone had a great day, and from the large entry it was our own Liz Breingan who took home the trophy. Very well done Liz (who is shown in the photograph below receiving her trophy).
Our results in the first two county meetings of the season have also been good. At Stirling Golf Club on 16th April, Jennifer Allan won the Innes Rosebowl, with a fantastic gross 73, while Liz Breingan won 3rd bronze handicap. In the County Championship qualifying at Alloa Golf Club, Fiona Ross won the Captain's Prize with a nett 70, while Linda Allan won second scratch with a gross 76. In the subsequent championship match play, Margaret Tough and Alison Goodwin reached the quarter finals and Liz Breingan reached the first round of the inaugural handicap championship.
Finally, on 5th May, a number of our lady members took part in the Falkirk Tryst annual charity day. This is a team competition, which this year raised funds for a local charity fighting sepsis. One of our teams (Mary Jimenez, Karen Murray, Liz Breingan and Fiona Ross) won the ladies competition with a great score of 119. A super day out in a very good cause.
It has been a great start to the season for the club ladies - let's hope there is more to come!