Saturday, 17th June, saw the Glenbervie 2017 "Finals Day", and for the second year in succession, this significant event in the club calendar was blessed with glorious weather. The event agenda involved 6 finals played on the championship course, while off the course a sumptous BBQ was served at the clubhouse. The stories of the finals were as follows ...
The gents (36 hole) final featured 2106 champion, Mark Hislop, up against Tam Miller, who normally caddies for Mark on occasions such as this. As you might therefore expect, this final, while competitive, was played in a very sporting manner. At lunch after the first round, Mark was 2 holes up and eventually retained his title with a 4 and 3 victory. The difference on the day was probably down to Mark's greater experience (and wonderful short game), but Tam showed enough over the course of the final (and in reaching the final) to suggest that he will be a strong competitor for this championship over the coming years.
GENTS SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP
The seniors final involved Henry Anderson up against Rob Craw and was an exciting contest that went all the way to the 18th. After 14 holes, Rob was 2 up and look destined to win his first Glenbervie seniors championship. However, one should never write-off Henry who came storming back to triumph by 1 up. Nail-biting stuff.
The photos below show the gents finalists, along with their morning referee (this is the closest that Ronnie Neil will ever get to this final !), and the gents senior finalists.
GENTS HANDICAP 8-14 CHAMPIONSHIP (For the Gillepsie Quaich)
This final was played between John Leonard and Graham Gillepsie. John was looking to make it a winning double in this event having won the strokeplay qualifying competition. However, on the day it was not to be for John, with Graham winning and claiming (in some ways, appropriately) the Gillepsie Quaich.
GENTS HANDICAP 15-28 CHAMPIONSHIP (For the Muirhead Quaich)
The finalists in this event were Alex Burnett and Colin Marshall, and it was Alex who triumphed on the day.
The photos below show the finalists in both the gents handicap competitions, with Graham + John on the left and Alex + Colin on the right.
This final was contested by Louise Macgregor and Jennifer Allan, two of Glenbervie's young lady members and both previous champions. It was a competitive match with golf of a very high standard and ended with Louise winning 4&3 and becoming our 2017 champion.
LADIES HANDICAP CHAMPIONSHIP
This final featured Susan Hagan and Margo Main, both of whom played very well despite appearing in the final for the first time. This was a very close match, with never more than one hole in it, which Margo eventually won on the 18th green.
The photos below show the finalists in both the ladies competitions, with Louise + Jennifer on the left and Margo + Susan on the right.
Well done to all the players on the day for reaching their respective finals, an acheivement in itself. Special congratulations to all our winners, who are shown in the photo below, along with Isobel-Anne Johnston, the Club Ladies Captain, who presented the prizes.
Our thanks go to David Brodie and all his staff for presenting the course in such fine condition and for the excellent BBQ delivered at the clubhouse. Finally, thanks to all members (and their guests) who turned up on the day to support the event and all the finalists. We already look forward to finals day in 2017.