Golfers get in the swing at Dale events
Men’s competitions at Dale Golf Course during May began with first the Fish Cup and then the Old Rock Trophy having to be postponed.
The Tootsie Thomson Cup was won by Stewart Tomlinson with 40 points and joint second with 35 points were Paul Foster and Ian Pottinger.
The first Wednesday sweep for the summer league as won by Keith Fraser with an excellent net 64. Tied for second was the trio of Davy L Thomson, Mark Gibson and Rab Duffin with net 69s.
The Saturday sweep on 8th May was won by Paul Nicol with 38 points; joint second were Allan Johnston and Keith Fraser with 37 and third was Michael Groat with 36.
The JW Gray Cup was contested on the Sunday with Bruce Crossan winning with a net 67. One shot back were the trio of Jimmy Sales, Keith Fraser and Ross Chisholm, the latter having the lowest gross of the day with 74.
The second Wednesday sweep saw a win for Jimmy Sales with 37 points, holding off a chasing pack of David Brown, Keith Fraser and Jordan Webb, all with 35.
The first open of the season was the Jotun Open on 15th May which brought the welcome sight of sunshine and a cloudless sky, although a strong breeze was still in evidence. An entry of over 50 players saw the silverware being closely contested with some superb scores being recorded.
This was certainly the case in the handicap section where a par round of net 68 by Stevie Tulloch, Ian Pottinger and Ronnie Birnie only managed to fill positions five to seven. One shot better in fourth was Ross McDougall and third with a net 66 was Dougie MacDonald.
Second place was filled by Allan Johnston whose score of net 63 would most weeks have secured him the trophy. But finally making it to top of the pile after a hat trick of second places was Keith Fraser with a wonderful net 62.
The scratch section was no less eagerly contested with gross 75s by Colin Bain and Magnus Leask only filling positions four and five respectively.
Third was Ernie Smith with a 74 and one shot better in second was Robbie Jamieson. But brushing off the competition was Ross Chisholm with an excellent gross 70.
Other prize winners were – nearest the pin at the second: Stanley Sinclair. Nearest the pin at the 17th: George Fraser. Longest drive: Ronnie Birnie. Nearest the pin in two at the fifth: Colin Bain.
The next two Sundays saw the qualifying rounds for the Club Championship take place with the top eight in the scratch and handicap sections then fighting it out for the silverware.
The qualifiers for the scratch section see Ross Chisholm play Mark Penders, Graeme Sandison play Robbie Jamieson, Colin Bain play Alan Harcus and Ernie Smith play Tommy Simpson.
The handicap section sees Glenn Gilfillan play Rab Duffin, Gary Wiseman play Chris Conboy, Jake Constable play Adrian Henderson and Stuart Anderson play Lee Carter.
The Wednesday sweep on 19th May saw Ross McDougall win with a net 63, ahead of Ronnie Birnie with a net 65 and Keith Fraser with a net 66.
The May Medals saw a win for Dave McNicol with a net 64 and a tie for second with net 68s for Dougie Shearer and Bruce Crossan. Third was Abdelhaq Zaoui with a net 69.
The fourth Wednesday sweep was won by Marc Henry with 41 points. Tied for second were Jake Constable and Bill Johnson with 39 points and also tied in third were Robert Sales and Andy Glen with 38.
The Saturday sweep saw a win for Colin Morrison with 42 points, ahead of John Teale with 40 and the returning Jordan Leask on 38.
The final competition for the month was the Tennent’s Cup which was won by Jordan Leask with a superb 66 (net 62). Second was Michael Boxwell with a net 63 and joint third were Stewart Tomlinson and Ian B Leask with net 68s.
Highlights for June are the 36-hole County Championship, the LEF Open and the Midnight Cup. Keep an eye out at the clubhouse for details of arrangements for screening of the World Cup. Moving on to the junior section, Liam Coffey was magnificent in May, winning both the Bain Cup with a net 58 and the May Medal with a net 66.
June sees the Junior Open and the start of the junior coaching.