Last weekend saw the first seniors event on the golfing calendar at Dale when George Leask won his first over 50s competition while another veteran, Tom Simpson, enjoyed success in the club championship for the first time.
Leask took first place in the scratch competition of the Senior Open with a score of 73 to win by one shot from Whalsay’s Graeme Sandison on 74. Tom Simpson was a further shot back in third place on 75. The handicap section was also very close with Davie Thomson taking first prize with a score of 76, net 66. In second place with a score of 79, net 67, was Paul Foster. Ronnie Birnie was in third place (76, net 68), with Richie Smith in fourth (82, net 69) and Whalsay’s Stewart Anderson fifth (88, net 71).
The club championship and Henry Gilbertson Trophy competitions also came to a close last weekend. The two form players so far this year, Tom Simpson and last year’s winner Jordan Leask, competed for the club championship while Michael Boxwell and Marc Henry played each other in the final of the Henry Gilbertson Trophy.
In the club championship it was the experience of Tom Simpson that overcame young Jordan Leask. Simpson has been playing some exceptional golf this season and was two under par when he clinched victory on the 15th hole, four up with three to play to become club champion for the first time. Simpson’s victory means that he automatically qualifies for the team to take part in the Wilson Cup in Kirkwall next month. Jordan Leask has already qualified with Ross Chisholm and Michael Boxwell currently holding the remaining places.
The Henry Gilbertson Trophy was won by Marc Henry who played well to beat Michael Boxwell three holes up with two to play.
Other competitions this month saw Graeme Davie win the Wood Group shield with a score of 88, net 65, with Adrian Henderson second with a score of 76, net 67, and Marc Henry in third, 79, net 68.
The men’s Bazeley Charity Cup which is played off the forward tees was won by John Teale who returned a score of 80, net 61, to take first place from Chris Conboy, 76 net 64, with Rab Duffin in third with 83, net 64. Last Sunday the Bond Cup was won by Bruce Crossan with a fine round of 75, net 63, with Erik Burgess in second (77, net 64) and Stuart Tomlinson third (79, net 66).
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Sun shines at Skaw as Shearer gets her first open silverware
The John Tait Open was held last Saturday on a beautiful sunny day with very little wind, for a change.
This resulted in some excellent play from the 30 competitors who took part, and saw Cathy Shearer winning a cup for the first time in an open.
The Scratch winner was Angelina Jamieson with 77; second with 82 and a better back six was Loraine Anderson; Rosaine Sandison was third with 82 and fourth with 83 was Liz Simpson.
The Handicap section was closely contested. The winner was Cathy Shearer with net 66; second was Valerie Morrison with net 67; third was Mandy Henderson with net 68; and fourth was Angela Irvine with net 69.
Nearest the pin winners were, at the second Doreen Gray, at the eighth Angelina Jamieson and at the 14th June Wishart.
The longest drive in the Silver division was won by Heather Hogg and in the Bronze division by Morag Mouat.
The event was generously sponsored by Hughson Bros and the prizes were presented to the winners by Henry Manson on their behalf.
The Whalsay Ladies wish to thank their sponsors, the green keepers, the visiting ladies from Dale and everyone else who contributed in any way to the day’s events.
The Coronation foursomes were played earlier this month and won by Cathy Shearer and Joanne Stewart with 38 points, coming second were Angelina Jamieson and Linda Sandison with 37 points and in third place were Louise and Iris Anderson with 36 points.
Last Thursday’s competition was won by Linda Sandison with 39 points, reducing her handicap to 20.
The Wartsilla Cup for a Lady, Gent and Junior will be played today