The last full week of June saw the annual club championship take place at SRGC. As is normal, for this hotly contested competition, a good amount of players assembled on Wednesday evening to get the first round underway.
Conditions were as near to perfect as we could have hoped for. The weather was good and what wind there was died away as the evening progressed. The course however was still very soft in places and therefore we had to continue with the preferred lies rule (at the end of June!!).
There was some good scoring on the first evening with a few players in the mid to high 60’s. Keith Nicol leading this group on, what he believed to be a winning score for that round, 65 nett but that was until Jamie Drever came in with an astonishing 55 nett! With Erik Donaldson the gross score leader.
And then Friday’s rains came! Before round 2 on Saturday.
A slightly smaller field were in the draw for Saturday and unfortunately Jamie Drever was absent due to work commitments, a shame after his first round score, but this opened up the competition again and so it was all to play for.
The weather was again near perfect with the SUN? Even showing up to cheer us on but the poor course had taken another beating from the rain and was back to almost winter conditions with the 4th fairway marsh like in places. This didn’t deter our band of golfers who again started to arrive back with some good scores and then it happened again! This time Ben Lacey-Brown came in with a 53 nett! And that was that the nett prize was won there and then. As for the gross trophy – Erik came home with another good score to seal that deal for a 4th time.
So the South Ronaldsay Golf Club – Club Champions for 2015 are Erik Donaldson and Ben Lacey-Brown. Congratulations and well done.
I must thank our green keeping staff for the course looking immaculate despite the wet weather. It has been a challenging start to any golfing season for them.
One last note – I fear these young lads are going to be a force to contend with as their golf progresses which is good for the club and golf in Orkney and I look forward to see how they get on as the season continues.
Thank you to all who played in this year’s club championship.