The Muckrach Hotel Scottish Nine Hole Opens 2016
The Muckrach Hotel Scottish Nine Hole Opens played on Saturday 13th August at Carrbridge Golf Club attracted a record 109 players, 78 Gents and 31 Ladies, on an occasional blustery, but dry, day after heavy rain over the previous 2 days left the course damp in places. With the course beautifully prepared by Head Green Keeper Michael Mann, the busy morning saw most of the action with some great scores being posted.
When the Ladies Competition was concluded Kathleen Blackie (Castle Park) won the Scratch Competition with 43 from Margaret Lawson (Grantown on Spey) in second place on 45, with Janice Whiteford (Melrose) in third on 47. The Ladies Handicap competition was won by Ruth Walker (14.5) on 37.5 from Shona Rankin (10.5) on 39.5 and Ann Neild (Kingussie) (10.5) in third on 40.5.
The Gents Competition, very tight finish in both categories, was won by defending champion Gordon Hay (Boat of Garten) repeating his 2015 score of 34. Previous winner Laurie Chancellor (Inverness) took second place just edging out Robert Nixon in third place by the narrowest of margins, both 1 shot back on 35. The Handicap Competition was won by Ken Mackenzie (Douglas Park) (3.5) on 31.5, just 0.5 shot clear of Les Gray (10) in second place and Bruce Grant (Abernethy)(6) in third, both on 32.
The various sponsors prizes were distributed across the field, with Kathleen Blackie winning the Rock Rose Gin and Gary Munro the Benromach whisky for nearest the pin at the 8th, Janice Whiteford the Hollies Farm hamper and Barry Cheyne the Grants of Speyside hamper for longest drives at the 3rd, Marion Berenek the Shetland Reel Gin for the Ladies 3’s and Robert Nixon the Caorunn Gin for the Gents 2s, with Stuart Winter collecting the Muckrach afternoon tea voucher for nearest the pin in 2 at the 4th.
Carrbridge Golf Club is grateful to the Muckrach Hotel as main event sponsor and to their supplier partners for prize sponsorship, and to Tomatin Distillery, Walkers Shortbread and Carrbridge Spar shop for their generous support of this event.
For more information see the website; www.carrbridgegolf.co.uk. Or telephone 01479 841623.