Fraserburgh Golf Club 2000
The Millenium Challenge
The Millennium Challenge was played under very trying conditions; strong winds, cold and damp. Not really surprising as it was the 21st May.
There was alot of bold talk and bravado on the first tee by Dod, but he was soon to become subdued after his first tee shot - Hooked left into the ditch. He new then that he would have to wait another year to get his hands on the trophy that he desired so much. The reigning champion, Phil Sinclair, set out his stall early on in the round carding a couple of birdies but suffered from the yips on the back nine. He couldn't handle the pressure of being the tours number 1 player.
The dark horse of the outing, Bob, who was making his tour debut was very quiet on the bus journey to Fraserburgh. He was obviously up for the tournament as he declined on the offer of a free bottle of Budweiser. He eventually finished in third place but he was unlucky on nearly every putt. Cammy, also in his rookie year, caused a near riot at breakfast when he claimed his handicap was 23. After creaming a drive up the first, he was almost wearing his driver. However, it proved to be the only decent shot he had all day.
Ian Trotter, 'The Chief', enjoyed himself. His golf was rank but he proved himself to be a lucky bastard when he won the putting competition early in the evening. The rest of the field played steady golf, although not inspiring. Third and twelfth were separated by only 5 Stableford points.
The eventual winner, Iain Ritchie, played reasonably well throughout the 18 holes. As he is frugal by nature, his game plan was not to lose any balls so by wimping out on every tee shot enabled him to sclaf his way up the fairway. A couple of 40 foot putts on the 17th and 18th greens turned the tournament his way which was to be the catalyst for a memorable year.
The afternoon competition was a 9 hole Texas Scramble. The winning team was 'Dods Bandits' who went round in 28.65 strokes. The team consisted of Steve, Thainy and of course self-appointed team captain, Dod. The highlight of the afternoon was Bruces' tee shot at the first hole - A wicked hook which bounced off the main road and over an on-coming vehicle. For reasons only known to Bruce, he shouted 'Four' at the car!
After the prize giving, the inaugural Putting competition took place on the practice green. After the first round the potential for bad light stopping play was a real threat. However, The Chief sank a raking 60 footer to win the kitty money.