Glenisla Golf Club 2005
Well what a day!
The group met as usual at the rail station car park with everyone looking splendid in the Official Tour merchandise. The tour welcomed three rookies this year - Jim Wright, Bernie Duncan and Graeme Meade. Soon after departing Aberdeen, the scene was set - the first bottles of beer were opened at 07:45hrs, The Chief was picked up at his usual Aberdeen hotel residence and Stewart on the Stonehaven bypass.
On the journey to Glenisla, the pairings/groups were announced; with the usual suspects complaining about their playing partners. As expected the handicap committee was under pressure to change (increase!) individual handicaps due to "I've nae played since last summer" or "My official handicap has gone up". The committee was again having none of it, reminding the moaning minnies that all handicap issues are addressed at the 'Curry Nights' Shouts of "I didnae ken aboot the curry nights" were quickly dismissed. Although down the order of merit, the tournament favourite was former Peterculter Club Champion, Phil, who was attempting to try and emulate Iain Ritchie and Rod Snr and win the trophy for a 2nd time. So as not to break with tradition Round Bob again was again proclaiming that he was "in the form of his life". Former champion and current number 1, Iain Ritchie, decided to play it low key but was noticed to be unusually getting wired into the Buds early.
On arrival at Glenisla, the group were quickly reminded about the policy of not drinking alcohol on the course, which was strictly adhered to by the group! Apparently the 'clinking of bottles' as we emabrked from our coach was a bit of a give away!!
The weather was again kind to us and the standard of golf was again high. The main event got underway at 9.45am with defending champion, Jim McCombie, leading the way. Jim produced a wonderful defence of his title with a steady 35 Stableford points. The majority of players improved on their previous scores but former two-time champion Iain Ritchie carded his worst score of his 5th Major career, which perhaps is a fundamental reason for his demise during the late afternoon and evening sessions of this championship. Three former champions Phil, Rod Snr and Big Davy carded par or better, but on the day it came down to a countback with both Nick Frost and rookie Greame Meade carding 38 points. Unfortunately for Nick he could only make par on the 17th and it is fitting that a birdie, by Graeme, ultimately decided the championship. Congratulations to Graeme Meade on becoming the 2005 5th Major Champion.
There has been a change in the Order of Merit with Nick Frost rising to number 1 in the rankings becoming the second player to achieve this rankings began in 2001. Former number 1 Iain Ritchie has dramatically slipped to number 5, with the largest fall in ranking points ever seen. Well done Nick, but just to let you know that the handicap committee will be discussing your handicap at the next curry night!!
The afternoon event - 9 hole Texas Scramble with 0.64 strokes separating 1st and 3rd. However, with a score of 27.84 the event was won by Phil Sinclair, Jim Wright, Ian Dunsmuir and Dod Gray, taking the prize of a round of golf at Kemnay Golf Club.
The grand finale was again the putting competition. This year, a special putter was commissioned - a telescopic putter. The standard of the putting was no different from previous years - still shite. Again, in order to participate, each competitor had to pay £1.00/putt and also take a dram of malt whisky. After three rounds of trying to hole a putt from all directions the non-whisky drinkers were in full whisky mode, gladly paying a pound just to have a dram. In addition a couple of pints of 'Cheeky Vimto' made it onto the putting green - this was to be the final nail in coffin for some! The competition was eventually won by Big Davy in round 4; the tallest man using the shortest putter - Classic!
Back in the clubhouse, the supply of Drambuie had dried up - the bar had run out, again! However, coming to the rescue was Phil, who had two bottles in his golf bag and normal service was restored.
The journey home was quite a journey and details can be found in the Rogues Gallery - this warrants a page on it's own!
Another great day was had by all (I think!) but again I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the the fantastic array of prizes that were donated.