Kinross Golf Club 2007
Day 1 - The group met in Aberdeen armed with clubs, expectations of fine weather and a massive cairy-oot. Big Bob was again in the form of his life - could it finally be his year?? He was even more chuffed that he had managed to wangle prizes from his work.
Magners was the drink of the morning and the first case was emptied before we reached Brechin - the perfect warm-up. On the journey down the team pairings were announced and the moment that everyone was waiting for the announcment of who would be sharing a room with Big Bob.
During the previous Curry night, the matches were drawn from 3 Balti dishes, the 1st dish with the top 6 seeds, the 2nd dish with the next 6 seeds and the 3rd dish with the remaining players. The players who were not present at the match draw were then entered into the 'Fa's Sharing A Room Wi Bob' draw. The lucky winner on this occasion was Jim Wright - that''ll teach him for missing a Curry night.....
The Bruce course was the venue for the Linkfleet Pairs competition. This proved to be a close affair with the winning team of Jim Wright and Gary Wood scoring 75.0 Dave Cunningham and Rod Phillips were 2nd with a score of 75.5 and Phil Sinclair and Bob Reilly 3rd with a score of 76.0
Andy Buchan amazingly won the Plaza Interiors Nearest-the-Hole (3rd), with Graeme Meade winning the Granite Images Nearest-the-Hole (16th).
Prior to the evening meal, the Nick McLeod Putting competition took place. This was eventually won on the third round by Rod Phillips Snr, who claimed the prize for the second time in his career.
A gourmet dinner was had by all, in what was initially shaping up to be professional preparation ahead of the 5th Major the following day. However, it all went pear-shaped when the wine list was produced, liqueurs ordered and more money added to the kitty. Dod was posted missing after dinner, claiming that he was ill after having the potatoes, as they were covered in butter (allergy claimed).
Day 2 - The 5th Major. Following a champions breakfast the group prepared for an assualt on the Montgomery course. Nineteen players made it to the 1st tee with the Chief of Security (Iain R) remaining in his death bed with a stomach bug. It was a gie driech day and rookie player, Gary Wood, had forgotton to take his waterproofs and henced proceded to spend £100 on a new top, muttering in the process something about not telling his wife??
Play commenced at 11:04 with defending champion Phil Sinclair slicing one down the first - it was either due to nerves, pressure of being champion or the drink from the previous night. The conditions were mixed throughout the round, heavy underfoot, light rain at times, steady wind, which was reflected in the overall scores. However, it was the early self-confessed favourite, Bob Reilly, who finally triumphed by winning the trophy for the first time with a stableford score of 33 points. Former champion Graeme Meade was runner-up but his 30 points secured him as the number one player in the rankings.
Dod Gray won the Honeywell Nearest-the-Hole (4th), and Phil Sinclair won the Camerons Nearest-the-Hole (17th), although the prize had to be changed as Big Bob lost the Camerons prize that he had managed to get donated from his work.
Following the evening dinner and prize giving ceremony, the group returned home to Aberdeen. A massive carry-out was again organisied by the outing secretary (Kitty Holder), Dod. During the journey home paranoia set in a suspicion that Taysides finest were following the bus! Stopping for a piss did not help matters and our driver decided to take a detour through Forfar to lose the police!
Upon arriving back in Aberdeen, Gary Wood, continued the tradition of having at least one casualty on the return journey, when he spewed into a sick bag, and guaranteed himself into the Rogues Gallery at the first attempt.
Another cracking weekend.