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Club Champions 2011

 

Susan Butchard & Nicol Auld.  Whiting Bay Golf Club Champions 2011

Ladies WIN Kiscadale Salver

The Whiting Bay Ladies won the Kiscadale Salver in a nail-biting match against Shiskine, at Shiskine, on  Thursday 14 April.  This is the first time Whiting Bay have ever won this prestigious inter-club trophy since its inception 38 years ago!  Well done girls!

The Kiscadale Salver is the leading inter-club ladies' competition on the island.  The salver was donated by the Whiting Bay ladies' section back in 1973 when the Arran Ladies Golf Union was established, but it has never been held by the Club, despite coming agonisingly close in past years.  The competition is a match play round-robin against the other island clubs played over a fortnight.  This year the Whiting Bay team, in striking red & black livery, started their campaign very strongly, seeing off Brodick and Lamlash and halving with Machrie in their first three matches.  This took them to a position where a win against Shiskine would hand them the trophy and conversely a loss would see Shiskine almost certain winners (Shiskine had a game in hand).

Thursday evening saw glorious weather with no wind and a warm sun.  It was a perfect spring afternoon at Shiskine, the sun slowly setting over Kintyre and the only sounds the rumble of the sea on the shore and the occasional cry of a pheasant.  First out for Whiting Bay were Doreen Mainds and Viv Parks. As you would expect from a finals match, it was very close from the start.  However by the 15th Whiting Bay were 3 holes down and looked in trouble.  At the 16th Shiskine missed a very makeable putt and with it the chance to close out the match early.  After taking the 16th, the girls dug deep. Doreen sank a stunning, weaving putt from off the green at the 17th to win that hole too, and the match went to the last with Shiskine still dormie.  Unfortunately Shiskine found a bunker from the tee, could not escape and conceded the hole. Whiting Bay had pressed home to win the last three holes and thus draw the match. Well done Viv & Doreen!

With a half secured, all that was needed for the match and to lift the trophy was another win from the 'unbeatable' pairing of Susan Butchard and Catherine MacBain. That game too was very close from the off.  Despite an impressive long game from Whiting Bay, the Shiskine pair were very proficient around the green and took the first two holes.  Finding themselves in the unusual position of being behind in a Kiscadale tie, Whiting Bay charged back, taking the next four holes to go two up.  They held on to their lead, but by the 18th it had been whittled back to just one hole up.  A draw was not going to be enough to win the match and the Salver, so they had to avoid losing the last.  Both teams drove well to the edge of the green.  Shiskine were down in four, leaving Susan with one of those 'easy three footers' to half the hole.  The atmosphere was tense.  Susan took her time and with team, caddies and supporters willing her on, sunk it to take the match and the trophy!  

All in all, a great evening's golf and a wonderful team effort from the ladies. 

 

 

The other clubs play the final round on Saturday 16th for second place and the Whiting Bay ladies will be there for the grand prize giving afterwards.

 

The official match report and all the match scores can be found on the ALGU website at Kiscadale Result

 

 

2011 Fixture Cards Available

The 2011 fixture card is now available.  Members who have paid their subscriptions may collect their fixture card and 2011 bag tag from the bar.  Country Members will receive their items in the post.  Social members may collect their 2011 Membership Cards from the bar.

SUBSCRIPTIONS REMINDER

Would Members who have yet to settle their 2011 Subscriptions please do so at their earliest convenience.  Subscriptions are due by 31 March at the latest.  Payment may be made over the bar by card or cash, or by cheque, bank transfer or standing order.

Draft 2011 AGM Minutes Available

 

Draft minutes of the 2011 AGM,  held 12th February 2011 are now available in the private Members' area of this web site.

 

These minutes have been reviewed by the Club Committee, but will of course remain unadopted until next year's AGM.

 

Please login to access the private Members' area.  Once logged-in, the minutes may be found under 'AGM Papers' from the Members' Menu.

 

If you are a Member of the Club and would like a login ID, please contact the Hon Sec by email at info@whitingbaygolf.com to request one.

 

Clubhouse Summer Opening Hours

Commencing Saturday 16th April, the Clubhouse will be operating to summer hours.

 

Sunday 12 noon - 6 pm
Monday 12 noon - 6 pm
Tuesday 12 noon - 6 pm
Wednesday 12 noon - 10 pm
Thursday 12 noon - 6 pm
Friday 12 noon - 12 midnight
Saturday

12 noon - 8 pm

 

Club Spring Update

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