The first competition for the traditional Christmas Hampers took place last Sunday and on a day that started on a typical dull damp November day the weather deteriorated into a steady cold downpour from midday onwards. This did not deter some competitors from returning some fine scores on the day. Because of the shorter daylight hours, the competition itself was over the first 16 holes of the course, the format was a singles stableford and pride of place went to that man showing remarkable recent form, Sean Brett, who returned 37 points to just pip Ken MacDonald on a countback. Sean scored 19 points for his first eight holes which included a birdie on the 1st hole and bogies on the 6th and 8th holes to cover his first eight holes in a very impressive one over par. On the last eight holes he scored a further 18 points to claim first prize as the 16 hole competition was decided over the scoring on the first eight holes and last eight holes. Ken on the other hand scored 20 points for his first eight holes and added a further 17 points for his last eight holes. The vital hole, which decided the outcome of first prize, was the 9th where Sean had a par and Ken scored a double bogey. Young Tim Howes scored 36 points to win the Junior section with eight hole totals of 22 and 14 points respectively.
In the ladies section Ann O’Shea was the convincing winner with 34 points starting in sparkling form with birdies on the 1st and 7th to score 18 points for her first 8 holes and then added a further 16 points on the last eight holes. She failed to register a point on the long 13th and this was her only blip in an otherwise impressive round of golf. Her nearest challenger was Liz Beatty who finished with 32 points and will be disappointed not to have scored on the 5th, 10th and 11th holes when victory was within her grasp.
The next hampers scheduled to be played for will be on 18th November when a Member/Guest Fourball Stableford will be the format. Again this competition will be over 16 holes with a two tee start on the 1st and 10th holes and slots can be obtained by phoning tee reservations or by going online.
Results Christmas Hamper 16 Holes Singles Sunday 4th November
Men Winner Sean Brett (10) 37 points(last eight)
Second Ken MacDonald (25) 37 points
Junior Tim Howes (18) 36 points
Ladies Winner Ann O’Shea (13) 34 points
Second Liz Beatty (16) 32 points