Ninety nine competitors took part in the Open this year with visitors from far and wide again adding to the extra special atmosphere around the club over the weekend.
It was great to see so many regulars back plus a few new faces. They were met by a course prepared excellently by Rae and Lee with the greens back to full fitness after a tricky couple of winters and some remarkably kind pin positions - is Rae getting soft in his old age?!
Things weren't all plain sailing however as a tricky strong NW wind made for tough clubbing and with punishing (but fair!) rough this was going to require straight hitting and a deadly short game.
It was no surprise then to see Pete McKinlay atop the leaderboard after round 1 with a 67 and home duo Angus Sutherland (69) and Denis Harvey (70) his closest pursuers. More of a surprise however was defending champion Steven Rendall's 76 proving, for probably the first time, he is actually human!
In the nett section Colin Harcus was 2 clear after a great 61 nett with Shane Stanger and Robbie Norquoy lurking. With no delay to tee times in the afternoon Colin and Robbie fell away but Shane added a 65 to his 63 for a 128 total which proved enough to win by two shots.
Angus added a 73 for 142 total but Denis beat that by shooting a 71 for 141. Could Pete grind out a round sub 74 to claim his second Stromness Open? Well if you ever need someone to get you a score in tough conditions then Pete is your man! A 71 saw him win the title by four shots with a rather handy 2,2 combo at the 10th and 11th setting up his 34 (+1) back nine.
Congratulations to Pete and Shane, two very deserving and great champions.
Thanks go to all our sponsors, Highland Park, Bank of Scotland (represented by David Henderson) and Aurora Jewellery - unfortunately their hole in One prize went unclaimed this year.
And finally, thank you to everyone who took part and once again made this the jewel in our golfing calendar.
Where's my copy and paste function? Yes, quite remarkably, the cup winners of this year's Stromness Seniors Open were exactly the same two who won it last year!
In the gross section a 71 from Dougie Slater was enough to see off Stevie Linklater (74 - score not age!) and regular visitor Robin Cockburn (75).
In the nett Brian (Snr) Clouston proved his swing like a fine wine gets better with age. His home brew never gets that chance! His 60 nett edged out locals Ali Seator and Eric Sutherland by a single shot.
Thanks to the sponsor
steradent John P Taylor for once again providing the best prizes in Orkney golf. Golf autograph memorabilia was given to all prize winners with a special mention to strict vegan* Kenny Ross who won Andrew 'Beeeeeeef' Johnston's autographed picture!
* I may have made that bit up!
Shopping Week Open
Sunday saw two players blow away the field about as much as the westerly gale did...
In the gross it was of course Steven Rendall whose ball striking and short game genius saw him claim the cup by 8 shots with a 68.
The nett section saw as equally a dominant performance from Stan Seator as he was the only player in a field of over 70 play to his handicap with a 76 nett 65.
A big thank you to all who made it round (and even to those who didn't!) and especially to the numerous overseas visitors who played and got a small taste of Orcadian golf for their trouble!
Thanks too go to Grays for their continued support and very generous sponsorship shown in the array of prizes up for grabs.
And lastly thanks to Rae and Lee for getting the course into great shape again.
Congratulations to Denis Harvey on winning this year's slightly delayed Club Championship. His two round total of 141 (70,71) was 3 clear of Dougie and 6 clear of Ronald and Angus.
The nett Champion was Paul Sinclair who also won the 'Green Jacket' for best SGC member in the practice round at Thurso earlier this week!
Thanks to Julia for her continued sponsorship and presenting the prizes and also to the Ferry Inn for their support in this event which saw over 50 people compete.
If you wish to join our club then just fill in and return this form (with some cash of course!).
2017 SGC Membership Form
Course footage by drone
Some great drone flyover footage from Scott here:
Course fly by
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Golf in Orkney
Here's a good feature on golf in Orkney: Golf Passport