You'd have to have been (dough)nuts to have missed the first Argos Open which took place last week. Players kneaded to be on their best form as scoring was low in both nett and gross sections.
With the weather fine the flours were out but so were the dreaded midgies. Some tricky hole positions also added to the difficulty especially at the sixth where the cup(cake) was tucked under the slope and you had to get your tee shot pastry hole.
All this meant the cream(bun) rose to the top and it was Stewart Moar who roll(ed) back the years and a few chips in with a 74 nett 55.
Proof that Kenny Inkster is in form was given when he matched his own best of the year total round the course with a level par 65 leavening him to claim the gross.
Thanks to Ewan & Jenna for presenting the prizes and to Argos Bakery for this brand new event.
And if you've made it this far through the report you must be a gluten for punishment!
Cupal Cup and Shield
The first ever Cupal Shield was played last Sunday in Stromness with our 8 top nett players proving triumphant by 6-2. This event proved a great success and we're sure this is just the start of a long future for this event.
In the Cupal Cup Kirkwall once again proved too strong in a 7-1 hammering. Ouch!
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!
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Course footage by drone
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Course fly by
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Golf in Orkney
Here's a good feature on golf in Orkney: Golf Passport