Scapa Garage Open
After a spell of tough conditions this weekend saw a raft of great gross and nett scores.
Team South Ronaldsay were out in force early and Messrs Burton, Grange and Drever post netts 59, 60 and 62. Beaten OMPC semi finalists Angus Sutherland and Pete McKinlay added gross scores of 69 and 65.
Star of the show though was Ronald Thomson who holed from off the greens on 8, 9, 13 & 14 to post a 66 gross nett 57 to take the trophy.
The club would like to thank Eddie for his continued generous sponsorship of the OMPC and associated open.
The gross final saw seeds 1 and 2 make it through and Steven and Graham produced a thrilling match. Steven was 5up through 16 holes but wins at 17th and 18th made Graham's dinner taste a little better. He then carried on his run and saw the match leveled up by the 10th and eventually he ran out winner by 2&1 - quite the effort against Steven the 32 time major winner. This was Graham's second major and OMPC title.
The Nett final was a real heavyweight match-up with Brian Clouston taking on Olly Sinclair. Olly's winter warm weather training and 'secret tip' golf lesson seems to have been the difference as he stormed to a 7up lead at halfway and eventually run out a 9&8 winner. Seems he likes playing 20-odd hole matches this week - shame for Brian as it was supposed to be a 36 hole final!
OMPC 2019 Draw and results
The hard and fast conditions continued on Saturday as 100 players bounced their way around the scorched links.
Scoring indeed proved tricky but some recent lessons for David Croy paid off and he sneaked clear with a nett 62. Five others were just a shot behind with countback being employed to order them as such: Robbie Norquoy, Robert Gatt, Ray Heddle, Jim Brown and Derek Nicholson.
The gross was just as close with Steven Rendall's birdie at the last for a 69 beating out Graham Flett's 70 while Brian Corsie, Pete McKinlay, Denis Harvey, Andy Woodward and Ray Heddle all fired 71s.
Thanks must go to HandicapMaster's countback system, the greenstaff and Streamline our very generous sponsors who help supply such great prizes and ensure everyone got a well earned drink when they returned to the clubhouse - it was needed!
The new season kicked off in dry but testing conditions on Saturday. CSS actually crept up to a counting 67 showing just how tough it was all day.
65 nett was the magic total required to win and it was reached by no less than four players. The Kirkwall trio of Liam Smart, Robbie Gillespie, Michael Brown and home town Kenny Inkster. Thankfully these days the countback is done by the computer and after much number crunching it was Liam who lifted the Cup ahead of Kenny who settled for 1st gross instead with his 71, 3 clear of Andy Woodward. This meant Robbie was prompted to 2nd Nett with Michael third.
Raymie Rendall and Davie Garson rounded out the top five with 66 and 67 netts.
Thanks must go to Rae for preparing the course so well this early in the season and of course to the longtime sponsors from the Smithfield Hotel.
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2019 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