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Forty players took part in this year's championships which is played over two rounds on Friday and Saturday and both in similar cold windy conditions making scoring tough... or did it?!
Friday night saw two clear leaders in both the gross and the nett with Kenny Inkster's 67 five clear of Denis and Dougie in the gross while a 58 nett from Robbie Rendall saw him well clear in the nett.
In the old days the leaders would only have an hour or so the sit on a lead but nowadays it's sleepless night between rounds! This gives the chasing pack a bit more hope and sure enough Saturday was indeed another day.
In actual fact both days were very similar with yet another 67 gross being well clear and a 58 nett once again being shot. However it was two different players responsible. In the gross defending champion Denis completed the comeback and a three-peat by adding the 67 to his 72 for a 139 total, 2 clear of Dougie Slater (72,69) while Kenny ended up third on 142 (67,75).
In the nett it was Eddie Dunnett's turn for a long overdue nett in the fifties as he added the 58 to his 64 and a four shot victory from Eric Sutherland (64,62) showing what a difference a week can make in this great game. Jackie Thomson and Ewan McDill tied a further 2 shots back for the minor places.
Many thanks goes to our generous and long time supporting sponsors Julia's Bistro and Aurora jewellery - your support is very much appreciated at the club.
McVitie and Price
Congratulations to Ali Seator for winning this year's McVitie and Price cup thanks in no small part to a fantastic closing round of 62 in tough conditions to add to his 64,72 and 63 netts to win by a single shot from Denis Harvey.
A fine day was the reward for those who turned out for the final event in the club's trio of May Opens.
Seventy Six men took part and thanks to the sponsors enjoyed an excellent buffet before and after their rounds.
It was the early birds who set the targets again this week and both held on to win, just!
In the gross an in-form Denis Harvey returned his second 68 of the week. One by one his fellow competitors failed to match his total and as the day wore on it was Orkney's finest Steven Rendall that finally matched his total. However an untimely bogey on the 17th not only cost him the outright win but meant he lost out on the dreaded countback. We'll look forward to seeing Den's handicap graph on Facebook.
In the nett it was also a great day for another Facebook regular as Skip MacIver cruised round in 84 nett 60. Despite the reasonable weather it must be said there were a tough but fair collection of pins on display so knowing where to miss and precise putting were key and nobody knows a putter better than Skip! OMPC Nett matchplay Champ Olly Sinclair came close with his 61 as did another in-form player Eddie Brown but Skip's total prove just too good.
Thanks to Northlink our generous sponsor for their excellent prizes, free balls to every competitor and fantastic buffet. Thank you too Rae & Lee (and rain gods) for your course preperation.
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