A smaller than usual ninety eight competitors took part this year in what probably was the best conditions ever, both overhead and underfoot. It's been great growing conditions lately with both the conditions of the greens and the length of the rough testament to this!
Round one early leader in the nett was Ewan Scott from Thurso with a 61, this was only matched by Andrew Woodward late on with his 66 gross which was two shots clear of the big boys in the last group, Steven Rendall, Sean Fotheringhame and Michael Schinkel.
Ewan added a 66 nett to set a 127 target in round two but this was beaten by a shot by Gerry O'Connor, Angus Sutherland, Coin Harcus and Andrew who added a 70 gross to sit on 136 and present to last group a healthy tally to try and beat.
But before the final trio rolled up the last it was nett specialist and wearer of the green shorts (just how much sunshine does it take for those to ripen?!) Denis Harvey who add a 61 to his 64 nett and win the nett cup by a single shot.
The stage was now set for the last group and they needed to beat 68 to pip Andrew. Sean had a 69, Michael a 68 but it was defending champion Steven who added a 66 to win his 9th Stromness open and 35th Orkney major.
Thanks go to our sponsors especially Highland Park for their hugely generous prizes. To greenstaff Rae and Lee for all the extra hours they put in leading up to the event and the green cutting in the middle of the night! And finally, to all our visitors from near and far who help make this the best day on the golfing calendar every season.
Stromness Seniors Open
It was such a nice day the seniors actually went out and played this Sunday!
Scoring however wasn't quite so hot with only the wily old master Stewart 'Alan' Fotheringhame able to shoot a score to his handicap. A steady 74 gross nett 65 saw him lead in both categories.
With Stewart landing gross it was left to countback to decide the nett winner between Colin 'Alan' Innes and Donald 'Alan' Rae with their 67s. It was Donald who edged it on last six holes with Colin having to settle for runner-up.
The club once again must thank JP Taylor for his generous sponsorship and unique prizes which included autographed photos from both the top 2 players in this year's Open.
Shopping Week Open
Over 80 men took part this year in ideal conditions (Shopping week- ideal conditions... huh who'd of thought!).
The gross section was extremely tight with Steven Rendall's early 68 setting the target. Neil Tait bogeyed 17 & 18 for a 69, Dougie Slater and brother Stu also shot 69s as did Wayne Monkman but nobody could match Steven.
Despite Neil's finish his 69 nett 60 proved too good a score for the rest in the nett section as only late starters Mike Lucas and Ali Seator came close both with 62s.
Shot of the day however belonged to trouser aficionado Gary Foubister whose tee shot at the 11th was up to standard as it found to bottom of the hole and netted him £300 and a bottle of Highland Park!
Thanks to Rae and Lee for their course prep and kindly hole positions - 11th was a bit easy though! Also thanks to Grays for their continued generous support for this event, very much appreciated by the club.
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.
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Golf in Orkney
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