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With more players at Dalmally on Sunday than at Carnoustie, the Dalmally Golf Club Three Man Team Stableford Open proved a great success.
With 26 teams, representing almost 80 players, coming from all over Argyll, the teams fought hard to win the most prestigious team event in the club’s golf calendar.
Coming out on top, on 102pts, were Taynuilt 33s, Robert McClarty, Allan Stewart and David Howie, closely followed by the Oban Times team led by George Graham along with John Plunkett and Kenny Devine on 100 pts.
There was a hard-fought battle for third position with four teams on 96 points, with Inveraray Yellow and Blacks 2, with Duncan Robertson, Donald MacDonald and Donald Aitchison clinching it on the bih.
Teams from all the local Argyll clubs as well as representatives from the Oban Times, Oban Rotary and MacCallum Roofing found the course in good playable condition, a great change from last year, when Dalmally experienced more than 3,000mm of rainfall over the summer – 10 feet in old money.
While the weather was not perfect with a dreich drizzle for the most part, players going out later in the day found the conditions pleasant.
Before teeing off David Howie from Taynuilt was presented with the Dalmally Open Scratch Trophy, which he’d won earlier in the month.
The original trophy had been lost for a few years, however, the club was delighted that David could be presented with it after first winning it 10 years ago in 2008 (pictured) with Club Captain, Maud Marshall.
The club extended thanks to the event sponsor Munro’s of Benderloch – the famous Pink Shop as well as the many generous prize donors, including Elie Golf Club, Fife; Machrahanish Dunes GC; David Murchie, professional at Crieff Golf Club; Tobermory Golf Club; Dunaverty Golf Club; Kilchurn Luxury Suites; the Loch Awe Hotel; the Ben Cruachan Inn; Loch Awe Stores; John MacDonald from Inveraray and the Oban Times. Also providing generous playing prizes at their clubs were friends of Dalmally GC, Jim Davidson of North Berwick West Links and Bob Miller of Merchants of Edinburgh.
While Dalmally was delighted to see a team from neighbouring Taynuilt lift the trophy, it was great to see a team from the Oban Times in a close second place.
The club hopes that they will continue to support the club and the competition.
In a change from recent years, the competition format involves teams of three submitting their total Stableford scores. Impressively the winners from Taynuilt knocked up 102 pts.
Many players who had also played in the recent Dalmally Gents’ Open commented on how the respite from the soaring heat at the beginning of the month had come as a relief.
‘We loved the gents’ open, but the heat at the beginning of July was pretty tough. Today was much more typical Argyll golf weather and the scores reflected this.’
Tony Graham, Dalmally Gents’ match secretary, said ‘After our recent efforts to gain support from local businesses, we are delighted with the generous response. We have had teams from a wide range of local organisations including businesses and our old friends, Oban Rotary.
But what has helped enormously is the generosity of many local and Scotland-wide golf clubs and local businesses which has enabled us to offer some impressive prizes. This in turn has helped draw a fantastic field of players.’
Results: 1 Taynuilt 33s (102pts); 2 Oban Times (100pts); 3 Inveraray Yellow and Black 2 (96pts). Nearest the pin John Plunkett, longest drive Neil Gillies.