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It’s sort of sod’s law that after a week of beautiful weather, Sunday turned out to be a cold, wet miserable day for the Dalmally Three Man Team Stableford.
Despite that, 18 teams turned up for what turned out to be one of the closest contested competitions in the event’s history.
With predictions of light rain showers, the persistent drizzle turned to a heavy rain that made life miserable for the players and brought out the best in Argyll golfers. Even with the adversity, the leaders shot some impressive scores.
Playing the best two out of three scores, the three-man teams racked up a number of below pars. Head to head were Taynuilt ‘C’ (David Howie, Allan Stewart and Robert MacClarty) and Taynuilt ‘B’, both coming in with an impressive 82 points.
The ‘B’ team, headed by Kevin Mills, along with Jim McLean and Sam Hutchison pipped the ‘C’ team on the better back nine. Meanwhile the home interest was between Dalmally’s ‘2½s’ and ‘Dalmally A’ , both on 77, but with the ‘2½s’ squeezing into third after the count going down to the last six holes. Tight? It couldn’t have been closer.
The Dalmally ‘2½s’ – captained by Dalmally club captain Graeme MacKechnie and including James MacMillan and Lewis MacMillan (11 years) – brought the combination of experience and youth required to get into the prizes. Some consolation came to Jim Livingstone, captain of Dalmally A men, winning the nearest-to-the-line competition.
Other prizes included: Nearest The Pin
1/10 – James MacMillan (Dalmally)
3/12 – Donnie Campbell (Inveraray)
5/14 – Kevin Keen (Glencruitten)
7/16 – Angus MacGillivary (Dalmally)
The sweep was won by Ashley Dowell of Taynuilt.
At the prizegiving, Club Captain Graeme MacKechnie thanked the members of the 18 teams who played, recognising their great support for the competition and the club, and said that turning up in such adverse conditions was a testament to the camaraderie and mutual friendship among all the local clubs. He also thanked all the members of the club who had helped provide great hospitality to the players throughout the day.
Graeme also hoped that those playing would be able to go along to the Dalmally Gents’ Open on Sunday July 28, when hopefully the conditions would be much easier.
To enter the Dalmally Gents Open, email email@example.com or phone 0789 991 4429.