Seasons greetings from the sporting community – part two

Oban Saints' Gavin Forgrieve, No 10, opens the scoring for Saints with a close range tap in against Red Star back in November.

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Craignure Golf Club captain Steven Wilson and secretary Barry Whenman made the most of a sunny day in October.
Craignure Golf Club

‘It’s been a challenging year at Craignure GC.

‘Due to the pandemic, the course was unfortunately closed throughout the fine weather we had back in the spring.  This also meant that we were unable to host Mull Eagle Watch nor the Honesty Café this year, with a significant impact upon club funds.

‘However, the good news is that the course reopening brought an influx of new members eager to get some outdoor exercise!

‘Behind the scenes we’ve been busy implementing the new Scottish Golf Venue Management System (VMS), and managing the transition to the World Handicap System (WHS).  There have been some hiccups along the way, but we are now in good shape for the new season.

‘We have great hopes and plans for 2021, and look forward to seeing you on the course.  We wish all members and visitors a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.’

Golfers enjoy a pleasant winters day on the Dalmally course.
Dalmally Golf Club

‘Golfers argued that during a period of social isolation golf was one of the few sports that could be played safely.

‘Most golfers only meet their playing companions on the tee and the green. One will
‘zig’ to the green while the other ‘zags’. Consequently restrictions on golf were among the few to be lifted early on in the lockdown that stopped most other sports.

‘For many at Dalmally this has been a godsend, with one of the busiest seasons for both members and visitors in a long time. All carefully being monitored for track and trace and playing in officially sanctioned group sizes.

‘The summer provided us with some of the best golfing weather for years, albeit we suffered flooding in the autumn like many of our Strathorchy neighbours. As ever the club has relied totally on voluntary effort especially with our greenkeeping – thanks to Jim and Alison Livingstone, assisted by Martin O’Keeffe.

‘In addition, we managed to carry out a few improvements to the club, including the
completion of the long-planned practice putting green and the building of an external patio which has been invaluable helping to accommodate members and visitors while they remain socially distanced.

‘Next year we hope to build on this work and we look forward to seeing our many friends from other clubs as we plan to reinstate our programme of Open Competitions which we know so many look forward to.

Oban Saints FC

‘Unlike many sports clubs 2020 was a successful year for Oban Saints as they had already gained promotion to the Central Scottish League Premier Division after winning Division 1A before the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of all football in Scotland.

‘Oban Saints second team were lying in third place in the Greater Glasgow AFL Division three when the league was declared null and void due to the pandemic.

‘Both Saints teams were allowed to play ‘local’ friendly matches from September when government restrictions were lifted and football was allowed to be played in Argyll and Bute under strict Scottish Football Association  protocols – no changing facilities, no showers and no spectators.

‘The club hopes that with the Covid vaccine coming on stream in the new year things will revert to some kind of normal in 2021 and the Central Scottish squad can test themselves against the top teams in Scottish amateur football and the aim of the Greater Glasgow team is to gain promotion from Division three.

‘Oban Saints Football Club would like to wish their sponsors, supporters, players, committee and all the football fraternity a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Safe New Year.’

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