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Despite face masks and well-spaced out seating, a feeling of normality returned to Dalmally Golf Club on the first Sunday of the month when the John MacKechnie Quaich competition was contested.
This annual fixture, played in the memory of the former voluntary greenkeeper, club
treasurer and stalwart has become a highlight in the club’s calendar.
Normally it’s the first mixed competition of the year but the club waited until the format, mixed teams of three playing in a Texas Scramble, was permitted under covid restrictions.
Attracting the maximum field allowed under the current restrictions, the competition was fierce but friendly.
Retaining the title for the second year was Judith McGregor but with new team mates, Les Campbell and Scott Gibson. Runners up, only one stroke behind on a creditable 54, were Maud Marshall, Terry Macnair and James MacMillan. Owen Moran, Keith MacIntyre and Phil Hemmings were the top scratch team with a course par equalling 64.
‘It’s proving to be a great start to the season, with the joint playing of gents and ladies competitions on Sundays and Tuesdays proving to be a great success,’ said gents match secretary Tony Graham.
‘And word of a beautiful but challenging flat course is getting around with record levels of new members and visitors this season so far.
‘The club is working hard to ensure it provides a safe but welcoming environment for golf.’
Gradually normal service is being resumed, with players in the John MacKechnie Quaich competition enjoying complimentary drinks outside courtesy of Martin O’Keeffe to celebrate his recent hole in one.
So far it promises to be a great season at Dalmally.