Sunday 30 August
On a beautiful, still Gleneagles morning the finals of the Dun Whinny Club Championship (scratch) and Millennium Trophy (handicap) were played today.
The Club Championship was won by defending champion Andy Lothian and the Millennium Trophy was won by the (also) defending champion, club Captain David McLeod. Their opponents were Neil Lock and Jason Wilding.
Frank Johnson, who kindly refereed the Millennium reports as follows:
“For the first ten holes of the Millennium Trophy Final the match was finely balanced, and was all square after two, eight and ten holes by which time David had received two of the three strokes he was getting from Jason. David then played the next five holes in level par (1 under after taking account of his final shot at the 12th) resulting in him retaining the trophy with a 4 & 3 victory. The game was played in a great spirit throughout and the margin of victory didn’t do justice to the tight state of the match up until the half-way house. Many congratulations to David on retaining his trophy and commiserations to Jason.”
The Club Championship turned out to be a titanic battle, played in the finest spirit of Dun Whinny.
After halving the first, which required Neil to two putt from fifty feet, Neil then went three up after four with flawless par golf. Andy then won the fifth and sixth to get back to one down but Neil responded with a win at the seventh before finding a terrible lie in a bunker on the eighth from which recovery was impossible. The ninth was halved in four so Neil turned one up before winning the tenth with a solid par.
There then followed five consecutive halved holes leaving Neil two up with three to play. Neil found another awkward lie next to a bunker and could only make 4 to Andy’s three. On the seventeenth Neil found trouble off the tee and with a fiendish pin position both players struggled on the green before Andy managed to grab another win.
So, all square down the eighteenth and Neil just left himself too much to do on the green whilst Andy played an excellent bunker shot to eight feet. Neil agonisingly lipped out with the par putt he needed to take the match to extra holes.
It was a great match played in Corinthian spirit and appreciated very much by the small accompanying gallery.
Well done to Andy and David and commiserations to Neil and Jason.
Some photographs will follow once my computer starts to behave!
31 August 2020