Orkney Golf Club held the rearranged Cooke Aquaculture Seniors Open this past Sunday.
The weather this time around was much kinder to the 29 gents who set off in pursuit of the honour to be crowned top dog in the old fogies category!
As it turned out, in both gross and nett categories, it was a couple of regular visitors from over the border in the wild west that rode off into the sunset, with their sombreros waving and the top prizes tucked up in their saddle bags.
In the gross section, third spot went to Brian Firth on 76, while Stewart Fotheringhame was second on 75. Coming in, with all guns blazing, was open runner up Brian Corsie. Taking no prisoners this time round, shooting his way to victory with a gross 72.
The trophy is for lowest nett on the day and a special mention must go to the elder statesman, Edwin Smith. He carded an excellent round of 67 nett, just loosing out on the prizes on countback. Well played Edwin.
Robbing Edwin on countback for third spot was (with apparently no remorse), Robbie Norquoy, also on nett 67. Gaining second spot, despite his trusted putter failing to provide any fireworks, was Iain Wilkie with a nett 66. But once again it was a west mainland regular on top, this time in the form of the Stenness/Birsay parish cup legend Stewart Moar. Stewart swapped the confined spaces of the Picky Centre for the wide open plains of Orkney Golf Club and disappeared over Wideford Hill with the trophy, after blasting his way to an excellent round of 80-17-63.
In his winners speech, Stewart thanked Club Captain and Vice Captain, Stu Slater and Neil Tait for the presentation and also Chris and his team for the fantastic condition of the course. Also on behalf of the Club, we would like to thank Sara Duncan for once again presenting the prizes on behalf of Cooke Aquaculture whose continuing support of this competition is very much appreciated.
The previous Wednesday saw 22 gents playing in round 12 of the summer league. Third was Andrew Reid on nett 67, with John Thompson also on 67 taking second spot. Andrew Bonner had the lowest gross on 71 for a nett 64 to pick up top spot.
This weekend coming sees The Glass Shop monthly medals played on Saturday. The seniors medal is on Monday, followed by the first round of the September series on Wednesday. All those competitions can be entered on the website.
Cooke Aquaculture Seniors Open Winners
Back row – left to right: Iain Wilkie, Robbie Norquoy, Brian Firth, Stewart Fotheringhame, Brian Corsie
Middle row – left to right: Linda Bonner, Shona Slater, Sheila Hourston, Maggie Learmonth
Front row – left to right: Ann Oag , Sara Duncan (Cooke Aquaculture ) Stewart Moar