10th August 2020
On Thursday, July 30th, 20 Ladies played in the first round of the Club Championship. This was started in 1966 as a gross competition. In 1995 a trophy was presented by Callum McInnes. In 2000 Julia and John Taylor presented a cup for the best nett score.
The best gross score was returned by Nicola Sutherland with 82. The runner-up was Isla Rendall with 83, after countback with Kathleen Sutherland, also 83. Lynn Slater was fourth with 84, Ann Oag was fifth with 89 and Audrey Poke was sixth with 92.
Isla Rendall (handicap, 14) was also first nett with 69. Lynn Slater (13) was second with 71 nett, after countback with Nicola Sutherland (11) and Ann Oag (18). Jennifer Sharpe (26) was fifth with 72 nett and Kathleen Sutherland (10) was sixth with 73 nett.
With the second round to come, the results are too close to call. Gross and nett prizes are normally awarded in an agreed order. This year, because of the coronavirus, only the trophies will be awarded and there will be no formal presentation.
6th August 2020
On Thursday, 30th July, 22 Ladies played in the first round of the Wilson Trophy. Because of the shortened season, this also counted for a round of the Scottish Women’s Medal and for an Eclectic Competition which, for this year, has replaced the Ringer. The competition scratch score was 70.
Audrey Poke (handicap, 17) returned the excellent score of 65 nett. Her handicap has been reduced to 16. The runner-up was Shona Slater (14) with 66 nett. Her handicap has been reduced to 13. Audrey had a two at the 6th and Shona had a two at the 10th
Nicola Sutherland (11) was third with 71 nett. Lynn Slater (13) was fourth with 74 nett. Jennifer Sharpe was fifth with 75 nett. There was countback for sixth place. It was taken by Isla Rendall (14) with 76 nett after countback with Elaine Wishart (30) also 76, who was seventh.
The belated season has got off to a good start. In spite of the restrictions, there has been no lack of entries and scores have been very good.
26th July 2020
On Thursday, 23rd July, eighteen Ladies played in the second and final round of the Gemini Quaich. Because of the shortened season, the usual best two rounds out of three had been cut to the best round out of two. The Competition Scratch Score was 68 (37 stableford points),
Elaine Wishart (handicap, 32) returned an admirable score of 41stableford points. This earned her a handicap reduction of three strokes to 30. The runner-up was Lynn Slater (13) with 38 points. She had a two at the 6th hole.
Jennifer Sharpe (26) was third after countback with Marina Stanger (41) who took fourth place. They both had 37 points. Jenna McDill (46) was fifth with 36 points. Moira Groundwater (20) was sixth with 35 after countback with Audrey Poke (17) who also scored 35.
When the results from the two rounds were compared, the winner of the Gemini Trophy was Elaine Wishart with 41 points. Karen Dunnett was the runner-up with 38, after countback with Lynn Slater, also 38, who took third place. Jennifer Sharpe was fourth with 37, after countback with Marina Stanger, also 37 who took fifth place. Jenna McDill was sixth with 36, after countback with Ann Oag, also 36 who was seventh.
We congratulate Elaine Wishart who is a popular winner. Because of the current restrictions we were unable to have the usual presentation ceremony by the donors of the fine Trophy, Jennifer Sharpe and Viv Henderson. We hope for better conditions, next year.
20th July 2020
On Tuesday, 14th July, 22 Ladies played in the first round of the Gemini Trophy, a fine Quaich presented in 2005 by Viv Henderson and Jennifer Sharpe. The Competition Scratch Score was 68 (37 stableford points). Play was carried out under the strict conditions caused by the coronavirus. The scores were good and very close at the top. Countback was the order of the day..
Karen Dunnett (handicap, 27) was in first place with an excellent 38 points. The runner-up was Ann Oag (18) after countback with Jenna McDill (46). They both had 37 points.
Kathleen Sutherland (9) was fourth after countback with Sylvia Rae (25). They both had 35 points. Sixth was Tina Smith (23) after countback with Audrey Poke (17) who was seventh. They both had 34 points.
On Sunday, 23 Ladies played in the Philips Trophy which is for the best score returned by a Stromness Golf Club member in the Shopping Week Open which, this year, has had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus. It was presented in 1993 by Mrs. Wilma Sinclair. The Competition Scratch Score was 68 nett.
The winner with an outstanding score of 62 nett was Nicola Sutherland, handicap 12. The runner-up was her mother, Kathleen Sutherland (9) with 69 nett. Isla Rendall (13) was third with 70 nett.
Audrey Poke (17) was in fourth place after countback with Loraine Work (21). They both had 71 nett. There was a countback, again, for sixth place which was taken by Shona Slater (14) with 73 nett. Ann Sinclair (25) also 73 nett, was seventh.
14th July 2020
On Thursday, 9th July, we finally started the 2020 season of competitive golf but only under strict conditions, caused by the covid 19 virus. All our Open Competitions have had to be cancelled. Club Competitions are proceeding to a revised timetable. There will be no entry fees or prizes other than the honour of getting the names of the winners onto the cups. Social distancing will be observed and there will be no handshaking at the ends of matches. Scores will be entered electronically. The Clubhouse is closed.
However, in spite of all that, the belated season started well. Twenty Ladies played in the first round of the Scottish Women’s Medal. The weather was fine and the competition Scratch Score was 70.
In first place, Kathleen Sutherland (handicap, 10) returned a remarkable score of 66 nett. Her handicap has been reduced to 9. She was also first gross. The runner-up was Lynn Slater (13) with 72 nett.
There was countback for the next three places. Nicola Sutherland (11) took third place, Karen Dunnett (27) was fourth and Ida Seator (17) was fifth. They all returned scores of 74 nett. Ann Oag (18) was sixth with 75.
Kathleen Sutherland had a two at the 6th. Sylvia Rae had a two at the eighth.
Coming up in the next two weeks should be the Gemini Trophy and the Philips Trophy. The Match Play competitions will be starting, except for the David Spence Cup. This is a pairs competition and this is not allowed under the regulations.