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25th October 2020

Ten ladies played in the fifth round on the 24th. Jennifer Sharpe (14) led the field with an excellent 34. She earned six points and her winter handicap was reduced by one stroke to thirteen.

There was a three-way tie for second place. Shona Slater (7), Ida Seator (9) and Chessa Couperwhite (15) all with 35 received four points each. Nicola Sutherland (6) was fifth with 38 and received two points. Anne Robertson (18) gained one point for her score of 39.

After five weeks the League Table stands at:

1) Moira Groundwater, 15 points; 2) Chessa Couperwhite, 12.5 points; 3) Lynn Slater, 10.5 points; 4) Jennifer Sharpe, 9 points; 5) Shona Slater, 8.5 points; 6) Anne Heddle, 7.5 points.

Along with the League there is a Saturday Morning Nine Hole Winter Ringer. The scores are not revealed until the end of the season. One improved score for one hole can be entered each week. The players are responsible for keeping their own scores. They should keep a record at home.

Winter Memberships are available for anyone who would like to play in the Ringer and League and is not already a member. For information, contact Elaine Wishart, the organiser of winter golf at 850 742.

20th October 2020

On Saturday morning twenty three ladies played in the fourth round of the Nine Hole Winter Ringer and League. The scores were very good. Three players reduced their winter handicaps.

One of our younger players, Jenna McDill (winter handicap, 22), returned a remarkable score of 30. This gained her six league points and a reduction of her handicap by five strokes to seventeen. The runner-up was Tina Smith (12) with 32. She earned five points and a handicap reduction of three strokes to nine. Moira Groundwater (9) was third with 34. She got four points and her handicap was reduced to eight.

There was a four-way tie for fourth place. Lynn Slater (5), Shona Slater (7), Marina Stanger (21) and Alison Poke (16) all returned scores of 36. They each received one and a half points. It was good to have Alison back with us. Congratulations to all the players.

There were four birdies. Jenna, Lynn and Alison all had threes at the third hole. Moira had a two at the eighth for the third time in three weeks.

After three weeks, the League Table stands at:

1) Moira Groundwater, 15 points; 2) Lynn Slater, 10.5 points; 3) Chessa Couperwhite, 8.5 points; 4) Anne Heddle, 7.5 points; 5=) Sylvia Rae, 6 points and Jenna McDill, 6 points.

Along with the League there is a Saturday Morning Nine Hole Winter Ringer. The scores are not revealed until the end of the season. One improved score for one hole can be entered each week. The players are responsible for keeping their own scores. They should keep a record at home.

Winter Memberships are available for anyone who would like to play in the Ringer and League and is not already a member. For information, contact Elaine Wishart, the organiser of winter golf at 850 742.

11th October 2020

The weather was not good on Saturday morning. However, nineteen ladies played in the third round of the Nine Hole Winter Ringer and League. The scores were very good.

The best score was returned by Moira Groundwater (winter handicap, 11). Her score of 33 gained her six league points and a handicap reduction of two strokes to nine. She had birdies at the first and the eighth holes. These were the only birdies of the day. The runner-up was Anne Heddle (12) with 35. She gained five points. 

There was a three way tie for third place. Lynn Slater (5), Jennifer Sharpe (14) and Chessa Couperwhite (15) all returned scores of 36. They got three points each.

There was also a three way tie for sixth place. Shona Slater (7), Ida Seator (9) and Marina Stanger (21) all returned scores of 37. They earned half a point each, 

After three weeks, the League Table stands at:

1) Moira Groundwater, 11 points; 2) Lynn Slater, 9 points; 3) Chessa Couperwhite, 8.5 points; 4) Anne Heddle, 7.5 points; 5) Sylvia Rae, 6 points; 6) Anne Robertson, 4.5 points.

We welcome our newest member, Susan Ovenden Wilson, who, this morning, returned the last card needed to obtain her handicap. She was playing with Elaine Wishart, the organiser of winter golf. Contact Elaine at 850 742 if you are not already in the League and would like to play on Saturday mornings.

4th Octoner 2020

Thirteen Ladies braved a morning of heavy rain to play in the second round of the Saturday Morning Winter Ringer and League. The scores were very good and very close at the top.

Lynn Slater (winter handicap, 7) was in first place with an excellent 33. This earned her six league points and her handicap was reduced to five. The runner-up was Moira Groundwater (11) with 35. She received five points. In third place, Karen Dunnett (14) with 36 earned four points. Moira had the only birdie with a two at the eighth.

There was a tie for fourth place. There are no countbacks in winter golf. Anne Heddle (12) and Elaine Wishart (16) both returned scores of 37. They each received two and a half points. In sixth place, Chessa Couperwhite (15) with 38 earned one point.

After two weeks, the League Table stands at:

1=) Lynn Slater and Sylvia Rae, 6 points; 3) Chessa Couperwhite, 5.5; 4) Moira Groundwater, 5; 5) Anne Robertson, 4.5; 6) Karen Dunnett, 4.

Winter Golf is organised by Elaine Wishart (850 742). If you are not already in the League, contact her to arrange to play on Saturday mornings.

27th September 2020

The summer season has come to an end and the winter season has begun on Stromness Golf Course. It has been a very busy week.

The Rosebowl is our oldest matchplay knockout competition, open to all playing members. Doreen Garson and Audrey Poke faced each other in the final. It was a very close match. At the fifteenth Doreen was three up with three to play. Audrey fought back and they were all square at the eighteenth. After three extra holes, Doreen emerged as the winner.

The Helen Sinclair Cup for the mature golfers was presented in 1997 by her sister in memory of Helen who was one of our best golfers. On Sunday, Ann Oag and Shona Slater competed in the final.  Ann won by two holes. 

On Thursday, 24th September, fourteen Ladies played in the final round of the Scottish Women's Medal, combined with the Eclectic Competition. The Competition Scratch Score was 68.

Kathleen Sutherland (handicap, 10) was in first place with 68 nett. She was also first gross. Lynn Slater (13) was second with 71, after countback with Audrey Poke (15) and Nicola Sutherland (11) who took third and fourth places. Ida Seator (17) was fifth with 73 and Doreen Garson (25) was sixth with 74.

The medals are awarded to the players with the best four scores in the silver (0 to 20) and bronze (21+) divisions. Winner of the silver medal was Kathleen Sutherland with 275. Audrey Poke was runner-up with 276. Winner of the bronze medal was Jennifer Sharpe with 296. The runner-up was Jenna McDill with 298. The Eclectic Competition was won by Nicola Sutherland with 59 nett.

The first round of the Saturday Morning Nine Hole Winter Ringer and League, organised by Elaine Wishart, got off to a good start with sixteen Ladies playing on Saturday. There were three reductions of winter handicaps.

Sylvia Rae (winter handicap,13) was first with 32. She earned six league points and her handicap was reduced to ten, Anne Robertson (19) was second with 34, after countback with Chessa Couperwhite (16). They both earned 4.5 points and handicap reductions of one stroke. Ann Sinclair (16) was fourth with 36, after countback with Shona Slater (7). They both received 2.5 points. Marina Stanger (21) was sixth with 37 and earned one point.

21st September 2020

In Stromness on Tuesday, 15th September, nine Ladies played in a round of the Scottish Women's Medal, combined with the Eclectic Competition. The Competition Scratch Score was 68.

Moira Groundwater (handicap, 20) was in first place with 71 nett, Audrey Poke (15) was the runner-up with 72 nett. Kathleen Sutherland (10) was third with 74 nett. She was also first gross.

Doreen Garson (25) was fourth after countback with Nicola Sutherland (11). both with 75 nett. Jennifer Sharpe (26) was sixth with 78 nett.

On Saturday, twenty four Ladies competed for The Salamis Trophy, combined with The Skirts and Outskirts Trophy. The Competition Scratch Score was 68.

Winner of the Salamis Trophy was Doreen Garson (25) with the admirable score of 69 nett. There was countback for the next three places. Ann Oag (19), Nicola Sutherland (11) and Kathleen Sutherland (10) all returned scores of 70 nett. Kathleen had the lowest gross score.

Countback, again. decided the next three places. Shona Slater (13), Lynn Slater (13) and Audrey Poke (15) all scored 72 nett. Audrey had a two at the sixth hole.

In Skirts versus Outskirts, the players are divided into two teams. The Skirts, captained by Elaine Wishart, live within the burgh boundary. The Outskirts, captained by Lorraine Work, live outside it. The best six scores by each team in the Salamis count for the Trophy, an old fashioned box iron, presented in 1996 by Sarah Taylor and Elaine Bentley.

It was a close contest but it was won by the Outskirts with 438 strokes. The Skirts had 439.

There is one more Medal Round to go.   The Winter Season, organised by Elaine Wishart, will start after that.

14th September 2020

In Stromness on Thursday, fourteen Ladies played in a round of the Scottish Women's Medal, combined with the Eclectic Competition. The Competition Scratch Score was 71.

Audrey Poke (handicap, 16) led the field with a brilliant score of 68 nett. This earned her a handicap reduction of one stroke to fifteen. The runner-up was Lynn Slater (13) with 72 nett. At the eighth hole she had the only two of the day.

Ann Oag (19) was in third place with 73 nett after countback with Moira Groundwater (20), also 73 nett, who took fourth place. Karen Dunnett (27) was fifth with 74 nett.

There was countback, again, for sixth place. This was taken by Kathleen Sutherland (10). Jennifer Sharpe (26) was seventh. They both returned scores of 75 nett.

The season is drawing towards a close. There are only two more Medal Rounds and the traditional End of Season Competition, The Salamis Trophy, to go. This is run in conjunction with the Skirts and Outskirts Competition between teams from players living within the burgh boundary and those who live outside the boundary.

7th September 2020

In Stromness on Saturday, twenty two Ladies played in The Stenigar Stableford.  The Cup was presented in 1996 by Mrs. Sheila Thomas who then lived in Stenigar which was next to the golf course.

The weather was not too kind but the scores were good.  The Competition Scratch Score was 34 stableford points.

The winner of the Cup was one of our younger members, Marina Stanger (handicap, 42).  Her excellent score of 35 points also earned her a handicap reduction to 41.   The runner-up was Jennifer Sharpe (26), playing to her handicap, with a score of 34 points.

There was countback for third place.  It was taken by Lynn Slater (13) with 32 points.  Shona Slater (13) also returned a score of 32 points and was fourth.  Tina Smith (21) was in fifth place with 31 points and Ann Oag (18) was sixth with 30 points.

Elaine Wishart had a two at the eighth.  Lynn Slater and Anne Spence both sank putts for twos at the tenth.

The Match Play Knockout Championships have reached the quarter finals.  In the Helen Sinclair Memorial, Doreen Garson, Shona Slater, Ann Oag and Tina Smith are through to the Semi Finals.  In the Rosebowl, Doreen Garson, Nicola Sutherland, Audrey Poke and Lorraine Work are through.  Play for the David Spence Cup has not been possible because, as a pairs competition, it was forbidden under the coronavirus regulations.

31st August 2020

In Stromness on Saturday, twenty two Ladies played in the Heddle Trophy, presented by John and Anne Heddle in 2010.  Only those who had reached the age of fifty or over were eligible to win.  The Competition Scratch Score was 36 stableford points.

The winner of the Trophy was the Lady Captain, Lorraine Work (handicap, 21), with 39 points.  Her handicap has been reduced by one stroke to 20.  The runner-up was Anne Robertson (38) with 35 points.  Audrey Poke (16) was third with 34.

Countback decided the fourth place.  It was taken by Lynn Slater (13) with 33 points.  Doreen Garson (24), also with 33, was fifth.

There was countback again for the next four places.  Karen Dunnett (27), Tina Smith (24), Ann Sinclair (26) and Elaine Wishart (31) were sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth, respectively, all with 32 points.

We thank John and Anne Heddle for providing the attractive and unusual Trophy for this popular competition.  Because of the coronavirus, the normal prizegiving could not take place.  However, Lorraine’s name will be added to the list of winners.

23rd August 2020

It has been a busy week on the golf course. Several of the heats of the knock out competitions, the Rosebowl and the Helen Sinclair Memorial Trophy, have been played and two trophies for long standing competitions have been won.

The Jubilee competition was started in 1977. In 1981, Mary Tait presented a Cup for the best nett score. This year, 21 ladies played and two of our youngest players were in the lead. The competition scratch score was 70.

Karen Dunnett (handicap, 27) won the cup with an excellent 69 nett. The runner-up was Marina Stanger (41) with 71 nett. Tina Smith (24) was third with 72 nett after countback with Isla Rendall (14 ), also 72 nett.

There was also countback for the next four places. All four had scores of 73 nett. Elaine Wishart (31) was fifth, Lynn Slater (13) was sixth, Shona Slater (13) was seventh and Audrey Poke (16) was eighth

The Wilson Trophy was presented by Ronald and Margaret Wilson in 1978. It is a three round stroke play competition with the best two rounds counting.    Eighteen ladies played in the third round on Thursday, twentieth August.  The CSS was 71.

Again, it was one of our young players who led the field. Jenna McDill (46) was first with an excellent 66 nett. This earned her a handicap reduction of four strokes to 42. Elspeth McLellan (12) was the runner-up with 71 nett Her handicap has been reduced to 11.

Nicola Sutherland (11) was third with 72 nett. She also had the best gross score. Isla Rendall (14) was fourth with 73 nett. There was countback for the next three places. Kathleen Sutherland (10), Shona Slater (13) and Audrey Poke (16) were fifth, sixth and seventh with 75 nett.

When the best two scores for each player were added together, Audrey Poke emerged as the winner of the Wilson Trophy with 137 (65,72) The runner-up was Nicola Sutherland with 140 (69,71). Shona Slater was third with 141(66,75). Jenna McDill was fourth with 142 (66,76), Kathleen Sutherland was fifth with 144 (69,75) and Jennifer Sharpe was sixth with 145 (70.75).

Congratulations to all our winners.

17th August 2020

On Tuesday, 11th August, 17 Ladies played in the final round of the Club Championship for which there are gross and nett Cups. The Competition Scratch score was 69.

Kathleen Sutherland (handicap, 10) was both first gross with 78 and first nett with 68. Her handicap has been reduced to nine,  Shona Slater was second gross with 83 after countback with Nicola Sutherland, also 83.  Lynn Slater was fourth with 85, Isla Rendall was fifth with 89 and Moira Groundwater was sixth with 94.

Shona Slater (13) was second nett with 70.  Lynn Slater (13) was third with 72 nett after countback with Nicola Sutherland (11).  Jenna McDill (47) was fifth with 73 nett.  Her handicap has been reduced to 46.  Karen Dunnett (27) was sixth with 74 nett after countback with Moira Groundwater and Jennifer Sharpe.

When the two rounds were added together, Kathleen Sutherland emerged as the Gross Champion with 161 (78, 83).  Her daughter, Nicola, was the runner-up with 165 (82, 83).  The Cup for the Nett Champion went to Lynn Slater with 143 nett (71, 72).

On Thursday, 13th August, 15 Ladies played in the second round of the Wilson Trophy, combined with a round of the Scottish Women’s Medal and the Eclectic which has replaced the Ringer for this season.  The Competition Scratch Score was 68.

Nicola Sutherland (11) was in first place with 69 nett, after countback with Kathleen Sutherland (9).  Jennifer Sharpe (26) was third with 70 nett.  Audrey Poke (16) was fourth with 72 nett.  Isla Rendall (14) was fifth with 73 nett and Lynn Slater (13) was sixth with 75 nett.  The third round is to come.  The Trophy will be won by the player of the best two rounds out of the three.

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.

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