We had a great turnout for our 2019 Glenkens Salver Opens Greensomes. Players jetted in from as far afield as Stranraer and Glasgow to join in the fun. Sadly, last year’s victors were unavailable to defend their title, leaving a field of 20 pairs to contest the honours. It was glorious, dazzling and bright. And that was just my trousers. Fortunately, the sun was also shining magnificently. But the chilly gusts meant a few layers were still sorely needed. Especially by those who’d abandoned their thermals in a fit of foolish optimism (guilty as charged).
An unseasonably long spell of dry and sunny weather produced lightning-fast greens. These proved a stiff challenge for everyone in the field. I think we’d all fancy our chances round Augusta now.
Thanks to the hard-working volunteers in the clubhouse, we all got away on time with the correct handicap allowances.
A competitive battle ensued with a strong showing from several pairs. It’s a measure of how difficult the course was playing that there were only two 2’s scored all day. This was from 80 opportunities at the par 3s. The 3rd/12th proved the most difficult hole on the day. At least the following hole (the 4th/13th) played the easiest – providing some immediate and, no doubt, welcome relief.
After 18 exacting holes, we scarpered back to the clubhouse for an amazing spread of home baking and hot drinks to revive the spirits. Compliments in particular to Gerry’s scones and home-made jam which perked me up no end.
Our very own Annie and Janette emerged victorious despite a strong challenge from Kirkcudbright. Local knowledge of the greens might have been a deciding factor. Well done ladies – a great performance.
An honourable mention for our visitors from Kirkcudbright, who bagged the next three placings:
2nd: Gladys & Caroline – the other pair in my group – who proved to have nerves of steel by holing some great putts
3rd: Lynn & Gillian – a mere 0.6 strokes behind
4th: Isobel & Mary – just pipped to the big money prizes. Though hopefully lucky in the raffle instead!
Another honourable mention for our visitors from Glasgow (Carol and Alyson). They scored a very creditable 5th place on their first ever round at NGGC. They’re obviously very talented at the golfing equivalent of sight-reading.
A final prize to mention was this magnificent Easter-themed cake…
I was out on the course when it arrived but I believe that our own lovely Sandra brought it in.
We drew a lucky scorecard for the cakey goodness, and, would you believe it, Kay won it. Regular readers will know that Kay is our resident chocolate cake-ophile. This announcement prompted one of the widest smiles of the day. [Edit: I should have said Kay & Gerry won the cake, but I bet we can all guess whose house it ended up in!]
So thank you once again to all our visitors and players. I look forward to seeing you all back for our Open Individual Stableford in August. You know it will be worth the admission just to see my other, even brighter, trousers.