News Posted: 26th June 2007
A Shetland Golf Club team consisting of Ross Chisholm, Alan Harcus, Colin Bain and Ian Scott travelled to Wick last weekend to compete in the annual Wilson Cup.
Shetland’s opponents for the weekend would be Whalsay, Thurso and Kirkwall, with the winner from the group going into the final to meet the winners from the other group.
On Saturday morning, Whalsay were Dale’s first opponents, with Colin & Ian facing Robbie Jamieson & Neil Eunson. Colin & Ian got of to a great start winning 4 of the first 5 holes to take an early lead. However, Neil & Robbie provided a spirited fight back on the back nine to halve the match. This meant that if Ross & Alan could win their match against Graeme Sandison & Stuart Anderson Shetland would take the match.
In contrast to Colin & Ian’s fine start Ross & Alan found themselves 2 down after 3 with some great play from Graeme and Stuart, which they continued into the back nine. Ross and Alan played well at the beginning of the back nine taking the scores level with 6 holes to play. The windy conditions made the match score swing to and fro, with only two holes to play and Whalsay 1 up Ross and Alan had to win at least one hole to have any chance of a half and take the match into extra holes. Ross and Alan managed to win the 17th and sneak a half on the 18th to finish the match all square in both games.
Extra holes were required to separate the teams, and when Colin & Ian won the first, Ross & Alan only required a half to secure the first win of the weekend. Both Stuart and Alan hit great tee shots to the short par 4 first, Stuart rolling onto the front of the green and Alan running through the green into the light rough. Graeme hit a great putt which just narrowly ran past by about 3ft, which meant that if Ross could chip close and secure a 3 the match would go to Shetland. Ross didn’t disappoint and chipped to about 3ft where Alan holed from to secure the win.
Saturday afternoon saw Shetland paired with group favourites Thurso. Thurso dominated both matches and while an overall 10 up victory, 4 up against Colin & Ian and 6 up against Ross & Alan, both pairings competed well against the faultless Thurso duos.
Whalsay played Kirkwall in the corresponding group match with both teams having lost their morning matches each club knew a win was vital to stand any chance of progressing to the final on Sunday. Whalsay played very well against a strong Kirkwall team (holders) but just came undone by a 3 down & 1 down score line.
Sunday morning matched Kirkwall & Shetland and Whalsay & Thurso in horrendous conditions of strong winds and heavy rain.
Shetland narrowly lost to Kirkwall 3 down & 1 down, however Ross & Alan had a great back nine winning 4 holes in a row to take the match all square with 2 holes to play. Unfortunately Alan hit a poor tee shot on 17, which handed Kirkwall the hole, and a half on 18 gave Kirkwall the narrowest of victories.
Whalsay played well against the now prolific Thurso with a 2 down and 5 down score line slightly flattering the Caithness team.
The other group saw Stromness win all 3 of their matches against Reay, Lybster and Wick to make the final for the first time since 1990.
Thurso comfortably won the final with some incredible golf in the near gale force winds. As the score line of 9 up and 7 up suggests a comprehensive victory, the Stromness pairings never really stood a chance against the flawless Thurso onslaught. Alan Swanson & Jim Sangster were level par for their round against Brian Corsie & Denis Harvey, while Peter Sangster & Dougie Thorburn were 1 over against Dougie Slater & Ronald Thomson.
Congratulations must go to Thurso and Stromness for making the final but especially Thurso for their consistency over the weekend.
Thanks to Wick Golf Club for their hospitality over the weekend and all the travelling teams for making the competition as competitive as ever.
Next year sees Whalsay host the event for the first time which should provide as tough a test as ever over the Skaw course whether the wind blows or not.
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