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Hay & Co Buildbase Open 2010

News Posted: 8th September 2010

This season's highest entry of 87 were all hoping for their day in the sun at the Hay & Company Buildbase Open 2010. However the weather gods had other ideas as a gale force wind howled across the course bringing occasional wet spells, resulting in a handful of entrants not showing up for their tee-times.

The decidedly un-summery weather meant for the second time this season the Greenkeepers shed became the location for the barbeque and refreshment tent, and offered the golfers some welcome respite from the elements. The first class hospitality laid on by Jim Moar and his team was thoroughly appreciated by all the competitors. Hay & Company Buildbase's excellent sponsorship in providing all the prizes for the day means that all proceeds - the entry fees, no-returns (more of that later), raffle and putting competition are all donated to charity. This year in excess of £1,500 was raised which will be distributed by the sponsors to local charities later in the year.

The trying conditions were taking their toll on the golfers with a higher than normal number of no-returns being posted, resulting in the culprits paying a £5 fine into the charity pot. The majority who did complete their rounds and remained for the presentation deserve hearty congratulations for their efforts.

In the race for the silverware a (91) nett 76 saw Derek Beatty sneak into third place, after countback, in the handicap section. A steady 82 saw Colin Bain claim likewise in the Scratch. Second place in the handicap went to Lee Carter with a (85) nett 75. Mention must be made of Richie Smith who would have claimed second place if only he had signed his scorecard! Leading the way for the handicap trophy, for most of the day, was Davy L Thomson with an excellent (80) nett 70. In fact, Davy's gross 80 could only be matched by Ernie Smith and Dougie MacDonald meaning a play-off was required to decide the destination of the scratch trophy.

So off set the 3 combatants down the tenth hole as the rest of the field watched from the comfort of the clubhouse. A par 4 was good enough for Ernie to secure the scratch title, with Dougie taking second and Davy thus claiming the handicap trophy. Other prize-winners on the day were:- Longest Drive – an absolute howitzer from Ryan Watt, Nearest the Pin – Davie Howells, Highest Score of the Day (we'll spare his blushes and not say how many) –Graeme Davie, Best Dressed (open to debate)– Michael Groat, Bad Loser of the Day – Match Secretary Stuart Anderson who posted a no-return and whacked at least 2 golf balls into the rough with his putter in frustration and the much anticipated post competition Putting Contest – Steven Henry just edging out Mark Gair.

Club captain Erik Burgess was MC for the prize presentation and thanked, on behalf of the Golf Club Hay & Company Buildbase for their continued superb sponsorship, which makes the event one of the highlights of the golfing calendar. He also called on the golfers to show their appreciation to the sponsors, to Edwin and his team for the continued excellent condition of the course despite the disappointing summer weather and Pauline for her efforts behind the bar. A spokesman for Hay & Company Buildbase would like to thank all the players for entering and giving so generously throughout the day.

  • Hay & Co Buildbase Open 2010 Prize-winners  » Click to zoom ->

    Hay & Co Buildbase Open 2010 Prize-winners