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Competition news from Ladies Section.

News Posted: 1st July 2019


It has been a busy few weeks during June for ladies golf at Dale.  At the beginning of the month the weather delayed May medal was played and coming out on top in the silver section was Mandy Henderson with a nett score of 71 followed by Margaret Simpson on 72.  In the bronze section May Grant was first with a nett 76 and in second place Mildred Balance on 78.  The nine-hole section was won by Penelope Smith with Caroline Keith in second place.  Battling very windy conditions Mandy was again successful in the silver section in the June medal with a nett score of 74 with Jenny Arthur in second on 77.  The bronze section was won by June Wishart on nett 74 with Shona Ward second on 75.  Margaret McNiven and Penelope took part in the nine-hole competition with Margaret taking the honours.  
The focus then turned to the annual club championship competition.  This is played over three rounds with the best two scores being aggregated to determine who will progress to the semi-final stage.  In the gross section players progressing through are Heather. Margie, Jenny and Janice Johnson and in the nett section Mandy, Shona, Christine Simpson and Margaret Simpson.  There was a nine-hole competition Stableford competition run alongside the Club Championship and in round one Penelope was the winner on 6 points, round two saw May Grant take the honours with 12 points and in round three Elaine Falconer won with 9 points.
A new competition introduced this season was “Mandy’s 27 Hole Competition”.  The competition was played in the Stableford format and competitors could elect whether to play 9, 18 or 27 holes.  The winner of the nine-hole competition was Linda Ruthven with 16 points, taking first place in the 18 hole competition was Christine with a super score of 38 points reducing her handicap by one stroke.  Winner of the 27 hole competition was Jenny with a great score of 38 points also reducing her handicap by one stroke.  For those that played 27 holes the food and beverages after 18 holes was most welcome.  It is thanks to Mandy Henderson for hosting the event this year and it is very likely that this competition will become a firm fixture in the ladies calendar in future years.
Last Saturday brought the ladies flagship event of the season with the Ladies Open sponsored by Scottish Sea Farms.  In the best weather conditions experienced so far this season ladies from both Shetland and Whalsay Golf Clubs took to the fairways.  After Heather Hogg and Audrey Thompson’s sterling efforts to create a very squiggly line on the 3rd fairway it was appropriate that Heather win the prize with a drive that landed 7 ½ inches from the line, nearest the pin on the second was June Wishart, nearest the pin in two on the 10th was Margie Pearson, Nearest the pin in two on the 14th was May Grant.  The best front nine prize went to Janice Johnson with the best back nine was won by Natalie Constable.  With exactly the same difference in scores between the front and back nine Audrey Thompson and May Gair took the honours.  In the nine-hole section Caroline Keith took first place with 16 stableford points followed by Jacqueline Irvine on 12 and Joanne Stewart on 11 points.  Taking part in her first
ladies open was Caroline Watt and, it is hoped that this is the first of many more to come. There were six prizes awarded in the nett section with June Wishart taking 6th place with a nett 75, followed by a group of four players all scoring nett 74 however, on countback it emerged that Angelina Jamieson took 5th place, Margaret Simpson in 4th, Christine Simpson in 3rd, Natalie Constable in 2nd.   Winning the Handicap section was Shona Ward with a nett score of 64.  In the Gross section the winner was Heather Hogg with an excellent gross score of 76 followed by Margie Pearson with 81.