The Scotland North Club arranged their first Golf day at Portlethen Golf Club on the 29th May with the generous sponsorship of Breedon Aggregates.......
John Kirkland reports “Seven teams assembled for soup and sandwiches before preparing outside the Pro shop, ‘Will the rain be stopping this afternoon’ enquired one optimistic competitor ‘Aye, when the snow starts’ replied the Pro; we thought he was joking!
The rain did go off just after the first groups tee’d off and as the sun came out and waterproofs came off we played in near perfect conditions, although we couldn’t help looking at the ominous dark clouds all around us.
We arrived at the short (100 yard) 5th to the ‘Nearest the Pin’ competition. As we had all hit good shots, the majority making the green, we left the tee in good form. Gradually at first, perfect white balls of hail started to fall. Quite quickly these intensified and had us all rushing for umbrellas and hats. By the time we reached the green (which was by then was white!) it was impossible to distinguish golf balls from the hail and when we did find our balls we had to clear a path to the hole with our ‘hail plough’ putters (see picture above).
A brief discussion of the rules and ‘improving your lie’ ensued but the swift conclusion was that under these conditions all was fair. As quickly as it had arrived the hail subsided and by the 7th hole everything was back to normal so we relaxed and carried on enjoying a fine Friday afternoon on the golf course.
We waited for everyone to come in before enjoying a splendid dinner and confirmation of the prizes.
The winners were the team from Burdens/The Guild with an impressive 142 with two individual scores in the 40’s – we’ll be looking at their handicap certificates next year.
Our team’s only moment on the podium was to pick up the individual Wooden Spoon. – enough said!
All in all a fantastic day raising over £2,000 for the charity at a great course. Hopefully this will become an annual event”.