Dates for 2012 Whiting Bay Opens now available at http://www.whitingbaygolfclub.org.uk/2012-opens
The Committee has adopted a schedule of course maintenance for the 2011-12 winter season. This may be found in the Members' section of the website. Please logon to access this area, or if you are a Member of the Club without an ID, click on 'create an account' on the left to create one.
The snooker room is now reopen after the recent repairs to the roof. Out thanks go to all those who contributed to the work party.
Whiting Bay were the hosts this year for the Hope Cup and hopes were high that we could win the trophy at home for the 3rd time in the last 4 years. The quarter Finals were played on a drizzly day on Saturday 18th with Whiting bay as hosts getting a bye into the semi finals. First out were Lamlash and Lochranza Castle, with Lamlash eventually winning easily. The tie between Machrie and Shiskine was much closer with Machrie finally edging through. The final of the first round ties saw last year's winners, Brodick, playing Corrie. For most of the way Brodick were ahead but Corrie finished strongly to tie the match at the 18th. At the first extra hole Corrie won through thanks to a super birdie putt from Euan McKinnon.
The semi finals on Saturday 25th paired old rivals Lamlash and Whiting Bay. Again it was a very close affair and after 18 holes the overall match was tied. Lamlash finally won at the 2nd extra hole to book their ticket for the final. The 2nd semi final saw Corrie edge out Machrie Bay in a close match. The final between Corrie and Lamlash was very close, with Lamlash finally winning on the last green thanks to a super putt from Dougie McFarlane.
Thanks go to all who contributed to the event and made sure it all ran smoothly.
John Pennycott Honoured
At the conclusion of the Hope Cup, the Dougie MacFarlane award is presented to a nominee of the hosting club for their outstanding contribution to Arran golf.
This year, the Captain & Committe of Whiting Bay nominated John Pennycott to receive this prestigious award.
The photo shows John receiving the award from Dougie MacFarlane after the Hope Cup final at Whiting Bay on June 25.
Susan Butchard & Nicol Auld. Whiting Bay Golf Club Champions 2011
The Whiting Bay Ladies won the Kiscadale Salver in a nail-biting match against Shiskine, at Shiskine, on Thursday 14 April. This is the first time Whiting Bay have ever won this prestigious inter-club trophy since its inception 38 years ago! Well done girls!
The Kiscadale Salver is the leading inter-club ladies' competition on the island. The salver was donated by the Whiting Bay ladies' section back in 1973 when the Arran Ladies Golf Union was established, but it has never been held by the Club, despite coming agonisingly close in past years. The competition is a match play round-robin against the other island clubs played over a fortnight. This year the Whiting Bay team, in striking red & black livery, started their campaign very strongly, seeing off Brodick and Lamlash and halving with Machrie in their first three matches. This took them to a position where a win against Shiskine would hand them the trophy and conversely a loss would see Shiskine almost certain winners (Shiskine had a game in hand).
Thursday evening saw glorious weather with no wind and a warm sun. It was a perfect spring afternoon at Shiskine, the sun slowly setting over Kintyre and the only sounds the rumble of the sea on the shore and the occasional cry of a pheasant. First out for Whiting Bay were Doreen Mainds and Viv Parks. As you would expect from a finals match, it was very close from the start. However by the 15th Whiting Bay were 3 holes down and looked in trouble. At the 16th Shiskine missed a very makeable putt and with it the chance to close out the match early. After taking the 16th, the girls dug deep. Doreen sank a stunning, weaving putt from off the green at the 17th to win that hole too, and the match went to the last with Shiskine still dormie. Unfortunately Shiskine found a bunker from the tee, could not escape and conceded the hole. Whiting Bay had pressed home to win the last three holes and thus draw the match. Well done Viv & Doreen!
With a half secured, all that was needed for the match and to lift the trophy was another win from the 'unbeatable' pairing of Susan Butchard and Catherine MacBain. That game too was very close from the off. Despite an impressive long game from Whiting Bay, the Shiskine pair were very proficient around the green and took the first two holes. Finding themselves in the unusual position of being behind in a Kiscadale tie, Whiting Bay charged back, taking the next four holes to go two up. They held on to their lead, but by the 18th it had been whittled back to just one hole up. A draw was not going to be enough to win the match and the Salver, so they had to avoid losing the last. Both teams drove well to the edge of the green. Shiskine were down in four, leaving Susan with one of those 'easy three footers' to half the hole. The atmosphere was tense. Susan took her time and with team, caddies and supporters willing her on, sunk it to take the match and the trophy!
All in all, a great evening's golf and a wonderful team effort from the ladies.
The other clubs play the final round on Saturday 16th for second place and the Whiting Bay ladies will be there for the grand prize giving afterwards.
The official match report and all the match scores can be found on the ALGU website at Kiscadale Result
The 2011 fixture card is now available. Members who have paid their subscriptions may collect their fixture card and 2011 bag tag from the bar. Country Members will receive their items in the post. Social members may collect their 2011 Membership Cards from the bar.