On Saturday 25 Sept 2021 the Arthur Shield was played for at Millport Golf Club. Presented by Sir Mathew Arthur of West Kilbride in September 1888, The Arthur Cup, as it was originally, was the first ever trophy to played for at the then named Cumbrae Golf Club. It was first won on 04 Oct 1888 and was played for twice a year in Spring and Autumn. 133 years on, the winner was Colin Dick with a score of 69 (net).
The Queens Park Trophy which was presented to Millport Golf Club by the Hastie family was held on an overcast but warm Sunday on 29th August.
This a mixed pairs foursomes tournament and was well attended with 56 players travelling to the island from as far afield as Rochester in Kent for this annual event.
In a closely fought battle there were 3 net 70’s in 2nd place with the worthy winners, for the second time, Rona Young of Tarbert GC and Finlay Mckendrick of Millport with an incredible net 69. (Rona Young is pictured with Sponsors Douglas and Mary Fraser)
The Scratch was won by the longest serving still playing member of Millport GC Jim Macfarlane and Jane Pirie with a superb 84.
Many thanks firstly to all who participated in this successful day, to the organising and support team, the new catering team of Edward and Nicole and their staff, the greens staff , and a final special thank you to the sponsors, DR Fraser Joinery and the Hastie family for supporting this tournament and the club over many years.
Another glorious weekend of sunny weather at Millport Golf Club saw the playing of the John Stewart Memorial Trophy which is a 4 ball better ball competition, with a separate trophy for men and women. This year there were 20 gents and 8 ladies competing.
The playing reflected the good weather with low scoring all round. However, the clear winners with a magnificent -10 (58) were Craig Gordon and Tam Joyce. The ladies also had some great scores, with Kathryn McPhail and her partner winning the ladies event after a better inward half countback from Joanne Lowe and Sharron McGarrity with the same winning score as the gents of -10 (62).
John Stewart was one of the best golfers to play at Millport, and to this day jointly holds the record for most wins of the club championship with 7. He was also the first member of Millport to win the Cumbrae Cup. He represented the first team in many matches and was a stalwart of the Glasgow Fair Sweeps. Indeed in one year at the ‘Fair, John had a hole-in-one at the 12th on the Saturday. A feat in itself, only for him to repeat this on the Sunday – same hole, same club and same ball!
John passed away from Motor Neurone Disease in 1997. He is fondly remembered by all at the Club.
The Ferdi Righetti Seniors open was successfully held on a rain soaked Wednesday in August. Considering the weather, we had an amazing turnout of 51 players from all over Scotland with a few returning for their annual visit from Bury in England.
The course held up well in the wet conditions and the battling participants produced some amazing scores with the outright winner being Gary Cochran of Irvine Ravenspark GC with a brilliant net 67 (6) to win by 5 shots. The age category winners were Ron Nolan (Kingsknowe GC), Eric Linn (Skerlmorlie GC) and Dave Cunningham (Gourock GC).
A huge thank you to the main sponsor Captain Alex Haggerty, all who turned out, the organising team, green & bar staff, restaurant team and in particular to the Righetti Family who have supported Millport Golf Club for many years.
The George Barr Trophy was played on 07 Aug at Millport Golf Club. Presented by the Provost of Millport, George Barr, on the occasion of the opening of the new club house in 1969 was first played for in 1970.
The Barr trophy is a Greensome format competition and 20 players took part this year. The 2021 winners, and defending champions, were Colin Dick and Colin Yule who scored a magnificent net 62 to win by 3 strokes and retain the Trophy.
The weekend of 10-11 of July was Finals day at Millport Golf Club. The weather was warm and sunny and the course was in great condition. The golf was played to a high standard and in good spirits. Well done to all for making it a fantastic day of golf at Millport.
Men’s Club Championship Final
Craig Pirie v Niall Gallagher
Result – Craig Pirie wins 6/4
A great game played to the highest of
standards and in the best of spirits.
Craig started with a birdie at the first
which set the standard for the rest of the day. A bogey free first 9 saw Craig
take a 1-hole advantage into the morning back 9. Niall got it back to level at
16 but an errant drive on 17 and a bogey on the last from Niall, saw Craig take
a 2-hole lead into the afternoon round.
The second round continued in the same
high standard set earlier. Niall birdied the 2nd to take it back to
1. Craig then went on a run of 3s for the next 6 holes, which included 4
birdies in a row from 6 to 9. A quite tremendous run, but credit must be given
to Niall who hung on with matching birdies at 8 and 9. All this meant Craig was
now 4up going into the back 9. Sharing pars at 9 & 10, Niall flew the green
at the short par 12th and could not get up and down. Craig was
safely on and although his first put was 4 feet short, he confidently holed for
par to go 5 up with 6 to play. The 13th saw Craigs drive end up in a divot,
however he was able to punch the ball out to just short of the green. Niall was
also short left in 2, and the hole was halved in 5s for Craig to go dormy 5up.
On the 14th Niall’s approach came up short and with Craig sitting
close in 2, Niall needed to hole his chip which he was unable to do.
Craig won the match 6/4 with a final
score of approx. 3 under par for the holes played. This was a great game of
golf and was played in the best of spirits. Craig has now won the Club
Championships 6 times and is closing in on his father Les, who has the most
with 7. Keeping it in the family, mum Jane should not go without mention as she
has won the ladies championship once.
Craig was presented with the trophy by
club captain Alex Haggerty.
Ladies Club Championship Final
Sue Mitchell v Jane Pirie
Result – Sue Mitchell wins one up.
This years final was contested by two former winners of the Ladies Championship. Sue Mitchell won the first hole with a birdie three. The next 5 holes were won or drawn on par. It was a very tight match and at the 10th tee was all square. The standard of golf was excellent and it was an exciting match to spectate as the balls were often driven within a few feet of one another. Both girls held their nerve and it remained all square at the end of seventeenth hole. Jane and Sue had great drives down the last but Jane pulled her second shot to the left of the green and Sue found middle of green and succeeded in finishing the hole in regulation four winning the match one up. Both players are to be congratulated on providing us with an exciting high standard golf match.
Gents Handicap Final
John Sangster v Stirling Howieson
Result – John Sangster wins after 19
The final featured a closely matched pair in John Sangster and Stirling Howieson, playing off 14 & 13 handicaps respectively. Stirling raced to the turn in 38 shots, building a 4 up lead. John found his putting touch and incredibly won 6 holes in a row to be 2 up after 16. Stirling rallied and won the 16th and 18th holes with par figures, taking the match into extra holes.
prevailed at the 19th with a solid par to lift the trophy for the first time. A
Ladies Handicap Final
Ann Gordon v Kathryn McPhail
Result – Ann Gordon wins 3/2
Both contestants are relatively new to golf having joined our golf club only a couple of years ago. They have been golfing buddies and both their handicaps have been reducing steadily and the difference in handicaps was only one shot being given at the 10th hole. Ann Gordon got off to a excellent start and was 5 up at the 10th hole. However, she then had lost balls at the 12th and 13th. Kathryn managed to reduce the deficit to two by end of the 15th hole but lost the sixteenth and the match making Ann Gordon the Winner 3 and 2.