After the heavy rains of Friday the calm conditions prevalent for Saturday’s competition were a welcome development. Mr Russell McGowan coasted to the top of the leaderboard with a magnificent 42 points of a thirteen handicap. And this total was despite a sleepy four at the par 3 first and an ugly no-score at the relatively benign par 4 sixth. But twenty points on the outward nine laid a solid foundation for a charge over the closing holes. Steadiness prevailed and Mr McGowan topped things off with a great birdie on the difficult Par 3 15th,  “The Quarry”, to add 22 points and post his unbeatable 42 point total. Eight-handicapper Mr Stuart McClelland was closest to the winner with a very steady blemish-free 39 points. Mr Jason Cleere, playing off a sixteen handicap, grabbed third spot but he will be rueing the missed opportunities in his 38 point score. Without recording blanks at the daunting par 4 13th – “Foyle” – and the tricky par 4 16th – “The Widows” – Mr Cleere could have been hoisting his first Subscribers’ Cup in the air. Ah, in competition every player has a hard luck tale to recount but all the signs are that Mr Cleere has the game to transcend this slight setback. Mr E. Heywood took the Best Gross Prize with a well compiled 37 points.

Results: Competitions Committee.

Report: Martin Doherty

02.04.16 Subscribers’ Cup






Russell McGowan




Stuart McClelland




Jason Cleere