Letham Grange members enjoy successful weekend

SATURDAY saw the annual open competition over the Tiger Tees on the Old Course at Letham Grange Golf Club.

The event attracted competitors from the north, south and west of Scotland, as well as locals from Angus. The team from Haddington Golf Club was triumphant, over the other 50 teams, in scoring a scratch 62, nett 60.9 to win by 0.1!

Martin Lawrie won the Gents’ Section Club Championship, played on Sunday against multiple former Champion Len Salariya.

The match was all-square after the first 18 holes, and remained very tight until it looked like Len’s greater experience would be the significant factor as he took a two-hole lead with a birdie at the 32nd and a par on the 33rd. However in a very dramatic conclusion, Martin birdied both the 34th and 35th holes and held his nerve to sink an uphill par putt on the 18th to win by one hole.

In the Marshall Quaich Handicap Championship, Barrie Christine was victorious over Ian Bishop. Although the result was not as close as the Club Championship match, it was an equally fascinating match to watch. Ian came shooting out of the blocks sinking what must have been a 45-foot birdie putt on the first, but not to be outdone, Barrie’s four (nett 3) on the 4th hole to beat Ian’s par four saw him start to build the lead he held throughout the match.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Letham Grange members are looking forward to inviting their near neighbours, Arbroath Artisans, to compete for the annual Bill Livingston Memorial Trophy.

Running

Good times for Forfar 10K competitors

THREE Arbroath Footers ran the Forfar 10K on Sunday in very warm conditions.

Times were: Ian Beattie 40.22, Gillian Sangster 42.45 (2nd vet) and Chris Elliott 45.29.

The previous Tuesday Ian and Chris also ran the Ceres eight-mile race in Fife. Ian’s time was 53.24 and Chris’s 59.32.

The club’s newcomers’ night continues to thrive. People are invited to go along and join the Footers on Wednesdays at 6.30 p.m. at the Saltire Leisure Centre.