Vet­eran in late charge to take ti­tle

Argyllshire Advertiser - - SPORT - David Sin­clair

KEITH Cowan very nearly won the Lochgilp­head Golf Club win­ter league fi­nal, played on Satur­day March 24.

With only five holes to go, Keith held a one-shot lead and was play­ing like a pro.

Disaster, un­for­tu­nately, struck af­ter an al­leged mal­func­tion of his fancy GPS dis­tance mea­sur­ing de­vice from China. We don’t know if it was a prob­lem with British Sum­mer Time or the in­ter­na­tional date line but it led to Keith hit­ting shots out of bounds, into a bush and into the burn.

While this was hap­pen­ing, David Sin­clair – who, hav­ing played the course for more than 50 years, has a good idea of how far to hit the ball with­out the aid of over­priced me­chan­i­cal wizardry – sneaked past Keith and won by six shots.

It was a good day for David as he also won the dou­bles with James Scott and the team tro­phy with Ross and Keith.

Ross Sin­clair and Alec Ma­cAulay have taken turns at win­ning this event for the past 12 years, and it would be nice to think they would not mind some­one else win­ning. It would also be nice if they in­vented yel­low golf balls that flew straight, but both seem un­likely.

Grant MacDougall is well kit­ted out for his trip to St An­drews as part of the Easter out­ing. He may have had a mal­func­tion of the wardrobe va­ri­ety, how­ever, and has ended up look­ing a bit more Max Wall or Harry Hill rather than Tommy Hil­figer.

Colin Rowan was near­est the pin at the 18th hole but, hav­ing no faith in his own abil­ity, did not en­ter the sweep and won noth­ing.

Andy Law won the ‘duf­fers’ derby’ for the sec­ond year run­ning and was pleased un­til James Scott pointed out that that was not nec­es­sar­ily a good thing.

Re­sults

Em­pire tro­phy – Alec Ma­cAulay. Knock­out cup – Grant MacDougall. Win­ter league cham­pion – David Sin­clair. Dou­bles tro­phy – David Sin­clair and James Scott. Team tro­phy – David Sin­clair, Ross Sin­clair and Keith Cowan. Duf­fers’ derby – Andy Law, run­ner-up – Tom Camp­bell, third – Colin Rowan.

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