Cham­pi­onships tee off in su­perb weather at Tar­bert

Argyllshire Advertiser - - SPORT -

Tar­bert’s golfers en­joyed glo­ri­ous over­head con­di­tions for the first two rounds of this year’s club cham­pi­onship at Glen­ral­loch.

The dif­fi­culty lay in the test­ing course con­di­tions and the choices the play­ers had to make while try­ing to land the ball safely on the greens. Be­cause of this, scor­ing was ex­pected to be a bit higher than nor­mal and this proved to be the case.

Finely bal­anced

The pos­i­tive is that both the cham­pi­onship and net tro­phies are finely bal­anced with only four shots sep­a­rat­ing the top six play­ers in the cham­pi­onship.

Satur­day’s (July 7) golf saw Steve Bleasby, who has been in­spired by the three lions, go to the top of the leader board with a 72, his best ever score at Glen­ral­loch. This also took him to first place in the net tro­phy on 58.

Chris Smyth joined him at the top of the leader­board with a fine 72 with Iain Ma­cal­is­ter a fur­ther shot back on 73. James Smyth kept up his re­cent good form with a 74 for net 61 and a hand­i­cap re­duc­tion, with Keith MacTag­gart slightly fur­ther back on 64.

Sun­day’s (July 8) con­di­tions were just as tricky even with the change of pin po­si­tions. Steve Bleasby added a net 68 to his first round and takes a one-shot lead in the net tro­phy go­ing into this week­end.

James Smyth is in sec­ond place on 127 with David Ron­ald, Peter McLean and Jimmy MacNab on 135.

In the main event, Iain Ma­cal­is­ter added a 76 to his first round to­tal to take a one-shot lead on 149 into the third round, with broth­ers John and Bruce MacNab a fur­ther shot back on 150. James Smyth is on 152, with both Peter McLean and Chris Smyth on 153.

An in­ter­est­ing week­end lies ahead in both com­pe­ti­tions and, with so lit­tle rain, the course will be full of un­usual bounces and firm greens. A re­minder to any­one who hasn’t played in the first two rounds is that the se­nior cham­pi­onship takes place over the fi­nal two rounds.

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