Results – The Famous Grouse Trophy
The second event of the 2016/17 Med Golf season was the Famous Grouse Trophy tournament which was held at Estepona Golf on Sunday 16th October 2016 on a course renowned for the quality of its greens and a reputation for being a good but fair test of golf. Played in bright sunshine and a gradually strengthening easterly breeze, the event produced the usual broad array of scores with one or two that stood out from the crowd, as the results outlined below will testify.
For non-golfing readers, when scores are tied, the decision goes in favour of the lowest handicap.
The best score of the day was 41 Stableford points produced by Martin Burns taking a step up from winning the Cat 3 prize at the last event. A regular Med Golf player and senior member, Martin won the Famous Grouse Trophy and two 2 green fees on the San Roque Club Old Course. He also significantly hoisted himself up the Jyske Bank Order of Merit as shown below. Naturally, Martin also won the best senior prize.
Other prizes were won as follows:
Martin, unsurprisingly, also won the best pairing along with his partner Stuart Ferguson. Stuart added a further 39 points to their cause to score an unbeatable 80 points between them.
Adding to his growing collection of best gross trophies, John Hunter scored a very fine 76. Keeping it in the family and adding to his collection of longest drive trophies was John’s son Josh.
Our handicap category prizes were won as follows:
Category 1 (handicaps 0 to 12): Roger Griffiths was the winner with a score of 35 points beating Ross McQuater into second place. Ross also had 35 points but was beaten by Roger’s lower handicap.
Category 2 (handicaps 13 to 22): the runner up was Jonathan Rix with a fine par score of 36 points; however, that was not enough to stop Stuart Ferguson, a familiar face on the podium, from taking the first spot with a very fine score of 39 points.
Category 3 (handicap 23 and above): taking an early opportunity to throw down the gauntlet was a Med Golf newcomer James Barr with a score of 31 points. Not for the first time, the winner was Ian Wood with a score of 32 points.
Nearest the pin winners were: Dave Hunt, David Macgregor, James Barr and Douglas Casciaro. Martin Burns won nearest the pin in 2 on a par 4 and Nicky Sanchez was winner of nearest the pin in 3 on a par 5.
Guests are encouraged and made very welcome at all events. While they are not eligible to win the trophy or category prizes, they can win the many mini-competition prizes and even a Best Guest prize if warranted by numbers and of course the scorecard draw at the end of the prize presentation.
Thank you to everyone who supported this event and congratulations to the prize winners. The new season has got off to a good start and there will be many more opportunities to enjoy a great day out on different golf courses and work your way into the Med Golf Masters in August 2017.