Golf & course news, 22 Jul 2021

Golf & course news, 22 Jul 2021

The first 1562 Open

On 11 July, we held our very first 18 hole open.

There were 148 golfers who teed up in hope and anticipation.

A slight haar was hanging around but everyone managed to get round without any stoppages and the scoring was excellent.

The scratch winner was Mark Watt from Craigielaw with an excellent 69 (-2)

Two local season ticket holders took the spoils in the handicap sections, with Michael Gove with a 64 and Ross Boyd with a 59 (pictured right). This was a great score for Ross, considering he started with a seven at the first hole.

A great event and we are already looking forward to the 2022 event.

Links championship

Outstanding golf this year in this event and the semi-final line-up is complete.

Sean Logue will play Ross Coull, and Marc Simants will play Kevin Gall.

The stand out semi-final was Sean Logue against Gavin Hemsley, which was all square after 22 holes. As darkness fell, both agreed to a replay and it took 21 holes this time before Sean emerged as the winner.

A high standard of golf in an epic battle.

PGA Staysure National Pro-Am Championship

(L to R) Andrew Crerar (PGA Professional, Panmure), Brian Goodall (Panmure), Raymond Craig (Montrose Caledonia), Jason Boyd (PGA Professional, Montrose Golf Links)

Raymond Craig and PGA Professional Jason Boyd teed up in this event.

With a final score of 36 points, the local boys finished in a tie for 5th place, four points behind the eventual winners Brian Goodall and PGA Professional Andrew Crerar from Panmure Golf Club.

They were top of the pile with 39 points and now go to the grand final in Belek in Turkey in November.

We wish them all the very best against teams from the rest of the UK.

Course health check from STRI

Last Thursday, sports turf consultancy STRI carried out the annual check on our courses.

Representative Gary Smith was on site to offer any assistance that we require.

He carried out a putting surface trueness check, moisture level check, firmness check and he also stimped the green to see what they were running at.

These tests are done on the 1st, 9th, 14th and the 15th greens. They have been done on these greens for a number of years now so they are able to assess how the greens are performing compared to previous years.

The results will be emailed to us in the next few weeks and I hope to have these available for the members to see as soon as we get them.

Gary did say “the greens are championship standard and should be very proud on what we have at Montrose”.

This was very good to hear but it doesn’t mean we can sit back with our feet up, and the greenkeeping team have said they will keep going at it trying our best to keep improving.

Enter the ticket ballot for next year’s Open at St Andrews

Collin Morikawa is the champion golfer of the year after he produced a stunning final-day charge to win the 149th Open at Royal St George’s.

The American beat Jordan Spieth by two shots in the Sandwich sunshine after a flawless round of 66 to take home the Claret Jug on his Open debut.

Next year will see the 150th Open at the Home of Golf in St Andrews on the iconic Old Course.

And this is your chance to enter the ballot for tickets.

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