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Navy Cup Greensome 2021 - 23 October 2021

With very difficult conditions and a difficult format, Paul Holleran & Terry Dorrian played some exceptional golf to shoot a Net 62.

As a result Paul & Terry win the Navy Cup Trophy and Runners Up with a 65 were Michael Bonnar & Shaun Bonnar.
Three teams tied on 66 with Al Roy & Al Robertson taking 3rd slot with BIH, and Owen Gallagher and Gordon Parker taking the final placing also on BIH.

One other Trophy was also completed recently. The RC Johnstone Trophy, which goes to the most improved player for the season.  Players are allocated points for each shot their handicap is reduced and is based on an algorithm depending on your handicap level(See the M&H Handbook on the App under Club Documents for the competition details).

There were 2 players tied on 19 points, Jim Orr, who reduced his handicap from 17 to 9 and Alex Roy, who reduced his handicap from 6 to 1.  In the event of a tie the Trophy goes to the player with the lowest handicap, therefore, Alex wins the Trophy and Jim is Runner Up.  A great year for both players with Jim also winning the Bennet Cup and Alex taking the Seniors Championship.

Please see attached the leading handicap reductions for eligible players.  In comparison, last years winner had 12 points, however, as you know this is the first year of WHS, which maybe a reason for the number of people with reductions of 12 or more points, maybe next year this will settle down.

Note:  Points are only awarded from 28 handicap downwards.  Players must have played a full season before becoming eligible. ie, to be eligible for 2021 season the player must have completed a full season in 2020.
A season runs from the beginning of March till last singles competition in October.

Only one trophy remains to be won, which is the Murray Cup (Best 2 scores on 9 Hole course).  The last date to play the Murray Cup is Sunday 31st October.  See the leading scores below.....   



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Sweepstake - Wed 20 October 2021

This was the final Wednesday and final Singles competition of the season.

Best scores of the day were Craig Scott (Section 2) & Ernie Pyper (Section 3) with Net 66s.  Section 1 was won by Alan Wylie with a Net 68 (BIH).

Next up, we have the Navy Cup this Saturday which is a pairs competition, if any teams need to withdraw can you please let your playing partners know so they can look to join another game.  If any teams need to make any changes or withdraw, can you, please inform the M&H to attend to this as it causes issues with the system if players try to withdraw before uncoupling from a team.

We have run some reports from the competitions this year to show the hole-by-hole scores and also the difficulty rating of each hole.  See below....



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Tri Am Trophy - Sat 16 October 2021

There was some mixed weather, however, it didn't seem to affect the scoring, with good scores on both Saturday & Sunday.

 Pat Cavanagh won the Third section with 40 points, and Section One was won on BIH by Michael McCartney with 37 points. Topping section Two and also winning the Tri Am trophy on BIH was Martin Jess with 40 points, with Pat Cavanagh as Runner Up. 

The entry to the Tri Am Trophy also included a £2 Charity Donation and as a result we raised £246.  Many of you will be aware that the Tri Am was previously a charity event which was run for many years, mostly under the auspices of our own David Terrey.  David was ably supported by some others, including, Past Captain Davy Thompson.  Earlier this year we sadly lost Davy, and one of the Charities that Davy was very supportive of over the years was the Ardgowan Hospice, therefore, we will ensure that our Charity donations this year go to the Ardgowan Hospice. 

Earlier this year we also raised £184 for the Charity Salver event, so we will add this amount to the £246 and a Cheque for £430 will be passed to the Ardgowan Hospice.   Many Thanks to our members for this.  

Reminder:  As the season comes to an end a number of Winter Leagues will be running from November through to February.  In the past we have allowed the Winter Leagues to block book times on the 18-hole course, therefore, if you have a requirement to block book times for your WL on the Big Course, please email M&H with your details.

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Kinnaird Trophy - Sat 9 October 2021

Due to the inclement weather, we had quite a few call offs with only the hardy souls going out.

The best score of the weekend was Alistair Robertson with a Net 65 winning section 2.
Section 1 was won by Gordon McFarlane with a 66 and Section 3 was headed by Craig Oswald with a Net 67.

The Kinnaird Trophy ( Medal Finals ) was won by Paul Power with a Net 71 and Runner up was Michael O'Brien with a 73 (BIH).

This competition also marked the last counting round for the Robert Spence Trophy (Best 10 Gross Scores), the Winner was Murdie Carmichael with an average of 69.90 and Runner Up was Riccardo Di Murro with 70.10.   

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Stableford - Wed 6 October 21

Highlights from today were, Simon Deveney winning Section 2 with 40 points.  

Section 1 was won by Brian Fitzpatrick with 38 points and Section 3 was headed by Patrick Barr with 37 points.

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October Medal Cancelled

M&H has been away for the weekend and just catching up with the competition details for the October medal.

On both Saturday and Sunday, the course was unplayable at certain points in the day, and as a result we have had to cancel the October Medal.   All players were withdrawn and Entry fees refunded.

Some early starters did manage to complete a round so if you are in this group and wish your score to be recorded then please let me know and I will submit as a General Play score.

Kinnaird Trophy Qualifiers 2021

The Kinnaird trophy will go ahead next week without any October Medal winners.  The October medal will be played at a later date and the winners will be included in the 2022 Kinnaird trophy.

Below are the qualifiers for the 2021 Kinnaird Trophy(All members are also playing a sweep)


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Sweepstake - Wed 29 Sept 21

Highlight of the day was a Net 64 for Gordon Parker ( Section 2 winner ).  

The top section was won by Mark Bowie with a Net 69.  

The third section was headed by Andrew McDougall with a Net 70 (BIH).

Reminder: Keep your Account topped up for the final few competitions in October.

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M&H Update - 28 September 2021

As we come towards the end of the season there are a few outstanding competitions to be concluded.  See the list below with the status of these.

1) Kinnaird Trophy - This is the medal finals which is being held on Saturday 9th October.  All previous 2021 monthly medal winners are eligible to win this, with the best Net score providing the winner.

2) Robert Spence Trophy - This is given for the best 10 Gross scores over the year.  Latest Status can be found on the app ( click on Comps - select OoMs ).  With 3 rounds left to play(Kinnaird Trophy is final round), Murdie Carmichael is leading with a 69.9 avg, and Riccardo Di Murro is close behind with 70.1.

3) Navy Cup - This is a Greensome competition and is scheduled for 23rd October.  This is normally played for at the start of the season, however, due to Covid restrictions at the time we couldn't play that format, so it is good to get it done before the season end.

4) Tri Am Trophy - This is a strokeplay competition which was normally played for as part of our Tri Am charity event.  Although we no longer have the Tri Am event we will still play for this Trophy and will be a taking a charity donation from our players which we will send to a local charity.

5) Murray Cup - This is won by the best 2 Net Scores over the year on the 9 Hole course.  Previously members were allowed to play twice per month and the best score would count, however we changed this last year because Covid restrictions had reduced the playing season.  We allowed players to play as often as they liked and any 2 scores would count.  We have continued in this vein for this season and this will conclude at the end of October.
To enter the Murray Cup please enter in Duncan's shop (£1 entry) and ensure that you send a copy of your card to M&H (even NRs please).

The Bennett Cup is the best 2 Net scores from the 6 Wednesday Medal scores.  This has been won by Jim Orr with a Net 63 and Net 65 (128).  Runner Up was Ben Peterson with 64 & 65 (129).

Below is the Fixture List for October....


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Medal - 25 September 2021

Highlight was an amazing Net 60 from Peter Harkins, which won section 3 and qualifies him for the Kinnaird Trophy.

Section 2 was won by Haggis ( Gordon McTavish ) with a Net 71(bih) ( 11 shots more than Section 2 !!! Wow, golf is a funny game ! ).  

Section 1 was won by Alan Wylie ( 2 competitions in a row !! ) with a Net 67.

Best Gross was Murdie Carmichael with a 71.

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Willow Trophy, Matchplay Results & Reminders

Wednesday 22nd September was the final Willow Trophy of the Season.
Highlight of this was a Net 67 by Alan Wylie (Section 2) in very trying conditions.  These conditions were reflected in the scoring in Section 1 with a Net 73 being the best score by Frank Molloy (bih).  Section 3 was won by Dougie Allan with a Net 69.

The Willow Trophy was won by Rab Murphy with a combined score of 127 (63 & 64).  Runner Up was Terry Dorrian with a score of 129 (61 & 68).

On Sunday 19th September we saw the culmination of all the Matchplay competitions and the results for these are as below:

Finals Day 19th September

Challenge Cup:  Chris Nelis beat Billy Dixon.

Reid Rose Bowl:  Alistair Robertson beat Stephen Cameron

Challenge Quaich: John McGill beat Andrew McShane

Whinhill Seniors: Cameron McLellan beat Steve McDowall

Captains Foursomes: David Macquat & Paul Power beat George Docherty & Brian Stevenson

Provost Trophy: Alex Roy & Pat Tinney beat Stuart Alexander & Ian Jones

Kinnaird Trophy (Medal Finals
The next 2 Saturdays we have the September & October Medals, followed by the Kinnaird Trophy on Saturday 9th October.  Below are the qualifiers to date..


As we head into the Winter months the course is getting wetter and members are reminded to take care and watch their footing.

Please ensure that Bunkers are properly raked.

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M&H Update - Wed Sweepstake 15th, Duncans Day Sat 18th Sept 21

Wednesday 15th September - Sweepstake
Highlights from this were Ronald McCallum (BIH) and Ergate Ayana with Net 64s to top Section 3.  Section 2 was won by Michael Bonnar with a Net 65 and Section 1 was taken with a Net 66 from Chris Connelly.

Saturday 18th September - Duncans Shop Day.
Duncan & James ran a 4 ball better ball competition with lots of prizes on offer.  Heading up the winners was Michael Bonnar (Keeping up his form from Wednesday) along with Shaun Bonnar.  Another highlight was a hole in one by Charlie McDowell at the 13th despite the pin being tucked behind the left hand bunker.

Below is the list of winners and Duncan & James would like to pass on their thanks to all the members who supported this very successful day.

1st Michael/Shaun bonnar 57
2nd C Mcdowell/G McIntyre 58 bih
3rd I Doak/D Robertson 58
4th A Robertson/T Moffat 59 bih
5th P Cavanagh/B McGee 59 bih
6th A Cleary/L Wilkie 59
7th R Leith/G Mcfarlane 60

Nearest the Pin winners:
3rd David Anderson
7th Graeme McWilliams
10th Charlie Paul
13th Charlie Mcdowell
16th Mick O’Neil
18th Jonny Roy
Nearest line at 15 Ian McDermid


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Stableford - Wed 8 Sept 21

On Wednesday 8th September we had a Stableford competition.

1st Section was won by Lewis Watt with 38 points on BIH, 2nd Section was headed by Steve McDowall with 42 points and 3rd section was won by Ronald McCallum with 38 points.

Seniors Open - Thu 9 Sept 21

On Thursday 9th September Greenock held their Seniors Open competition with Craig Keir from Whinhill winning with 39 points.

H. G. McLennan Rd 2 11 Sept 21

This weekend Sat/Sun 11/12th September was the 2nd round of the HG McLennan Trophy.  

Best Score on the day was Cammy Jones with a Net 64 in the 1st Section.  The 2nd Section was won by Ciaran Gallagher with Net 65 and 3rd Section was led by Gordon Doctor with a Net 67.  Best Gross was David Macfarlane & Crawford Rae with 70.

The HG McLennan Trophy was won by Charlie Paul with a score of 134 over the 2 rounds and Runner Up was Dougie Allan with 135.  Congratulations Guys.

Finals Day - Sunday 19th September 21

All the Matchplay competitions have come to a head with the finals being played on Sunday 19th.  Details of all the finals are below, please ensure your match tees off on time.  The time for the matches is set out below with 15-minute intervals....

11:15 Game 1 - Challenge Cup
Billy Dixon v Chris Nelis

11:30 Game 2 - Reid Rose Bowl
Stephen I Cameron v Alistair Robertson

11:45 Game 3 - Challenge Quaich
John McGill v Andrew McShane

12:00 Game 4 - Whinhill Seniors
Cameron McLellan v Steve McDowall

12:15 Game 5 - Captains Foursomes
David Macquat & Paul Power v George Docherty & Brian Stevenson

12:30 Game 6 - Provost Trophy
Alex Roy & Pat Tinney v Stuart Alexander & Ian Jones


Alex Roy
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Lyle Medal & Autumn Meeting - Sat 4 September 2021

There were some great scores with the Highlights being Raymond Jack winning section 3 with a Net 61.
Second section was won by Willie Bell with a Net 62, and in the top section Laurence Deveney headed the list with a Net 63.  The best Gross was a 68 from Kenny Roy.

The Lyle Medal is a major board competition with the best 2 scores from the Spring, Summer and Autumn Meeting.  Laurence's 63 was added to a 64 he had in the Summer Meeting and his score of 127 was enough to secure his place on the board.  Congratulations Larry.  Runner up was Ranald Moore with 131.

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Medal - Wednesday 1 September 2021

Highlights from this competition was a Gross 68 from Kenan Ingram,  who also headed Section 1 with a Net 64.

Section 2 was won by Jim Fulton with a Net 64 (on BIH) and Section 3 was won by on-form Denis McKelvie with a Net 69 (BIH).

Reminder: There seems to have been an increase in the number of bunkers being left without repair in recent weeks.

Every member playing the big course MUST have a mini rake for repairing bunkers.  The use of feet or a golf club to repair damage is not sufficient.  Use of a rake should ensure that bunkers are in same condition for all players.
Rakes are available in the shop at a nominal cost for anyone who does not own or has lost the rake they were provided with.

Members should report any instances where they observe that rakes are not being used and M&H can then address this with the relevant folks to ensure they are aligned with the rest of the membership.  Thanks. 

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August Medal - 28 August 2021

Yet again some very low scoring with the Highlight of the day being a Gross 64 from Murdie Carmichael, this also won Murdie the 1st section with a Net 63.

Second Section was won by Joe Mitchell with a Net 63 and the Third Section was won by Paul Power with a Net 62, Paul winning on the BIH from Challenge Cup Finalist Chris Nelis.

Congratulations also go to our Greens Convenor Brian Fitzpatrick and Head Greenkeeper Jim O'Neill for completing the 26 mile Mighty Hike on Saturday, raising a lot of money for MacMillan Cancer Support.

Reminder:  In the event that one of your playing partners has to leave the round early then the procedure is as follows:  If possible, the player leaving the course should update and sign their card on the iPad in the clubhouse, if this isn't possible please email the M&H with details.

If the remaining players are unable to complete (and sign) their scorecard on the mobile app then they should complete their card on the iPAD and very importantly,  ensure it is signed.  If a card is unsigned then the system will not submit your score to WHS/CDH and as a result you will be DQ'd.  ( Which could mean that you would lose out on any prize money, including 2s ).

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Seniors Stableford and Wednesday Stableford - 23 & 25 August 2021

On Monday we had our first Seniors Stableford playing off the Red Tees.   This was won by Jim Orr with 39 points and good to see Denis McKelvie back amongst the winners with 38 points.

There were a few highlights from our Wednesday Stableford competition.  First up was Pat Tinney with a 2 at the 2nd for 5 points !!.  Next up was Jim McNeill with four 2s, with the 10th being the only hole he missed out on (amassing 41 points).  We also had 3 other players with 41 points, with Ronald McCallum winning section 3 on BIH and Ian Jamieson winning section 2 on BIH.  Section 1 was won by Ben Peterson with 40 points.

ENTRIES CAN BE MADE ONLINE from:  https://www.howdidido.com/Directory/OpenCompetitions/1662

Thu 9th Sept - Seniors Open (50+) - Now open for entry on the app.

Sat 18th Sept - Duncans Day - Now open for entry on the app.  This is a 4 ball better ball competition and Members can invite a guest too.  Please let M&H know if you are playing with a guest and we will enter you into the competition.

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M&H Update - 23 August 2021

Due to some greens being flooded yesterday morning we had to cancel the HG McLennan 2nd Round competition. This will now be held on 11th September in conjunction with Greenkeeper's day.


Monday 24th August - there is a Seniors (55+) stableford competition

Thu 9th Sept - Seniors Open (50+) - Now open for entry on the app.

Sat 18th Sept - Duncans Day - Now open for entry on the app.  This is a 4 ball better ball competition and Members can invite a guest too.  Please let M&H know if you are playing with a guest and we will enter you into the competition.


Stableford - Sunday 22 August 2021

A Stableford was held on Sunday with the highlight being 42 points from Mark Crawford (Section 1).  Section 3 was won by Adam Brown with 39 points and Section 2 by Duncan Mcewan with 36 points.

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Willow Trophy - Wed 18 Aug 21

Highlight of the day was Steve McDowell's Net 64 (Section 2). 

Section 1 was won by Andrew McCulloch with a Net 66 and 3rd Section leader was Terry Dorrian with a Net 68.

Best Gross was Alex Roy with a 70.

Note: As Duncans day was rescheduled then Sunday is now available for members to play in the weekend's competition. (HGM Rd2).

Duncans day has been rescheduled to 18th September and is now open for entries.

The Greenock Seniors Open (over 50s) is scheduled for 9th September and is open for entries.

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Duncan's Golf Day - Moved to Sat 18 Sept 21

After some consideration it has been decided to reschedule this Sundays Fourball Competition (Duncans Day). Apologies for those who have already made plans for this weekend, however, Duncan & James are very keen to make this a memorable event and feel that a different date would help ensure a bigger field and the prizes will reflect that.

The competition will be rescheduled to Saturday 18th September and because this is a Saturday then the competition will initially be open for members-only teams.  Depending on uptake, the competition will then be opened up to allow member-guest teams.  (note: those members who have already invited a guest for this weekend will be allocated a time first).

Those who have already entered will be refunded and will need to Re-Book once the competition re-opens.

The competition will open for entry on Thursday 19th August @ 19:00.  Players can enter their team via the app.
Member-guest teams can enter the competition from Sunday 23rd August, and entries will be taken via emails to M&H.

Thanks for your support.  Duncan & James.

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M&H Update & H G McLennan - Round 1 - Sat 14 Aug 21

Best score of the day and leading the way is Bill Jamieson(section 3) with a Net 62.

Section 1 winner was Jamie Gallacher with a Net 63 and Section 2 was won by Ben Peterson with Net 63(BIH).

Best Gross was Paul Dorrian with a Gross 66.

The second round is being held next Saturday and the winner is the best Net over the 2 rounds.

On Friday there was a 9 Hole Stableford competition, this was won by Jack Harrington with 19 points. ( results attached ).

Please remember that Next Sunday ( 22nd Aug )  is Duncans Fourball Better Ball.  If you wish to play next Sunday, your team can consist of 2 members or a member and a guest.  18-hole course members can also team up with 9-hole members as long as they have a valid handicap.  Players can enter via the app or by contacting M&H or Duncan/James.

Also open for entry is the Seniors (over 55s) Stableford for Monday 23rd off of Red Tees.  

Alex Roy
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M & H Update - 12 Aug 21

Below are a few reminders:

Friday 13th August -  9 Hole Stableford - This is on tomorrow and can be entered via the app.  Entry Fee £2

Sunday 22nd August - Duncans Day - This is an opportunity for Members to show their appreciation and support for Duncan & James.  This is a Fourball Better Ball.  Teams can be made up of 2 Members or a Member and a Guest. If you are teaming up with another Member you can enter via the App.  If you are inviting a Guest then please email M&H or inform Duncan or James in the Shop.  Entry Fee £10 p/p.

Monday 23rd August - Senior Stableford(RED TEES - Over 55s).  We have had the Red Tees measured for Gents play and we are looking to run some Senior competitions from these Tees (note:Next year we may even play some full competitions).  This is our inaugral competition from the Red Tees which will let us see how demand goes.  Tee times are available from 07:00 to 16:00.  Entry Fee £2 (£1 Sweep & £1 Twos).  This will be available for Entry on the App from 15th@19:00.

Thursday 9th September - The Greenock Senior Open(Over 50s).  This is now Open on the App.  Tee Times available from 08:00 to 14:30.  Entry Fee £10.

Also attached is the latest Race to Mar Hall event being held at Cochrane Castle.  Click Here


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Sweepstake - Wed 11 Aug 21

The highlight of the day was Jim White's Net 65 (Section 3).  Section 1 was won by Andrew McCulloch with a Net 67, and Section 2 was won by Mark Bowie with a Net 66.  Best Gross was Steven Orr with 75.

M&H Weekend Update - 9 Aug 21

Starting on Friday night we had the Club Championship Semi Finals with Chris McAuley beating Al Roy and Paul Dorrian winning against Graeme McClellan, setting up an exciting final between 2 good friends.

There were also 2 other finals scheduled for Saturday, the Seniors final between Alex Roy and Murdie Carmichael plus the Juniors Final between Michael Harkins and Nathan Love.

Despite some terrible weather the Finals went ahead as planned and didn't prevent a good number of spectators turning up to watch.  Many thanks to the Green Staff for helping to ensure the games went ahead and the course was presented in great condition.


Club Championship
(Report by Stephen Mullan)
Unfortunately, the guys didn’t get the best of conditions, and this was reflected in par being a really good score on most holes throughout the day. Paul got off to a solid start and found himself up early on. Chris battled back but mistakes around the turn gave Paul a commanding lead of 5up after 12 holes. This included a fantastic chip in for birdie on 11. Chris battled back again though winning 2 of the final 6 holes which included a birdie at 14. That meant the halfway score was 3up in favour of Paul.

The afternoon started in similar fashion as Paul played solid golf in the opening stages and got himself to 6up at the 5th after an amazing drive and 8 iron to 10 feet.  Chris again responded and battled back around the turn, getting himself back to 3 down with 4 to play. 15 was halved and the game was now Dormie. Chris hit a great shot to the centre of the green about 12 feet from the cup before Paul pushed his shot into the right-hand bunker. Paul played a decent bunker shot to around 5 feet giving Chris a chance to take the match to the 17th. Unfortunately for Chris he just missed the birdie try and under a lot of pressure Paul stepped up and holed his par putt to win 3&2.

The final was played in great spirit with a lot of people braving the poor weather to watch the guys. Chris did himself proud in reaching his 2nd final and played some really good golf throughout the week. Big congratulations to Paul Dorrian who has now won the Club Championship 5 times and the last 3 in a row.

Well done to everyone who qualified and played in the championship this year, we witnessed some fantastic golf including some amazing comebacks.

Junior Championship
(report by Junior Convenor - Barry O'Donnell).
The Junior Championship returned to Greenock after 4 years and exactly 100 years after the first Junior Championship.

13 players entered the qualification, with 8 players making it through to the knockouts. The lowest qualifier and winner of the Peter Harley Trophy was Michael Harkins.  Michael kept up his good form to progress through to the final.  In the other half of the draw young Nathan Love had a tough run to the final, beating Jayla Kepler and Jack Singleton en route.

The final itself was nip and tuck all the way but Nathan holed fantastic putts at 12 and 14 to establish a lead. Michael fought back at 16, where he wasn't far from a Hole in One. 17 was tense for all (including Nathan's Granda [Frank McCormick]) but the wee man was able to hold his nerve to see the match out 2&1. The 2 boys remain firm friends and definitely potential champions of the future.

Senior Championship
The Senior Championship was a very tight match with Alex taking a 1-hole lead to the 8th after 7 straight pars, albeit the highlight of the first seven holes being Murdies 2nd shot @ 5 finishing close to the hole.  On the 8th Alex hit 2 good shots to 15 feet and with Murdie in the bunker Alex was thinking he was taking a 2-hole lead onto the 9th.  However, Murdie had other ideas and holed from the bunker leaving Alex a bit shell shocked.  Alex missed his putt, match all Square.  This seemed to affect Alex as he dropped shots at 9 & 10 to all of a sudden find himself 2 down.  However, these were the only shots Alex was to drop all day. After a great up and down at 11 and birdies at 12 and 15, Alex regained a 1-hole lead.  Murdie had a great up and down at 16 to keep the pressure on and steady pars on 17 from both players saw it go to 18.  Murdies birdie attempt at 18 just missed leaving Alex with 2 putts from 10 feet to win but was very sportingly conceded by Murdie to give Alex his 2nd Senior Championship.  Congratulations to both players for some great golf played in tricky conditions.

Saturday Sweepstake
On Saturday we ran a sweepstake alongside the Championship games.  Highlight was a 63 from Alex Heywood to win Section 2.  Section 1 was won by Stuart Alexander with a 67 (BIH) and Section 3 was won with a 68 (BIH) by Pat Cavanagh. 
Best Gross was Jim McAulay with 72.

Results are attached....



Members Guest Day
The Members Guest day was a Greensome format which for some can be a bit daunting, however, this didn't prevent one of the Club's stalwarts Jeff Mitchell and his Partner Ian Wright going round in a Net 62.  This would just oust long time leaders Cammy Shaw and Andrew Gillon from the Kiwi Trophy position.  Congratulation guys.
Many thanks to Alan Crighton and Cammy Shaw for organising the competition and prizes, which were again provided by Duncan and James.

Places were as Follows:
1st - Jeff Mitchell & Ian Wright - 62  ( The Kiwi Trophy Winners )
2nd - Cammy Shaw & Andrew Gillon - 64
3rd - Derek Leitch & Graham Wylie - 65
4th - Gary Webster & Andrew Bennett - 66 ( on BIH )
5th - Alistair Roy & Ross Ballantyne - 66 ( on BIH )

Although this was a successful event, listening to feedback from both members and guests we will probably revert this to a fourball better ball for next year. 

However, members will have another opportunity very shortly to play a 4BBB competition in Duncan's Golf Day which is scheduled for Sunday 22nd August.  The competition is already Open for Entry via the App.   Looking forward to another great day with great prizes.
PS, I believe the Hot Weather is forecast to return that weekend, here's hoping !

Phew, M&H is away to lie down to recover from all this activity !! 
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Member & Guest Day


The Draw sheet for the Members Guest competition, on Sunday 8 Aug, has been updated with the Guest names added ( Still 4 guest names outstanding ). Click here for the draw sheet.

I have moved a couple of teams to ensure that they have a fourball so please check your time.

Players should be able to complete scoring using the app, however, teams should also take a card as a backup.

Handicap allowance is normal Greensome allowance:-
40% of High Handicapper  ( 40% of exact course handicap
60% of Low Handicapper   ( 60% of exact course handicap

Alan Crichton and Cammy Shaw are running the competition and will be available to ensure scoring for each team has been completed OK.  Please ensure you confirm your score has been completed on the app ( or iPAd ) or a card has been submitted.

The Members Guest competition has been disabled from making changes via the app.  If anyone needs to change anything then please use the email address below and M&H will attend to it.


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Wed Medal - Wed 4 Aug 21

Best of the day was Jim Kerr (2nd Section) with a Net 64, winning the section on BIH.

1st Section was won by James Glover with a Net 69 also won on BIH.

3rd Section was won by Jim Gallagher with a Net 65.

Good scoring guys.

One other highlight from the day was a Hole in One by Jim Fleming @ 13th.

I was advised by a Mr D Trump Leitch that Jim hit a great 3 wood which went through 2 bunkers and then hit a bank before shooting into the hole.

However, Jim's own recollections were that it was a beautifully struck 6 iron which took one bounce before rolling into the hole.

Well done Jim.

PS, Jim put up a bottle of whisky in the clubhouse that went untouched ( thats a first ), but Jim will be putting it out again at the weekend.

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M&H Update 4 Aug 21

As well as the Club Championship Final this weekend there are 2 other Championships to be played.

Junior Championship Final
This is the first time the Junior Championship has been played for a while.  This will be over 18 holes and will be played between Nathan Love and Michael Harkins.  This game will go out immediately behind the Club Championship Final First round.

Senior Championship Final
This will be competed between Murdie Carmichael and Alex Roy.
This match is also over 18 holes and will Tee Off behind the Club Championship Final Second Round.

There is also a Sweepstake being played on Saturday, so I would ask players to ensure that they keep up a good pace of play so they don't impact on the Championship games.  

NOTE: If any of the championship games catch up with your game it would be appreciated if you could step aside right away. Thanks.

It is expected that the first round of the Club Championship will tee off @ 8:30 and the second round will tee off sometime between 12:30 and 13:00.

Order of Merit Results.
We have some competitions that run over the course of the season that require the winner to have completed a specific number of rounds.  I have updated the Order of Merit for these competitions and the current leaders can be viewed on the Scottish Golf App.  ( Select Comps - OoMs as below )


Members Guest
The Members Guest Greensome is going ahead this weekend with a fairly full field.  The entry sheet will be updated shortly to include the Guests.  This is so that the system will calculate the team handicaps.  This will require re-structuring the competition and may result in emails indicating that the current times have been removed, however, please ignore any of these messages as your team will be re-instated in the Tee time you currently have allocated.

I have also disabled entry via the App in order to allow us to complete the draw sheet with the guest names.  If anyone still wishes to enter, please let me know as there are a few times still available.

Alex Roy
Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap

Club Championship Knockout Round 1 - 2 Aug 21

There were a lot of spectators out tonight and I'm sure they enjoyed some great golf.

 David Macfarlane v Alex Roy  ( Alex won 2 & 1 )
 Paul Dorrian v Daniel Fitzpatrick ( Paul won @ 21st )
 Riccardo Di Murro v Crawford Rae ( Crawford won 4 & 3 )
 Steven Orr v Graeme McLellan ( Graeme won 3 & 22)
 Gerry Donnachie v Stuart Gallacher ( Gerry won 1 up )
 Chris McAulay v Paul McAulay ( Chris won 3 & 2 )
 Ian Doak v Al Roy ( Al won 3 & 2 )
 Alan Rodgers v Stephen Mullan ( Stephen won after Alan retired injured )

The following games will go out in order on Wednesday night (4th Aug) and I'm sure we will see more great golf; we look forward to seeing more spectators out on the links (well it certainly looks like a links at the moment).

17:00 Alex Roy v Paul Dorrian
17:10 Crawford Rae v Graeme McLellan
17:20 Gerry Donnachie v Chris McCaulay
17:30 Al Roy v Stephen Mullan

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Club Championship Qualifier - Sat 31 July 21

There was some great scoring with 15 scores of 73 or better.  Leading the pack today was Stuart Gallacher with another great round of 68.

 The qualifying score for this year's championship was 152, albeit it would have been 149 if there weren't 3 call offs for the matchplay, which would have been the lowest qualifying score for many years. This reflects well both on the condition of the course and the level of competition.  Congratulations to all those who qualified.

 Below are the top 16 scores, with David Macfarlane winning the Syd Montford Trophy and Chris McCaulay grabbing the runner-up spot.  

D Macfarlane 140, C McAulay 142, P Dorrian 142, S Gallacher 143, C Rae 143, S Mullan 145, R DiMurro 146, D Fitzpatrick 147, Alex Roy 147, Ali Roy 147, G Donnachie 147, A Rodgers 148, G McLellan 148, S Orr 151, I Doak 152, P McAulay 152

 The Draw for the Matchplay is as follows, Games to go off in order starting at 5PM.

 17:00 D Macfarlane v Alex Roy

17:08 P Dorrian v D Fitzpatrick

17:15 R Di Murro v C Rae

17:22 S Orr v G McLellan

17:30 G Donnachie v S Gallacher

17:37 C McAulay v P McAulay

17:45 I Doak v Al Roy

17:52 A Rodgers v S Mullan


For the sweepstake results from yesterday.

Section 1 was won by Craig McLure with a Net 64

Section 2 was won by Ewan Gallacher with a tremendous Gross 74 Net 59

Section 3 was won by Frank McCormick with a Net 64


Greenock Golf Club

Match & Handicap



stableford - Wed 28 July 2021

Highlight of the day was 43 points from Graeme Warnock (section 3), despite a very quiet 15 points on the front nine, Graeme shot a remarkable 28 points on the back nine.

 Section 1 was won by Stephen Cameron with 39 points and Section 2 was won by Craig Scott with 40 points.

 Greenock Golf Club , Match & Handicap, mandh@greenockgolfclub.co.uk


14 Hole Texas Scramble - Sun 25 July 21

A wonderful sunny day provided some amazing scores. (including Bob Hossack making Eagle at 5 and Robert Lavelle's team with an eagle 2 at the 6th.) 
Despite using the exact handicaps, we still managed to get a tie at the top.  The prize placings were decided using the last 7 holes since we only had 14 holes.

Thanks to the Committee for providing additional prizes for what was a fun day, with a great atmosphere.  With a special mention to Andy Gunn who did the cards this weekend as well as coordinating with the Footgolf team.  Great Job.
 (All prizes can be collected at the shop)

1st - Steven Lapsley Barry O’Donnell Mark Bowie Craig Shaw
Gross 45, hcap 5.6, total 39.4  ( Best last 7 )
£26 each + Adidas T-shirt plus sleeve 3 balls (x4)

2nd - Alistair Livingstone Michael Mccartney Owen Gallagher Robert Hossack
Gross 44, hcap 4.6, total 39.4
£16 each + Ping t-shirts and sleeve 2 balls (x4)

3rd - Jeffrey Mitchell Gary Gibson John Burns Scott Young
Gross 46, hcap 5.3, total 40.7
£11 each + GGC Towel, pitch repair tool and club brush tool (x4)

1st - Robert Lavelle David Bruce Alistair Campbell Graham Knox - 6,13 - 6 points
£26 each

2nd -  Stephen I Cameron Don Shields Stephen Connelly Barry Cannon - 7,13 - 5 points
Peter Gallagher John Mccracken William Bel lDavid Docherty - 7,13 - 5 points
Jeffrey Mitchell Gary Gibson John Burns Scott Young - 7,13 - 5 points
£9 each

Points are allocated as below:
16th – 1 point 
3rd & 13th – 2 points 
10th – 2.5 points
7th – 3 points 
Any other hole - 4 points

Nearest the pin 3rd - T Moffat
 (Ian Jamieson George Anderson T Moffat Michael O'brien)
3 TaylorMade TP5x Balls each

Nearest the pin 7th - John Burns
(Jeffrey Mitchell Gary Gibson John Burns Scott Young)
3 TaylorMade TP5x Balls each

Longest Drive at 14th - Al Roy
(Alex Roy Brian Fitzpatrick Patrick Tinney Alistair Roy)
3 TaylorMade TP5x Balls each

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Members & Guest Day - Sunday 8 August 21

This years Members & Guest competition will be held on Sunday 8th August.  As you know we have already had a couple of 4 Ball Better Ball competitions ( ie, Tennant Trophy & Provost Trophy ), also, the Pro's day which is scheduled for 22nd August is a 4 Ball Better Ball.  Therefore, in order to mix it up a bit we have decided to make this years Members Guest competition a Greensome ( Where a pairing will select the best Tee shot and then play alternate shots from that point ).

The VMS system doesn't allow Members to enter a guest (it only allows to select other members), therefore, we are only asking the Members to enter at this stage.  However, when you enter there is a notes section ( see example ) and we are asking members to provide details of their guest in that notes section.

If possible please provide:  The guests Full Name, Golf Club and CDH Number(if known).

If you do not know the name of your guest at this point then just enter the competition and email M&H using the email address below as soon as you know their details.


The cost of entry is £15 and this covers the cost of your guest too.

Handicap Limit is 28.0. (however, players with higher handicaps can enter but for scoring purposes their handicap will be adjusted to 28.0).

More details on Scoring, Prizes, Logistics etc... will be provided nearer the time.


Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Willow Trophy - Wed 21 July 21

Highlights were Net 61 from Terry Dorrian ( 3rd Section ).
Section 1 was won by Peter Gallagher with a Net 65 (BIH) and Section 2 was won by Sandy Maclean with a Net 64.

Best Gross was by Ali Roy and Jonny Caldwell with 71s.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Sunday Stableford - 18 July 21

Best score was Niall Forrest with 42 points ( 3rd Section winner ), with Jim Kerr winning Section 2 on 41 points.   Section 1 was won with 32 points by Jeff Mitchell.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Club Championship Qualifier Round 1 - 17 July 21

Best Score was from Stephen Mullan with a gross 68.  This puts him in pole position for the Syd Montford Trophy (Best Qualifier).

The course was in great condition and with tees and pins in Championship positions it was reflected in the scoring with Net 67s being the best Net Scores.  Stephen Mullan won Section 1 with 67 (BIH),  Jeff Mitchell won Section 2 (BIH) also with 67 and Section 3 was won by Niall Forrest - 67.

There were 16 scores of 75 and better with these guys holding the qualifying positions so far, however, there are plenty of players just above that mark that could easily post qualifying scores.

1 Stephen Mullan  68
2 David Macfarlane 70
3 Paul Dorrian 72
4 Crawford Rae  72
5 Paul Mcfarlane 73
6 Paul Mcaulay 73
7 Chris Mcaulay 73
8 Gerry Donnachie 74
9 Murdoch Carmichael 74
10 Jim Mcaulay 74
11 Ricardo Dimurro  74
12 Alistair Roy  75
13 Stuart Gallacher  75
14 Alex Roy  75
15 Graeme Mclellan  75
16 Steven Orr  75

17 Ian Doak  76
18 Alan Rodgers  76
19 Marco Imponenti  76
20 Brendan Harley 76
21 Hugh Lyden  77
22 Daniel Fitzpatrick  77

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Sweepstake - Wed 14 July 21

Highlight from today was 63s from Brian Stevenson & and Jim Kerr ( Section 2 ).  Section 1 was won by Michael Heron with a Net 65 and Section 3 won by Jack Harrington with a Net 64.

Best Gross was 69 from Stuart Gallacher, Ali Roy and David Macfarlane.

On Saturday's competition we forgot to report a Hole in One.  This feat was accomplished by Mark Hourston @ 13 despite a tricky pin position, well done Mark.

IMPORTANT REMINDER:   Will Members please remember to always shout FORE if playing the 9th and their ball is heading down 12.   Very often players are just over the brow of the hill but cannot be seen.

Alex Roy
Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Medal - 10 July 21

Some unbelievable scoring including a sub 60 score.

This incredible feat was achieved by Simon Hogg with an 82 less 28 for a 54 !!  There were 5 scores of 63 or better in this section.

In section 2 we also had an outstanding score with Ryan Sinnamon scoring 75 less 15 for 60.

Section 1 has seen David MacFarlane return to form with a Gross 69 less 4 for a winning 65.

69 was the best Gross with Riccardo Di Murro and Murdy Carmichael also matching Davids score.

The great scoring is obviously reflective of how good the course is playing, big thanks to the Greens team for this.

Reminder:  Next week is the Club Championship, therefore please take extra care in submitting your card.  Ensure it is fully signed and submitted to avoid disqualification.


Alex Roy
Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Medal - Wed 7 July 21

More impressive scoring, with top score being a Net 63 from Jim Fleming in the 3rd Section.

Jim Orr won the 1st section with a Net 65(BIH), and Stephen Wilkie won the 2nd section with a Net 66(BIH).

Best Gross was Alex Roy with a 71.

M&H VMS Update - Wed 7 July 21

1) NEW VMS iPad in Pro Shop.
We have installed a 2nd VMS iPad into the Pro Shop. 
If players are unable to complete scoring on the mobile app and require to use the iPad then they should use the iPad in the clubhouse hallway.  However, if there are any issues with the iPad in the Clubhouse then the iPad in the Pro Shop is available as a backup.
Hopefully this means there should be no excuses for anyone to not have a signed digital card.

2) SG App My Membership Card & QR code.
Some of you may have noticed there is now a Membership Card active on the SG App.   Each card has a QR code that can be used to login to the system ( This saves entering your name and date of birth).

To find this you can click on the account balance button on top RH corner of the Home page.


Then select member card...


When the card appears click on the QR code and it will enlarge...



To LOGIN to the iPad
Click the Green Button on the iPad that says 'Use QR Code'

Then hold the QR code on the phone about 1 foot to 18 inches from the iPad.  This should automatically log you in to the iPad and you can then enter scores etc.....


3) Erskine Race to Mar Hall event...

Attached is Erskine Open event...


Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Centenary Quaich - Sat 3 July 21

The Best Net of the weekend and winner of the Centenary Quaich was Blaine Jamieson with a 62 (72 less 10).

Runner up was David Docherty with a 63 on BIH (75 less 12).

Div 3 was won by Frank McCormick with 63 (82 less 19)

There were 6 Sub-70 scores with the lowest Gross being a 66 from Riccardo Di Murro.

Please also see attached the Posters for entry into the County Handicap Championships and also the Inverclyde Scratch & Handicap competitions. 

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



M&H Update July

Dear Member,  a few updates from M&H for July starting with a couple of reminders..

1) If you have entered a competition but are unable to make it please ensure you have withdrawn otherwise you will still be charged and DQ'd for not having any score registered.  If you are unable to withdraw on the app please inform M&H asap.

2) Please ensure your account is Topped Up to pay for competition entry and 2's, otherwise you could miss out if you have a good score.

Some Fixture list updates...

This is the premier Competition at the club with qualifying rounds over 2 Saturdays(Top 16 Gross Scores). However, to ensure there is still opportunity for members to get a game for handicap there will be a Sunday Stableford after each Championship Qualifying round. (note: anyone playing on the Saturday can also play on the Sunday as they are separate competitions).      


As the Qualifying rounds are Saturdays only, the lower handicappers will be given priority in selecting tee times.  Therefore, on Friday 9th & Friday 23rd the competition entry will open at the usual time (19:00), however, only players with a Handicap Index of 15.4 or less will be able to enter at that time. (15.4 means load will be about 50% of normal). At 20:00 the system will be opened for everyone else.  Please note entry for the Sunday Stablefords will also open on the Friday @ 20:00.

CC Qual Dates
Qual Rd1 - Sat 17th July
Qaul Rd2 - Sat 31st July
Matchplay rounds
Mon 2nd Aug
Wed 4th Aug
Fri 6th Aug
Sat 7th Aug - Final

note: Normally we would play the qualifying rounds on back to back Saturdays, however, this year we are hosting the Scottish Open Footgolf on Sat 24th July.

On 23rd/24th/25th July we are hosting the Scottish Open Footgolf for the second year in a row.  As a result, our competition golf will be a 14 Hole 4 Man Texas Scramble.  Last Tee off time will be 13:30 to ensure we don't interfere with the Footgolf competition.

Friday 23rd - Footgolf are having a pairs competition from 15:00, therefore, Big course will likely close about 16:00.  More details on access to the golf course on the Friday evening will be provided nearer the time.
Saturday 24th - Footgolf competition starts @ 13:00 so we will be running a 4 Man 14 hole Texas Scramble from 06:45 to 13:30. It is likely that the 9 hole course will be available until about 12:00.  More details on access to the 9 hole course on the Saturday will be provided nearer the time.
Sunday 25th - On Sunday we will make a composite course available for booking for normal play which will consist of 10 holes.   This will start @ 15 then 16, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13 & 14.      
This will be available for full members and 9 hole members to book as most of the 9 hole course is getting utilised for Footgolf.

There will be more communications on the Footgolf competition from the Comms team nearer to the event.

Alan Wylie and his team are organising this competition and is being lined up for Thursday 9th September.  After discussion with the Greens team it was indicated that Thursday instead of the traditional Tuesday would be a better day for getting the course in its best condition.  More details on this will be made available nearer the time.

The fixture list will be updated shortly and can be viewed in Cub Documents section on the Scottish Golf App.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Sweepstake - Wed 30 June 21

Highlights of the day were a Net 60 by Scott Young in the 2nd Section.

First Section was won by Andrew McCulloch with a Net 64.

Third Section was won by Andrew Oswald with a Net 61.

Best Scratch was Stuart Gallacher with a 2nd successive 70.  Great scoring Stuart.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Medal - Sat 26 June 21

Highlights of the weekend were a Net 59 by Adam Cleary in the 3rd Section.

First Section was won by Charlie Paul with a Net 66 on BIH from Neil Delussey.

Second Section was won by Mick O'Brien with a Net 64.

Best Scratch was Stuart Gallacher and Ricardo Di Murro with 70.

Good progress with nearly everyone returning a signed card.  3 people were DQ'd for not returning a signed card.

Reminder: Please ensure you keep your General Account topped up.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Willow Trophy - Wed 23 June 21

Highlights for today were:

Robert Murphy returning to golf this season after being out with injury led the scoring in Div 3 with a Net 63.  This was matched in Div 2 by Jim Fulton.

Div 1 was won by Kenny Roy with the best Gross of the day: 70 - 4 for a 66.

Well done guys.

Thanks to almost all players for returning a signed card.  Only 3 people were DQ'd for failing to return a signed card.  Please ensure you check with your marker that they have been able to sign your card.  If they haven't then you need to go to the iPad and ensure it is signed.  Even if the scores are showing on the system, you still need to have your card signed.

Congratulations also go to Alistair Livingstone who got a hole in one at the 10th during a Challenge Quaich tie tonight. 


Alex Roy
Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Stableford & Greenock Open Singles - Sat 22 june 21

On Saturday we had a stableford competition with several people scoring 40+ points.

Highlight of the day was Hugh Mcgarrigle with 43 points in Div 2.

Steven Lapsley won Div 1 with 41 points and Gerard Smith winning Div 3 with 41 points.

The Greenock Open 2021 ( Part of the Race To Mar Hall OoM )

John Rahm was asked what was his inspiration on winning the US Open, and whilst most of us thought that he would give Seve a mention, he actually said he was following the Greenock Open on the Scottish Golf app and when he saw Crawford Rae finish birdie, birdie to close out a win, he thought he would try to emulate it.

Congratulations go to John and Crawford on their Major wins.

Crawford’s 63 Gross was his lowest ever score round Greenock and in 130 years has only been beaten twice.  This gave Crawford a Net 61 which was matched by John Tolan,  however, Crawford would be victorious with the Better Inward Half.

3rd place was picked up by Gordon McFarlane with a 63, with 4th place going to Neil Delussey with a 65 (BIH), and the fifth place winner was Paul Holleran also with a 65.

As a result of Crawford winning the Overall competition the Scratch prize was won by Alex Roy with a tremendous 68, this was matched by Past Greenock Champion Craig Thomson (Gleddoch), however,  Alex’s 32 back nine was enough to secure the prize.

This competition was part of Renfrewshire Golf Union’s Order Of Merit series (Race to Mar Hall) with more than half the field being visitors including 8 Scratch or better.  (One of the players was +4).

This means that Crawford Rae and Alex Roy will be part of the season end Race to Mar Hall event on 2nd October.   See the link below for future Race to Mar Hall events.  Most of these can be entered using the Scottish Golf App and the winners will be invited to Mar Hall.

Thanks go to the organisers, Pat Tinney and Ben Paterson in conjunction with Duncan Maitland and our M&H. Other thanks go to our Ground team for presenting the course in great condition, with many visitors indicating how much they enjoyed it.

Prize List

1st Crawford Rae - £150 & Trophy
2nd John Tolan - £100
3rd Gordon Mcfarlane - £80
4th Neil Delussey - £50
5th Paul Holleran - £30

Scratch Alex Roy - £150

Anyone who got a 2 receives a Sleeve of Pro V1s.

All prizes can be picked up from Duncan at the shop.


Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Stableford - Wed 19 June 21

Highlights for today were 42 points for Jordan Kimmins, with a few others on 40 points.

The course is in great condition and this is reflected in the scoring.

Reminder:  Please ensure you have topped up your account in order to enter and pay for the competitions.

General Play Scores
A number of people have been using General Play scores however they are unsure why they have received GP penalty scores.
If you have started a GP score you need to ensure the score has been fully submitted on the app before you leave the course on which you played, as it is tied in to GPS coordinates.

If you have an issue and cannot complete the submission of a GP score, then please email M&H with your scorecard and they can delete the pending score and get the correct score submitted.


Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Friday 9 Hole Stableford and Lyle Medal - Fri 11 June & Sat 12 June 21

First, we had the 9-hole stableford on Friday night.  This was won by Cameron Watson with 20 points.

Saturday & Sunday we had the Lyle Medal 2nd Leg, ie, the Summer Meeting.

Highlights from this was a 63 by Ranald Moore and a number of 64s.
Best Gross was 70 by Crawford Rae.

This has taken Ranald to the top of the Lyle Medal Order Of Merit with 130 and Jeff Mitchell with 132.

The Lyle Medal 2021 OoM can be viewed in Comps on the Scottish Golf App.

Next Weekend we have a Stableford on Saturday and also the Greenock Open on Sunday.  There are still some places available for the Open.


Dear Member, just a quick reminder to players that they need to ensure they have a signed card.
There were a number of people DQ'd at the weekend as they did not submit a signed card.

Please note: If the system does not see a signed card then the score does not get submitted and the score will not get added to your WHS record.

Some people have said that they signed both boxes on their phone, however, please remember,  that is not your card! that is the person you are scoring for.  

You need to check with the person marking your card that they have successfully signed the card and received the 'Scorecard Successfully submitted'

If they have not been able to confirm this then you must go to the iPad and input your scores and sign the card.

If there are issues with the iPad then you should let Duncan know.  note: Duncan also has an iPad in the shop and if there are issues with the one in the clubhouse then he may be able to assist you entering your score on his.

In the event you have not been able to get a card signed on the system then you need to take a picture of your scorecard ( signed ) and send to the M&H email address below.


Any cards on the system that do not have a signature (and has not been reported to M&H of an issue) will be DQ'd.    

Alex Roy
Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Alex Roy
Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap

Medal - Wednesday 9 June 21

Best scores were Paul Power & Ben Peterson with Net 64s.

Please note that there is a 9 Hole Stableford this Friday 11th June.

Also, the Saturday competition for 19th June is a Stableford and members can play in 4 balls.  This is because the Greenock Singles Open competition is on Sunday 20th June ( entry fee £12 )

Greenock Open
    1st Place - £150
    2nd Place -£ £100
    3rd Place - £80
    4th Place - £50
    5th Place - £30
    Scratch Prize - £150

This is a Race to Mar Hall event and a maximum handicap allowance of 28  

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



Captains Foursomes - Round 2 Draw

Hi folks, here is the draw for the Captains Foursomes Round 2. 

2nd round to be completed by 4th July. 

Please contact your opponent's ASAP please.  As with other competitions it is both teams' responsibility to get in touch so, please use emails or get telephone numbers from the Golf App to get in touch.

One game is outstanding but will be completed this week.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Charity Salver - Saturday 29 May 21

The Winner of the Charity Salver is David Finch with a Net 61 (BIH). Runner up was Kevin Murphy who also had a 61. Best Gross was Alistair Roy with a 68.

Monies raised from Saturday's competition will be provided to a Local Charity.   Thanks to the members for their support.

Scottish golf had a system error at the weekend which resulted in an outage.  This was resolved and scores have now been submitted to WHS, scores should show on players handicap records. 

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


May Medal - Saturday 22 May 21

Highlight of the weekend was Robert Johnstone's 76 less 16 for a Net 60.

Great score for one of our long-standing members Congratulations Robert.

There seems to have been an issue with the system for an hour or so on Saturday afternoon which resulted in some people being unable to complete or sign their card on the app or on the iPad.   Most people who were unable to sign their card on the system did the correct thing and sent me across a picture of their card.  Thanks for doing that, however, in normal circumstances when the system is up you must have a signed card on the system or you will be DQ'd.

Thanks for your support.

Alex Roy
Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Turner Quaich - Saturday 22 May 21

On Saturday we played for the Turner Quaich which is for over 65s.  The winner of this was Jim Docherty with a Net 69, as did the Runner Up Peter Harley.  The competition had to be settled over the best last 8 holes.

The senior Championship first round needs to be completed by 20th June.  Please ensure you get in touch with your opponent asap as the Seniors championship final should be played on the same day as the Club Championship final on 7th August.

Senior Championship Draw

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap

Seniors Championship Qualifier & Turner Quaich - Saturday 22 May 21

The following people qualified for the Matchplay with the final place qualifiers making it on Better Inward Half.  The draw for the Seniors Championship will be made and published soon.


Murdoch Carmichael


Cameron Mclellan


Gordon Cameron


Crawford Rae


Charles Mcdowell


Steven Orr


Frank Molloy


Jim Mcaulay


Stuart Gallacher


Alex Roy


Kenneth Roy


Ian Doak


Peter Gallagher


James Orr ( BIH )


Owen Gallagher ( BIH )


Fraser Gray ( BIH )

Whilst all the pressure was on the seniors in the qualifying, there was also a sweepstake for the younger members and young Chris McCauley shot a spectacular 69 Gross ( 65 ).  With similar Net scores from Al Livingstone & John McGill.

This score from Chris was just a warmup for Sunday's Tennant Trophy. 

After joining up with past Champion Cammy Jones and wisely deciding to play early on Sunday, the boys played some amazing golf, including 3 two's to score 60.

The prize winners for the Tennant were: 
1.C McCaulay & C Jones - 60
2. C Gallacher & N Forrest - 62
3. J Kimmings & C Black - 63 ( BIH )
4. A Campbell & R MCCallum 63
5. P Gallagher & C Gallagher 64 ( BIH )

Despite horrendous weather the course stood up really well to a battering of rain, as did the field with the vast majority managing to complete their round.

Thanks go to Duncan & James for arranging & supplying the prizes and also to Cammy McClellan for his support to M&H.

note: Anyone who got a 2 should pick up their sleeve of Pro V1s from Duncan who has the list of winners.

Alex Roy
Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Stableford - Wednesday 19 May 21

The results from Wednesday's competition have been posted to the results page and on the app.  Everyone had a verified card, thanks to all for getting that done.   Leading Scores were Paul Power and Peter Harkin with 42 & 41 points respectively.  Well done guys.

This Sunday we have the Tennant Trophy 4 Ball Better Ball competition, and I would like to request, if anyone has a couple of hours to spare on Sunday could they help out in collection of Scorecards and marking up a leader board.

Our Starter will collect any outstanding monies and provide Scorecards to teams on check in and the games will be coming in from around 1PM through until 7PM.

If you are willing to spend an hour or 2 it would be much appreciated. 

If you are willing to help out, please let me know by emailing me on:  mandh@greenockgolfclub.co.uk

Thanks for your support.

( Attached is an Example Scorecard for the Tennant Trophy.  Players should put their Handicap Index on the Card, and this should tie in with the details on the system, which will determine the strokes received.  Players will get 85% of their Exact Course Handicap)

Example Card

Markers should ensure they input the players Gross scores in columns A & B and the best Net score in the next Column.  

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



Reid Rose Bowl - Saturday 15 May 21

The highlight of the Reid Rose Qualifying was a Net 60 from Ben Knox.

The Qualifying score for the Match Play was 67 with Best Back 9 used to resolve the qualifiers.

The Draw for the Match play is attached.  With all first-round matches to be played by 13th June. 

In a well-supported Stableford on Friday there was a spectacular score from Ronan McCafferty with 24 points.

Congratulations to all the winners and qualifiers.  Good Luck in the Match Play.

Alex Roy
Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Timesheeet - Saturday 22 May 21

Next Saturday ( 22nd May ) is the Qualifying round for the Seniors Championship.  This is open to all members who are 55 or over on the day of the competition.

We have the Tennant Trophy Open competition on Sunday 23rd May; therefore, Sunday will not be available for the Seniors Qualifying so it will be restricted to the Saturday only.

In order to ensure over 55s have priority access to Tee times, the competition will open up for entry as usual @ 19:00 on Friday(14th), however it will only be open for over 55s.  Entry will be disabled for those under 55. 

The system will be opened to the rest of the members @ 21:00 for normal entry.

I hope the members will be understanding of this as it is the Seniors championship and for the under 55s it is only a sweepstake.  Hopefully everyone who is looking to play will get a time as we have increased the number of times slightly. 

An alternative would be for some of our younger members to embrace the Murray Cup.    To enter the Murray Cup just give your name to the Starter and pay £1 entry.

The Murray Cup  
This is a handicap strokeplay competition played over the “Wee Course”. 
The Murray Cup is awarded to the player with the best 2 round net total score. 
Players are required to play over the “Wee Course” during the months of March through to September.  Members may play on two occasions on any month, but only their best score of the two is counted for that particular month. 


Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



Timesheet - Saturday 15 May 21

As you know we had major issues with the system on Friday night which resulted in us having to close off the competition for any new entries. Many people had times confirmed but somehow the system allowed them to be removed and others then claimed the times.

We are over subscribed for the times that are available, therefore, to be fair to those who had a time we are going to have to delete the time sheet for Saturday and restructure it to allow us to add in some additional times.   This will mean that most folks times will change, although not by much.

M&H will require to manually re-populate the draw sheet and it may take a couple of days to complete this.  Hopefully we can re-open it by Thursday.

Unfortunately adding in additional times is likely to cause some issues with pace of play so I would appreciate some patience if this is the case,  If anyone wishes to move to the Sunday, please let me know.


Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Captains Foursomes Draw

Click here for the draw for the Captains Foursomes. 

First round to be completed by 6th June.  There will be no extensions so please contact your opponent's ASAP please.  As with other competitions it is both teams' responsibility to get in touch so, please use emails or get telephone numbers from the Golf App to get in touch.

G Donnachie & J Burns get a bye into 2nd round.

To work out handicaps players should get their Course Handicap from the Lookup Tables or the App ( Lookup Course button ).

The teams course handicaps are added together and the strokes received are 1/2 the difference.


Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



Lyle Medal - Saturday 8 May 2021

There were distinct contrasts in the weather between Saturday and Sunday with the Sunday players having a mostly dry day and temperatures having risen by 10 degrees.

The PCC (new name for the CSS) for Saturday went up by 2 shots.

Scoring was difficult on Saturday but there were still one or two great scores in the conditions.  Especially the Net 62 by Ronald McCallum.  Well done, Ronald.

Crawford Rae had a gross 72 which was remarkable in the conditions.

11 players were Disqualified as they did not sign their card on the App or on the iPAd.

There were quite a number of NRs due to the weather on Saturday and it was noticed that some of those who NRd had selected 'Retired' as the NR option.  Please note that this option should only be used if someone is retiring because of a medical issue or an emergency.  

With the new handicap system, if you have completed more than 10 holes then you should still submit the score and just put zeros into the boxes where you did not complete the hole.

Alex Roy


Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



Medal - Wednesday 5 May 2021

There were 12 players who did not sign their card.  Although I said I would DQ all players who did not sign their card, I have ignored my own advice in the hope that Everyone will comply this coming weekend.  ie, this is the final warning.

If you have had a 2 or a good score and do not sign your card you will not get paid out as the system won't pick up your score.  That is why I need Everyone to comply and even if you NR you must complete the card on the iPAD and sign it. 

With the new WHS handicap system if you NR at one or two holes the system will still give you an adjusted Gross score, so it is worth ensuring you complete as many holes as you can.

Please note that if someone is using the 'Score for All players' function on the app then it does not allow you to sign your card.
This must be completed on the iPad.

The simple thing to remember is, if you haven't physically signed for a score on your phone or on the iPAD then your score isn't valid.

Coming back to the results..

We again had some wonderful scores none more so than Jonny Glen.

Jonny started 2,3,3 which in Net scores was 1,2,2...

Great score Jonny.

We also had yet another Hole in 1.  This time Michael McCartney got one @ the 7th.   Congratulations Michael on a great achievement ( especially @ the 7th ).

Unfortunately for Michael our Hole in One slush fund had been wiped out with the fact we had 3 other holes in one in the last 12 days.  As I mentioned before, we need the Greens team to start hiding the pins away to help us build up another fund. 🙂

Alex Roy
Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



Provost Trophy - Sat 1 May 21

Wow, that was an eventful weekend in the Provost Trophy, scores have been elevated to another level!!

I remember (not that long ago) when a 62 would be the winning score for the Provost Qualifier, this weekend 62 didn't even guarantee qualification, with one team on 62 missing out on a place in the matchplay.

The winning score of 55 was remarkable and although the winning team had a lot of high scores on their card, they interlocked well enough to come through with a great score.  They even had a Net 0 at the 7th !! (Gross 3 less 3 shots).  Congratulations to Kieran Munro and Ryan Lynch.

Yet again we had another hole in one (this is our 3rd in 8 days !!).  Congratulations go this time to David Docherty, and with CoVid restrictions lifted David was able to respect the time old tradition of putting up a Bottle of Whisky.  Well Done Davy!
(Our Hole in 1 fund has been wiped out, so I need to have a word with the Greens convenor to get those pins stuck behind bunkers for a few weeks to let it build up again !! :-)

Some people also had issues with scores on the App and reverted to submitting normal cards.   M&H have reviewed all the scores and we believe them to be correct.  

Please find attached the Results and the Top 16 teams will be in the draw.  

The Matchplay draw will be made this week.  Good Luck to all those who qualified.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



WHS Card Submission

ALL players need to submit a signed scorecard, otherwise, they will be Disqualified (including NRs ).

Only exceptions are if there has been an issue with the App and also with the iPAD.  In which case a normal signed card needs to be submitted to M&H via email.

However, if there was an issue with the iPAD this also needs to be reported to the Starter or M&H before leaving the course in line with the rules of golf.  ie, All scores must be submitted before leaving the course.

Checking todays scores there are some players who do not have a signed card.

Can those players please indicate the reasons for not having a signed card and if they have reported this to the starter as M&H haven't had any reports or any cards provided.


Please note as per the new WHS system cards that are unsigned/unverified, do not get sent to WHS for inclusion in your handicap record so it is in everyone's interest to ensure they complete their card online.  Anyone seen to be abusing this in order to prevent scores being posted are liable to be suspended from competition golf.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



Captains Foursomes - Closing Date For Entries - Sunday 9 May

Scottish Golf have confirmed that it is OK to play foursomes.  This is with one proviso in that the person who owns the ball in use is the only person allowed to touch it.

ie, if a ball is on the Green then the person who owns the ball is the only one who can mark and lift it.

The Entry for the Captains Foursomes Matchplay competition is now open on the app and closing date is Sunday 9th May.

Entry is £2 per person.

The Captains’ Foursomes  
All ordinary members may enter the Captains’ Foursomes, which is a handicap Matchplay competition for the play of Foursomes. 
A random draw shall take place and will be posted on the Scottish Golf app. 
The Matchplay rounds shall take place on dates determined by the committee.


The handicap differential is half the difference in the two teams’ totals.

ie, You add both players Course handicap together and then take 1/2 the difference.


player A - Handicap index 4.0 - White Tees Course Hcap = 4
player B - Handicap index 6.3 - White Tees Course Hcap = 7
player C - Handicap index 9.9 - White Tees Course Hcap = 11
player D - Handicap index 15.7 - White Tees Course Hcap = 17

Team AB Total = 4+7 = 11  Team CD Total = 11+17=28
Shots Received = (28-11)/2 = 17/2 = 8.5 rounded to 9.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



Stableford - Wednesday 28 April 2021

Highlight of the day was another hole in 1.  Congratulations to John McCafferty on achieving this feat @ the 10th Hole. ( Our M&H Convenor is lucky to hit 10th Green Once a year never mind holing it ).

39 points was the Magic number with each section winner matching that.  Well done guys.

As you know I sent out a couple of emails indicating that Everyone needs to have a SIGNED DIGITAL SCORECARD.  (Including my homemade Video) . There were 19 people who didn't manage this and have been asked to provide reasons for not being able to achieve this, despite the iPad being available.

List of excuses, include... 
I forgot!, I couldn't be bothered standing in the Queue for the iPAd!, My DOB must be wrong!,  I was drunk!, I left it for my mate to do it!  We walked in/NR'd so didn't think we needed to sign! etc....

If a score isn't signed, then there are consequences-
1) The VMS system will not add your score onto your WHS record.
2) M&H need to spend time to find out why the score isn't verified/signed.
3) The rules of Golf require a Signed card and the player should be DQd.

We have been lax in enforcing and disqualifications up to this point as we only had the mobile app available to us and there were some issues with it, however, now we have the iPAD which allows members to complete a signed card.

note: I have manually verified yesterdays completed scores to allow them to be added to players scoring records but going forward these will not be recognised.

For serial offenders some clubs will stop them entering competitions for a period of time, but I am hoping we have a better class of membership that won't let it get to that.

Thanks for your support going forward and I look forward to everyone having FULLY SIGNED CARDS next Wednesday.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PLAYER IS RESPONSIBLE TO ENSURE THAT THEIR OWN SCORE HAS BEEN SUBMITTED AND SIGNED.  If someone else is marking your score on their phone it is still your responsibility to make sure it is fully signed, so please spend some time with them at the end of the round to double check this and if it isn't then you need to finish it off on the iPAD.  Even if the scores are recorded on the system, you still need a signature to make it valid.

NOTE: Even if you NR & Walk in you still need to Sign the card digitally so that the M&H know that it is an actual NR and not just a problem with the system/app.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



VMS IPad Score Entry - 28 April 2021

Dear Member,  just to remind you that the iPad is now available for Scoring in competitions.

Everyone should ensure they have a Fully Signed ( 2 signatures ) card on the system.

Even players who NR need to ensure they complete their card on the system.

If you do not get a fully signed card on the App you need to make sure it is completed on the iPad.

Players will be able to complete their card very quickly on the iPad so there should be no excuses.   A short video is attached for those unfamiliar with the iPad.

LINK ->  https://youtu.be/9cdt1lCTqwo

If for some reason the iPad is down, then please let the Starter know immediately and if it is not resolved quickly then please revert to a normal scorecard and inform M&H at the email address below.


Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



Upcoming Provost Trophy - 1 May 2021

I see quite a few teams have entered the Provost but don't have a tee time yet.

If you think you have a Tee time please check and if not then let me know which time you want aligned with as there are still quite a few free, especially early tee times.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



Medal - Sat & Sun 24 & 25 April - Sunday players can score on the app

Previous instructions were for players who were playing on Sunday to just submit a normal scorecard, however, last week a couple of the games were able to check in to the competition and use the scoring function on the app.

If you are able to do this it would help M&H greatly by reducing the number of cards that need to be manually entered.

I haven't tried this myself, but I you should be able to find the April Medal on the App, either in Comps - Club - Past or Future  or it may even be on the Home page - Competitions Today.

I've been told that it works as normal once you select the Competition.

If you are unable to do this then just submit the card as normal.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



23 April 21 - Scottish Golf App - WHS (World Handicapping System)

As you know we have been using the Scottish Golf App to allow us to play our competitions, however, not everyone has a mobile phone plus some folks have had technical issues ( and non-Technical ) resulting in scores being submitted that are not digitally signed.

With the new World Handicap System any scores that do not have a fully signed/verified card are not submitted for Handicap purposes and should be discarded.

Because members didn't have the capabilities to resolve their issues using just a mobile phone, M&H have been manually verifying their scores to ensure they were added to a player's handicap record.

From 26th April we are allowed back into the Clubhouse, and we will have access to the VMS computer/Ipad system.  ( Located next to the fruit machine in the hallway ).

Therefore, going forward, ALL PLAYERS must ensure they have a Fully Signed Digital Card.

Players will be able to complete their card very quickly on the iPad so there should be no excuses.   A short video is attached here, https://youtu.be/9cdt1lCTqwo, for those unfamiliar with the iPad.

Anyone who doesn't have a fully completed and signed card will be Disqualified from the competition, as it would be with a normal scorecard that was unsigned.

This also goes for someone who has a signed card but has unwittingly signed for a lower score than they had, i.e., they too will be DQ'd.

If for some reason the iPad is down, then please let the Starter know immediately and if it is not resolved quickly then please revert to a normal scorecard and inform M&H at the email address below.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



Upcoming Provost Trophy - Sat 1 May 21

Provost Trophy
Next week's Saturday competition is the Provost Trophy.
This is a Pairs team competition and games will go out in 4 balls ( 2 teams ).

Players can only enter their own team against a Tee time.  If you wish to play in a specific fourball then both teams will need to try to get the same time.

If players are unable to get the same time, then I would still encourage teams to take a time.  This might be a good opportunity for members who don't normally play together to get to know other members.

I think the important thing is for teams to get a time and if some folks wish to swap about then as long as all players in those times are OK about it then you can request M&H to move during the week. ( Avoid requests during this weekend ).

Also, remember if you are playing as a 4 ball on the Sunday to take a Saturday Tee Time after 19:00, again, both teams need to enter separately.

Please note that each week we are reserving 3 Tee times to allow the time sheet to catch up and stay on track and also to help ease the flow and keep up the Pace of Play.  So please don't ask if you can be fitted into those slots.

As this is a 4-ball competition play may be slightly slower, so we have extended the gap to 9 minutes, but can I please encourage players to ensure they keep up with the game in front.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



Whinhill Seniors & Laurie Trophy - Sat 17 Apr 21

The good weather was reflected in some tremendous scoring. 

The main competition was for over 55s with the main prize being the Laurie Trophy.

The winner of the Laurie Trophy was George Anderson with a net 63.  Runner-Up was Steve McDowell with 65 (BIH).

The draw for the 16 qualifiers for the Whinhill Seniors matchplay will be made later this week.

We had over 200 players competing this weekend, and the measures we have put in place for helping Pace of Play appeared to work well, with nearly all games going out on time and most going round in under 4 hours.  Let's keep this up going forward.

Draw Update - Whinhill Seniors 2021
18 Hole Course White Tees , Order of Play for Round 1

1 06:00 1 Cameron Mclellan 5.0 - Michael O'brien 15.5
2 06:01 1 Graeme Alexander 27.7 - James Orr 16.8
3 06:02 1 James H Duncan 18.7 - Charles Paul 9.0
4 06:03 1 Neil Delussey 10.4 - Satish Patel 19.3
5 06:04 1 Brian Davidson 18.1 - Steve Mcdowall 14.6
6 06:05 1 Kenneth Parker 19.3b - Ian Jamieson 15.1
7 06:06 1 Patrick Tinney 17.7 - George Anderson 22.5
8 06:07 1 Willie Kemp 10.6 - John Mcdougall 15.6

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


Thursday 15 April 2021

Just a quick update on the Scottish Golf App.

Some of you may have experienced issues last week when trying to Enter & Book times for the following week.

Some folks received emails to say they had entered, and those folks also thought that they had managed to book a Tee time but hadn't.

This was reported to the Scottish Golf development team, and they indicated that we aren't the only club who is getting these issues.  It appears that the issue is being caused by the very high load on the system within a very short period (@ 7PM).

They also indicated that as a result of the increased load, the response time from the system extends, which makes members think it has locked and they exit the App. However, the developers believe that if members are patient it will respond. Unfortunately, members are exiting the App and trying again which not only locks times but means they struggle to get back in.  So maybe worth trying to wait a bit longer if you get this situation again.  

In the meantime, the developers are working on trying to resolve the response time issues.

A few members also had issues this week when trying to load the competition for scoring and it was coming up with a blank page,  Scottish Golf say that this may have been caused by a number of updates that were pushed out, and they suggest that if you had this issue then the best way to fix it is to delete the App from your phone and re-install.

Hopefully going forward, we will see less and less issues, and with the Clubhouse opening scoring should not be an issue as this can be done on the iPad.

Some of you may have noticed that the Yellow Tees on 5 & 11 have been moved back to their previous position on the Big Tees.  This was because the New Tees haven't stood up to the level of traffic and are not really fit for purpose. The Yellow Course has been re-instated with the extended yardages and the Course Rating/Slope Rating Indexes updated with Scottish Golf/VMS.

The purpose of the forward yellow tees was to provide an easier course suited to Seniors (and new players), therefore keeping this in mind we have had the Red Tees rated as Gents Tees as well as Ladies Tees.  This course can now be used for Gents Competition/Handicap golf and we will be looking to run a few Senior Medals on that course.

Yellow Tees are measured at 5612 yards with Course Rating /Slope Rating of 68.2/122  and SSS 68

Red Tees are measured at 5149 yards with Course Rating /Slope Rating of 65.9/117 and SSS 66
Note: The purchased Yellow Tee stones will be moved to the new position.

Please see attached the new course rating certificates and the revised course handicap charts.

These Charts & Certificates are also viewable on the Scottish Golf App.  ( Home -> More... -> Club Documents )

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



Wednesday Medal - 7 April 2021

(Click Here for full results)

Thanks to most of you for spending some time to ensure you get a completed signed scorecard on the app, this makes life a bit easier for M&H. This is also a requirement to ensure your scores are updated to WHS.

The following link is a good example of how to enter a competition, score the competition, fix incorrect scores and re-enter the app if any issues.




Crawford Bogey - 3 & 4 April 2021

(Click Here for full results)

We had a lovely weekend for golf with nearly 200 playing on Saturday and a few more on Sunday.

This week we had a Trophy at stake which was the Crawford Bogey.  The original Crawford Bogey Trophy was a painting which hangs in the Hallway of the clubhouse, however, last year Bob Hossack decided to donate a Trophy that can be presented.  Many Thanks Bob. 

The Winner of the Crawford Bogey was Charlie Paul and Runner up was Tom Moffat both with 3up on the course.  This was decided on countback over the back 9 as there were also a few others on the same mark.

You may be wondering why it has taken longer to get out the results this week.  There were a couple of reasons for this.

1) We had an issue with the system resolving the scores so had to manually configure and check it.

2) The biggest issue is with a large number of players failing to get a fully completed and signed card from the App, which requires M&H to chase down each member to see what issues they had.  I'll send out an email on this later in the week to see what we can do to ease this burden.  This issue should be resolved when we get access to the clubhouse and members can input  on the computer/iPad in the hallway.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



M&H Update 1 April 2021 - Crawford Bogey

We have set up the competition to be run over two days with the aim of reducing delays and hold ups.

Unfortunately for this weekend there hasn't been much of a take up for this Sunday, which could be due to the weather, or the fact it is Easter Sunday.

Therefore, we do expect some delays again this Saturday, however, as the weather for Saturday is to be good and the format is a Bogey competition then members should move a lot quicker.

The Crawford Bogey is a match-play competition against the course where you take your Strokes Received at the relevant index holes.  eg, if your SR is 6 then you get a shot at 4,7,9,11,15 & 17.  ( See example scorecard )

card crawford bogey

If your net score at the hole is better than par then you win the hole and mark in a '+'
If your net score at a hole is equal to par then you mark in a '0'
If your net score at a hole is greater than par then you mark in a '-'

At the end of the round you count up the number of '+'s and '-'s ( in the example there are 3 '+'s and 3 '-'s therefore the final score will be 0 )

As usual you enter your GROSS score in the app and the system should do all this for you, but please take a card to back this up!


FOR CRAWFORD BOGEY - If you have already played a number of shots and know that you are going to lose the hole, then you can Immediately Pick Your Ball Up and log a 0 in the app.  This should speed up play, so please do this at every opportunity.

GOING FORWARD - As you know we have introduced playing competitions over 2 days, however, other actions we have taken to address Pace of Play ( as of Sat 10th) is to increase the time intervals to 8 minutes and to reserve a couple of Tee times.  Hopefully this will allow the course to flow better.

However, it will only flow better if the players themselves take appropriate actions to speed up play.  ( See previous email with Tips on how to avoid Slow Play ).

The Committee are fully focused on Pace of Play issues and have created a Convenorship whose main role is to monitor this on a weekly basis, create a policy for dealing with slow play,  and also to educate the membership on that.  Stephen Mullan will be picking this up and will be communicating details on this via the Comms Team.

Reminder:  Please ensure to Top Up your General account.  There are still a number of players whose accounts have insufficient funds and if they end up with a good score they could lose out on prize or 2's money.  Please Check as the App will tell you if you have Entered and Paid.

If you have any questions on the above, please email M&H.
Alex Roy
Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



M&H Update 1 April 2021

As mentioned earlier this week we are looking to run competitions over Sat/Sun. 

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th April is a Stableford.
If you plan to play on the Saturday, then please enter the competition and book your time as normal( Entry opens on Friday @ 19:00 ).

If you wish to play on Sunday 11th then you also need to enter the competition for the Saturday and book a time, however, please book one of the Saturday slots after 19:00.  This lets M&H know that you are intending to play on the Sunday.

Members can book up to 4 players in the time slots for after 19:00. 

If you are going to book for the Sunday, please avoid booking at 19:00 on the Friday as the system is very busy at that point.  There are lots of slots available for the Sunday times so you should be able to book at your leisure.  Once you know what your game is going to be then you also need to book a time for the Sunday using the Normal 'Book Now' function on the app.  The Bookings for Sunday open on the previous Monday, ie, for Sunday 11th you can book your time from Monday 5th.

Players playing on Sunday will not be able to score in the app, so will require to submit scorecards either into the Starters box or by emailing to M&H.

Sunday 11th would normally be our Masters-Sunday Shotgun competition, however, because of Covid restrictions this won't be possible as gatherings are not allowed.  But having the competition on the Sunday is a good alternative to play a 4 ball and a competition with your friends.

Please note that if you are intending to play the Stableford competition on the Sunday you cannot play the Big course on the Saturday.

Any questions on the above please email M&H

Alex Roy
Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap




March Medal 27 March 2021

(Click Here for full results)

Saturday was a very difficult day with strong winds and heavy rain at the latter stages of the day which resulted in fairly high scoring and a significant number of NRs.  This was also the first time many of you will have competed with your New WHS Handicaps. 

Please note that in order to balance out the 3 Divisions we have made a change to Section 2 & 3.  The Handicaps are now: 

Section 1: -7 to 10.4

Section 2: 10.5 to 16.4

Section 3: 16.5 to 45

As I'm sure many of you are aware there were issues with Tee times running late and also with pace of play.

There are likely to be several reasons for this and our Committee are meeting tonight to try to address the issues as best we can.  

I'm sure that whatever outputs we have from this will require your full support and it will be incumbent on all of us as members to do what we can to ensure that everyone from the early birds to the late starters can enjoy the same level of enjoyment from the course.  

Please be assured that your committee are taking this very seriously and we will do everything possible to resolve.

There were also significant issues with scoring on the App which needs to be addressed, and I will be sending out more about this later in the week.  This was the main reason for the delay in getting results out. Hopefully we can get back into the Clubhouse soon and get access to the iPad/Computer which should remove this as an issue.

Thanks for your Support.

Any questions or comments please email M&H as per email below.

Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



M&H Update 26 March 2021

Update about this weekend's competition, the March Medal.

Preferred Lies will be in operation.  ie, Lift and place within 6 inches if on prepared grass. ie Fairway, Fringes and Approaches.

Preferred lies will be in place till End of April.

From Saturday onwards Mats will no longer be required.

This is the first singles competition of the year and for many it will be their first time using their new WHS handicap.

When marking a scorecard, players should put their Course Handicap on their Scorecard.

To get your Course Handicap, players can take their Handicap Index and cross check on the 18 Hole Courses Course Handicap chart.   This Chart is viewable here or on the Golf App.  Go to >> More.. -> Club Documents -> 18 Hole Courses Handicap Tables.(White Tees).

See attachment.

The Good News is that the Golf App should have it all worked out for you anyway!!

Thats the Good News, the Bad News is that when it comes to working out the places in a competition, players also get a Playing Handicap.  The Playing Handicap depends on what type of competition you are playing.  For Normal Strokeplay competitions your Playing Handicap is 95% of your exact Course Handicap, which is then rounded.

Take Player X as an example.....
Player X has a handicap index of 19.3
His Course Handicap is 21.0 (ie, 19.3 x 123/113)  (Where 123 is the Slope Index of the course you are playing-ie, Greenock White Tees)
His playing handicap is 21.0 x 95% = 19.95 (20) ie, Rounded to 20

From November 2020 all Scottish Golf Clubs moved onto a new handicap system WHS.

Each player will now have a Handicap Index.  This Index is based on a players’ best 8 scores from their last 20. (or less if players don’t have 20 scores recorded).   Players can view this on the Scottish Golf App or on the SG website (https://scottishgolf.org/members-area/).

Players will also have a Course Handicap; this is dependent on which course and set of Tees a player is using.

For example.  If a player with a 6.3 Index is playing White Tees @ Greenock Golf club.  The White Tees @ Greenock have a Slope Rating of 123.

To work out a players Course Handicap the formula is…
Course Handicap = Handicap Index x Slope Rating/113
CH = 6.3 x 123/113 = 6.8 (This is rounded to 7).

There are also Course Handicap Lookup tables available to allow members to see this without use of a calculator. These can be found here on the club website or on the golf app. A hardcopy will be posted in the Clubhouse. (When we get back in).

Note: For Matchplay competitions the Handicap Allowance is 100% of Course Handicap, ie, players use their Course Handicap as per the day of their match. 

For Stroke/Stableford competitions the Handicap Allowance is 95%.

Note: Scottish Golf recommend that players submit as many scores as they can as this should help ensure that your handicap reflects your current playing ability.  Scores can be returned at any time using the General Play Function in the Scottish Golf App as long as you pre-register your round and are playing with a valid Marker.

If anyone has any questions on the above, please email M&H.

Alex Roy
Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap



M&H News 21 March 2021

Results of Saturdays 4 Man Team competition are available on the website results page.

Congratulations to the winning team with a tremendous score of 121.
1= Adam Brown
1= James Glover
1= Brian Mclean
1= James Harkness


We have been lucky to be able to admit a number of New members to Greenock Golf Club over the last year.
Many of our New members are also fairly new to Golf and to a Golf Club, and for many, this means being able to get a handicap and take part in club competitions.  We have a number of New members ( and old members ) who don't have a regular golf partner which makes it difficult to be able to obtain a handicap and get into Team competitions.
What we would like to do is to have a forum set up where members can arrange games with others.  If you would like to be included in that forum, just drop an email to M&H on email below.


Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap


M&H News 15 March 2021

Results for Saturdays 4 man team competition are available on the website results section.

Outstanding scoring from the winners with 89 points, helped by a 2 @ 8th from Jeff Dechambeu-Mitchell ( I'm assuming he drove the Green :-) ).  2nd place was won with 86 points and there was a countback on 85 points to separate the other placings.

The course was in excellent condition considering the weather and it was great to see such a big field given all the rain we had.  The field seemed to move along well given that it was 4 balls, so let's keep this up, and remember, if you are not going to contribute to the scoring you can always pick your ball up, which will keep things moving faster.  

We had some problems with the VMS system crashing when trying to run the results ( Development are still looking at it ), hence the delay in getting the results out. Plus, there are a couple of teams scores missing from the end of the report, but I'll ask Scottish Golf to investigate and find out why.

The way the system handles 2's is that they are paid out to the person who actually got the 2.  So, I guess it depends on how generous the player is and whether he shares his winnings with his teammates. Or buys a round when the bar eventually opens !!

This Saturday's competition is a similar format except that it is best 2 Net Scores that are recorded instead of points.  I will post an example scorecard near the end of this week.

Please be aware that all CHALLENGE CUP entries must be in by 21st March.  No entries can be accepted after that date as the Draw will be made shortly after that date.

Please remember to top up your General Account via the app as this will ensure that your sweep money gets paid, if it isn't paid and you happen to have a winning score or a 2 then the system won't pay out.

Please remember to pick up your Loyalty card and your rake from the starter.  Hopefully everyone having their own rake will mean that we will all have good lies in the bunkers. 
TIP: A wee tip is to ensure you put your name on the rake so that if you leave it at a hole or it falls off your bag then it can be returned.

Any queries on any M&H matters please email as per below.

Alex Roy,
Greenock Golf Club
Match & Handicap