12/07/17 - The Angus Glen Trophy was played out in near perfect conditions on Sunday with a large field entering. The magnificent trophy was won by John Coupe who scored an excellent 39 points to claim his second title of the season. However this came at a cost as his handicap was slashed by a full 2 shots! The runner up was Donald MacKinnon who was home on holiday with 35 points.
04/07/17 - Happy Independence Day to all our American friends. On Sunday we played the July medal and again it was wet & windy. The competition was won by the Captain Allan Louis MacDonald with a Nett score of 78 which means the end of season medal winners competition is still a 3-ball although there are another 4 chances for others to qualify.
At the weekend we welcomed visitors from around the globe as we hosted our Life Members Competition. Unfortunately for them it was a typical Uist Mid-summer as they played out their competition in winds gusting up to 40mph as beefy showers blew over the course. However many were determined not to let it spoil their enjoyment and at the end of the day the winner was Jeremy Kinney from New York with John Roe of Brancaster the runner-up. Not surprisingly due to the conditions the course record wasn't in danger and we'll leave it at that in relation to the scores! Thankfully conditions improved for Sunday when the Team Texas Scramble was held and the Life Members were joined by a few teams from the normal members. As it was the Askernish boys burned up the course and the winning team with a nett score of 61.1 was The Soup Dragons (aka Allan MacInnes, Andrew MacDonald, Colin Russell (c) and Lawrence Walker) - the runners up were Washington State. Following the golf a buffet and presentation was held at the club and the life members were entertained by the pipers. Thanks to the Life Members and their friends for making the effort to come and compete in the competition and their contribution over the years without which the club would not be where it is at today. Thanks also to Storas Uibhist/Grogarry Lodge for their assistance with hosting and the excellent catering, Tommy and Steve for running the clubhouse, Chloe Steele and the Sgoil Lionacleit pipe band for providing the tunes at short notice, Ralph for arranging lots of things and all that assisted with the preparation of the course. Hopefully we'll do it all again in the next couple of years (with better weather!)
24/06/17 - Our new Longest Day competition on Tuesday evening proved a success and it was played in beautiful conditions. With the last group not finishing until 1030pm there was a wait to see who came out on top and the winner was John Archie MacIntyre who made his return to competitive golf after a spell out stealing the spoils with 33pts.
18/06/17 - Donalds Delight - The Club Championship was played over 2 days in testing conditions and it was Donald MacInnes who came out on top with an emphatic showing on Sunday to post a gross score for 2 rounds of 173. A popular winner with a dramatic return to form and Donald gets his name on the winners board for the 3rd time (his first since 2010). Although he had eyes on the big prize Ron MacKinnon can console himself with coming out on top in the handicap section. Well done to all those who turned out on both days.
11/06/17 - Ron Returns - The June Medal was played this afternoon in wet & windy conditions and it was the defending champion Ron MacKinnon who took the prize with a score of Nett 78.
11/06/17 - Silverware heads South - At the Western Isles County Championship in Harris on Sautrday our own Colin Russell ran out the winner in the Handicap Section with a score of Nett 60
08/06/17 - Last Weekend - quickly glossing over the tonking that was handed out we would just like to say a big thank you to all at Traigh GC for hosting us and their fine hospitality. Hopefully we'll see you at Askernish this year.
31/05/17 - Captains Cleek Result. Played as a 2 man team scramble the Captains team ran out winners in what was an enjoyable contest on a fine afternoon.
.21/05/17 - Another newbie in Harry Luney wins the Gordon Irvine Salver with an impressive return of 40pts. Played in damp and breezy conditions Harry used his full allotment of strokes very well by scoring on every hole and finishing in style with 2 birdies. Well done to Harry and it shows that the handicap system is a great leveller in this sport.
15/05/17 - On Saturday we took to the seas for our annual tie against Harris GC. On a fine day for golf some of our big guns mis-fired and therefore our points came from some unfancied sources as we battled to a 3 all draw in what was a keenly fought but friendly and enjoyable contest. Our thanks as ever to all at Harris GC for the hospitality afforded to us and hopefully they'll manage over to Uist for the return tie in a few months.
07/05/17 - May Medal Result. With the course very dry the breezy conditions worked on some holes but played havoc on others. As a result scoring was on the high side and the competition was won by Allan L MacDonald with a Nett 74. Allan now joins Roddy and Ron in the end of season finale and for the others there are still 5 chances to qualify.
Dr Robertson Trophy - That's the first round of this years matchplay competition out of the way and the results are shown below:
Allan L MacDonald bt John Coupe - W/O
Roddy Steele bt Colin Russell - 1up
Ron MacKinnon bt John A MacIntyre - 5&3
George Murray bt James MItchell - 3&2
Derek Cowan bt Donald MacInnes - 1up
Paddy Forbes bt Lawrence Walker - 2&1
Andrew MacDonald bt Allan MacInnes - 6&5
Ralph Thompson bt Stephen Macaulay - 5 & 4
Therefore the quarter final line up is as follows:
Allan L MacDonald v Roddy Steele
Ron MacKinnon v George Murray
Derek Cowan v Paddy Forbes
Andrew MacDonald v Ralph Thompson
23/04/17 - testing conditions earlier with a constant wind gusting over 20mph and we have a new face in the winners enclosure. Well played to John Coupe who scored 32pts which was enough to see off the rest of the field and lift the trophy.
16/04/17 - The April Medal was played in benign conditions over the links but the players still found scoring difficult. The winner was a familiar face in Ron MacKinnon who posted a Nett 72 (Gross 82) which was good enough to fend off the challengers.
01/04/17 - CHANGES (as Bowie once sang). Since the restoration and opening of the course in 2008 we have relied exclusively on volunteers and a small number of corporate & individual donators (to whom we are eternally grateful) to run and maintain the course/club. In this time the club has continued to operate within its means and whilst it could continue to do so it is clear that successful further development is dependent on a better vehicle for investment and enhanced management arrangements. With this in mind the board has negotiated an agreement with the local community landlord (Storas Uibhist) to take over the management of the course, clubhouse, commercial activity and administration of memberships. We (The Askernish Golf Club) will continue to operate as the home club on the course and run competitions and events under the Rules of Golf. For members there will be very little change to the current procedures and we should, in the short term, see the clubhouse being open more regular hours during the season and some 'on-course' investment. Over time it is hoped that Storas will be able to attract more visitors through the various channels it already has for other sporting activities throughout the islands as well as implementing larger scale works that are required to enhance/improve the unique facility that is the course and associated infrastructure. Finally we would like to place on record our thanks to the retiring Board members Angus, Neil and Ralph for their hard work over the years and during this transition period.
27/03/17 - March Medal - this took place on Sunday in the gloom and the lack of visibility meant a late switch to a Stableford competition. After 18 holes Roddy Steele and Colin Russell were tied on 34 points with Roddy taking the title on count back.
20/03/17 - The winter league reached it's climax yesterday after 5 months of golf in which conditions have been relatively kind to us. The League Champion is Derek Cowan who amassed 215pts and well done to him on taking the crown. The eclectic was won by Donald MacInnes with an excellent Nett score of 58.7. Tables showing the final scores are shown below
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