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Tiree triumph over Tobermory

On Saturday 13th June a small fast craft brought 12 members of Tobermory Golf Club to take part in the annual golf matches against Vaul Golf Club.

The weather was fair and dry if a little windy and the north breeze kept it a bit cool. However, after a welcome breakfast of bacon and sausage rolls, things hotted up on the course with the Western Approaches individual competition getting underway at 11am. This competition consisted of 5 ladies and 21 men all setting off from a shotgun start.

The golf was great and the cup winner, Donald Brown from Tobermory came in with 42 points. Second was John Tyrer with 40 points and third with 39 points was Jessie Gray on a count back.

A beautiful lunch was supplied and served by the ladies and wives of the Tiree golfers and there was much to talk about as new and old acquaintances were made. The next rendezvous was Scarinish Hotel at 7pm for a pre-dinner drink in the Upper Deck followed by a fantastic three course dinner which was delicious. A Raffle was held in aid of Club funds and again prizes were donated by local golfers and friends.

On Sunday the big one, The Cadden Cup, is a team event and the four ladies got the match underway at 10am. They were followed by the twenty men in groups of four and it is a friendly but very competitive competition which was started many years ago by Gilbert Cadden and friends. Out on the course you are concentrating very hard on winning each hole in your own match but at the same time trying to gauge how the other matches are going. One of the men’s matches finished first, walking in from the fifth, and we were pretty sure Tiree had won that one. The Tiree ladies won on the 18th green so 2 up to Tiree in the Clubhouse. Tiree needed 3.5 to win and Tobermory would retain the Cup with a 3 – 3 draw. As each match came in the tension rose until we finally knew that Tiree had 3.5 points and the Cup was ours again. Group photos were taken by the Golf Club stone and the Tiree players’ smiles say it all.

It was then off to the Lodge Hotel for a late lunch where we had more tasty food and a pleasant social finish to the weekend. The Tobermory players left on the little boat at 7.30pm with a great send off from their Tiree counterparts and friends. I think we all agree that, as important as the golf is on this annual occasion, the socialising with friends old and new is equally, if not more important and thoroughly enjoyable.

Congratulations and thanks must go to Donald MacKinnon for getting all the greens newly fenced in time, to Neil Connor for the lovely greens that we putted on and to all the helpers who gave of their time to make the course and the clubhouse look so smart and beautiful and the flag flying proudly. One Tobermory golfer, Graham Davidson, has played for 32 consecutive years and perhaps that is a record but as Graham said, ‘If I played darts I would not have had this wonderful experience and made so many long term friends’.

Gilbert, your idea of this competition was a brainwave and long may the event continue. It will be in Tobermory next year which is a major challenge for Tiree golfers who are used to a flat course but we will go with every intention of trying our best to bring both Cups back to Tiree.

Golfing Glory For Tiree Juniors

Tiree has a Tiger Woods in the making with 6-year-old Jack MacCaskill from Vaul becoming the island’s youngest member of Vaul Golf Club to gain junior handicap status.

Last month, at the age of just five, Jack completed three formal rounds of golf to a standard which achieved him a junior handicap of 54 – a first for Vaul Golf Club. An achievement all the more impressive given that Jack only picked up the golf clubs three months ago. But practice makes perfect and over the last couple of months, Jack has been out on the green every day, come rain or shine, perfecting his putting and drive under the watchful eye of his big brother Ben, 12, and dad, John.

Golf Club’s Captain, Alun Jones, is delighted to have such promising young talent on the island: “Here at Vaul Golf Club we take junior membership very seriously – the more juniors you have today, the more full members you have in the future. “Being such a small membership club and with the challenges of our location and population, membership numbers are critical for the Club’s survival and sustainability. It is fantastic news that Jack managed to get his official handicap at the tender age of five and I hope this gives encouragement to other juniors to come and join in especially as membership fees for any pupil at Tiree school are free of charge. Thanks to our Match & Handicap Secretary John MacCaskill for all his hard work & time spent in promoting our new junior section.” And it seems Jack isn’t the only junior going for golfing glory on Tiree. Big brother Ben, 12, and Bernie Smith Jnr, 14, recently achieved Junior Golf Handicaps of 36 and 40 respectively, reviving the club’s junior section.

And on Friday 11 May, Bernie also won the Junior Medal – the first formal handicapped junior competition to be played at Vaul Golf Club in over 15 years. Vaul Golf Club is also delighted to welcome its newest addition to the Junior Section – Dan Johnstone, 11, from Caoles who’ll be playing for his junior handicap in the coming weeks. Ed Hodge, PR & Media Executive, Scottish Golf Union added “It’s always great to hear about young people getting involved and joining in the game as part of a healthy lifestyle. It’s also great to hear of success stories, so well done to Jack, Ben & Bernie.”

Situated on the east end of the island, Vaul Golf Club welcomes golfers, young and old, to join. Visitors to the island are also invited to pick up their putter and head to Vaul to enjoy a hassle-free round of golf against Tiree’s stunning backdrop. Simply pay your day ticket in the clubhouse ‘Honesty Box’ before hitting the green.

For further information visit the Vaul Golf Club Website.