Centenary celebrations

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Linlithgow Golf Club went back to the future last weekend when a Centenary Hickory Nine Hole Competition was staged.

The competition was played over the original nine-hole course designed 100 years ago by Robert Simpson who was at that time the professional at Carnoustie Golf Club.

This created a challenge for the greenkeeping staff who had to recreate the old sixth green near the existing 16th tee, but as usual the team were up to the task.

The 140 competitors had to play with hickory golf clubs and bags supplied by Harry Bowden of Hickory Golf North in Tain, Ross-shire so there no expensive drivers, lob wedges or long putters available!

Many of the competitors also dressed up in period costume and really looked the part, and for once the rain stayed away.

Overall winner was James Campbell with an impressive 18 stableford points. Winner of the ladies event was Eleanor Fyfe with a very respectable 14 points. The team event was won by “The Shankers”, who amassed 49 points. The team consisted of vice-captain Gary Shepherd, Mark Wells, Graeme Murray and Gordon Cairns.

A bottle of whisky , donated by Harry Bowden, was on offer for the nearest the pin competition at the eighth hole, now the 17th hole on today’s course, and this was won by John Tomlinson.

More than £100 was raised for junior golf for the nearest the pin competition.