By Steve Bleasby

Last Sunday (26 June), Tarbert Golf Club hosted its Ladies Open competition, sponsored by Loch Fyne Gallery.  Fifty-nine players competed  –  a record for this annual event, which is now a firm fixture on the local golfing calendar.
The competitors, representing eleven clubs, played in rain which was torrential at times, especially in the morning.  Despite the weather, the ladies were undeterred, and played in good humour throughout.

Some of the golfers who braved Sunday's weather
Some of the golfers who braved Sunday’s weather

Testing conditions resulted in only two birdies from the entire field.
The Open format was Stableford, with prizes also available for Scratch, Birdies, Longest Drives and Nearest the Pin.  Crystal prizes, vouchers, and the trophy, were up for grabs.
The early leader in the clubhouse was event sponsor Rae Bleasby, who was in danger of winning her own trophy with 39 points, but it was not to be.  One of the last players in was Fiona McGlynn, who took the lead  –  and, eventually, the trophy  –  with a fine 40 points.  Her triumph was very fitting, as her mother-in-law, Tarbert member Cathie McGlynn, who passed away recently, was in everyone’s thoughts during the competition.
The players were fed and watered throughout the day, with rolls and refreshments on arrival, and a sumptuous buffet on completion of their round.  A raffle gave non-winners the chance to make amends, and all competitors received a goody-bag from Loch Fyne Gallery.

Tarbert's Lady Captain Rona Young
Tarbert’s Lady Captain Rona Young

The prize giving was well attended by club members and competitors.  Lady Captain Rona Young thanked Tarbert lady members who had worked very hard to make their guests’ day complete.
She thanked also Jim Brownlie, Willie Young, Jim Macnab, Neil McKnight, Charles Reppke, Catherine Jane and Laura McCaffery for all their hard work on and off the course, and closed by thanking the sponsors for their continued support.
Rae Bleasby of Loch Fyne Gallery then thanked everyone for a very enjoyable and successful day, announced the prizewinners and, with her husband Steve, awarded the prizes.
Clubs represented were Tarbert, Machrihanish, Carradale, Dunaverty, Kames, Shiskine, Taynuilt, Lamlash, Blairmore & Strone, Dalmally and Machrie Bay.

Event sponsors Rae and Steve Bleasby of Tarbert's Loch Fyne Gallery
Event sponsors Rae and Steve Bleasby of Tarbert’s Loch Fyne Gallery

F McGlynn (Taynuilt)  –  40 points
R Bleasby (Tarbert)  –  39 points
J Reppke (Tarbert)  –  38 points

(l to r) Rae Bleasby (runner-up), Fiona McGlynn (winner), Janeann Reppke (third)

(l to r) Rae Bleasby (runner-up), Fiona McGlynn (winner), Janeann Reppke (third)

E Jones (Shiskine)  –  81
A Gallagher (Machrihanish)  –  82
L Ramsay (Carradale)  –  83

Longest Drive Silver
V McKay (Machrihanish)
Longest Drive Bronze
J Reppke (Tarbert)
Nearest The Pin 17th
E Kelso (Shiskine)

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