The Whiting Bay Ladies won the Kiscadale Salver in a nail-biting match against Shiskine, at Shiskine, on Thursday 14 April. This is the first time Whiting Bay have ever won this prestigious inter-club trophy since its inception 38 years ago! Well done girls!
The Kiscadale Salver is the leading inter-club ladies' competition on the island. The salver was donated by the Whiting Bay ladies' section back in 1973 when the Arran Ladies Golf Union was established, but it has never been held by the Club, despite coming agonisingly close in past years. The competition is a match play round-robin against the other island clubs played over a fortnight. This year the Whiting Bay team, in striking red & black livery, started their campaign very strongly, seeing off Brodick and Lamlash and halving with Machrie in their first three matches. This took them to a position where a win against Shiskine would hand them the trophy and conversely a loss would see Shiskine almost certain winners (Shiskine had a game in hand).
Thursday evening saw glorious weather with no wind and a warm sun. It was a perfect spring afternoon at Shiskine, the sun slowly setting over Kintyre and the only sounds the rumble of the sea on the shore and the occasional cry of a pheasant. First out for Whiting Bay were Doreen Mainds and Viv Parks. As you would expect from a finals match, it was very close from the start. However by the 15th Whiting Bay were 3 holes down and looked in trouble. At the 16th Shiskine missed a very makeable putt and with it the chance to close out the match early. After taking the 16th, the girls dug deep. Doreen sank a stunning, weaving putt from off the green at the 17th to win that hole too, and the match went to the last with Shiskine still dormie. Unfortunately Shiskine found a bunker from the tee, could not escape and conceded the hole. Whiting Bay had pressed home to win the last three holes and thus draw the match. Well done Viv & Doreen!
With a half secured, all that was needed for the match and to lift the trophy was another win from the 'unbeatable' pairing of Susan Butchard and Catherine MacBain. That game too was very close from the off. Despite an impressive long game from Whiting Bay, the Shiskine pair were very proficient around the green and took the first two holes. Finding themselves in the unusual position of being behind in a Kiscadale tie, Whiting Bay charged back, taking the next four holes to go two up. They held on to their lead, but by the 18th it had been whittled back to just one hole up. A draw was not going to be enough to win the match and the Salver, so they had to avoid losing the last. Both teams drove well to the edge of the green. Shiskine were down in four, leaving Susan with one of those 'easy three footers' to half the hole. The atmosphere was tense. Susan took her time and with team, caddies and supporters willing her on, sunk it to take the match and the trophy!
All in all, a great evening's golf and a wonderful team effort from the ladies.
The other clubs play the final round on Saturday 16th for second place and the Whiting Bay ladies will be there for the grand prize giving afterwards.
The official match report and all the match scores can be found on the ALGU website at Kiscadale Result