It was a fabulous day, with bright sunshine and not a breath of wind – there were no excuses for a poor round! Over the course of the day, the VPAR-managed leaderboard moved constantly.
After the nerves associated with the first hole in a national competition final, John Tully-Jackson and Tom Noall started to focus and the birdies on holes 2, 5 and 9, supported by some solid par play, pulled the team into a commanding position at the turn.
Clearly the break at the halfway house by the famous lighthouse on Ailsa had an effect – was it the relaxing atmosphere in the sunshine on a lovely late April day that distracted them? Bogeys at 10-13 dropped the team back down the pack and, suddenly, teams from Kinloch Anderson, 9dots Consulting and JP Morgan had overtaken them, with predicted scores from teams that tee’d off later showing them ahead too.
But Tully-Jackson clearly held an important team talk and consistent play from 14 onwards added crucial points on each hole, allowing them to move slowly back up. Sitting in the clubhouse, they were in second place and relying on performances from elsewhere in the field. Kinloch Anderson had been in the last group to tee off and held the lead for some time, thanks to amassing a quality “sporran-full” of points in the first six holes. After 15, they were still in the lead and Tee Video were drowning their sorrows in Dodd’s Gin. Maybe the hot Scottish sunshine in the late afternoon made them wilt but a total of just four points from the last three holes not only lost Kinloch Anderson the lead but dropped them down to third….and Tee Video claimed the Scottish crown!
No prize for a Hole in One but a host of other awards was presented at the evening dinner and honour was satisfied after WCGC’s very own Duel in the Sun!