The original format of the Angus Scott was designated as any combination of pairs in a foursomes format, with men playing off the whites and ladies their red tees and courtesy shots allowed for Ladies based upon the Standard Scratch differences. Entries in the competition for the past few years were very low, such that the Trophy wasn’t played for in either 2014 or 2015, however sufficient entries in 2016 made the Competition viable with 8 pairs; predominantly all mixed pairs with the exception of the Richard Hawken and Geoff Jones pair who this year reached the final. A new format for 2016 was agreed, for a better ball stableford matchplay format, with Men and Ladies playing off their own card off full handicap.
Sue Kingston Frost and Rod Frost came through a tough first round match with the Hawkey’s and were due to play Annie and Joe Cruse in the semi-final. Unfortunately Annie had to withdraw from the Competition due to injury; giving Sue and Rod the match and progression to the final.
On a fine and dry Friday afternoon Hawken and Jones played the Kingston/Frost pairing for the Trophy, in not surprisingly a friendly, spirited and well-contested match.
Richard won the second hole with a strong par against the wind, only for Rod to level the match with a par on the 3rd. Geoff made a great par on the fourth which was halved, as were the following two holes before Rod made another par on the 7th to go one up for the first time in the match. The 8th was halved in pars and Sue made a spirited 5 down the 9th with her shot to take the hole to go 2up at the turn. Geoff and Sue halved the 10th as was the 11th before Sue made another net par on the 12th to go 3up. Richard missed the green with his second to the 14th and yet made a great up and down to halve the hole, as he did with a solid three on the 15th with the match going to the 16th Dormie three.
Sue had played some very consistent golf throughout and had been making life tough for Richard and Geoff and it wasn’t surprising that Sue secured a 4&2 victory for the Kingston/Frost pair on the 16th.
The Angus Scott is the only Trophy open to any combination of pairing and it would be nice to see a larger field of entries for next year’s Competition for a truly integrated event.