The Cat comes out on top at inaugural golf day

Goalkeeping coach David Wylie and his team came out on top in our hugely successful inaugural golf day at Gourock Golf Course on Wednesday.

Supporter Paul Smith entered the tournament alongside Paul Keegan and Aldo Wright and requested former Ton shot-stopper Wylie as their designated staff/player, clinching the trophy with a winning score of 55.1.

Current Cappielow stars, club legends, fans and staff alike took on one of the most scenic courses in Scotland on a beautifully sunny Inverclyde day.

The event, organised by director Brian Clements and course professional Derek Watters, was held in aid of the club’s youth academy and will now be staged annually.

A thrilled Brian said: “We were very pleased with the turnout for the inaugural event. Fortunately, the weather broke and we had a day of sunshine and some terrific golf with some very well scoring teams.

“The day culminated with the golfers, including some of the players, getting involved in a target challenge with Victorian hickory-shafted golf clubs supplied by McTear’s.

“The event was so well suported by the players, the manager, past players, and supporters, and we’re already making plans for the 2018 event.”

Millions sweets sponsored a £10,000 prize for anyone who managed a hole in one on the 17th. The cash went unclaimed – but Gary Harkins, a talented golfer, wasn’t far away from securing the briefcase.

Brian added: “Whilst there was no hole in one on the day, there were several players who came extremely close to winning the cash prize of £10,000.”

Manager Jim Duffy was delighted to support the event, and joked that it was irrelevant how close Harkins came to a hole in one as he still doesn’t claim the cash.

He said: “Davie’s team were certainly the most colourful team in terms of the attire, that’s for sure. You wouldn’t miss them! And by all accounts they played very, very well.

“I went downt to lend my support and it was a terrific event. We had about 11 players there and Davie as well as part of the staff. The boys all had a great day and the weather was terrific. It was an enjoyable day.

“Gary is a very good golfer – he plays off a very low handicap, I think it’s a two or something like that – and I believe he was quite close.

“But it doesn’t matter whether you’re six inches or six feet away – if it doesn’t go in the hole, you don’t win the £10,000.”


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