Highland Quaich Report

The Highland Quaich tournament has become a very well attended event over the last few years...

Held annually in October, the tournament in 2018 to Inverness Golf Course where the event has been held ever since. Inverness Golf Course was established in 1883 and designed by George Smith and J J Fraser, with alterations made by the renowned course designer and Open Champion James Braid, the course provides an enjoyable and challenging test for any golfer. 

On Friday the 8th October 2021, after the obligatory and superb bacon rolls were devoured, members and their guests gathered for a group photo before SPOA President and fellow Highlander Callum Mackintosh saw them off at the 1st, a friendly 293 yard, Par 4. Refreshments at the starters hut were kindly sponsored by Morris Leslie Plant Hire Inverness, golfers were encouraged to help themselves from the skip of a new Mecalac 1t high lift dumper.

Throughout the day our event photographer Paul Campbell followed the groups round and managed to take some excellent “fly on the wall” shots before the golfers arrived at the half way house on the 10th ​​​​​​for further refreshments sponsored by the President’s business, Highland Hammer Hire / HHH Equipment. The 10th can be a challenging drive, out of bounds skirting the length of the fairway and some well placed bunkers mean you’re doing well to finish this hole in Par.

Curling Pond the 15th was chosen for nearest the pin, a tough hole too. Completing the back nine was a longest drive competition on the 18th , it’s a long Par 4 at 444 yards and made for good viewing from the clubhouse as everyone made their way back in.

Spirits naturally high and the buzz increasing in the clubhouse as the delicious lunch came out, hard to tell if it was the superb chicken lemonaise or the anticipation of the results from that gave the atmosphere… we think it was both!

Final results following scoring were as follows:

Winner of the Highland Quaich 2021 + £100 Voucher for the pro shop + bottle of Balvenie Carribean Cask sponsored by the President

  • Ian Scott, GAP Group – Elgin Depot

2nd place (member) - £75 Voucher for the pro shop

  • Graham Bow, Gordon Bow Plant Hire - Broxburn

1st place (Visitor) - £75 Voucher for the pro shop + bottle of Balvenie Doublewood sponsored by the President

  • Ross Logan, SMT (Volvo) - Stirling

2nd place (visitor) - £50 Voucher for the pro shop

  • Alistair Fraser with Morris Leslie Plant Hire - Inverness

Nearest the Pin on the 15th – £25 Voucher for the pro shop

  • Andrew Brown with Morris Leslie Plant Hire – Inverness

Longest drive on the 18th – £25 Voucher for the pro shop + Bottle of Balvenie Doublewood sponsored by the President

  • Andrew Brown, Morris Leslie Plant Hire – Inverness

Congratulations to Ian Scott of GAP Group for a great round of golf played and to all the other winning golfers on the day. Thank you to the Members and their guests for attending, we still have two more events coming up – SPOA Clay Shoot 29th October and SPOA Karting night 9th November, you can find out more or register here.

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