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North Golf Winter Alliance Season is ruled null and void

By Will Clark

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The North Golf Winter Alliance has declared its season null and void due to the restrictions placed by the Scottish Government.

Organisers made the call to scrap the campaign due to the travel restrictions imposed to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

The series takes place at golf courses in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross-shire, and with scores required from a golf course in each county, the competition is unable to determine an overall winner.

Five fixtures of the Alliance series were still to take place at Brora, Golspie, Portmahomack, Reay and Tain to complete the season.

NGWA secretary Ally Melville says with new competitions scheduled to start in the spring and summer months, the winter season has run out of time to be completed.

“The travel restrictions won’t be lifted until April 26, which is far too late to complete the season,” he said.

“All the clubs will be looking to start their own competitions in the spring and summer.

“The winter season is usually finished by the middle of March.

“For an overall winner, players need four best scores throughout the year, with one of the scores each to happen in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross-shire along with a floating score.

“A lot of players haven’t played in some of the counties, therefore, the season has been ruled null and void.”

Despite the early conclusion to the campaign, Melville says organisers were pleased by the number of players who competed in fixtures which did take place this season.

“There were good signs that there were a lot of people playing as the numbers in fixtures were up,” said Melville.

“On average this year, there were around 60 people who played in each fixture. In previous years it was 25.

“We hope to be back to normal in October.”

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