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Bruce Putting Cup.

June 29, 2018 11:34 by gordonl

The annual competition for the Bruce Putting Cup was held on the practice green on June27th. An excellent turnout of members enjoyed great overhead conditions, with two rounds of the nine holes laid out by Sandy Reid resulting in a sudden-death play-off between Alan Baird, Aidan McColgan and Donald Ford. In spite of the enormous amount of time spent over the last two months “on my stance, swing, concentration, shakeless arms, wrists, shoulders and perfect stroke”, the Dalhousie Treasurer three-putted the first hole of the play-off from around four feet. That left Messrs. Baird and Ford to battle it out, and the Captain was left speechless when his long, first putt at the fourth extra hole hit the cup but refused to drop. The Match Secretary then sank an excellent putt at the next to win the trophy.

 

A first class buffet was served in the Golf Hotel thereafter, and the evening closed with the seven-time winner of the trophy, Arthur Coleman,  presenting the prizes – a duty which he did with the utmost grace and pleasure.

AVAILABLE ALTERNATIVE GOLF FOR MEMBERS DURING JULY

June 22, 2018 11:00 by donald

Council has arranged three courses for alternative golf during the July Open preparations and the tournament itself. In spite of three separate messages, a fourth club has yet to respond. The present availability is as follows:-  

Edzell has kindly offered the courtesy of the course to Dalhousie members from July 2nd to 22nd. Bookings should be made well in advance, if possible, through Alistair Webster in the Pro shop on 01356 647283.  

Arbroath has offered the links to members at a price of £15 per round. The course is likely to be exceptionally busy in the lead-up to The Open, so DGC members are asked to give as much notice as possible to Lindsay Ewart in the Pro Shop. He is on 01241 875837.  

Kirriemuir has offered to accommodate DGC members at a similar cost of £15 per round. Contact should be made through Alan Tucker at 01575 573317 to arrange tee times – once again, please give as much notice as possible.  

Forfar Golf Club has not yet replied to enquiries on availability.  

If further opportunities arise, members will, of course, be advised immediately.  

On a separate topic, several members have enquired whether – as in past Open Championships – DGC members will be allowed access to the R & A ‘marquee’ during the tournament for teas, coffees etc etc. As soon as we have a reply, it will be circulated by e-mail, put on the club website and displayed on the notice Board in the Golf Hotel.  

Please contact me if there are any queries on the above – by e-mail at  enquiries@donaldfordimages.com or by mobile phone - 07711 805580.

 

DONALD FORD

DALHOUSIE V DOWNFIELD – JUNE 19TH

June 20, 2018 13:49 by donald

The first of the two annual matches against Downfield was staged on the Championship Course which now – without doubt – is taking on the appearance of the fierce, legendary challenge to the world’s finest golfers as their arrival is now only a few weeks away. The obvious punishment meted out through the growth in the rough, together with steady rain over the last two hours of play, clearly affected the visitors more than their hosts, with Dalhousie recording a fine victory by four matches to two. There were notable performances from Tony Quinn and Aidan McColgan, Graeme Paton and Nick Yates, Barry and Michael Stewart, with Brian Colquhoun and Stuart Braid putting the icing on the cake in the final match to seal the team’s first success of the season.

 

As usual, a fine two course meal was enjoyed ‘apres golf’, with plenty of banter around the tables to reinforce the inter-club spirit which has been evident between the two clubs over many years. The quip of the night definitely belonged to Downfield captain Willie Hunter, who announced in his after-dinner remarks that Andy, his partner, clearly misunderstood the purpose of mats being used by golfers to protect many fairway landing areas in preparation for The Open. “He came back with two dozen mats in his bag to take back to Dundee…..he must have heard that we were in dire need of them at Downfield!”

 

It all bodes well for the return match in Dundee in August, with fingers tightly crossed that the monsoon which curtailed last year’s fixture will be noticeable by its absence this time around – and, of course, that Dalhousie does the double over a now determined Downfield.

SENIORS’ OUTING TO EDZELL

June 12, 2018 17:15 by donald

There was scarcely a breath of wind up at Edzell, as nineteen Dalhousie Seniors turned up on June 11th to compete for the Kennedy Cup, the Reg Nish Trophy and the Tanner Trophy. The popularity of the annual day out was well and truly maintained, with the Stableford competition producing some excellent points totals - in benign conditions off the yellow tees. With one Mulligan permitted per golfer, there was even more reason to throw caution to the wind from the tee, though some members (including the Captain!) totally forgot that such was available. We won’t forget next year…..

 

The Kennedy Cup was won by Bill Jackson, who played splendidly to amass thirty nine points in his round. Murray Kydd lifted the Reg Nish Trophy, while John MacDougall collected the Tanner Trophy. Suitably rewarded with a bottle of wine and a tube of new balls, it goes without saying that at least three Seniors returned to Carnoustie with a song in their hearts!

 

As expected, the course was in fine condition, though most found the slower pace of the greens (by comparison with Carnoustie Links) difficult to conquer.  Off the course, the quality of service - bacon rolls on arrival, a splendid two course meal after golf and a warm welcome in the Pro Shop from Alastair Webster and his assistant, Carol - was everything for which Edzell has become renowned. In spite of quite a few call-offs which necessitated late personnel changes, Peter McColgan had everything under control (he claimed!) and deserves thanks for his organisation of one of the most enjoyable days out in the Dalhousie calendar. If the level of banter in the dining room is anything to go by, nineteen members had a superb time!

Edzell Prize Winners 2018

June 11, 2018 20:36 by ian

Kennedy Cup 2018

June 11, 2018 20:11 by ian
The Seniors hadtheir annual outing to Edzell for the Kennedy Cup on Monday 11th June. Conditions were fine and the course was superbly presented. The Kennedy Cup was won by Bill Jackson, with an impressive 39 points, while the Reg Nish trophy for second went to Murray Kydd, who scored 36. John Macdougall was the recipient of the over 70s trophy and nearest the pin on the 6th was won by Murray, and nearest at the 14th by Bob Wilson. The hospitality at Edzell Golf Club was, as ever, first-rate and the food excellent. Many thanks to Scotland’s youngest Seniors’ Convenor, Pete McColgan for all the hard work that went into organising a hugely enjoyable day out.

Dalhousie v Edzell.

May 22, 2018 16:30 by gordonl

The return match against Edzell over the Championship Course presented Dalhousie with the Herculean task of overcoming a  five matches to one deficit from the away fixture two weeks previously. The Willock Bowl – one of the home club’s finest trophies – was at stake once again and relatively benign weather (no doubt ordered the previous night by Captain Andrew Turnbull in his prayers!) certainly reduced the possibility of a Dalhousie victory. On a shortened course, Edzell took full advantage of the favourable conditions and ran out comfortable winners by five and a half matches to a half. It was a brave effort by Norman Howie and David Ashford which prevented the whitewash, but the star of the evening was undoubtedly Edzell’s Andy Cooper, whose phenomenal striking and brilliant iron play saw him round in gross 70. Captain Donald Ford and Match Secretary Alan Baird (principally the latter!) held their own until the ninth hole, but three superb birdies on the way back sealed the away victory. The defeated Dalhousie pair were suitably glowing in praise of Andy Cooper’s performance, which – in all honesty – is unlikely to be bettered by any amateur on the big course this season.

 

The evening was rounded off by another splendid meal in the Golf Hotel, some sympathetic words from Captain Turnbull not REALLY lessening the disappointment of yet another Dalhousie loss, but widespread agreement was expressed at each of the dinner tables that the friendship between the clubs was in ample evidence once again. Edzell have very kindly offered the courtesy of the course to Dalhousie in the three weeks or so of July closures for The Open; given spaces in the home club’s own fixtures and tournaments to allow reasonable tee-off times, all DGC members  can therefore anticipate a warm welcome should a July visit be planned