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Thornton Trophy Final

September 27, 2017 15:29 by gordonl

The splendid format of the Thornton Trophy (Dalhousie’s own, annual, inter-club tournament) produced exciting moments in the final matches on the Championship Course.  The Carnoustie Club looked to be coasting to victory over New Taymouth after establishing a nine holes to one lead, with just the last four ball out on the course. The New Taymouth final pair, however - just one hole up at the turn – started a remarkable inward half blitz and, with just two holes to play, had created a SIX hole advantage over their opponents. The last Carnoustie pairing simply gritted their teeth and managed to prevent further damage over the seventeenth and eighteenth holes, to allow Carnoustie to scrape home by nine holes to seven. It was a fitting victory in the Club’s 175th year of celebration, but there were more than a few jangling nerves in the clubhouse during that last half-hour of golf.


Dalhousie, meanwhile, enjoyed a handsome victory over Caledonia, with notable performances by Angus Hay, Ryan Watson, Dave Ashford and Joe Duncan instrumental in a win by no fewer than fifteen holes which, crucially, avoided the ignominy of the wooden spoon appearing in the DGC trophy cabinet after this year’s tournament!

Thornton Trophy Update

September 6, 2017 16:05 by gordonl

The first round of the Thornton Trophy was played over the Championship Course on Sunday. Some excellent golf was played in both ties; a very strong Carnoustie Golf Club team defeated Caledonia to reach the final but, with Dalhousie losing out to New Taymouth, the host club for the tournament will, therefore, be fighting to avoid the ‘wooden spoon’ on September 17th!

Dalhousie vs Turnberry Match

September 1, 2017 17:00 by gordonl

In quite superb weather, the annual Dalhousie v Turnberry ‘friendly’ took place on August 31st over the Championship Course at Carnoustie, where a pretty strong Dalhousie line-up ran out winners in a ‘whitewash’ of six matches to nil. In the number one match, Dalhousie’s Honorary Professional Colin Sinclair was in sparkling form as he and Donald Ford defeated Turnberry Director of Golf - Ricky Hall - and captain Peter Rae.


The camaraderie between both clubs was satisfyingly reinforced by a splendid meal in the Hogan Suite of the Golf Hotel. Much banter, consistent leg-pulling by Messrs Cavellini and McColgan and a feast of (often meaningless but hilarious) man-talk meant that the evening just sped by and there were more than a few bleary eyes on the first tee of the Buddon the next morning as the visitors and a handful of Dalhousie members re-engaged in a Stableford competition. Once again, the weather was outstanding and there is little doubt that Dalhousie participants will already be looking forward to next year’s visit to Ayrshire a) to renew battle and b) to reinforce the tremendous harmony between both clubs’ playing members. With so much in common between both the memberships of each and the magnificence of their respective ’big’ courses, this annual get-together is rapidly becoming one of the highlights of Dalhousie’s summer inter-club golfing diary.

Scotscraig vs Dalhousie Match

August 22, 2017 12:21 by gordonl
Having inflicted a pretty severe thumping upon Dalhousie at Carnoustie, in the first of the 2018 'double header', it was fair to assume that the Tayport match might find a degree of over confidence in the Fife camp. Alas, that was not to be, with Dalhousie being on the receiving end of a whopping defeat by six matches to nil. It is some indication of the losing margin that, afterwards, John MacDougall and Lindsay Hood congratulated each other in only losing by two and one!

The Scotscraig layout, of course, has not enjoyed Open Qualifying status without reason and, even in magnificent weather, it proved a difficult task again for Dalhousie. After enjoying a fair bit of alteration to celebrate its bicentenary (notably additional bunkering, removal of substantial swathes of rough at key areas and a fair amount of re-modelling of tees and greens), it is fair to say that the degree of difficulty has certainly not been eased for visiting golfers!

Nevertheless, the result WAS disappointing, but the strength in depth within the membership numbers currently enjoyed by the home team again took its toll on Dalhousie. The Tanner trophy thus remains ensconced at Tayport where, in hindsight, it certainly deserves to be, after a fine display by the home team in the continuing celebrations of its bicentenary.

NEXT year, of course, it is Dalhousie's turn to celebrate......and hope certainly springs eternal!

Downfield vs Dalhousie

August 4, 2017 09:44 by gordonl
Following the postponement of the first Dalhousie v Downfield match at Carnoustie this season (due to torrential rain), no-one should have been the least surprised when another five-hour downpour began in Dundee as the two teams stepped on to the first tee to do battle in the return fixture.

A solid drenching of the twenty four players was soon underway. Sadly, the Downfield course, looking magnificent, was unable to cope with the amount of water which was falling and, with most groups having played nine holes, the sensible decision was taken and a VERY soggy collection straggled its way back to the clubhouse.

In contrast to the rearranged first match (which Dalhousie lost by four and a half to one and a half), the visitors to Downfield were up in two, down in one, with three all square when the whistle blew; NOT claimable as a victory, of course, but a good Dalhousie performance nevertheless. An excellent meal was enjoyed afterwards, the company and banter was first class, but the Graeme Paton trophy remains the property of Downfield for yet another year. Drat! 2017 might have been the comeback year....

Dalhousie vs Downfield Report.

July 28, 2017 11:00 by gordonl

Following the postponement of the scheduled annual home match against Downfield a few weeks ago (after horrendous rain), there was much satisfaction expressed for Match Secretary Alan Baird’s subsequent efforts to find suitable tee times for the meeting to be rescheduled. Dalhousie pleasure at taking on the Dundee team was short-lived, however, as the home team –on a glorious Carnoustie evening - was soundly defeated by four and a half points to one and a half. The individual scores more or less mirrored the superiority of the visitors, although the sole victory by Donald Ford and Nick Yates was achieved on the eighteenth green, following a real “up and down” matchplay confrontation over the previous seventeen holes. On the eighteenth, however - having played a sensible and well executed second shot to lay up twenty-odd yards short of the Barry Burn - Nick proceeded to execute the ‘shot of the round’ with a magnificent pitch to fifteen inches from the hole. With neither of the opposition producing a final piece of magic in their longer putts to gain a half, the Yates’ grin at such an outcome was thoroughly merited. Such satisfaction may, however, be short-lived, as Dalhousie head to Downfield next week for the return fixture!

Dalhousie vs Scotscraig Match Report

May 21, 2017 12:03 by gordonl

Dalhousie welcomed the Scotscraig team to the Championship Course on May 18th for the first leg of the annual double-header which the clubs have enjoyed for some years now. It was a glorious evening of weather, though a rare south-easterly wind coming off the Firth of Tay caused several of the home team some notable head-scratching over club selection at numerous holes. There was some excellent golf displayed (read on!), the six matches were played in great spirit and the post-match banter in Carnoustie Golf Hotel underlined what a splendid relationship exists between the clubs. Scotscraig is celebrating its bicentenary this year and, if the standard of golf displayed by the visiting members is anything to go by, there will be plenty more reasons for celebration as their season progresses!  

The Fife side ran out comfortable winners by five matches to one ( Barry Stewart and Nick Yates were Dalhousie’s only successful pair) and some tremendous ball striking was evident in several of the confrontations. The Championship Course is yet to reach its best, but that was no excuse for Dalhousie as the home team was again outgunned by worthy opponents. Scotscraig captain, Scott Edwards, was handsome in his praise for both the conditions and the terrific spirit in which the matches were played, although he created his own “unforgettable moment” from the tie by holing in one at the sixteenth. He was suitably congratulated afterwards, of course, though his settlement of a hefty bill for celebratory drinks was noticeable by its absence and the writer suspects that his colleagues will not waste ANY opportunity to remind him about that in times to come!  

Disappointing result for Dalhousie? Yep…..another one – but what a splendid evening it was for all concerned. The camaraderie was just outstanding……roll on, the return match. This was club golf at its very best.