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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
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