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March 19, 2019 09:56 by gordonl
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Dalhousie Dinner and 2018 Trophy Awards

March 19, 2019 09:52 by gordonl

The ‘postponed’ Dalhousie Dinner and presentation of awards for the 2018 golf season took place in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel on Friday, March 15th. It was preceded by the second annual golf tournament on the Championship Course, in celebration of the Club’s 150th anniversary in 2018. Bruce Ferrier won the inaugural event last March, but it was Dalhousie’s youngest member, Michael Stewart, who swept all opposition aside as he amassed thirty eight Stableford points on an extremely testing afternoon of fierce winds. (As Dens Park stalwarts, both Bruce and Michael will at least be able to boast that they achieved something which Dundee F.C. are unlikely to witness in season 2018-19!!)

 

No fewer than FORTY ONE trophies and medals, painstakingly brought together once again by Ian Wilson and Alan Baird, were presented to the triumphant members from 2018. An excellent evening was once again enjoyed by all, with a splendid meal provided by The Carnoustie Golf Hotel and its hard-working staff, while guest speaker Michael Wheatley entertained the audience with some excellent, humorous story-telling from his own sporting background in rugby, cricket and golf.

 

It would be remiss not to mention the tremendous contribution made to Dalhousie in its sesquicentenary year by Clive Douglas. Not only did he specially compose and write “The Dalhousie 150th March” for the bagpipes, he donated a beautifully framed tableau of the music,  as well as a brief background history of the event itself, while his brilliant idea to apply the signatures of ALL who attended the ‘big’ Dinner last August to the mounting around the finished article was inspirational. It will now join the fascinating Dalhousie memorabilia around the walls of The Dalhousie Suite – room 116 – in the Golf Hotel.

 

It is fair to say – in spite of the disappointing numbers who attended the Dinner – that the curtain was perfectly brought down on an outstanding year of celebrations.

 

Donald Ford 

 

 

 

COLIN SINCLAIR HEADS TO NAIRN

January 28, 2019 14:57 by gordonl

Members will no doubt be aware of the departure of Dalhousie’s Honorary Professional, Colin Sinclair, who has accepted the role of Chief Executive at the Nairn Golf Club. Colin has been a superb member of the Carnoustie Golf Links’ team for twenty years, is steeped in both Carnoustie golf and our Dalhousie history, so it is sad to see him leave after the enormous contribution he has made to members, season ticket holders and countless visitors to the Professional’s Shop.

 

Derek Cavellini organised a farewell evening out at the Cambustay Hotel in Broughty Ferry, so that club members could wish him well in his new career. It was a hugely enjoyable evening, punctuated with much story-telling, memorable – generally hilarious – conversational gems;  a fitting picture is attached, as Club Captain Donald Ford hands over the Club’s signed Carnoustie print as a ‘thank you’ for his enormous contribution to both the Dalhousie Golf Club and Carnoustie Links.

John Lindquist

October 19, 2018 15:39 by gordonl

The Funeral of John Lindquist which took place at Parkgrove Crematorium was very well attended by Dalhousie members. The amazing life he led, from the Korean War as a twenty-year old (where he was seriously wounded by a sniper), to a Dalhousie Captain, Secretary, keen golfer and – famously – the donor of his autograph in 1995 to Tiger Woods’ father, when the youngster played his first tournament on the Championship Course as U.S.A. Amateur Champion, ALL deserve to be in a biography of his widespread achievements and adventures. Doubtless, his devotion to Rangers F.C. would also warrant inclusion; indeed, on my last visit to see him, he was still sharp enough to ask me to pass on his condolences to Derek Cavellini for him having to witness the “utter disintegration of Celtic Football Club”!    

On a happier note at a sad occasion, a great story came from Arthur Coleman, who met up with his old pal John Gray, who he has known for fifty-plus years. Indeed John is now a current Panmure member but is one of Dalhousie’s notable ex-members with whom Arthur enjoyed some successful rounds during the 1970s in the Peter Sime competition. John was telling Arthur that he is now 87 (the same age as John Lindquist, with whom he shared many happy times), but confessed to Arthur that his legs are not as supportive as they once were. Nevertheless, John still plays in a threesome - three times a week (albeit not always 18 holes) and one of his playing partners is Tom Hay, a well-known member within the Angus farming community. Tom is 93 and John believes the trio must hold some kind of record. He estimates the collective age of the threesome (third member not revealed)  to be 268!

Coming back to reality, however, Dalhousie has lost another outstanding character, who contributed hugely to the camaraderie, fellowship and atmosphere within the club and on the golf course. He will be missed……

 

 

Donald

Dalhousie Social Night

October 18, 2018 17:10 by gordonl

The date of Thursday, November 29th has been fixed for the planned social event in the Golf Hotel. It will feature Gordon Adam’s excellent video of the August 24th celebrations, a presentation by Trevor Williamson on his Simpson family reminiscences and the tremendous history of club making by his forefathers in the Dalhousie garden workshop. ‘Hands on’ putting with some of the ancient, beautifully hand-made clubs will be offered for members to use on an indoor mat, and a light buffet of sandwiches and sausage rolls will be served. An admission charge to cover buffet costs etc. will be applied.

 

The response from members to the original request for notes of interest in attending has been splendid, so we are looking forward to a good attendance at what promises to be a first class – and hugely enjoyable - evening. ‘Kick-off’ time will be forwarded once arrangements with the hotel are completed. Meantime - put the date in the diary!

 

Donald

Thornton Trophy

September 17, 2018 10:14 by gordonl

THORNTON TROPHY

 

The semi-finals of this year’s Thornton Trophy saw Dalhousie playing the Caledonia Club and Carnoustie G.C. taking on New Taymouth. In spite of the Captain and his partner having to work VERY hard to restrict their opponents gaining more than a (reasonably acceptable) four hole victory, the three other pairs did Dalhousie proud. The resultant 10-4 win means that the team now faces Carnoustie Golf Club in the final on Sunday, September 23rd. New Taymouth take on the Caley to see who gets the wooden spoon. 

Off the white tees – and with at least ten extremely tricky pin positions on the Championship Course – it was a stiff task which faced the first four teams in the draw. A fierce westerly wind compounded the difficulties, but the ‘early to bed’ warning to his colleagues on Saturday night by the Captain clearly went a long way to energy levels (and youth, of course!) seeing the team – well, three quarters of it – perform superbly to reach the final. A repeat performance next weekend would be a fitting end to a packed season.

Celebrating 150 Years

September 17, 2018 10:08 by gordonl

In 2013 a far-seeing Dalhousie Golf Club council decided that a group should be formed to plan – and budget – how the club should celebrate its sesquicentenary – its 150th anniversary – in 2018.  

That small group devised a programme of events, planned a permanent celebratory feature on the Championship Course, purchased a special sesquicentenary trophy and decided the anniversary should also be marked by the publication of a major history of the club as well as the provision of golfing memorabilia for all members and the club’s guests.  All of this was carefully budgeted and approved by the club at its half-yearly meeting.  

Five years and 26 meetings later virtually all of the plans came to reality and the club celebrated its notable birthday in style – and, astonishingly, under budget.  

# On March 13, exactly 150 years after the foundation of the club, over 50 members and guests from all of the local clubs teed off in a special celebratory golf event over the Championship Course.  That evening the members and guests gathered in the Carnoustie Golf Hotel for a wonderful sesquicentenary dinner.  

# On August 24, a magnificent turnout competed in a major competition again over the world-famous Championship links.  Thirty teams of four – two members and two guests – competed.  Our guests included representatives from the other Carnoustie clubs, from all of the clubs against whom we play matches and seniors’ matches – and representatives of 23 of the 24 clubs who, along with ourselves, were founder sponsors of the Amateur Championship.  A splendid formal dinner in the hotel rounded off this memorable day enjoyed by both gentlemen and ladies of our club and guests from all over Britain, from Ireland and from the United States. The moving tributes paid by these guests – and by former Open Champion Padraig Harrington - confirmed the club’s, and Carnoustie’s, status in the world of golf.  

# As a permanent marker, the club’s donation of a water fountain, complete with commemorative plaque, now graces the 16th tee of the Championship Course.  

# The sesquicentenary silver rosebowl trophy is now competed for annually over a number of events.  

# A highly acclaimed history of the club, in hardback with a mass of photographs, recording the club’s ups and downs over a century and a half was published as a gift for every member and our guests.  

# The club’s badge, updated to incorporate the years 1868 and 2018, features on high quality bag tags, ball markers and golf towels produced as complimentary souvenirs to all members.  

All in all, a tremendous year celebrated appropriately by a club proud of its past and confident about its future.