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
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!
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....
After the splendid victory by the
Seniors against Panmure at Carnoustie in May, there was an understandable
confidence in the team which headed to Barry for the return match.
Unsurprisingly, the stiff test provided by both the hosts and VERY difficult
rough made the task much more difficult. As usual, the course itself was in
superb condition and the many subtleties of very slick greens were pretty
difficult to read for the visitors. There were some splendid tussles, with the
last green being decisive in four of the seven ties. As that statement
indicates, it WAS a very tight contest and, fittingly, it duly ended all square
at three and a half points each. (That left Dalhousie as clear winners in
the 2017 confrontations, of course!)
The hospitality generated by the
hosts was, as ever, simply splendid, and it was a very contented Dalhousie team
which eventually headed for home. If there was one disappointment, it was the
absence of TV cameras…..the companies clearly preferring the minor event at
Royal Birkdale to the much more exciting one over Panmure!
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.
After a superhuman effort, I am pleased to announce Aidan McColgan's right golf shoe is currently at East Midlands airport in transit from South Carolina.
Aidan and his shoe should be happily reunited tomorrow and he can play on two feet Saturday.
Latest news from organiser Gair Forbes is that ticket sales have been very healthy.
There are still some tickets available for what will be a great evening in aid of two good causes - The Scottish Air Ambulance Charity and our very own Dalhousie Golf Club.
On the night there are some fantastic prizes to be won in the raffle including the following:
Turkish Barber Full Works Hot Shave Vouchers
Ganges Indian Meal Vouchers (£30 each)
Golf 4 Ball Spey Valley Aviemore
Golf 4 Ball Gleneagles
£100 Voucher to be used at www.theduvetstore.co.uk
Nail / EyebrowTreatment Vouchers
Golf 4 Ball Carnoustie Ch'ship
Overnight Stay For 2 - B and B at Carnoustie Golf Hotel
Spa Treatment Voucher
Afternoon Tea for 2 Voucher at Old Course Hotel
Rooms can be booked in the Hotel for £85.00 for two people including breakfast.