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Dalhousie v Edzell.

May 22, 2018 16:30 by Gordon

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


May 4, 2018 16:56 by Gordon

Dalhousie’s first Senior Inter-Club match of the season took place on May 3rd at Blairgowrie. With the Rosemount and Lansdowne still showing the signs of a long, cold winter, the two layouts and, of course, the countless trees which play SUCH a big part in the success or failure of performance, were displaying little evidence of nature welcoming the first week of May to Perthshire. Nevertheless, there was some excellent golf played – by both sides – with the home team running out as victors by four and a half matches to two and a half.


Home captain, Colin Blues, was undoubtedly the star performer, as he put together an almost faultless display from tee to green (his short game was just stunning), finishing up with a gross 71 (net 65) and, with his 82-year-old partner, Bill Farquharson, the two comfortably defeated Donald Ford and Lindsay Hood. The four and two victory would have been close to an embarrassment for Dalhousie, had Lindsay not played some excellent shots himself to prevent TOTAL embarrassment!


As always, the hospitality displayed by the hosts was absolutely superb, with both lunch and a splendid post-match dinner enjoyed by all. Needless to say, the camaraderie enjoyed by everyone who took part did nothing other than reinforce the friendship which has developed over thirty two years between the Dalhousie and Blairgowrie senior members. The latter are, apparently, within just one victory of squaring the overall scores between the two clubs…..the opportunity to stop that in its tracks is presented in June, when Dalhousie play hosts on the Championship course. It could be QUITE a match!!

Thornton Trophy Final

September 27, 2017 15:29 by Gordon

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 Gordon

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 Gordon

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....