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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.

Dalhousie Seniors Defeat Forfar Seniors - Donald Ford Makes Hole-In-One!

August 29, 2018 20:24 by ian
Dalhousie produced a fine performance to defeat our guests from Forfar by 4 1/2 points to 2 1/2 on a breezy, sunny afternoon on the Championship Course. There were many fine performances, but there is no doubt that the outstanding incident of the match came at the par 3 8th, where Dalhousie GC Captain, Donald Ford, scored a hole in one with a perfectly struck 8 iron. What an appropriate end to a most memorable week for Club and Captain!

DALHOUSIE V DOWNFIELD – JUNE 19TH

June 20, 2018 13:49 by donald

The first of the two annual matches against Downfield was staged on the Championship Course which now – without doubt – is taking on the appearance of the fierce, legendary challenge to the world’s finest golfers as their arrival is now only a few weeks away. The obvious punishment meted out through the growth in the rough, together with steady rain over the last two hours of play, clearly affected the visitors more than their hosts, with Dalhousie recording a fine victory by four matches to two. There were notable performances from Tony Quinn and Aidan McColgan, Graeme Paton and Nick Yates, Barry and Michael Stewart, with Brian Colquhoun and Stuart Braid putting the icing on the cake in the final match to seal the team’s first success of the season.

 

As usual, a fine two course meal was enjoyed ‘apres golf’, with plenty of banter around the tables to reinforce the inter-club spirit which has been evident between the two clubs over many years. The quip of the night definitely belonged to Downfield captain Willie Hunter, who announced in his after-dinner remarks that Andy, his partner, clearly misunderstood the purpose of mats being used by golfers to protect many fairway landing areas in preparation for The Open. “He came back with two dozen mats in his bag to take back to Dundee…..he must have heard that we were in dire need of them at Downfield!”

 

It all bodes well for the return match in Dundee in August, with fingers tightly crossed that the monsoon which curtailed last year’s fixture will be noticeable by its absence this time around – and, of course, that Dalhousie does the double over a now determined Downfield.

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

Dalhousie vs Scotscraig. Captain's Report.

May 18, 2018 12:09 by gordonl

The visiting golfers from Scotscraig were warmly welcomed back (in every sense of the word!) to the Championship Course as Dalhousie  hosted another strong team from Tayport. The Fife side proved to be too good once more, running out winners by five matches to one (Dalhousie’s solitary point gained in two halved matches.)

The first of these featured young Michael Stewart, making his debut in inter-club fixtures alongside Ian Wilson, whose wide experience and words of advice were clearly of great assistance. John MacDougall and Tom Wotherspoon earned the other half point with a very solid performance as the darkness descended on the last hole. (The ridiculous delays experienced – at one point there were TWELVE golfers on the sixteenth tee as the last of four American visiting groups  were not concerned in the slightest at the mayhem they had created by disgraceful slow play – forced the tighter matches to be slowed to a virtual crawl as daylight was lost). Fortunately, another first class meal in the Golf Hotel put smiles back on faces as the obvious enjoyment of the two clubs in each other’s company was reinforced. Hopes are not dulled that “revenge in Tayport” might still be on the cards for Dalhousie in July!

Captain's Match Report Edzell vs Dalhousie.

May 16, 2018 12:07 by gordonl

It is fair to say that Dalhousie’s performance was (in most of the six four-balls) considerably better than that in 2017.  

The new Edzell layout from the back tees is really testing, but – on a lovely north Angus evening - we pushed the hosts all the way in at least four matches.  

Significantly, they still managed to record a convincing victory at the end of the day. The return match in a couple of weeks at Carnoustie, however, will be a different experience for the Edzell squad…..so the destiny of the Willock Bowl is FAR from being cut and dried. Dalhousie eagerly looks forward to sweet revenge!  

BLAIRGOWRIE SENIORS v DALHOUSIE SENIORS CAPTAIN'S REPORT

May 4, 2018 16:56 by gordonl

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!!