October 7, 2018 19:52 by ian
The postponed return match for the Tanner Trophy against Scotscraig was played today. The course was in excellent condition, with the greens quick and true. Despite extremely gusty conditions, the course proved eminently playable. The Dalhousie team put on a splendid show to end the season, recording a rare 4 - 2 win over our hosts. Unfortunately this was not enough to overturn a 5-1 defeat at home, but it was an encouraging result nonetheless.
September 17, 2018 10:14 by gordonl
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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!
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!