Following the postponement of the
scheduled annual home match against Downfield a few weeks ago (after horrendous
rain), there was much satisfaction expressed for Match Secretary Alan Baird’s
subsequent efforts to find suitable tee times for the meeting to be
rescheduled. Dalhousie pleasure at taking on the Dundee team was short-lived,
however, as the home team –on a glorious Carnoustie evening - was soundly
defeated by four and a half points to one and a half. The individual scores
more or less mirrored the superiority of the visitors, although the sole
victory by Donald Ford and Nick Yates was achieved on the eighteenth green,
following a real “up and down” matchplay confrontation over the previous
seventeen holes. On the eighteenth, however - having played a sensible and well
executed second shot to lay up twenty-odd yards short of the Barry Burn - Nick
proceeded to execute the ‘shot of the round’ with a magnificent pitch to
fifteen inches from the hole. With neither of the opposition producing a final
piece of magic in their longer putts to gain a half, the Yates’ grin at such an
outcome was thoroughly merited. Such satisfaction may, however, be short-lived,
as Dalhousie head to Downfield next week for the return fixture!
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.
September 25, 2016 17:53 by ian
Dalhousie retained the Thornton Trophy for the first time in the 48 year history of the competition this afternoon. Playing a strong New Taymouth team in blustery conditions, the match went down to the last hole of the last match - here Joe Duncan and Dave Ashford secured a win, thereby halving their game. The match was won by just one hole overall. In our first match, Hay/Baird lost by 4; Wilson/ Cavellini won by one and MacDougall/Hood won by 4.
In the wooden spoon play-off, Carnoustie defeated Caley by seven.
September 18, 2016 18:44 by ian
Dalhousie G.C. made an encouraging start to their defence of the Thornton Trophy, defeating Caley by 6 holes. The final, on September 27th, will be against the New Taymouth Club.
June 7, 2016 13:49 by ian
A very strong Scotscraig team defeated Dalhousie 4 - 2 in the first leg of the Tanner Trophy at Carnoustie.
June 7, 2016 13:46 by ian
After a close- fought first match in Edzell, which the home club won 3 1/2 to 2 1/2, the visitors proved too strong for Dalhousie, pulling away to a 4 1/2 to 1 1/2 win. Edzell therefore won the match 8 - 4 overall.
September 20, 2015 18:39 by ian
Well done to Dalhousie's winning team in the Thornton Trophy. Following a decisive 6 hole victory over Carnoustie GC in the semi-finals, Dalhousie faced the defending champions New Taymouth. In a tense match, the Dalhousie team of Gus Hay, Sandy Reid, Derek Cavellini, Brian Mckay, Bob Geddes, John Macdougall, David Ashworth and Joe Duncan prevailed by 2 holes, to win for the first time since 2007. Carnoustie were 3rd and Caley 4th.