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.