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....