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Assistant Pro’s Day

Fine golfing weather on Saturday 21st July was matched by some excellent golf  played in the fourball Texas scramble format used for the event. Our Assistant professional (now a fully qualified PGA professional) Andrew Hutchison organised a varied programme greatly enjoyed by the large field which participated.

The winning team at the end of the day with a very creditable net score of 56.1 comprised Matthew Anderson, Colin MacDonald, Scott Manson and Steven Wightman.

Here seen receiving their prizes – flanked by Andrew Hutchison (left) and Captain George Roberts (right) – are (left to right) Steven, Colin, Matthew and Scott.

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Season Opening Shotgun and Past Captain’s Dinner

The official opening of the Douglas Park golf season took place on Saturday. The day started with the morning shotgun  stableford  pairs event for the Camel Trophy. This was won by Mark Carnegie and Graeme Maxwell who, due to a prior engagement could not attend the prizegiving. Runners-up Scott Brown and Gareth Young are shown with Immediate Past Captain Alistair Forrest who presented the prizes.

The afternoon was given over to the Captain versus Past Captain’s match. A keenly contested match was won by the Past Captain’s team by 7 matches to 5.

This was followed by a most enjoyable evening buffet during  which Immediate Past Captain Alistair was officially inducted into the Past Captain’s Society.

 

 

 

Pictured (from left to right) are club professional Robert Irvine, this year’s captain George Roberts, Immediate Past Captain Alistair Forrest and current club champion Alistair Thomson.

 

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Wee Wonders at Douglas Park

A qualifying event for the Wee Wonders competition was held at Douglas Park on Thursday 12th April. Competitors from as far afield as Dumfries, Troon, Gullane and Stirling, along with our own budding stars Cameron Burns and Gethin Eynon,  produced some very high quality golf in the cold and blustery conditions. The best return of the day over the 9 holes 1,2 and 12-18  was a highly creditable 34. Given that the ages ranged from 7 to 11 this was an outstanding performance.

Sincere thanks to  Vice-Captain  Alan Dunipace for his registration duties; to members Gordon Innes, Len McFadyen and Ian Steven for acting as course marshalls and, of course, to Assistant Professional Andrew Hutchison for organising the event, including the course and the scorecards on the  day. Many of the parents in attendance remarked on how good the organisation of the event had been compared to similar events held on other courses.

Here are just some of the competitors who took part on the day.

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Thomson MCCrone League (9-20 Hcap)

Thomson McCRONE LEAGUE

Handicap from 9 – 20 inclusive

Four Ball Better Ball match play format

Played on Sunday afternoons (dates on app / diary)

Our opponents in 2018 are: Clydebank & District, Dullatur and Kilsyth Lennox

Please insert your name and contact details on the noticeboard in the Gents locker room

DON’T DELAY!

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“Wonderful” Whisky Night at Douglas Park

An enthusiastic audience enjoyed an evening devoted to whisky last Friday in the Douglas Park lounge. The very knowledgeable speaker from Glengoyne distillery gave an fascinating talk on the history of our  national drink. Key dates reflecting significant years in whisky’s development were entered on bingo cards and those with lines of dates and all four corners on the card won prizes. It was both innovative and  highly entertaining. This was interspersed with a range of whisky tastings which were greatly savoured by those attending.

Catering manager Lisa Cuthbert was ably assisted by Charlie Anderson in providing excellent canapes to help absorb the alcohol. An evening much appreciated by all who attended.

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Donald Cameron League Dinner 2/2/18

A number of  members of the Douglas Park Donald Cameron League team took part in The DCL Dinner at Hayston Golf Club last Friday evening. The meal was followed by an excellent after-dinner speech by Partick Thistle and Scotland goalkeeping legend, Alan Rough. No trophies for DP on the night but Ross Cameron won a very healthy second-prize in the raffle. Drinks are on him.

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The Gordon Charnock Hangover Salver kicks off 2018

The opening competition of the year took place today, Tuesday 2nd January.  The Gordon Charnock Hangover Salver, presented in 1976 by former Ladies Captain Joyce Charnock in memory of her late husband Gordon, a former Convenor, enticed 29 entrants out on a cold, wet and windy morning.

Past Captain Ian Letford hit the first shot of the competitive year (below) in the morning gloom.  After all the scores were counted, it was Graeme Gardner who prevailed, scoring an excellent 38 points. The day was rounded off with a very welcoming hot bowl of soup – thanks to everyone who took part.

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Santa comes to Douglas Park!

Over 25 children attended the 2017 Christmas Party in the clubhouse on Sunday 17 December.

As well as being entertained by Pete The Pirate with games and jokes, the highlight, of course, was the visit of Santa Claus with presents for everyone.

A great time was had by all – thanks to Kirsty Fergusson and Joyce Hope for their organisation, Lisa and her team (as usual!) and especially to Santa, who as we all know is a very busy man this month!

Merry Christmas!

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Prizegiving 2017 – 10 Nov

 

Over 100 members and their guests attended this year’s prizegiving in the clubhouse last Friday evening.  A great time was had by all accounts, enjoying the two course meal beforehand, the Cheese & Wine and celebrating as a winner or with the winners.

The evening began with the presentation of Honorary Badges by Club Captain, Alistair Forrest to our two most recent recipients of Honorary membership, John Watson OBE and Past Captain John Telfer.  Both gave a short speech of thanks thereafter.

The prize table was heaving with silverware and photographs of most of the winners are shown below.  There were many favourable comments about the atmosphere in the lounge and of course, our grateful thanks go again to Lisa Cuthbert and her team for looking after our refreshments!

 

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Thomson McCrone Prizegiving and Dinner 2017

This year’s Thomson McCrone League Prizegiving and Dinner took place at Clydebank and District Golf Club.  Douglas Park were represented on the night by our Convenor Hugh Dempster and team members Alistair Forrest and George Simmons.  After an excellent dinner, the guest speakers were Des McKeown and former SFA referee, John Rowbotham who both provided great entertainment.  Our congratulations go to this year champions from Bearsden Golf Club.

The Thomson McCrone League is for Gents with a handicap between 9 and 20 and comprises five x four-ball matches with an informal meal and drink as part of the day.

Congratulations also go to our own Hugh Dempster who will serve as the League President in 2018, so we need an extra special effort to make it a memorable year for him!

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Mixed Greensomes Trophy

Twelve mixed pairs took part in this year’s Mixed Greensomes Trophy, held on Sunday 8 October.

In very wet underfoot conditions but mainly dry overhead, the winners were Ladies Vice Captain Anne Reid and Alan Dunipace, who narrowly defeated Past Captain Roddy Gillespie and Ann Fisher on a better inward half.

Many thanks are due to our course staff who prepared the course, of which special mention was made of the greens.

That concludes the mixed events for the year, but look out for our qualifier for next year’s PING Scottish Mixed Championship in the spring.

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Knockout Finals’ Day

Last Sunday, the Club hosted Knockout Finals Day, the culmination of various match play competitions in the Gents, Ladies and Junior sections.

For once this year, the rain relented and the matches were played in dry and bright conditions.  The course had dried out remarkably well and many favourable comments were made about the putting greens.  After the play was completed, everyone enjoyed an excellent buffet in the lounge and a great day was had by all.  Thanks are also due to the spectators who made the effort to support the competitors.

The winners were:

Ladies Silver:         Lynda Smith

Gents Singles:        James Brechany

Ladies Bronze:       Janice Cullens

Gents Foursomes: Gregor Smyth & James Bowie

Ladies Foursomes:  Helen Robertson & Jill Hendry

Gents Fourball:     Scott McMillan & Ian Stokes

Mixed Foursomes:  Peter & Sheana Donald

Junior Foursomes: David McColl & Greg MacLeod

Photographs from the day are available to view here:

 

 

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Scottish PING Mixed Championship

Congratulations Janice Cullens & Callum Cooper on qualifying for the inaugural PING Scottish Mixed Championship at The Queen’s Course, Gleneagles, after finishing joint 5th in the top-40 of the national leaderboard with 41 points. Good luck in the final!

We hope to be hosting another club qualifier in 2018, so look out for the date and you could be in with a chance of representing our club in next year’s final with some amazing prizes up for grabs.

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Family Foursomes

The 2017 Family Foursomes, again sponsored by Past Captain Colin Robertson and his family, took place for the 38th year last Sunday.

Despite a damp morning, the skies cleared just in time and 18 pairs in various family combinations took part. Congratulations go this year to Jack and Steven MacIntyre who won with 36pts after countback.  All category winners were presented with engraved photo frames as a souvenir of the day.

All the players plus other family members then enjoyed a barbecue on the first tee.

Prize winners:

Champions                  –           Jack and Steven MacIntyre

Parent & Child             –           Keith and Stewart Eynon

Siblings/Cousins          –           Steven and David Skelly

Other relationships      –           Matthew Anderson and Geoff Hannah

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Championship Finals Day

Some photos taken at the recent Championship Finals Day

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Club Championships 2017 – Results

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP RESULTS – 18th June 2017

Junior Girls Championship

Cristiana Capaldi won 1up against Helena Matheson

Junior Boys Championship

Scott Souter won 7&6 against Yusef Sidiki

Gents Super Seniors Championship

Hugh MacInyre won 3&2 against Nicol McLean

Gents Boclair Cup

James Brechany won at the 19th against Colin Bradford

Ladies Senior Championship

Barbara Aitchison won 2up against Maggie Rutherford

Gents Seniors Championship

Len McFadyen won 5&4 against David Rae

Ladies Championship

Fiona Rattray won 5&3 against Carol Fell

Gents Championship

Alastair Thomson won 4&3 against Stephen Wightman

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Club Championship Finals Day – Sunday 18th June

This Sunday is the Club Championship Finals Day with a total 8 finals played over the course of the day.  Following the matches, there is a prizegiving and buffet from 5.30pm until 7pm available to all members at £12 per person.  Those attending the buffet should book via the bar.

Please come and support your fellow members!

CLUB CHAMPIONSHIP

Junior Boys Championship Round 1

0845 Scott Souter v Yusef Sidiki

Gents Club Championship Round 1

0900 Alastair Thomson v Stephen Wightman

Junior Girls Championship

0930 Cristiana Capaldi v Helena Matheson

Super Seniors Gents Championship

1230 Hugh MacIntyre v Nicol McLean

Ladies Senior Championship

1245 Maggie Rutherford v Barbara Aitchison

Ladies Championship

1300 Fiona Rattray v Carol Fell

Gents Boclair Cup

1315 James Brechany v Colin Bradford

Gents Seniors Championship

1325 David Rae v Len McFadyen

Junior Boys Championship Round 2

1340 Scott Souter v Yusef Sidiki

Gents Club Championship Round 2

1355 Alastair Thomson v Stephen Wightman

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Douglas Park retains the Gow Glen Shield

The handing over of the GowGlen Shield

The handing over of the GowGlen Shield

Last Saturday Douglas Park hosted Bearsden in the annual GowGlen Shield match and in a weather interrupted afternoon, managed to retain the trophy 10 holes up.

First played in 1901, the match consists of 12 Greensomes matches led off by a courtesy match between the Captains and Secretary/Vice Captain.

Although the match started in dry weather, the clouds soon gathered and we were soon under thunder and lightning, followed by a hailstorm which turned the greens white!  The horn blew and the match paused for over an hour before the decision was made to reduce the match to 9 holes, played over holes 1 and 2, then 12-18, with matches played to the 18th green.

The traditional dinner took place and was followed by playing for the Forrest Putter, a one club challenge over a short, composite course which was won by Bearsden.

A good time was had by all, even surviving the Captains’ bad jokes!  Thanks are due to all players, the course staff and the Clubhouse staff for their contributions to the event.

The opening courtesy match

The opening courtesy match

Playing golf after the storm!

Playing golf after the storm!

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Scottish Golf PING Mixed Qualifier at Douglas Park

26 pairs took part in our club qualifier today (Sunday) for the newly introduced Scottish Golf PING Mixed Championship, playing for the Isobel Currie Trophy.

In dry, bright and breezy conditions, scoring was difficult for most of the field, but after all was done, the pair who managed to top the leader board were Janice Cullens and Callum Cooper (combined h’cap 19) with an impressive 41 stableford points!

The top three places were as follows:

  • Winners:       Janice Cullens & Callum Cooper             –           41 pts
  • Runners-up: Carol & Lindsay Stuart                               –           36 pts
  • Third:             Christina Graham & Alistair Forrest     –           35 pts

 

Janice and Callum are now put forward as Douglas Park’s representatives, hopefully in the top 40 scoring qualifiers, for the National Final over the Queen’s Course at Gleneagles in September.

Thank you to the members of the Ladies’ section, led by Barbara Aitchison, and the Assistant Professional Andrew Hutchinson for bringing together all of the arrangements, including scoring input on the PSI terminal for the day.

Diary Date to note: The Mixed Greensomes Trophy on Sunday 8 October.

Janice and Callum with Lady Captain Christina

Janice and Callum with Lady Captain Christina

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Silver Cleek comes home to Douglas Park

Taking delivery of the club

Taking delivery of the club

The Club was delighted to acquire a Silver Cleek first used in June 1907 by the then Club Captain, WJ Anderson, to drive off at the ‘brand new’ 1st hole (our current 1st hole).

Club Captain Alistair Forrest took ownership of the club on behalf of Douglas Park from collector Keith Baugh of Kirkcaldy when he visited us on Friday afternoon.  The club is engraved with the ceremony details and both the hallmark and authenticity have been checked

Its whereabouts over the years is unfortunately unclear, but Past Captain and club Archivist Harry MacAnespie, who was also in attendance at the handover has taken great pleasure in ‘getting on the case’.

The club is currently on display at the front left of the trophy cabinet in the lounge until a permanent plinth is sourced. Those members with the Douglas Park Centenary Book can find reference to the story on Page 17 of the book.

The club with engraving

The club with engraving

 

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