Seven Finals were played on Sunday. The earlier starters teed off in the worst of the wind and rain but fortunately, apart from one sharp but mercifully brief downpour, conditions brightened during the afternoon.
The Junior final was contested by Cameron Burns and Robbie Trainer. A high standard of golf was played by both, with Cameron prevailing by 3 & 2, despite Robbie standing at 4 over par when the match ended at the 16th!
The Gents singles final between Andrew McNamara and Steven Johnstone resulted in a 2-hole victory for Andrew, with a birdie 3 at the last clinching victory.
Despite recovering from being 5 down at one point, a valiant fightback by Derek McLeod and Brian McNair was not quite enough to prevent Les Patterson and Geoff Hannah prevailing by 2&1 in the Gents fourball final.
Results from the ladies were as follows:-
Silver Trophy winner – Fiona Rattray Runner up – Olive McKay
Bronze Trophy winner – Anne Reid Runner up – Joan Brechin
Ladies Foursomes winners – Laura McDougall & Barbara Aitchison Runners up – Paula Galloway & Susan Cuthill.
In the mixed foursomes final, Elaine McEwen and Andy Morris also won by 2&1, in this case against the strong challenge mounted by Rhona and Ronnie Murison.
An excellent day’s golf was followed by the prizegiving in the clubhouse and a buffet meal enjoyed by a large number of competitors, friends and family.
Well done to all who participated.
Many thanks to Drew McKechnie and the course team who worked tirelessly on Sunday morning to prepare the course to a high standard after 22mm. of rain had fallen overnight. The course stood up remarkably well.
Many thanks also to Lisa and her staff for once again excelling in catering for those in attendance after the matches and prizegiving had been completed.
Despite the earlier forecast, the weather remained dry and relatively still for the competitors. This was reflected in some outstanding Stableford scores. Rhona and Ronnie Murison on 40 points just pipped Carol and Lindsay Stewart into second place with a better inward half but the worthy winners of the Sheila Conacher trophy with a very impressive 42 points were Mary and Hugh McLean. Many congratulations to them.
The course was in excellent condition and thanks are due to Drew McKechnie and his course team for their efforts. Thanks, too, to all who helped on the day with the signing-in and particular thanks to Margaret Brodie and Stuart Orr who collated the scores at the end of the rounds.
The splendid evening buffet prepared by Lisa and her staff was greatly enjoyed by all who attended.
Mary and Hugh McLean are shown with the Sheila Conacher trophy presented by Lady Captain Anne Reid. Runners-up Rhona and Ronnie Murison are also shown along with 3rd placed Carol and Lindsay Stewart.
“The annual Ladies V Gents match was played on Sunday 19th August and resulted in an exciting and competitive match-up.
Sandra Goldie & Fiona Rattray were first up for the Ladies and took on a formidable combination of Clark Nelson & Jim Fergusson.
The two teams threw loads of birdies at each other with the Ladies prevailing by the margin 2 & 1.
Carol Fell & Helen Faulds were the second team playing and were opposed by Angus Watson & Hugh MacIntyre.
Angus recorded 8 birdies in the holes played resulting in a comfortable win for the Gents.
Maggie Rutherford & Lindsay McLean were opposed by Adam McLeod & James Ewart.The Gents combination were back in a net 28 but this was not good enough to prevent a win for the Ladies on the final green 1 up.Maggie’s highlight was a net 1 at the 17th!
The overall result of the match now rested on the final pairings of Norma Cook & Paula Galloway versus Ross Cameron & Dave McClement.This match went all the way to the 18th green where the Ladies won the hole to secure a halved match and an historic win for the Ladies 2.5 to 1.5.
In the courtesy match the Ladies again prevailed with a 2 up win for Captain Anne Reid and V/C Denise Macnaughton over the Club Captain George Roberts and V/C Alan Dunipace.
This was a great match played in a sporting and good humored spirit .
Congratulations to the Ladies on their victory.
Gents Team Manager”
The official opening of the new Douglas Park Swing Studio took place on Monday 20th August.
The club is immensely grateful to John Watson O.B.E. for the very generous financial contribution which made the construction of the studio possible.
It represents both a considerable investment in the future of the club and a valuable addition to its estate.
The photograph shows, from left to right :
Angus Watson, John Watson O.B.E., Captain George Roberts and club professional Robert Irvine.
128 Douglas Park members and their guests participated in Saturday’s Gents Invitational, 64 pairs playing a two-ball better ball for the John Watson Trophy.
The weather stayed mainly dry, with only a fairly brief rain shower in the afternoon, and this was reflected in the excellent scoring. Two pairs broke 60 with DP member Martin Bell and his guest, Garry Hill, taking the trophy with a net score of 59 beating from runners-up Steven MacIntyre and guest, Scott Mills, with a better inward half.
Thanks to the large number who took part in the event and to the many who stayed for the prize-giving, thereby adding to the atmosphere on the day. Thanks, also, to Drew Mackechnie and his course team for preparing the course so well and laying out the markers for the special prizes; to Lisa Cuthbert and the Catering team for preparing an excellent buffet throughout the day for the returning pairs and to Robert Irvine for his input and advice in preparing the prizes for the top six pairs and the special prizes.
Events such as these take an enormous amount of preparation and planning and I’m indebted to Past Captain John Morse and to members Graeme Gardner and Robert Brechany for their great support on the day. Robert’s sterling work on the raffle resulted in a surplus of £210 for the nominated charity, Prostate Scotland.
Past Captain Graham White contributed greatly to the overall organisation and Stuart Orr did absolutely sterling work in organising the draw and computing the final scores.
The images attached show winners Martin Bell (left) and Garry Hill, and the prize table. George Roberts (Captain)
On what was not the best day weather wise 32 hardy teams turned up for the Annual Family Foursomes Competition
The Results were as follows :-
Father & Son winners Alistair & Douglas Beattie 38pts.
Siblings/cousins winners David & James McColl 32 pts (BIH 20)
Parent & Child winners Stuart & Fiona Eynon 32 pts (BIH 20)
Others winners Robert & Cameron Burns 31 pts (BIH 20)
Trophy Winners Alistair & Douglas Beattie 38pts.
Runners-up Mike & David Sellers 35pts.
3rd Place Alan & Calum Gordon 33pts (BIH 20).
More pictures from the day
A great day was had by all at the recent MacIntyre Shotgun 4 BallThe winners were 2 Past Captains, David Wightman and Roddy Gillespie with a score of net 60.
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.
The Donald Cameron team played their final match in the 2018 campaign against local rivals Windyhill.
Craig Young came up against an opponent in form who was 5 under par when he defeated Craig 5 & 4.
Angus Watson’s opponent was former Scottish Amateur champion , George Duncan.George opened with 5 straight 3s and despite Angus bringing him back to 2up George went on to win 4 & 3.
Michael Giovannetti was 2 down with 2 to play and kept the match alive with a tap in birdie at the 17th.Unfortunately he could not replicate this result at the 18th and lost 1 down.
Steven Wightman played some excellent golf to win 3 & 2 and it was good to see Matthew Anderson returning to his usual high standards when winning 4 & 3.
Andrew Abercrombie was also 2 down with two to play when he secured a birdie two at the 17th.Unfortunately he also lost at the last.
Ross Cameron suffered a bad night on the course when losing 5 & 3 which result secured a winning margin for Windyhill.
Adam McLeod improved the overall result with a fine 3 & 2 win.
This loss to Windyhill by a score-line 5 matches to 3 could result in the relegation of the team to Division 2.
The team would like to thank Captain George Roberts for his support throughout the campaign and to Lisa and her staff for the excellent catering provided.
After an incredible start to the season, Douglas Park’s Junior JJ McCarry (scratch) Team travelled to second placed Kirkintilloch with a chance to make it 6 wins out of 6 and win the JJ McCarry Division 2!!!
With 4 matchplay games being played, a single point would have been enough and Sophie Murphy duly delivered with an emphatic 8&7 victory. The team wanted to maintain their 100% record though and Greg MacLeod won a tight match 2&1 to ensure Douglas Park couldn’t lose. Ross Mirmelli, carrying an injury, staged a valiant fightback but unfortunately lost 5&4 which meant it all came down to David McColl on the 18th green. Losing 1 down, David chipped to 4ft and, knowing the importance of the putt, confidently rolled it home for a 2.5 – 1.5 victory!!! Congratulations to the team of Farris Hassan, Chris Lathan, Greg MacLeod, David McColl, Gerard McKinlay, Louie McMillan, Ross Mirmelli, Sophie Murphy, Archie Scott, Kirstie Souter, Scott Souter and Robbie Trainer. Greg MacLeod also appears to have the won the Order of Merit for most points won!
The league and results can be viewed at www.golf-in-glasgow.com My thanks go to Calum Gordon for running the team and to all the parents for your assistance in transporting the juniors to the various matches. For 2019, both our Junior JJ McCarry and Marley teams are currently without a sponsor so if anyone knows of a local business who may wish to provide team polo shirts, please get in touch.
Craig Turner Junior Boys Convenor
64 couples took part in our 2018 Open Day competition on a lovely bright, albeit slightly breezy, day.
CLICK HERE to view the list of prize winners … well done ladies!
Over £500 was raised from the proceeds of the raffle and will be presented to the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research Glasgow. Thank you to the very generous donations from the members and to the helpers at the raffle table on the day. Thanks also to all the ladies who assisted with the ‘check in’ table, and to the gentlemen starters at the tee, who bravely kept the ladies on time!
A tremendous amount of effort goes into events like this and we say a very big thank you to Anne Fergusson, Sally McFarlane and Helen Robertson, ably assisted by Jinty Halley and Patricia Richmond, for their organisation of 26 Douglas Park Ladies’ Open Days! They have raised around £600 every year enabling so many different charities to benefit from these donations over the years. Magnificent – well done ladies and thank you so much!
It was good to see a large number of competitors enjoying excellent catering and staying for the prizegiving in the evening.
Anne Reid, Lady Captain
The Douglas Park team met local rivals , Glasgow , missing three of their regular players , Craig Young,Alistair Thomson & Stephen Wightman.
Clark Nelson led out the team and after a slow start Clark played some very impressive golf to win 1up. The highlight of his round was a hole-in-one at the 15th – his club selection , a 7 iron !!!
Team Captain Angus Watson was in great form winning comfortably 4 & 3 over a very good opponent Nicky Gold.
Graeme Anderson kindly agreed at the last moment to play following Craig Young’s injury exit and lost 3 & 2.
Matthew Anderson lost on the last green as did Ross Cameron.
Andrew Abercrombie won a hard fought encounter by the margin 2 & 1 and Michael Giovannetti also recorded a victory on the 17th green by a score-line 3 & 1.
Scott Souter , a junior member making his second appearance for the team following his excellent win at Dullatur , was 3 up with 7 to play but ran into his opponent making birdie,eagle par,par,par to go dormie 2 down
with the match finishing on the 17th green.This match was an excellent experience for Scott who , I am certain , will be an exciting prospect in the coming years.
The result of the match was a tie with 4 wins each thus the team are unbeaten at home against the two top teams in the league , Cawder & Glasgow.
The team travel to Sandyhills next Wednesday the 27th June
The Douglas Park Golf Club Championship matches took place yesterday with Fiona Rattray against Sandra Goldie in the Championship, Helen Faulds against Olive Mackay in the Seniors and Kirstie Souter and Christiana Capaldi in the Junior Girls Final.
Fiona who had played well in the West of Scotland Inter County Matches last week at Erskine eventually ran out of steam — It was her 8th match of a long hard week playing a very steady Sandra Goldie and eventually lost on the 17th Green. She did however have an EAGLE 2 at the 16th hole !!
Helen and Olive had a ding dong match with Helen being the eventual winner 2&1
The Junior Girls match was well played with Christiana being the winner
Many congratulations go to the winners and many thanks go to all the referees – Helen Robertson (Championship), Denise McNaughton (Senior Ladies) and Susan Rattray (Junior Girls)
A final note Douglas Park member June Lockhart was the Captain of the Winning County Team Renfrewshire last week — Many congratulations June
A dry forecast for finals day on Sunday , why not come down and support all the finalists.
Tee off times below