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Ladies Invitational Greensomes 2018

76 players teed off for the annual Douglas Park Ladies’ Invitation Day on Friday on a perfect day for golf!

The evening prizegiving rounded off a most enjoyable event which raised almost £400 for the very worthwhile cause – Social Bite: Ending Homelessness. Thanks to Drew and his staff for great course conditions and to Lisa and her staff for excellent catering throughout the day and to Robert and Andrew for their support. The Ladies’ Committee’ s superb baking was once again greatly enjoyed by all and thanks were also expressed for all their hard work in running the event and of course thanks to the raffle ticket sellers and gentlemen starters and to all the ladies’ section for their generous contribution to the raffle.

The Prize winners were: 1st:  Olive MacKay and Chris Fowler;  2nd:  Anne Reid and Janet Buchanan; 3rd:  Sandra Goldie and Ann O’Connell.

Christina Graham (Past Captain)

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R&A 9 hole Championship Qualifier

Thanks to all 44 members who played in this event on Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May. This was a most encouraging entry for a new competition which Scottish Golf had asked clubs to get involved with to appeal to as wide a cross-section of club members as possible.Those who participated enjoyed ideal conditions and some excellent golf was played.

The winners going forward to the next stage at Milnathort in June are David McClement and Steven Cairns after a count back on the last 3 holes

Thanks, also, for the forbearance shown by those members who did not take part in the event but played the  designated 9 hole course twice.

A new competition such as this in an already crowded golfing diary inevitably creates logistical challenges but the goodwill shown by members on the day allowed for a most enjoyable and worthwhile competition

 

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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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“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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BRIDGE PLAYERS MAKE IT THROUGH THE SNOW

No Beast from the East will stop playing Bridge at Douglas Park Golf Club

 

 

 

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DIFFERENT SORT OF GREENKEEPING !!!

All the green keepers working hard to clear path to Clubhouse

 

 

 

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DOUGLAS PARK’S LADIES SWEDISH “ABBA” EVENING

Belle Robertson and Douglas Park Ladies Captain Anne Reid

 

Douglas Park Social Evening 2018
The Douglas Park Choir — Click on picture to see album of the evening

Captain Anne Reid welcomed a 100 Ladies to their Annual Social Evening on Friday 23rd February.
Belle Robertson MBE who is an Honorary Member of Douglas Park was the guest Speaker.

After a lovely meal provided by Lisa and her staff  the “Douglas Park Choir” entertained everyone with some  “Abba Songs ”

 CLICK HERE TO SEE ALBUM OF THE EVENING  —

Photos are also on FacebookClick Here

FINALLY A VIDEO OF THE EVENT —CLICK HERE

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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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BURNS SUPPER SUCCESS

Club Captain George Roberts chaired the annual Douglas Park Burns Supper on Friday, 26th January.

A large and appreciative audience were thoroughly entertained in an evening billed as one of ‘Word and Song’.

The evening got off to a great start with a rousing address to the haggis by Past Captain Colin McEwen.

After an excellent dinner, Jeanie Sutherland won a whisky and chocolate matching experience for four guests at Glengoyne Distillery, very kindly donated by club member Archie McSporran.

The after-dinner entertainment included a quite outstanding Immortal Memory delivered by main speaker Graham Hill in tandem with young Zoe Craig. To see how Zoe won the hearts of the audience with her rendition of Burns’ poems and songs was a particular highlight of the evening.

Graham and Zoe were ably supported by Charlie Newlands M.B.E. who toasted “the lassies” in a most amusing and entertaining fashion and Tayler Morgan who gave an excellent and feisty reply.

Musical interludes were provided by the exquisite harmonies of the Westertones, who also led the audience in a stirring ‘singalong’ towards the end of the evening. A warm and witty vote of thanks was delivered by vice-captain Alan Dunipace.

Immense thanks to Lisa Cuthbert for her organisation and support both in the lead-up to the evening and on the night itself.

Graham Hill was kind enough to e mail that ” it was a wonderful evening and one of the best Burns Suppers I have ever been at ………..the audience were super and a real pleasure to speak in front of”. For someone with such wide experience of Burns Suppers in Scotland and beyond to write such a testimonial is praise indeed for the Douglas Park “experience”.

Thanks to all of you who attended for making it such a special night

 

 

 

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Ladies Christmas Lunch

LADIES ANNUAL CHRISTMAS LUNCH

Douglas Park Ladies do it again!  97 Ladies turned out in force to enjoy a delicious Christmas Lunch on Sunday.  We were delighted to welcome so many of our new members to their first social event. The Ladies’ Choir once again entertained us with two delightful Christmas songs with everyone joining in for several more which certainly got us all into the Christmas spirit!  Needless to say, there was much laughter and much chat!  My sincere thanks to the Ladies’ Committee for all their help, to Eileen Hunter and Margaret Morris and the Choir and particularly to Lisa, Pauline and all their staff for an excellent meal, faultlessly served in a very festive looking lounge.

Video of some Singing including the Choir – Courtesy of Carol Fell

Christina Graham

Ladies’ Captain

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LAM 2017

Sixty nine ladies attended this year’s Annual meeting, during which Ladies’ Captain Christina Graham and key speakers, Honorary Treasurer Denise Macnaughton, Match Secretary Barbara Aitchison, and Junior Girls’ Convenor Susan Rattray gave a summary of their year.  In addition to the usual reports and business, two additional matters were raised: the Ladies’ Constitution was updated and a lively discussion was held on the proposal made to the meeting that the Silver Cup Knockout Competition should be open to Silver Players only. The cup, the Ladies’ Section’s first trophy, was presented to the Ladies Section, ninety six years ago, in 1921 by the Gents Committee, to be played for by all Lady Members.  A vote was taken and the proposal was accepted.

Ladies’ Captain Christina thanked her committee and all members for their support over the season and for helping to raise £2380 for the chosen charities this year.  She also made special mention of the Patrick Trophy team on winning the trophy two years running and for the third time in 4 years.

Three new committee members, Kirsty Fergusson Honorary Secretary, Brenda Murray Honorary Treasurer and Karen Neilson were welcomed.  The retiring members, Past Captain Mary McLean, Joyce Ferguson and Barbara Aitchison, were thanked for their commitment and hard work to committee and club.

Ladies’ Vice Captain Anne Reid introduced proposed new Vice Captain elect Denise MacNaughton, retiring Honorary Treasurer.

The ladies’ champion, Fiona Rattray concluded the annual meeting with a most amusing speech.

Christina Graham
Ladies’ Captain

 

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Ladies Coffee Morning 2017

LADIES ANNUAL COFFEE MORNING :  SATURDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2017

We had a marvellous turn out for our Annual Coffee Morning in aid of Cancer Research UK.  85 Ladies and Captain Alistair, who we were delighted to welcome, thoroughly enjoyed the morning browsing the stalls, enjoying the coffee and home baking.   My sincere thanks to all who attended and to all members of the club who made donations, gave raffle prizes, bought tickets and contributed to the Home Produce Stall.  Our thanks too to Pauline and her staff, to our stall holders and to the Ladies’ Committee for their hard work and delicious home baking.

We raised the remarkable sum of £933!  There is still some tablet for sale at the bar so that sum will increase slightly. Congratulations everyone and thank you for being so generous in aid of such a worthy charity!

Christina

Ladies’ Captain

PS  Unclaimed raffle prizes are in the Ladies Locker Room  –  I will leave a list of the winning tickets at the Bar tomorrow.

 

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Patrick Trophy Success!

Douglas Park were announced as the winners of the Patrick Trophy at the Patrick Trophy Dinner on Thursday evening.   Many congratulations to the team:  Gil Hendry, Team Manager, and Norma Campbell, Sheana Donald, Paula Galloway, Sandra Goldie, June Gordon, Evy MacGregor, Aileen MacIntyre, Olive MacKay, Claire MacKelvie, Lindsay MacLean, Ann O’Connell, Fiona Rattray and Lynda Smith.  Winning two years in succession and three times in four years is an amazing achievement!  We are so proud of  you ladies!

Christina Graham
Ladies’ Captain

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GET INTO GOLF – LADIES’ TEXAS SCRAMBLE

Great excitement as 18 GIG Ladies took to the course on Wednesday to play their first competition at Douglas Park – a Texas scramble. The ladies played off the blue tees and played really well considering they have only been members since May. The winning team in the morning competition with a gross score of 36, including a very impressive magic 2 on the 5th hole, was Kerina Morgan, Catherine Parbrook, and Morag Thomson; Runners-up were Sarah Bell, Linda Meldrum and Shona Stewart.  In the evening competition the winners were Linda Donaldson and Denise Sifton with a gross score of 40 which is excellent given it was a team of only two players.   Each team was accompanied by a Buddy who kept the score and helped with etiquette and rules which was greatly appreciated by the players.
All in all a very enjoyable competition and a great start!   Well done GIG Ladies.  Watch this  space!

Christina Graham
Ladies’ Captain

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2017 Pro-Am

On a rare dry day, sandwiched between two downpours on the Wednesday and the Thursday evening, our 32nd Pro-Am took place with an excellent field of 40 teams.

The event was in aid of Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Scotland and our Headline Sponsor on the day was Just Employment Law.  Many thanks to both of them for their commitment to our event and their hard work on the run-up and on the day itself.  (Note the weather conditions which the last four groups had to endure after 7 pm)

Photos below from the day and the Prize-Giving.  We were pleased that Janet Dow was able to attend as our guest of honour to present the prizes.

The winning amateur team was from The Killie Trust and the winning Pros (who shared a 68 on the day) were South African Gareth Hardy (Prestwick St Nicholas) and Scot Paul O’Hara (North Lanarkshire Leisure)

Watch your email inboxes early in September for your views on the future of our Pro-Am.

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Gents Seniors Open 2017 Results

Congratulations to past Captain Ian Letford who won the Douglas Park Trophy at the Seniors Open on Tuesday 4th July.  Rain started at 4am and continued unceasingly until 1pm resulting in a number of late withdrawals and a reduced field of 72 players.  Surface rain appeared on some greens about 10am but thanks to the efforts of Drew and his staff the course remained eminently playable throughout.  Many of our visitors commented on the excellent condition of the course.  Scores were unusually high and Ian’s excellent nett 68 achieved in the first group of the day was never challenged.  The Quaich for the best scratch score was also retained in the club by past club champion, Danny Ward with a gross score of 80.

Results

Handicap                                            Douglas Park Trophy               Ian Letford                  68

Scratch                                                The Quaich                              Danny Ward                80 (gross)

Group A (60-64)

1st                                            Brian Henry Thistle     72

2nd                                            Tom Adams                 74

3rd                                            David Bruce               75 (bih)

Group B (65-69)

1st                                            Fraser Brown              77

2nd                                            Archie Clark                78

3rd                                            Gordon Fraser             79 (bih)

Group C

1st                                            Norman MacLeod       72

2nd                                            Hamish Somerville      73

3rd                                            Jim Henderson            74

 

Nearest the hole (handicap 0-11)

Norman MacLeod

Nearest the hole (handicap 12-24)

David Cambridge

 

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GENTS SENIOR OPEN DRAW

 

Douglas Park Seniors’ Open   4th July 2017

Starting Times

TIME PLAYER 1 PLAYER 2 PLAYER 3
8.10 am      
8.20 am Alistair Macpherson Colin McEwen Raymond Bruce
8.30 am Robert Easton Ian Letford  
8.40 am Alex Cordiner Gordon McGregor Tony Watt
8.50 am Hugh MacIntyre Francis McCann John McQueeney
9.00 am Alan Dunipace Harry Brown Alan McAlister
9.10 am Jim Henderson Joe Rennie Joe Bruce
9.20 am Robert Wilson Stephen HK Miller David Cambridge
9.30 am Charles Strong Duncan Adam Robert Burns
9.40 am Drew McQueen Tom Adams Norman McLeod
9.50 am      
10.00 am Iain MacDougall Archie Clark John Semple
10.10 am Henry Elliott Ian Whyte Andrew Morris
10.20 am Alistair Logan James Paterson James Burns
10.30 am Gordon Ferguson Raymond MacDonald Jim Craig
10.40 am John McKinnon Greg Semple Jim Brown
10.50 am Gordon Fraser Gordon Blackadder  
11.00 am Roy Nesbitt Michael McGuigan Colin Arrol
11.10 am Angus McConnochie Iain Hope Fraser Brown
11.20 am Keith Riley George Stevenson James Busby
11.30 am      
11.40 am Iain McKenzie George Roberts Robert Gray
11.50 pm Ian McWhirter Kenneth McLachlan Hugh McGhee
12 noon Mike Robinson J L Stuart Robert Wight
12.10 pm Andy Stevenson Edward Tonner Gordon Gray
12.20 pm Hamish Somerville Ray Jones Garry McNulty
12.30 pm Gordon Fell Brian Henry Thistle Archibald Mitchell
12.40 pm Alex Forbes Ian Fraser  
12.50 pm Hugh Dempster Hugh Galloway William Creevy
1.00 pm Danny Ward David Bruce  
1.10 pm      
1.20 pm Joe McDonald Robert Roach  
1.30 pm Robert Boag David Leitch  
1.40 pm William McMahon Iain Brodie John Tait
1.50 pm      
2.00 pm      

 

 

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LADIES’ OPEN DAY 2017

Despite a slightly dampish start to the day most players enjoyed a lovely dry, albeit breezy, game of golf!  68 couples took part in the competition during this the 24th year of the Open Greensomes Competition.

A lot of effort goes into organising events like this, very many thanks to Anne Fergusson and her team of helpers – Helen Robertson, Jinty Halley and Sally MacFarlane.  Thanks too, to the gentlemen starters at the tee, who valiantly kept the ladies on time.

Two well deserving charities will benefit in excess of £250 each from the proceeds of the raffle – Riding for the Disabled and Mary’s Meals.  Thank you to the very generous donations from the members and to the helpers at the raffle table on the day.

It was good to see a large number of competitors enjoying excellent catering and staying for the prizegiving in the evening.

CLICK HERE to view the list of prize winners.

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2017 Championship Presentation

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