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.
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
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
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.
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!
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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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!
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!
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.
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.
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)
1st Norman MacLeod 72
2nd Hamish Somerville 73
3rd Jim Henderson 74
Nearest the hole (handicap 0-11)
Nearest the hole (handicap 12-24)
Douglas Park Seniors’ Open 4th July 2017
|TIME||PLAYER 1||PLAYER 2||PLAYER 3|
|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|
|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|
|11.40 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|
|1.20 pm||Joe McDonald||Robert Roach|
|1.30 pm||Robert Boag||David Leitch|
|1.40 pm||William McMahon||Iain Brodie||John Tait|
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.
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Despite the early morning rain not a single couple pulled out of Ladies’ Day which speaks volumes about our supportive and optimistic members! Although the afternoon players had unexpected sunshine the winners of the Sheila Conacher Memorial Trophy came from the morning players, Hugh and Aileen MacIntyre with 37 points. Our congratulations to them for winning this very fine trophy presented to the Club in 1953 and of course to all the prize winners who are listed in the link below.
CLICK HERE to view the complete list of prizewinners.
Thanks to everyone who played and to the Gents and Ladies on both Committees for all their help on the day. Particular thanks to Drew and his staff for setting up the course for every eventuality and to Robert and Andrew and last but not least to Lisa and her staff for the excellent buffet in the evening which was a perfect end to a most enjoyable day.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW PHOTOS TAKEN BY STUART ORR.
88 players teed off for the annual Douglas Park Invitation Day. All was going well (one could even say “swimmingly”) – the weather was beautiful, the course conditions excellent and high stableford points scores were being returned. Then, in late afternoon, the skies darkened, the heavens opened and within a short time the course and some of the greens were waterlogged. From swimmingly to nearly swimming. A very ‘Scottish’ day of golf! Despite this the competition was completed and thanks go to Drew who managed to keep the greens clear and, also, to the groups of players who struggled to complete their rounds and who were absolutely drenched.
The weather wasn’t the only drama of the day. There was a police incident, not golf related, with helicopter overhead and police officers on the ground. Never a dull moment on Ladies’ Invitation Day!!
The evening prizegiving rounded off a very successful day and included the presentation of a cheque for £900 to Drena O’Malley, Liaison Officer of Deaf Blind Scotland’s Guide Communication programme. The excellent total was raised from both the Invitation Day and the Bridge Drive Thanks were then made to the ladies’ committee for their help with the organisation and the superb baking in the gazebo; to the raffle helpers and to Lisa, Drew, Robert and their teams for their invaluable support.
Click here to view the results for the day.
Mary McLean (Past Captain)
Following major publicity on social media and the delivery of 5000 flyers and 120 posters by 57 Douglas Park Ladies locally and further afield, 57 Ladies (yes honestly!) turned up at our Ladies Open Evening on Wednesday.
Our guests spent a happy evening testing their golf skills on various fun activities set up by Robert, had guided tours of the Golf Club, an information session followed by an excellent buffet. The highlight, however was definitely the Safari Tour of the course by Drew, suitably attired in his Safari hat and accompanied by assorted jungle beasts.
So Far Sixteen Ladies have taken out the Get into Golf Membership and lots of application forms have been requested.
Many thanks to all the ladies who helped with the distribution of the flyers, to the 24 ladies who worked so hard on the evening at registration and as guides, all of whom were praised to the hilt in the feedback survey for their friendliness and helpfulness, to Ann Scott for her fantastic help, Robert, Lisa and Drew and particular thanks to Carol Fell who was a major force behind all the publicity before, during and after the event.
To see some Photos from the Evening — CLICK HERE – Courtesy of Carol Fell and Alex Mennie
Also a Video from the evening Event — CLICK HERE – Courtesy of Carol Fell
A Slideshow of past photographs from the ladies Section was shown to the visitors on the evening — CLICK HERE – Courtesy of Carol Fell
Christina Graham (Ladies Captain)
The Ladies are holding an Open Evening at Douglas Park Golf Club on Wednesday 10th May 6pm – 8:30pm
Great new packages to support all levels of golfers.
- Tour the Facilities
- Fun Golf Activities
- Course Safari on integrated 9 hole course
- Meet the Members
- Coaching Tips from the Pro
On what turned out to be a glorious day of weather, we held our Opening Shotgun events on Saturday 22nd April.
The morning Camel Trophy Shotgun, was won with 45 Stableford points (3 pairs achieved this score) by Scott Wallace & Adam Bisset.
The afternoon event, The Captain v. Past Captain challenge, was won by Past Captain Brian Henry Thistle’s team, by the impressive score of 10.5 to 4.5 Many thanks to all who participated. Some memorable golf was on display, such as Steven Skelly’s Hole In One at the 12th (his first ever) and Champ Ally Thomson’s chip in for an Eagle 2 at the 18th to win the headline match 1 up.
The dinner, speeches and presentation of Past Captain’s badge and tie were well attended and thanks to all, of all generations, who came along, some photos attached of the event.
|D&A County Winter Foursomes Winners Alex Mennie and Fiona Rattray (Douglas Park)
Photo courtesy of Christopher Mennie
The D&A County Winter Foursomes Final was played yesterday at Cardross Golf Club between the Douglas Park Golf Club pairing of Alex Mennie and Fiona Rattray against Mandy Allan (Milngavie) and Lindsay McCubbin (Hilton Park).
Fiona and Alex had to give 8 shots and with the conditions being awful and no mats allowed it was a difficult day for all the players.
Both couples led by one hole, turn by turn. However, Lindsay and Mandy led by 2 up at one point.
Fiona & Alex eventually were 1 up after 17 and as they said they could not have made it any harder for themselves. —-
Alex drove into trees, Fiona got it out, Alex hit a poor third and with the pin in a really tough position at the back of the green Fiona then narrowly missed the clubhouse windows landing about 10cms form the Out of Bounds!
Alex chipped on with a great shot for a gimme which was not given.
Meantime Mandy hit a good drive down the middle, Leslie hit a good shot which landed in a huge puddle and stopped in it right at the front of the green. Mandy chipped to the very back, Lindsay whose putting had been brilliant, was short.
Fiona putted in for 6, Mandy putted to take the match on to the 19th and missed and Fiona and Alex were the winners! — Despite the horrible weather the spectators had really enjoyed what was an exciting match!
CLICK HERE TO SEE SOME PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE DAY FROM CAROL FELL — COURTESY OF CHRISTOPHER MENNIE
Thanks go to Christina Graham (Ladies Captain) for the report