The second Scottish Golf Conference took place in Edinburgh at the weekend with 450 delegates attending and the event being streamed live.
A number of Douglas Park members were involved in their roles within the club or as area representatives.
The launch of the Scottish Golf Club Venue Management System which will be free of charge to all affiliated clubs was made and a number of initiatives involving Juniors and the Solheim Cup were also announced
To catch up with the conference there is copy of the live stream of the event on the Scottish Golf Website and pictured below are some of the DP attendees. (pic courtesy of Carol Fell)
Players from the 2018 Chrissie Anderson League resplendent in their team sweaters.
A group of very happy prizewinners following their presentations by the lady captain
AT THIS TIME OF YEAR
Douglas Park Golf Club will once again honour those from the Club who served, and in some cases died, in two world wars, by the display of our framed tributes in the main hallway of the clubhouse from Friday 9th November to Friday 16th November 2018.
Our archives tell us that :-
In World War I
163 gentlemen members served in HM Forces of whom 28 died on active service.
Of the 163, 21 were junior members of whom 4 died on active service.
48 lady members were on war work of one kind or another.
In World War II
127 gentlemen members served in HM Forces of whom 5 died on active service. *
Of the 127, some were junior members.
32 lady members were on war work of one kind or another.
* (Including our Professional, Jimmy Kilroy.)
Please take a minute when next in the clubhouse to view the display and ponder on what these members and staff gave up as they put golf aside, and their normal daily lives on hold, to go off and serve. The memorial tablet commemorating those who died is in the hallway.
Douglas Park GC
This is a picture of Norma Cook’s Uncle Gerry teeing off for a few holes to celebrate his 99th birthday! Inspiration for us all to keep going.
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)
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.
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 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
72 ladies took part in a Tri-am on Friday 1st June. This was over 11 holes as there were dire warnings of thunder storms after 2.00pm. — In the event it did not happen & the day was completed in warm sunshine.
The 2 best stableford scores counted at each hole
Congratulations go to the winners with 54 points — Barbara Aitchison, Alison Miller & Elaine McEwan.
Runners up with 53 points were June Gordon, Susan Rattray & Linda Robertson.
At the same time they had an individual competition where they were given stableford points which they could loose in certain circumstances.
There were 6 of our older ladies who took part in the putting competition which Drew so ably organises for them. This was won by Marjory Cooper after a playoff & some amazing putting.
The Primrose Cup for the junior girls was won by 13 year old Sophie Murphy (pictured above)
In the evening everyone returned for another of Lisa’s excellent buffets & a prize giving.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
All the green keepers working hard to clear path to Clubhouse