Club Championship and Millennium photos

A selection of photos from the finals of the Club Championship, won by Andy Lothian and Millennium Trophy, won by David McLeod.

David McLeod and Jason Wilding on the 13th tee on the Queens
Andy Lothian and Neil Lock preparing to tee off on the Kings course
Jason on the 14th green
David holes out on the 14th
Neil tees off on 14 on the Kings
Andy plays his approach to the 12th. Top caddie Mike Collier looks on.

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Club Championship and Millennium Trophy decided

Sunday 30 August

On a beautiful, still Gleneagles morning the finals of the Dun Whinny Club Championship (scratch) and Millennium Trophy (handicap) were played today.

The Club Championship was won by defending champion Andy Lothian and the Millennium Trophy was won by the (also) defending champion, club Captain David McLeod. Their opponents were Neil Lock and Jason Wilding.

Frank Johnson, who kindly refereed the Millennium reports as follows:

“For the first ten holes of the Millennium Trophy Final the match was finely balanced, and was all square after two, eight and ten holes by which time David had received two of the three strokes he was getting from Jason. David then played the next five holes in level par (1 under after taking account of his final shot at the 12th) resulting in him retaining the trophy with a 4 & 3 victory. The game was played in a great spirit throughout and the margin of victory didn’t do justice to the tight state of the match up until the half-way house. Many congratulations to David on retaining his trophy and commiserations to Jason.”

The Club Championship turned out to be a titanic battle, played in the finest spirit of Dun Whinny.

After halving the first, which required Neil to two putt from fifty feet, Neil then went three up after four with flawless par golf. Andy then won the fifth and sixth to get back to one down but Neil responded with a win at the seventh before finding a terrible lie in a bunker on the eighth from which recovery was impossible. The ninth was halved in four so Neil turned one up before winning the tenth with a solid par.

There then followed five consecutive halved holes leaving Neil two up with three to play. Neil found another awkward lie next to a bunker and could only make 4 to Andy’s three. On the seventeenth Neil found trouble off the tee and with a fiendish pin position both players struggled on the green before Andy managed to grab another win.

So, all square down the eighteenth and Neil just left himself too much to do on the green whilst Andy played an excellent bunker shot to eight feet. Neil agonisingly lipped out with the par putt he needed to take the match to extra holes.

It was a great match played in Corinthian spirit and appreciated very much by the small accompanying gallery.

Well done to Andy and David and commiserations to Neil and Jason.

Some photographs will follow once my computer starts to behave!

Mike Page

31 August 2020

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Mid Season Review

2020 will be year that none of us will forget and has of course had a massive impact on our golf season.

On 21st March Dun Whinny held the last of the pre-season warm up events on the PGA against a background of a gathering world pandemic. That proved to be the last golf that we would play until lockdown restrictions improved some nine weeks later.

After easing our way back with a month of social two ball golf, restrictions were eased to the point that the club decided that it was possible to compete for all of our normal club trophies provided we were prepared to make a few compromises and so starting on 4 July we embarked on a slightly frantic programme of competitive golf, which we are now more than half way through.

The knock out stages of the Club Championship and Millennium Trophy will be played over the weekend of 29-31 August and sandwiched in the middle is our annual Charity Medal.

There is still plenty to look forward to this season. On September 5 we have our annual outing, this year to the Torrance Course at the Fairmont St Andrews, we still have quite a few counting competitions for those keen to work on their handicaps and a number of trophies are still undecided. Winter golf will commence on 7th November.

Very sadly, due to the pandemic, we have had to cancel our annual dinner dance and prize giving, which is a particular shame as the club is generally in excellent shape. We have attracted an unusually large number of new members over the past two three years and this has continued this year despite the unusual circumstances. Since 2018 a total of 32 new members have joined the club. Over the same period 24 members have left the club but almost all of these were very infrequent players and so the playing strength of the club has increased significantly. This has been reflected in the very strong turn out for competitions, particularly this year.

We have also made a huge leap with technology this season with the adoption of the Scottish Golf app which we now use to enter / withdraw from all club competitions and to score as we play. Generally this has proved very popular with members and has several excellent features including a leaderboard so that players can check on the rest of the field as they play. It also leads to much quicker publication of results.

So, an unusual season so far in many ways but a good one also and much still to look forward to.

I’d like to thank all of our members for supporting the club with such enthusiasm during these very difficult past few months.

Mike Page, Hon Secretary

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Club Championship and Millennium

Andy Lothian and Captain David McLeod have become the Club and Millennium Champions respectively.

On an overcast but still Sunday morning Andy and Robin Christie contested the final of the Club Championship on the Kings whilst David took on Ian Milton over the Queens.

Andy played excellent golf over the front nine and was one under par and three holes up at the turn.

Andy plays his second shot at the 10th

Robin kept himself in the game with some excellent scrambles but Andy’s defence was resolute, holing a 20 foot putt on the 12th for a half when it seemed sure that Robin would pull one back.

Both players were in trouble off the 13th tee but unfortunately Robin’s ball could not be found and he went 4 down with 5 to play. Andy had a chance to close out the match on the 14th after an excellent drive on to the green but left his second putt half an inch to the left of the hole for a half. However, the match was now dormy 4 and another half on the 15th was enough to win the match 4&3.

Meanwhile on the Queens David McLeod defeated Ian Milton by the same margin. Just ahead at the turn he won holes 13,14 and 15 to record his first victory in the Millennium, a fitting achievement for the Club Captain.

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Jubilee Guest Day

Saturday 25 May saw the members of Dun Whinny entertaining their guests in the traditional Jubilee Invitation Day. At stake was the Jubilee Trophy and an impressive range of prizes, largely alcoholic (!) kindly donated by club members.

The action got underway at 11.00 with a shotgun start on the PGA Centenary course, making use of the impressive new Gleneagles buggies.

Although the weather was not especially kind it was an excellent day’s golf and when everyone returned to the Dormy the Auchterarder 70 bar was made available for exclusive use and drinks were followed by an excellent 2 course meal.

Prize giving revealed mixed fortunes! No fewer than 11 competitors managed Magic 2’s and there were prizes for 4 nearest pins and 2 long drives.

There were enough prizes to be able to award 1st to 7th place in the main event, which was a stableford better ball format.

Father and son combo Stewart and Darren Lockhart came third with 41 points, Andy Carswell and his guest Ross Kane were second with 42 points but the clear winners on 45 points were Peter Yarwood and guest Gary Denholm.

Following this the live music started and the party went on until well beyond midnight.

All in all it was an excellent day, superbly supported by the excellent Gleneagles golf team, to whom the club is extremely appreciative.

Club Captain David McLeod presents first prize to Jubilee Trophy winners Peter Yarwood and Gary Denholm
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First Trophy of Dun Whinny Season

A great turnout on the Queens course saw 27 golfers competing for the highly prized J D Penny Shield on Saturday, the first of the season’s trophies. Unfortunately the weather was not kind and increasingly persistent rain hampered everyone, particularly the later starters.

Nevertheless some good golf was played and the winner was Rory Bain with a nett score of 67 (gross 72), just pipping Mike Page (68-73) and Tony Moran (68-71). Well done Rory.

With strong early season turnouts members are encouraged to get their names down for competitions in good time. Next week sees the first of the Monthly Medals, to be played over the King’s Course from the white tees.

Foundation member Oliver Devlin, Club Captain David McLeod, Aidan O’Carroll and Conor O’Leary make a good job of looking cheerful on the 18th green after a very wet round of golf

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The traditional season opener – the Captain v Vice Captain match was played over the Queens course this morning on a lovely spring day.

Members were delighted to find a surprise waiting for them on the 12th tee in the form of Director of Golf Gary Silcock, Dormy House Manager Houssem Belabed and a Glorious Playground Gleneagles champagne bar!!

It’s unclear whether this helped or hindered subsequent play, but was much appreciated anyway as a very kind gesture to mark the start of the club’s golfing season.

The match was halved with 3.5 points each. Dun Whinny was delighted to welcome Foundation Junior members Connor Graham and Tom Morton, both playing with the club for the first time.

Next week sees the first counting competition, so let’s have another excellent turnout.

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AGM reminder

Dun Whinny members are reminded that the Annual General Meeting will be held in the hotel on Friday 15th March 2019 at 19.00.

All members are encouraged to attend if possible. There will be an informal meal afterwards in the Auchterarder 70 Bar for those that would like to participate.

Meeting papers will be sent by email to all members early this coming week and you will be invited then to indicate whether you would like to stay for the meal.

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Roxy shoots 80 – that’s his age, not his score!

Club legend and former Captain David ‘Roxy’ Roxburgh celebrates his 80th birthday today, 24th February, with a round of golf on the King’s course.

Roxy dispenses a few words of wisdom before teeing off on the 9th

The Council and all the members of Dun Whinny wish Roxy Many Happy Returns and congratulations on reaching this wonderful milestone, and we all look forward to many more years playing golf with this very special man.

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Captain and Pro Challenge

Future Club Captain David McLeod has thrown down the gauntlet by introducing a new Sunday morning challenge to take place during the summer season 2019.

Once a month David and Director of Golf Gary Silcock will take on two club members in a better ball challenge. The losers will pay £20 to David’s nominated challenge – Kidney Research UK.

The dates are 7th April, 5th May, 7th July, 4th August, 1st September and 6th October.

Members wishing to challenge should find a partner and email David or add their names to the list in the Dormy specifying their preferred date.

It should be a lot of fun!

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