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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2019 Fixtures

The 2019 fixtures, including details of all club matches are now available through this website – just click on the menu item above.

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Dun Whinny Dance and prize-giving


‘Abandon’ take the stage 

Saturday 3 November saw the annual club dinner dance and awards held in the spectacular setting of Gleneagles Hotel. After a champagne reception members and their guests were piped through to the ballroom by the Captain’s son Andrew Lothian where they were treated to another amazing dance display from the Dance Dreams Theatre School kindly arranged by club member Tony Curley and Bonnie and Ashleigh Barr.

Captain Andy Lothian then welcomed members and their guests and reflected on the special qualities of Dun Whinny – a club with great values and a warm welcome to all.

After a superb four course meal Club Secretary Mike Page started the awards ceremony which included a special prize for Rory Bain who, as a Gleneagles Academy Foundation member, has played in many of the club’s events this year with great success.

Club Captain Andy Lothian lifted four prizes including the club singles knock out trophy and major prizes also went to Tony Curley (retaining the Duncrub Trophy) and Frank Johnson (Millennium and Championship Cup).

Other winners on the night were Tom Fleming, Andy Barton, Paul Kelly, David McCutcheon, Mike Collier, Jim Crawford, David McLeod, Peter Yarwood, Tony Moran, Ken Marshall and Mike Page.

Finally the Club Champion Eddie Gibson was presented with the Scratch Trophy and graciously  expressed his thanks to this opponents in the finals and the council and club.

At this point Abandon took the stage with an ideal selection of the modern and old favourites and everyone danced until midnight at which point the sensible ones went home to bed and the rest headed for the bar!


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End of Season Highlights

The 2018 season has now finished, all the club’s trophies and prizes have been won and we now look forward to our programme of winter golf, which commences on Saturday 3 November – what better way to burn off a few calories ahead of the annual dinner dance and prize giving that evening and reminisce on one of the best summers in recent memory?

The Club Singles knockout competition was won by club Captain Andy Lothian, consolidating on an excellent season. He defeated David Watt, who has also enjoyed a strong year.

Another member who has enjoyed plenty of success is Jim Crawford who added the Captain’s prize to the Gordon Lockhart Cup and finished the year with a win in the final medal of the season, posting an excellent net 72 on the Kings course and getting himself back to single figures for the winter!

This was the event that sealed the Order of Merit which was won by Mike Page despite  a frantic dash back from Nashville by Andy Lothian, whose effort to compete in the final event was frustrated by a missed connection at Heathrow Airport! It was also the last chance for anyone to win the Donaldson Salver, which is awarded to the lowest net score during the season. But there was little chance of anyone beating the score set earlier in the year by Tony Moran – a brilliant 65 on the Queens course on 6 June, just pipping Eddie Gibson and Frank Johnson.

The Medal Final was won by Tony Moran (scratch) and Mike Page (net). Mike also picked up the Blue Tees competition and was the lucky recipient of a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label whisky very generously donated by David Watt. The final pairs event, the George McKelvie Trophy was won by Paul Kelly and David McCutcheon with an excellent better ball score of 60 on the Queens course.

It has been a great season for Dun Whinny. The final club match of the year yielded a comfortable win against the Dukes Golf Club, giving a record of played 9, won 6, lost 2 and drawn 1. This is very creditable for such a small club.

We have also attracted new members in greater numbers than ever before with eleven new members joining during 2018.

So, the club is in good heart as we head for 2019 and beyond. Next year should be very special with the Solheim Cup at Gleneagles. The 2019 fixtures are very nearly agreed and will soon be sent to all members – something to whet the appetite during the shorter days ahead.

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