The 2016 Dun Whinny season has drawn to a close and was topped off with another fantastic evening at the annual dance and prize giving in the splendour of the Gleneagles ballroom.
Once again Tony Curley was kind enough to arrange a breathtaking dance routine from the stars of the Dance Dream Theatre School which greeted the guests shortly after being piped into the ballroom in style by Andrew Lothian Jr.
After an excellent four course meal Captain Mike Collier reflected on his two years in office, highlighting the unique qualities that make the game of golf such an inspiring experience for us all.
The prize giving saw 17 trophies awarded to Dun Whinny members. Particular highlights included David McLeod who picked up two of the winter prizes and ended an excellent and very consistent season by winning the club singles knock out tournament, and Ken Smith who besides winning the Duncrub trophy was also awarded the Scratch Trophy for a record equalling sixth time. No doubt he will have his eye on a record seventh win in 2017!
The Order of Merit was won by Tony Curley who also showed wonderful consistency all year.
Other members collecting prizes on the night were Fraser Clark, Chris Tulips, Tom Fleming, Mike Cantlay, Tony Moran, Mike Collier, Andy Lothian and Stewart Lockhart. Congratulations to them all, and many thanks to the members who supported the dance, which is such an important part of the club’s calendar.
The winter fourball and winter singles knock out competitions are now under way with several matches having already been completed.
In addition the club has tee times every Saturday morning from 10.00 to 10.20 and members are encouraged to use this time for some enjoyable, friendly golf.
We are hoping to run a fun evening during the winter with a presentation on the rules of golf from a representative from the R&A, possibly including a quiz and a dinner. The date for this has not yet been fixed but we are looking at probably a Friday evening in January or February. Please keep a look out for further information on this.
Please also make sure that you have the date of the Annual General Meeting in your diaries – Friday 3 March. This is an important club event and it is hoped that all members will make the effort to attend.
Finally, I am delighted to say that former club secretary Ron MacKelvie has just about completed a fascinating short history of each of the club trophies. I will circulate this to members and post it on the website shortly. I would very much recommend taking the time to look at this as it provides a fascinating glimpse into the history of the club and some of its many interesting members over the years.