The Dun Whinny competitive season is now well under way and here is a summary of our golf events so far.
We have played five inter club matches, starting with a defeat at the hands of Glasgow Golf Club (1.5-4.5), a new fixture for us. However our fortunes have improved since then with a 3-3 draw against the Seniors Society at Muirfield and then wins against the Gleneagles Professionals (2-1), Carnoustie Caledonia (6-4) and Gleneagles rivals Dun Ochil (4.5-3.5).
Saturday 26 May saw the traditional guest invitation day – the Jubilee Trophy. In magnificent weather 36 teams teed off in a shotgun start on the PGA Centenary course. The trophy and best net score went to Hon Sec Mike Page and his guest former member Alan Keeney who shot a better ball 64.
Club competitions have been underway since April albeit that the late spring snow put paid to some events. The April monthly medal was the first major event and this saw Richard Hally winning the gross section with a 79 in tough conditions and Mike Page coming in with a net 75.
It didn’t take Tony Curley long to resume his fine form from 2017 when he was the only player to beat the King’s course in the par competition and Andy Lothian put down an early marker in the first round of the three stage Strokeplay Cup with an impressive net 70 on the Kings.
The May monthly medal saw the spoils shared between Eddie Gibson with a fine gross 74 on the Kings, with Crawford Gray picking up the net prize on 72. The JD Penny Shield, which had been rescheduled from early April was won by Tom Fleming with a net 68 on the Queens course and the Spring meeting was won on count back (from Frank Johnson) by Eddie Gibson with a very fine net 67 on the Kings course.
The June monthly medal saw Tony Moran winning with a magnificent gross 68, some 11 shots clear of the field! Harry McGeough, making a rare appearance, came in with a net 70.
The Club Championship and Millennium Trophy finals are set to go ahead on the weekend of 22 – 24 June. Members are encouraged to come along and support the finalists.
We have been very fortunate this season to have had almost unprecedented weather, which has helped good turnouts for club competitions.
Let’s keep that up for the remainder of the season.