Muirfield Salver

Seventeen Dun Whinny members plus three guests played for the Muirfield Salver on Monday 17 September over the Fidra Links at Archerfield. The day was kindly hosted by club Captain Andy Lothian and with kind weather and a golf course in excellent condition a superb day was enjoyed by all.

The outcome was incredibly close with three players each recording 34 points equally split between inward and outward halves. After close scrutiny of the last six holes however Ian Milton was declared the worthy winner with Andy Carswell and Jim Crawford securing second and third spots. In a rare double whammy the long drive and nearest the pin prizes were both won by Robin Christie.

The Archerfield organisation was outstanding and many of the participants agreed that this would be a venue worth revisiting in the future.

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Even later season highlights!

Participation in club events throughout the late summer has continued to be good and a number of trophies were contested in the past few weeks with winners as follows:

The Gordon Lockhart Cup was won by Jim Crawford. Following a net 77 in the morning on the King’s, Jim bounced back strongly in the afternoon with a net 71 on the Queen’s securing the trophy by one shot from David McLeod and Stewart Lockhart.

David Watt won the Charity Medal with a fine net 71. As previously reported the donations from club members, matched by a contribution from the club, resulted in a donation to Davids’s nominated charity, The Beatson, of almost £1,000. Many thanks to those who contributed to this worthy cause.

Andy Lothian proved that being Captain has not affected his form and his fine season continued with success in the Princes Pot with 71 points, 4 points clear of David Watt.

The Autumn Meeting was played on 16 September bringing to a conclusion the multi-round Duncrub Scratch and Championship (net) competitions determined by the aggregate of the best two scores from the three medals on the King’s. Tony Curley won the Scratch Cup with a score of 157, one ahead of Frank Johnson and Andy Lothian. The Championship Cup was won by Frank Johnson with a net score of 139, ahead of Tony Curley and Ken Marshall on 147. Special mention also to Foundation member, Rory Bain, who maintained his strong season matching Tony’s gross score of 157 (net 147).

Ian and Ann Ferrier won the Secretary’s Salver Mixed foursome competition with a score of 31 points with new member, Alan Tarney, and his partner Terri Croft finishing as runners-up on 28 points.

The summer foursomes knock-out was concluded in September with Andy Barton and Frank Johnson winning an extremely tight final against Patrick Elsmie and Ian Ferrier at the 19th. This completed a winter fourball and summer foursomes double for Andy and Frank.

Congratulations also to Andy Lothian and David Watt who have reached the final of the summer knockout, and which is sure to be a close contest given the form shown all season by both of them.

There are still a few important club competitions in the next few weeks including the Captain’s Prize, the Blue Tees Competition, the Medal Final and the McKelvie Trophy, so please do sign up for these so that we finish the season with continued strong participation.

Dun Whinny hosted Bruntsfield in a club match on 9 September, the result of which was a good win for Dun Whinny by 4 points to 2. Well done to those who represented the club.

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Late season highlights

As the golfing season heads into late summer the fabulous weather seems to have come to an end but Dun Whinny golfers continue to turn out in good numbers for club competitions and matches.

The end of June saw the finals of the Club Championship and Millennium Trophy. In two close matches Eddie Gibson beat George Stubbs to become Club Champion and Frank Johnson overcame Ian Milton to claim the Millennium Trophy.

The following weekend was the Senior’s Trophy which was won by Stewart Lockhart with a net score of 69, just edging out Aidan O’Carroll on count back.

Early July saw the completion of the Strokeplay Cup which went to Club Captain Andy Lothian with a net aggregate of 220 shots, five ahead of Hon Sec Mike Page, who just pipped Stewart Lockhart by one shot.

Other notable mid to late season winners have been Mike Collier, showing a welcome return to form, (Summer meeting), Ken Marshall (President’s Platter) Peter Yarwood (Roy Nicolson Salver), Robin Christie (Jack Adams Trophy), David McLeod (D F Darroch Cup) ands Stewart Lockhart consolidating on a fine season with a win in the August Monthly Medal.

There have been two further club matches against Panmure at home which resulted in a comfortable win by 6 matches to 2 and Blairgowrie away, which unfortunately we lost by 5.5 to 2.5.

We still have plenty of golf remaining this year with the 36 hole Gordon Lockhart this coming Saturday (18 August), the Princes Pot, the dreaded Blue Tees Competition, the Captain’s Prize and the Medal Final, to name but a few. We also have two remaining club matches against Bruntsfield and The Dukes.

Finally, a word of congratulations to Rory Bain, one of the Gleneagles Foundation students who recently won the Angus County Boys Match Play Championship played at Letham Grange. Many of you have played with Rory during club competitions this year. He is pictured here with his Trophy. Well done Rory!

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Rory Bain holding the Angus Boys Matchplay Championship Trophy

 

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Early Season Update

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).

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Club Captain Andy Lothian with the Dun Ochil match trophy

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.

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Winner Alan Keeney tees off on the 12th

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.

 

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Season opens with Capt v V Capt

The Dun Whinny competitive season got under way today Saturday 24 March with the traditional Captain v Vice Captain match.

Using a Pinehurst Foursomes format (with the team aggregate score to determine the winning side) Captain Andy Lothian and partner Clark Campbell got proceedings under way against Vice Captain David McLeod and Martin Super who was making a welcome come back.

McLeod and Super established a two shot advantage but this was quickly eroded by matches 2, 3, and 4, with the Mike Collier / Andy Harrower partnership scoring an excellent net 62 to leave the Captain’s team up by six shots with two matches to go.

Could Keith Stirling and Paul Kelly nail the match? No, as it turned out, as Tom Fleming and Eamond Murray bettered them by two shots to claw the difference back to four shots.

In the final match Robin Christie and David McCutcheon needed to beat Eddie Gibson and guest Paul Sinclair by five shots to turn the match around. Surely impossible! But no – that’s exactly what they did.

And so David McLeod led the Vice Captain team to the narrowest of victories by a total of 401 shots to the Captain’s 402.

A great start to Dun Whinny’s 2018 season.

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Birthday Boy shoots his age

What better way to celebrate your 79th birthday than to go out and shoot your age?

To be accurate – to shoot 2 under your age!!

That’s exactly what club legend David ‘Roxy’ Roxburgh did this morning. On a beautiful sunny day David shot a wonderful 77 around the Kings course for a remarkable net 63!

This is by no means the first time that David has achieved this rare feat and it certainly won’t be the last.

Many congratulations David and Happy Birthday!

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Dun Whinny AGM – Friday 2 March

Just a reminder that the Dunn Whinny AGM will be held in the Terrace Room in Gleneagles hotel on Friday 2nd March 2018 commencing at 19.00.

Members wishing to stay afterwards for an informal supper with the Captain and other council members should let Mike Page (secretary@dunwhinny.co.uk) know as soon as possible.

The supper will be in the Auchterarder 70 bar at 20.30 with a special menu priced at £22.

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Dun Whinny gives cheque for £7,550 to MND Scotland

Following a very successful Am Am, held on 2nd September, Dun Whinny today handed a cheque for £7,550 to Motor Neurone Disease Scotland.

MND Scotland head of fundraising Iain McWhirter received the cheque today at Gleneagles from Club Captain Andy Lothian. Iain expressed his deep gratitude to the club for this substantial contribution and told us that progress was being made to find ways to alleviate the suffering of those afflicted by this terrible disease and, ultimately, to find a cure. Our contribution will help.

MND Scotland was chosen as our Am Am charity following the very sad and untimely death earlier this year of our greatly respected and widely admired former Captain Roy Nicolson and it was especially appreciated that Roy’s son Mark was present at the ceremony.

The club’s thanks go to all who helped to raise this money.

 

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Dun Whinny Charity Am Am – a great success

Dun Whinny held its first charity Am Am on Saturday 2 September.

After a series of successful Pro – Am’s in recent years we decided to see if we could manage without the Pro’s! And manage we did!

The main point of the day was to raise money for the charity Motor Neurone Disease Scotland as a tribute to, and in memory of, former Club Captain Roy Nicolson who sadly died from the disease earlier this year.

The club invited Roy’s son Mark to enter a team and from 1 p.m. they and 16 other teams teed off on both the Kings and Queens courses. The format was a stableford, with the two best scores counting on each hole and prizes for nearest the pins on all the short holes and two longest drives. On a glorious sunny afternoon the teams battled their way round with varying levels of success before retiring to the Dormy for a well earned pint and then heading up to the hotel where a delicious dinner, prize-giving, speech making and auction awaited them.

After Club Captain Andy Lothian welcomed the guests the evening kicked off with the traditional ‘Heads & Tails’ fundraiser. This game requires immense tactical acumen, razor sharp analytical dexterity, ice cold nerve and precision judgement. It was therefore no surprise to see former Captain Mike Collier as ‘last man standing’ – probably the quickest £100 he’s ever made!

After a really delicious dinner the prize-giving ceremony took place. Mark Nicolson had kindly agreed to award the prizes and to present the newly commissioned Roy Nicolson Salver to the winning team, which was captained by yet another former Club Captain the perennially popular David Roxburgh, with his team of David Watt, Tom Halpin and John Morrison. Unfortunately Roxy could not attend the dinner but his team mates ably stood in for him.

David Watt, Tom Halpin and John Morrison receive the Roy Nicolson Salver from Roy’s son Mark

After the prize-giving the guests were treated to a hilarious talk by John McKelvie, former policeman and football referee who then went on to run the auction of three magnificent prizes, being an overnight stay with a fabulous 7 course tasting menu with wine at the Michelin starred Balmoral hotel in Edinburgh, kindly donated by the Nicolson family, two hosted three balls at Turnberry, kindly donated by John Morrison and a stunning winter scene painting kindly donated by renowned Scottish artist Gerry Burns. All the items were purchased at generous prices, making the action a great success.

The final entertainment of the evening was provided by Willie Young a former lawyer and top level football referee who regaled the guests with a succession of stories, gags and refereeing anecdotes.

Overall the day raised in excess of £7,000 which will be presented to Motor Neurone Disease Scotland.

The club’s thanks go to all who supported the day.

 

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Club Championship and Millennium Trophy

On a sunny but ‘breezy’ morning Ken Smith has won the Club Championship for a record seventh time, defeating club Captain Andy Lothian in a very close contest.

In the Millennium Trophy Jim Crawford recorded a first victory in another close match with Keith Baillie.

In the Club Championship Ken took a commanding early lead by winning the first three holes but any thoughts that this would turn into a one sided contest were quickly banished when Andy turned the tables by winning holes 4,5 and 6 to square the match. Ken won the 8th and the match turned one up. Another win at the 10th put Ken two ahead but Andy pulled a hole back with a fine par at 12 before Ken restored his two hole advantage at the short par 4 14th.

A superb 50 yard putt from off the green at 15 enabled Ken to deny what looked a likely win for Andy and at the short 16th Ken had a fifteen foot putt from just off the front of the green for a birdie and a 3 and 2 victory. The putt missed by an inch to leave the match at Dormy 2.

A wayward drive at 17 from Ken enabled Andy to take advantage and win the hole. Both players bunkered their tee shots on 18 and after Ken had three putted from 55 feet Andy holed a tricky five footer to take the match back up the first.

Andy found a fairway bunker from the tee and couldn’t quite recover after Ken had found the green in two.

So, a record seventh Club Championship win for Ken in an excellent match played in difficult conditions and fine Dun Whinny spirit.

The Millennium was equally close fought with Keith staging a magnificent fight back from dormy 4 down to take the match to the 18th green. However Jim held his nerve and holed out for a fine win.

Congratulations to both winners and commiserations to the unlucky losers – both matches were a fine advertisement for the club.

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Ken and Andy after their match

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