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

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‘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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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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