Twelve Angry Men versus the Dirty Dozen played out of their skins last Friday evening and our Club retained the trophy with a 3 and a half: 2 and a half victory. Special mention to our Vice Captain who held the Carrick at bay until help arrived at the 11th tee in the form of new member Steven Hill and, to messrs Cooney/Dickson, Reilly/Connor and Cooper/Nix for outright wins. The Carrick were true Corinthians and a pleasant evening was had by all at HQ. This is the third year of the competition and we look forward to next year.
Members please note the Andrew Hunter outing to Balmore Golf Club on Saturday10th August 2013. Recent reports state the course is in great order, so get your name up on the sheet posted on the notice board where full details are available. We are generally making our own way to the venue, however if anyone/group want to arrange a mini bus let me know and we will obtain costs and organise transport if numbers merit this. Please note the cut off date for payment, as it will not be acceptable to pay on the day. I took in around £500 cash at last year’s outing and it results in unnecessary hassle on the day for me and Chalmers. It promises to be a great day so support your annual outing ! Jim Hunter
Don’t miss the Abbotsford Golf Club Quiz Night on Saturday 1st June!! Bring a friend or two…. Tickets are £15 – purchased from the Hotel Eric will be your Quiz Master on the night and there will be some splendid prizes. Indulge yourself with food from the renowned Abbotsford buffet.
The 2013 Abbotsford Challenge Trophy has been won by Benjamin Cooney with a perfectly acceptable total of 65 stableford points. The Club ventured away again following the success of the 2012 campaign with a reprise of the Selkirk Open at Kirkcudbright on Saturday 6th April and then on to Brighouse Bay on Sunday. Kirkcudbright Golf Club made a magnificent effort to clear the snow away and present us with a course in good condition. Although none of our members were in the prizes this time round the Club Committee made us very welcome and a number of us will play the course again for sure. Quite a few of us enjoyed a sherbet or two, or possibly nine, in Castle Douglas where young Mr Baker demonstrated his mastery of grain and grape varieties before having a taxi hailed for him. The ‘disco’ at The Market Inn resembled a scene from Shameless and could well be that place at the end...
We all wish Don Wilson the best who has had a bit of a setback in his recovery. Unfortunately, the operation which initially looked succesful did not work out as hoped. As always, Don remains in good spirits though and we look forward to the day when he will make his return.
Congratulations to Norman Dickson’s team for boldly going where no Captain has ever gone before and securing the first ever win for the Captain’s side in the season’s opener of Captain vs Vice Captain trophy. What was looking to be an overwhelming victory as the early results came in, went in fact to the wire, Jim Hunter and Tom Crozier securing the trophy 3.5 to 2.5 New Vice Captain Craig Robertson was magnanimous in defeat and will no doubt be looking for victory in 2014, 15 and 16.
We hope that the weather will be kind for this weekends McClymont Medal and we understand that the posts should come out this Friday on Belleisle. Therefore the Captain has asked that for the avoidance of doubt you should be aware of the following: If the posts remain in place over the weekend the McClymont Medal competition will be non-qualifying Should the posts be removed then the competition will be a qualifier provided that in accordance with the Congu UHS: There are no more than two temporary greens: The length of the course is no more than 100metres variation from the normal measured layout. A few spaces are still available in Ballot times but you may of course book outwith the ballot on Saturday or Sunday.
The first delivery of the new club sweaters arrived just before the Abbotsford Challenge weekend at Castle Douglas and a number of members were looking extremely smart in their new rig outs! A couple of members have already expressed their desire to have one of the new sweaters so a further order will be placed shortly. Balmoral’s online brochure is available at : http://www.balmoralknitwear.biz/ and it is the lambswool sweaters on Page 6-7 (ref DLVN and DLCN) priced at £35, the Lambswool slipovers DLSO priced at £33 and the Acrylic Sweaters and Slipovers on Pages 12/13 at £27 and £24 respectively that we are currently ordering. If anyone is wishing a sweater or slipover please contact Alan Pole on 07941 287488 (evenings if possible) and he will be happy to place an order for you. Samples are available for viewing. In addition to sweaters, Alan hopes to be able to offer member’s polo shirts, and other items in the not...
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A stunning victory in Ayr Golf Week. Colin Davisdson, 2012 winner of the Handyside Trophy.Ably assisted by Supercaddie Craig Robertson who now has two back to back handyside assists under his belt, Colin Davidson achieved legendary status today in a close fought final, watched by proud father Ronnie and a good turnout from the club. Coming up the 18th, his opponent left his ball perched on the front lip of the right hand greenside bunker but chipped in to the hole on the opposite side of the green to square the match. The play off hole went like this: Colin’s drive strayed right but fortunately left him with a shot up the left side of the 1st and keeping his cool, played a great shot to leave a 100 odd yard pitch to the green. His opponent played into the left hand greenside bunker. A pitch to just off the back off the green left Colin with a forty footer...