Station Masters GC v Letham Grange GC

Victory for Station Masters team

The Station Masters played host to Letham Grange GC for our annual match over the Buddon Course last Sunday. The home side comprising Alex King and Craig Oliphant; Arthur Smith and Stewart Hunter; Peter Phinn and Alan Clements; Gordon Smart and Derek Phinn, eventually ran out winners by 2 and a half matches to 1 and a half in a closely fought competition. After the match, the teams enjoyed a meal in the Station Hotel where the Letham Grange Shield was presented by their captain, Bob White.

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Bob White of Letham Grange GC presents the shield to Alan Clements

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2019 season underway

Spring outing kicks-off new season

Twenty two hardy souls took to the Links last Sunday on a rather cold, bracing spring day for the first outing of the new playing season. The team match ended in a draw with acting captain Coutie’s team taking the honours by recording more holes-up on the day (mainly thanks to the Vice-captain Simpson / Clements pairing going down by 10 holes!). Winner of the stroke play singles and recipient of the prestigious ‘Yellow Jecket’ was seasoned campaigner Matt Edmond, who despite still recovering from recent knee replacement surgery, managed to cuff everyone else in the field. The Doherty family monopolised all the other prizes with George winning the longest drive and Audrey picking-up nearest the pin and the highest gross score awards.

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Early competitors get used to the cold conditions

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Yellow Jecket winner Matt Edmond

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A few of the winning team – Matt, Craig, Ali and Stewart

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Nearest the pin – Audrey

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Longest drive – George with even more wine for the Dohertys!

Sun shines on Autumn Outing

Autumn Outing signals end of busy season for Club

Brilliant sunshine greeted the competitors in our final outing of this season over the Buddon course. Once again, the Captain’s team managed by Sec Coutie, emerged victorious over Capt. Simpson’s Vice Captains team, in what turned out to be a ‘whitewash’ by 6 matches to nil. Individual winner on the day and recipient of the ‘Prestigious Yellow Jecket’ was George Anderson who travelled down from his base at Kintore specially for the event. Runner-up was the sprightly Alan Clark. The match was followed by a lovely meal and one or two ‘refreshments’ at the Station Hotel. This season has seen a busy time for many of our members when over twenty volunteers worked in shifts to marshal the Practice Ground grandstand, widely acknowledged (by Hole Controller Muir and his Assistant Controller Simpson) to be the best organised and most efficient team on the course that week. Our Club Championships were obviously disrupted by the Championship preparations etc but our competitors managed to work their ties round this, so thanks to everyone for being so accommodating. Current Club Champion Sandy Norrie brilliantly retained the Arthur Christieson Trophy after fighting his way to the final and former Handicap Champion Dave Meek overcame Rik Fulton to win the Dave McNicoll Cup once again.

*Further report on all competitions and winners to follow shortly

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Winner of the Prestigious Yellow Jecket, George Anderson formerly of The Hatton, now residing in Teuchterland, ye ken

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Spring Outing kicks-off the new 2018 season

George Doherty picks up coveted Yellow Jecket

You won’t believe this …. we forgot to post this article when the Masters Spring Outing actually took place on April 1st! To be more accurate, I forgot – only a month late tho. And before you all start … it’s not an April Fool, George really did win! Anyway – a smaller than normal contingent turned up for the first outing of the new season, which was great because there wasn’t the usual moaning from those drawn to play in the final two or three groups. The excellent sunny weather produced a closely-fought contest with Nor Reid (AKA Tracker Man) coming a close 3rd and newcomer Craig Oliphant runner-up to the fantastic (on-the-day) Och George. After the golf it was back to HQ for the usual meal, courtesy of the Station Hotel followed by one or two soft drinks and the prize-giving. Other winners on the day were Dani Van Wyck – longest drive, Sec. Coutie – Nearest the Pin and Country Member, Bobby Brown – bringing up the rear! Oh yes, just remembered Stan Shepherd (AKA The Village Idiot) received a special prize of an Easter Bunny chocolate egg cos it was his birthday. A good day had by all – and apologies if we have the prize winners wrong. It was so long ago that no-one can remember who won what! Check-out more photos on Latest News in Pictures.

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A fine body of men at the Burnside starter’s box

 

2018 News update

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* Membership fees are now due. If you haven’t already done so, could you please ‘dig deep’ and either send your hard-earned cash to Brian Morton or drop into the box at the end of the Station Hotel bar. If for any reason you’re not re-joining, please let us know asap.

* Entry sheets for all the annual Club competitions are now posted on the notice-board at HQ. Please get your names up asap – all comps cost £1 per competition to enter (please put entry fee in envelope in box at end of the bar).

The scratch Club Championship qualifying takes place at the end of April / beginning of May. You must play 2 qualifying rounds out of 3 weekends, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Only 1 round to be played per weekend. Qualifying dates are:

20th – 22nd April, 27th – 29th April and 4th – 6th May inclusive.

The Winter Trophy takes place over the first weekend in March. 1 strokeplay round (full handicap) to be played Friday 2nd, Saturday 3rd or Sunday 4th March. If you don’t have a current handicap we’re afraid you will have to play off scratch!

If your existing handicap has expired or you don’t have a current handicap, you can still enter for the  annual Club competitions but must submit 3 cards when the the playing season commences in April, before your first competition tie is due to be played.

As with ALL competitions, you must register before you commence your round by texting 07812593669 with your name, competition name and tee-off time.

Hope this all makes sense. Let us know if you have any queries.

 

Annual Texas Scramble

Record turn-out for annual Christmas Scramble

The final outing of 2017, the Station Masters GC annual Christmas texas scramble, attracted a record entry of 10 teams over the Buddon last Wednesday where a lovely sunny, but slightly chilly day greeted the eclectic mix of competitors to the famous Links. A very closely contested tournament saw the extremely popular team of Captain Simpson, Secretary Coutie, former Pro Steve Logan and the venerable John Jeans claim the coveted top-spot with a score of 55.1. Runners-up on the day with a creditable 57.2 were the proficient Martin Connor and his team comprising Kenny Stark, Graham Byars and John Miller. All competitors headed back to HQ after the match for the traditional fare of peh, chips and beans courtesy of mine-host Andy Mackenzie. The post-lunch games-day provided the customary competitive entertainment with all the usual suspects adding to the organiser’s stress! Winners eventually were unbelievably Craig Saunders and Neil Holland (darts), Pete Coutie and Brian Smith (bones) and Graham Byars and John Miller (pool). Thanks to the lovely Marnie for presenting the prizes. A great day out and only 3 months till the start of a very busy season!

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Texas scramble winners 2017 – Coutie, Logan and Simpson

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Flying visit for USPGA professional

Bruce touches base in Carnoustie

Long-standing Masters member, USPGA professional Bruce Wilmott, paid a flying visit to his old stomping ground last week to spend some time with his mum Pat and dad Alex, and catch-up with a few of his former Carnoustie buddies. Despite rumours to the contrary, the get-together organised at HQ by Bruce’s former colleague on the ‘milk’, Rod Soutar,  was a very well-behaved event at which no alcoholic drink whatsoever was consumed! Bruce was brought up in Carnoustie before heading ‘across the pond’ in 1983 where he became the 5th Wilmott to teach golf in the States. He is currently the Head Teaching Pro at McInnis Park Golf Centre in San Rafael, near San Francisco.

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Bruce presents the Station Masters with a lovely McInnis Park Shirt

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Top caddie presents Bruce with Masters caps.