Yesterday saw our two remaining Club competition finals take place over the Buddon course. First up in the morning was the Dave McNicoll Handicap Championship final between Club Captain, Andy Gilbride and the on-form Alan Clements. With both competitors playing off 9, it promised to be a exciting, close-fought encounter. In the event however, the youthful(ish) Alan over-powered a rather jaded Andy, running-out the winner by 5 and 3.
Handicap Champion, Alan ClementsCountry Cup finalists, Peter Gordon and Dave Stewart
In the afternoon, reigning Seniors champion, Peter Gordon, took on last season’s Handicap champion, Dave Stewart, in final of the Seniors Country Cup. The evenly-contested match went all the way with Dave eventually winning on the 18th.
Congratulations to our new Champions, Alan and Dave and many thanks to all our members who took part in the Club Competitions under very difficult conditions this year. Hopefully next year will see us back to the ‘new normal’!
Alex King wins 2020 Station Masters Club Championship
Alex King over-powered reigning Club Champion Lee Bowen, winning by 4 and 2 in yesterday’s final to secure the Arthur Christieson Trophy. In a thrilling encounter over a blustery Buddon course, both players played excellent golf throughout and after the match, a delighted Alex said, “It was a great match, best golf I’ve played in a long time“. Lee commended Alex on his performance saying, “he played fantastic and I’m just happy I managed to take him to 16!”.
Congratulations to our new new Club Champion, Alex, from all the members at the Station Masters Golf Club.
Alex and Lee at the 1st tee with match referee, Marnie
Station Masters GC member and former Club Champion, Jess Meek returned to form with a fantastic MGA Mid-Am Championship win at the Old Kinderhook GC, Missouri last week, scoring an excellent three round total of 209 (70-71-68). Jess graduated from the University of Missouri in 2017 having spent four years playing for the renowned Mizzou Tigers women’s golf team where her final year stroke average ranked the 9th lowest in Mizzou Women’s golf history. She spent last summer back home in Carnoustie, the only caddie to frequently use the Southern 2nd person plural pronoun y’all in conversation with her clients, before returning to the US earlier this year to complete her Masters in Business Administration at William Woods University, Fulton, Missouri. Jess has just accepted the post of assistant golf coach at the university where the pandemic has put on hold on everything, however she is looking forward to coaching re-starting in mid-August. She intends to spend the rest of the summer completing her school work and playing golf – alright for some! Best wishes Jess, from all at the Station Masters GC.
Station Masters member and local restaurateur, Ali Khorramshah bagged his first-ever hole-in-one at the 171 yard, par 3 on the Buddon Course last Friday, the first day that golf was permitted following the easing of Lockdown restrictions. Ali’s playing partner on the day, Paul Coffield said of his friend’s achievement, “I was privileged to witness such a sporting rarity.” A delighted Ali said, “It’s fantastic to finally get a hole-in-one but what makes it even better is that Andy Gilbride still doesn’t have one after all these years of trying!” Well done Ali, from all at The Station Masters GC (including Gilbride)!
The Station Masters GC annual Texas Scramble traditionally held the day after Boxing Day, gives members and guests an opportunity to blow away the cobwebs and get some much needed exercise after the usual over-indulgence of food, drink and rubbish TV. This year, a record entry of fourteen teams braved the rather unfavourable conditions over the Buddon course before retiring to HQ for a bite to eat followed by the usual games afternoon of darts and dominoes. In the golf, all the teams amazingly finished within six points of each-other and eventual runners-up were the team of Connor, Byres, Miller and Stark. Winners of the 2019 competition were Graeme Duncan, Craig Saunders, Sandy Norrie and Craig Boath.
In the afternoon, the indoor games for a change, ran seamlessly due to the expert organisation of the committee. Everyone behaved in an unusally sporting manner and even Capt. Holland managed to not fall-out with anyone! Winners of the closely-fought darts competition were Lee Bowen and Adair Simpson. Unfortunately, for some reason, we can’t remember who won the Bones – will try and find out! Anyway, thanks to all the teams who entered, even the team (who shall remain nameless – you can check them out in the Latest News in Pictures section) that took one look at the weather and headed for the boozer instead. Thanks to the Station Hotel for the stovies.
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.
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.
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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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.
* 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.
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!
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.
Members of the Station Masters GC and guests headed along to the Station Hotel last Friday evening for the Club’s Annual Dinner and Presentation of Trophies. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Mr John Knox who along with guest speakers Donald Archibald and Donald Pearson provided the audience with a fantastic evening of entertainment. Main prize-winners this season were Sandy Norrie – Club Champion, Iain Burnett – Handicap Champion and Senior Champion, Jim Fulton and Rik Fulton – Fourball winners, David Keith and Gordon Whiting – Greensomes winners, Dale Martin and Darren Halley – Foursomes winners, Pete Coutie – Winter Trophy and Sandy Norrie – Kiwi Shield.
Sandy Norrie is Station Masters Club Champion 2017
This year’s Club Championship final produced a closely fought match over the Buddon with Sandy Norrie narrowly defeating David Morton by 1 hole. Sandy, playing in his 2nd consecutive Championship final saw off Garry Clark and Iain Burnett en-route, while former Club Champion David defeated Danie Van Wyk and Dale Martin to reach the final. Congratulations to Sandy!
Belhaven Captain and Secretaries Qualifying
Club Captain Jim Simpson and Secretary Pete Coutie travelled through to Dunblane Golf Club for the regional qualifying round of the Belhaven Captains and Secretaries annual competition. Unfortunately, neither player was on the best of form, with the Captain particularly pathetic! Needless to say, on this occasion they failed to qualify. The pair however enjoyed a great day out and a lovely meal after the match courtesy of Belhaven.
A small but enthusiastic group of members headed up the coast to Arbroath links for the annual away-day outing last Friday. A couple of heavy down-pours failed to put off Sandy Norrie as he romped to victory with 30 something points (can’t remember now). Sandy also picked-up a bottle of wine for nearest the pin at the 7th. Captain Simpson brilliantly won the longest drive competition, out-driving Sec. Coutie by at least 50 yards. Thanks to Arbroath GC for their hospitality.
A sunny spring day greeted members as they assembled at the new temporary Links complex for the annual spring outing that heralds the start of the new golfing season. A closely fought contest saw Captain Campbell’s team narrowly defeat Vice Captain Simpson’s set of hackers by 3 and a half matches to 2 and a half. If we ignore the number of holes up, (22 to 9) then it was extremely close! On the day, Secretary Coutie deputised for Capt. Campbell who was suffering from a bout of old-age. Winner of the strokeplay competition and recipient of the prestigious Yellow Jecket, was the young(ish) David Morton (again!). Runner-up was fomer Club pro Steve Logan, with Darren Halley in third place. After the match, competitors retired to the Station Hotel for a lovely meal followed by the traditional prize-giving. Apart from Coutie going on and on about what a great stand-in captain he was, everyone had a most enjoyable day out.
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The Station Masters GC annual Texas Scramble took place, as usual, over the Buddon Links on Tuesday 27th December. Seven teams comprising twenty-seven golfers, managed to escape the the clutches of their lovely wives, mistresses, girlfriends, boyfriends, sheep or whatever, for at least a few hours on a sunny day at the end of December. A closely-fought scramble saw the holders retain their title with an incredible (some would call it ‘unbelievable’) score of 48.1 over 17 holes. The extremely popular winning team of Muir, Soutar, Holland and Mann managed to eclipse runners-up Clark, Clark Jnr, Low and Bricknell by some 4 shots. Following the golf, the competitors retired to HQ at the Station Bar for a lovely traditional snack of peh, chips and beans followed by our darts, dominoes and pool GAMES DAY which produced no controversy whatsoever! Many thanks to all who took part and to Andy at the Station for lunch.
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Station Masters turn-out for annual awards ceremony
The Station Masters GC Annual Awards presentation took place last week at the Station Hotel, Carnoustie. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was local raconteur John Knox. The Club Champion this year and winner of the Arthur Christieson Trophy is Andy Gilbride. The Dave McNicoll Cup winner is Handicap Champion, Stewart Hunter Jnr. Other major trophy winners are Iain Burnett (Senior champion), Robbie Murray and Elaine Jewson (Fourball champions) Martin Coull and Stewart Hunter Jnr. (Foursomes champions) and for the 2nd year in a row, Arthur Smith and Norman Reid (Greensomes champions). Highly amusing guest speakers Bob Carswell and Peter Gordon rounded-off a fantastic evening.
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The Station Masters GC Autumn Outing was held yesterday over the Burnside in brilliant sunshine. Captain Campbell’s team narrowly defeated Vice Captain Simpson’s team by 3 and a half matches to 2 and a half. Sandy Norrie came out on top with a fantastic nett 64, picking-up the prestigious Yellow Jecket, the Masters Trophy and a voucher for £30. Second with a nett 66 was the popular Alan Clark who won a voucher for £20. Andy Gilbride, Danie Van Wyk and Capt Simpson came joint 3rd with nett 67s. After the match, the competitors retired to the Station Hotel where a lovely meal awaited them, followed by a evening of banter watching the Ryder Cup action with a bunch of noisy visiting golfers from across the pond. Despite the result, a great time was had by all.
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Club Champion Andy Gilbride narrowly failed to make the cut for this year’s Maulesbank tournament after shooting nett 75s in both qualifying rounds over the Buddon and Championship courses. One or two minor errors saw Gilbride drop 7 shots over the final four holes of the Championship, putting paid to his chances of qualifying. Andy however, now goes forward into the 1st round of the Consolation Cup which tees-off today over the Championship.
Newly crowned Club Champion Andy Gilbride tees-off tomorrow at 9.07 0ver the Buddon Course in the 1st round of the annual Craws Nest Tassie tournament. The Station Masters GC representative will play his second qualifying round over the Championship course on Tuesday. All qualifiers then enter into a Matchplay draw for either the Craws Nest Tassie or the Maulesbank competitions. We wish the best of luck to Andy for the tournament!
Andy Gilbride is the new Station Masters GC Club Champion after narrowly defeating Sandy Norrie over the Buddon this afternoon. Both players had to deal with increasingly blustery conditions during an extremely close-fought contest that saw Andy take the title on the 18th hole. Andy now goes forward to represent the Station Masters GC in the annual ‘Craws Nest Tassie’ tournament that begins on September 12th. Well done to both players!
Former agriculturalist Norman Reid (aka Greentractorman or Farmer Giles) blew away all opposition to claim the Kiwi Shield for the first time at the Station Masters GC annual
away-day outing at Alyth. A rather dreich start to the day gave way to excellent golfing conditions, sadly not reflected in much of the scoring. The best team on the day comprised Gordon Smart, Captain Neil Holland and Gordon Smart. Peter Phinn won the longest drive challenge and Aaron Smart was nearest the pin. Competitors were treated to a fantastic buffet lunch after the match where Stan Shepherd won the ‘eating as much pudding as possible’ competition, before returning to HQ in Carnoustie for some light refreshment. A great day out, surprisingly well organised by Sec. Coutie.
This season’s outing is booked for Alyth Golf Course on Friday June 10th. The cost is £40 and includes coffee and bacon roll, a round of golf on the famous course and late lunch thereafter. Meet at the course 9.30am. First tee-off time is 10.35.
Please add your name to the notice on the board at HQ and pay a deposit of £10 to Pete Coutie asap.
The usual bunch of dedicated, hardy souls took to the greensward on Sunday for our first Station Masters GC outing of the season. In a closely fought competition the Captain’s team (overseen on the day by Nor Reid) narrowly overcame the Vice Captain’s team, led by Peter Coutie. Dave Rutherford finished 3rd, with aforementioned Nor Reid finishing 2nd. Masters Champion and winner of the prestigious yellow jacket for the third time was the popular Alan Clark. Nearest the pin was Brian Morton and Garry Clark recorded the longest drive. Players retired to the Station Hotel after the match for traditional liquid refreshments and delicious meal.
Entry forms for all this season’s Club Competitions are now displayed on the Notice Board at HQ. Closing date for entries is the end of March so you have another couple of weeks to get your name up. If you don’t yet have a handicap or require to update an existing handicap, you must submit the requisite 3 cards as soon as possible after the season commences (April 1st) to enable us to issue you with a current ‘official’ handicap. You can still enter for any competition as long as you have a current handicap in place before playing your first tie.
We’ve had to change the date of our Spring Outing – it’s now on April 10th, with the 1st tee-off time 12.30pm. The tournament is open to all members and guests and the entry fee is £10 per person which covers prizes and a meal after the match. If you can’t make the meal, the cost is £5. There’s an entry form on the board now and the competition is limited to 8 tee-times (32 players), so get your name up quickly!!
Not long now to the start of the season so get these clubs polished-up!
Check-out the main changes to the Rules for the forth-coming season:
Summary of R & A rule changes from January 1st 2016
Among the most significant of the changes in the 2016 edition of the Rules are the following:
Withdrawal of Rule on Ball Moving After Address – Rule 18-2b (Ball Moving After Address) has been withdrawn. This means that if a ball at rest moves after the player addresses it, the player is no longer automatically deemed to have caused the ball to move. A one-stroke penalty under Rule 18-2 will be applied only when the facts show that the player has caused the ball to move.
Limited Exception to Disqualification Penalty for Submission of Incorrect Score Card – A new exception has been introduced to Rule 6-6d (Wrong Score for Hole) to provide that a player is not disqualified for returning a lower score for a hole than actually taken as a result of failing to include penalty strokes that the player did not know were incurred before returning the score card. Instead, the player incurs the penalty under the Rule that was breached and must add an additional penalty of two strokes for the score card error. In all other cases in which a player returns a score for any hole lower than actually taken, the penalty will continue to be disqualification.
Modification of Penalty for a Single Impermissible Use of Artificial Devices or Equipment – The penalty for a player’s first breach of Rule 14-3 (Artificial Devices, Unusual Equipment and Abnormal Use of Equipment) during the round has been reduced from disqualification to loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play. The penalty for any subsequent breach of Rule 14-3 will continue to be disqualification.
Prohibition on Anchoring the Club While Making a Stroke – As announced in May 2013, the new Rule 14-1b (Anchoring the Club) prohibits anchoring the club either “directly” or by use of an “anchor point” in making a stroke. The penalty is loss of hole in match play or two strokes in stroke play.
Two new stone-built bridges crossing the Barry Burn at the Championship 18th hole are close to completion. The bridges are similar in design to the ‘John Imlay’ bridges at the 10th which were donated in 2011 by the American businessman and philanthropist who tragically died last year from a massive heart attack.
A hardy bunch of members and guests turned-out on Monday in dreich weather conditions for the last event of 2015. A total of eight teams competed for the prestigious title over the Buddon Course. The golf was followed by the traditional lunch of peh, beans and chips at the Club and a games afternoon of darts, dominoes and pool.
Secretary Coutie, Stan Shepherd, Davie Rutherford and guest Tom Gilbrook took 3rd place in the Scramble. Runners-up were Martin Connor along with guests Bob Gillespie and John Millar. Popular winners by 0.7 of a point were the team of Captain Neil Holland, Des Muir, Rodney Soutar and guest professional Lindsay Mann.
After lunch, brief presentations were made to Club Champion, David Morton and Handicap Champion, Elaine Jewson who both unfortunately missed our recent annual dinner.
Despite a couple of initial hiccups with the draws, the games afternoon went swimmingly well with the Darts title going to Garry Clark and Dave Meek, the Pool title to Lindsay Mann and Pete Coutie and the Bones title to Pete Coutie (him again). The fact that Coutie was in charge of the games draws and administration had no bearing on the final results!
* Further photos of golf winners etc will be posted as soon as Vice Captain Gilbride forwards them to the Editor!!
The Station Masters 10th Anniversary Dinner and Presentation of Prizes was held last week at HQ. Members and guests gathered to acknowledge the endeavours of our Champions for 2015 and indulge in a spot of fine food and wine. Master of Ceremonies Elliot Davie presided seamlessly over the evening and local lads Rodger Brunton and John Knox had the audience rolling in the isles with their usual brand of wit and repartee. Unfortunately, a strike by Lufthansa meant that Club Champion David Morton failed to make it back from Germany in time for the presentation, but dad Brian picked up the Arthur Christieson trophy on his behalf from Club President Evelyn Christieson who revealed poignantly it had been 63 years to the day that she and Arthur had been married. Captain Jim Simpson collected the Dave McNicoll Handicap trophy on behalf of winner Elaine Jewson, who is currently spending the winter in South Africa. (It’s all right for some – as they say)! 10 years ago, trophies for our four-ball and foursomes competitions were donated by members Matt Edmund and Arliss Rhind who were on hand to make presentations to the winners. Arthur Smith picked up the Enfield Trophy from Arliss and Matt presented the Dunbar Cup to Brian Morton. Norman Reid picked up the The Country Members Cup, donated by country member Graeme McGee. The Greensomes tournament, now in its 2nd year, was won by Nor Reid and Arthur Smith who were presented with the George Anderson Cup, newly donated by Rab Low. Honourary Captain Walter Campbell presented the remainder of the trophies. A fine time was had by all and a fitting end to another successful season.
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Former Club Champion Jessica Meek helped her Mizzou Tigers university team to a 54-hole record, 39-under par in the recent Johnie Imes Invitational at Columbia. Jessica who won the Individual title at 15-under, was joined by team mates Michelle Butler and Clara Young (North Berwick), in establishing the three best individual performances in the Tournament’s history. After the event, Head Coach Stephanie Priesmayer said “We had a huge win for our program last week and I believe we made a big statement today with our performance over the last three rounds of golf. I can’t say enough about how our players carried themselves on the course. We love the body language, and it never hurts when you execute great shots and make putts. Jess had her first career win, and it was a big win“.
Congratulations to Jess (and her mates) from all her fellow members at the Station Masters GC!
The Station Masters Autumn Outing took place over the Burnside Course last Sunday. An enthusiastic bunch of 28 members and guests turned-out in brilliant sunshine for the annual event. Captain Campbell’s team of jammie getts narrowly defeated the valiant Vice Captain Simpson’s team. Winner of the prestigious ‘Yellow Jecket’ was the youngish Dave Rutherford, with Martin Connor coming a close 2nd. Arthur Smith had the best scratch score. Nearest the pin was Danie Van Wyck and newcomer Nic Toshner had the longest drive. John Gamack was astounded to win the ‘Geordie Duncanson Most Improved Player’ trophy – so was everyone else!
Thanks to everyone who donated prizes and to the Station Hotel for a lovely meal.
Station Masters Autumn Outing / Annual Good Causes Gig
This year’s Autumn Outing takes place over the Burnside Course on Sunday 27th September, first tee-off time 1.00pm. There is an entry sheet on the noticeboard at HQ so please get your names down asap to allow us to fix make the draw. Cost of entry is £10 per head which includes a lovely post-match meal.
The Annual Good Causes Gig is on Saturday October 3rd in the Station Function Lounge, 8 til late. Local favourites ‘Lucky to be Here’ will provide the entertainment and this year all proceeds are to go to the Carnoustie and District Youth Brass Band. Tickets are only £6 per head and include something nice to eat.
Quiet and retiring Arthur Smith and partner ‘Greentractorman’ Nor Reid became the first competition winners this season when they defeated opponents Alan Clark and Iain Burnett in the final of the Greensomes tournament. Smith and Reid made short work of the hapless duo as they stormed to victory in favourable weather conditions. Smith related details of their victory at HQ after the match, in a ‘shot-by-shot’ account that left fellow members enthralled, if not slightly jaded. Anyway, well done to Arthur and Norman and congratulations on their victory.
Vice Captain Elliot Davie has this week, taken-up the appointment as Captain of the Caledonia Golf Club, following his selection at their latest AGM. It has been mutually agreed that Elliot will step-down from the Committee of the Station Masters GC following the recognition that his new role could potentially result in a ‘conflict of interest’ as both Clubs move forward in the future. Elliot has been massively instrumental in the development of the Station Masters GC, from our inception some 10 years ago to the successful Club we are today and we gratefully acknowledge and thank him for all his hard work over the years. We are delighted that Elliot will still remain an active member of our Club as he sets about his new challenge and we wish him all the best. By all accounts – it will be challenging!
Captain Jim Simpson and Match Secretary Andy Gilbride headed to Montrose Links on Tuesday for the qualifying round of the Belhaven Best Captains and Secretaries 2015 Championship. 40 teams from all over Scotland took to the famous Links in what turned out to be a closely-fought tournament where the top eight teams qualified. Under clear blue, sunny skies, the dynamic duo of Simpson and Gilbride finished their better-ball round with a nett 3 under par 68, securing 4th place for the Station Masters. The final will be played at Cruden Bay in October.
A smaller-than-normal contingent packed their bags and headed across the great divide of the River Tay to Drumoig Golf Course in the Kingdom of Fife. The 10-strong team of regular worthies took advantage of a window in the wet and windy weather of recent days to compete for the prestigious ‘Kiwi Shield’, donated by Graham Bell, serial visitor to our shores. Worthy winner was the ever-popular, Andy Gilbride. Team prize went to the fantastic trio of Martin Connor, Derek Phinn and Jim Simpson. Nearest the pin was Derek Phinn and Longest Drive was (him again) Andy Gilbride. Brian Morton picked the winner in the draw so won a bottle of wine -(it should be noted that he wasn’t really a winner, simply the recipient of good fortune in a game of chance!). The members enjoyed a great day’s golf followed by a lovely meal before retiring to HQ to watch Andy Murray competing for ‘Great Britainshire’ in the French Open. All-in-all a good day out – mildy ruined when Murray got stuffed the following day by Djokovic!
Former Club Pro Steve Logan has pulled out of this year’s Club competitions citing ‘pressure of work’ as his excuse reason. Logan, who has recently taken up a new position, said “I never realised just how stressful and demanding this line of work can be”. As the deadline for the 1st round ties draws near, Logan leaves long-term partner, former Vice Captain, Captain Holland in the lurch. Under the ‘Rules’ however, as long as no ties have been played, substitute partners are allowed and word has filter through to Station Masters HQ that Captain Holland has surprisingly managed to find a new partner at the 11th hour. The identity of Holland’s partner remains shrouded in mystery as he explained “My new partner is a long-standing Club member with impeccable credentials and a fantastic track-record. I will confirm their identity as soon as possible”. Mmm – the plot thickens. We all wait with bated breath!!
Former Station Masters Vice Captain, Captain Neil Holland recently took a break from Saturday golf and travelled to Dundee Football Club’s training facility at Riverside to be presented with a special strip by the Dundee FC’s Under 11 team. Neil’s company, Holland Marine currently sponsors the young starlets as Dundee FC strive to give their young teams the best coaching possible at all levels. After the presentation, Neil and other Masters members celebrated at an exclusive establishment in the City. We are sure all members will congratulate Neil on his marvellous philanthropic gesture. All apart that is, from a certain disgruntled arab (who shall remain nameless) who was heard to comment that it was ‘no more than a tax dodge’. Yes, Coutie was less than complimentary when he heard the news! Anyway, best wishes to Neil and the rest of the Dundee FC Masters.