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
Winner of the Prestigious Yellow Jecket, George Anderson formerly of The Hatton, now residing in Teuchterland, ye ken
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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.
A fine body of men at the Burnside starter’s box
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!
Texas scramble winners 2017 – Coutie, Logan and Simpson
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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.
Bruce presents the Station Masters with a lovely McInnis Park Shirt
Top caddie presents Bruce with Masters caps.
Members and guests turnout for Prize-giving
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.
2017 Trophy winners with Captain Jim Simpson
Sandy Norrie is Station Masters Club Champion 2017
2017 Club Champion – Sandy Norrie
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!
Simpson and Coutie at Dunblane GC
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.