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.
Former Club Champion, Iain Burnett saw off the rest of the field with a nett 67 in this year’s Masters Spring Outing over the Buddon on Sunday, only hours ahead of Jordan Spieth winning that other minor competition with the same name from across the ‘pond’. Iain picked-up the prestigious Yellow Jecket, the Masters Trophy and a voucher for £30. Arthur Smith narrowly claimed 2nd place on a 3-way count-back from veteran campaigner Alan Clark in 3rd with Secretary Coutie back in 4th. All had nett 71s. Roy Purdom was nearest the pin at the 4th and longest drive at the 16th, (surprise surprise) was David Morton. John Gamack picked up the George Duncanson Trophy for the most improved player and the accolade of the ‘worst player’ on the day along with the famous ‘beg of tetties’ went to Dave Ritchie. The winning team was Vice Captain Simpson’s Team who trounced Captain Campbell’s duffers by 3 matches to 2 and too many holes up to mention. After the golf, the members retired to the sanctity of HQ for a lovely meal and one or two refreshments. All-in-all a very pleasant start to the season.
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The draw for the Spring Outing took place in the Clubhouse this evening (Sunday 5th April). As usual, the draw was carried out under strict independent scrutiny – on this occasion by the enigmatic James Hiney. For the full draw and relevant information please click on the link below:
Coutie cleans-up in Winter competitions – handicap under review!
Club Secretary Peter Coutie has once again triumphed in the Winter eclectic competition over the Buddon. The cold weather specialist pipped Master Mariner and curler extraordinaire, John Jeans by one point, 45 to 46. Terry Convery ran out a close 3rd with a score of 47.5.
Not content with the Eclectic, Coutie also triumphed in this year’s Winter Trophy with a nett score of 123 over two rounds from Arthur Smith in 2nd place with 133 and Stewart Hunter 3rd with 142. Needless to say, Coutie’s handicap will be closely scrutinised from now on!
Arthur Smith won the Burnside Eclectic and sole entrant Sandy Norrie would have found it difficult to lose the Championship competition!
Well done to all those who took part, especially the Club Captain.
Entries for this season’s Club Competitions are now requested. Sheets have been posted in the Bar at HQ so please get your names up as soon as possible. Entry fee is £1 per person per competition – very simple but you would be amazed how many entrants ‘forget’ to pay!! You have until the end of March to enter. Please note, this year’s Club Championship will be seeded so there’s no excuse for not entering. Competitions open to all. Country Members Cup entrants must be over 55 at 1st April 2015.
Former pro Steve Logan has finally stopped procrastinating and paid his membership fees! Logan, once a revered authority on the finer points of the game we all know and love, had steadfastly refused to pay his annual Club fee until he had been served with the appropriate notice. This week however, he was forced to concede that his good friend and playing partner, Mr Muir had failed to deliver the notice to him timeously, as agreed (see Reader’s Letters Page). Secretary Coutie graciously accepted Logan’s fees at HQ yesterday evening, witnessed by the impartial Mr John Burnett. However, on closer inspection of the contents of Mr Logan’s deposit, it was discovered that the full amount may allegedly not have been forthcoming… Investigations into the circumstances surrounding this anomaly continue apace.
*The Committee would like to point out that at this stage, Mr Logan is not suspected of any impropriety. The fact that Mr Coutie suddenly found enough money to buy a round is currently being investigated. No stone will be left unturned!!
Carnoustie Links external entrance and landscaping alterations underway
Works to create a new entrance road and footpaths from the Black Slab and car park to the Pro-Centre have begun. The alterations include a new entrance drop-off area, a stone feature incorporating information on each of the Carnoustie Open Championship winners, improved lighting and general landscaping improvements.
Members are reminded that their fees for the 2015 season are now due. Renewal notices have been issued either in the post or waiting for you to pick-up in the bar at HQ. Could you please check your contact details and amend / update as necessary, in particular your date-of-birth, which we need for the Central Database of Handicaps info.
Please remember, the sooner you pay-up, the sooner the Former Captain will be able to book another trip to Canada!
The winning team in last month’s Texas Scramble comprising Doherty, Fulton, Burke and Reid has been relegated to last place following a Committee investigation into alleged duplicitous behaviour on the part of their team marker. Runners-up on the day and new
undisputed winners Gilbride, Meek, Shepherd and Anderson have been elevated to the top spot. Suspicion fell on Reid and co. immediately they were announced as winners, when shouts of “how the **** did they manage to win?” were clearly audible from other competitors assembled in the Club. Unfortunately, no official complaints, moans or queries were received within the allocated 20 second time period so the Committee were powerless to review the submitted scorecards at that stage. Following sustained grumbles since the tournament from certain discontented competitors and a thorough Committee investigation, it transpired that Nor Reid (aka Greentractorman or ‘the cheatin teuchter’) had only recorded scores for 15 holes, not 16 as required under the rules. The scorecards had been checked and collated by serial organiser and adder-upper, Brian Morton who, when questioned said, “when it became clear that me and David weren’t going to win again, I may not have paid as much attention to the other cards as I should have”. Meantime, when put on the spot, a rather sheepish Nor Reid, not used to figures (apart from those of young eastern-european berry-pickers), said “Ye ken, I didna mean te cheat. Its like plooin a field …. efter one dreel, ye kinda loose coont! I tak fill respon, repsonsib, repsonbi, blame fir the mistack, ye ken”.
Having reviewed all the evidence it is the decision of the Committee that Reid’s incompetence was a genuine mistake. The team of Doherty, Fulton, Burke and Reid are relegated to last place and they keep what was the first prize of a bottle of wine which is now classified as a ‘booby prize’. The new winners Meek, Gilbride, Shepherd and Anderson retain the re-classified 2nd prize, now the first prize of a lovely box of Milk Tray. For the record, the teams of Soutar, Lawson, Muir and Mann and Norrie, Low, Simpson W and Fox finished joint 3rd.
Morton is cleared of negligence due to being in shock at the time because he and David hadn’t won anything.
The other five teams who took part in the competition were reported to have commented, “who cares? … it’s the taking part that counts”.
See you all in December for the annual Texas Scramble 2015!!
The 2014 Station Masters annual Texas Scramble got off to a frosty start on the Monday after Christmas. A full compliment of 8 teams braved the cold to compete for the accolade of Masters Texas Scramble champions. The team comprising former pro Steve Logan, Dez Muir, Rodney Soutar and former Walker Cup player and pro Lindsay Mann came a creditable 3rd. Mizzou Tiger Jess Meek, thespian Andy Gilbride, pig farmer George Anderson and annoying person Stan Shepherd came 2nd. The winning team on the day (unbelievably) comprised Jim Fulton, Norman Reid, another thespian George Doherty and US University golf coach Stuart Burke. The teams retired to the Station Hotel for a slap-up lunch of peh, beans and chips courtesy of Ivor, followed by one or two drinks and an enjoyable games afternoon of pool and dominoes. Darts had to be withdrawn from the itinerary when it was discovered the dart board had disappeared, believed pinched. In a closely-fought Pool tournament, father and son duo Alan and Garry Clark narrowly defeated Andy Gilbride and Jess Meek in the final whilst the sylph-like Pete Coutie lifted the Bones title (can’t remember who he cuffed in the final). All-in-all a good days competition!! CHECK OUT LATEST NEWS IN PICTURES FOR MORE FOTOS
This year’s Annual Dinner and Presentation of Prizes saw the awards dominated by father and son pairing Brian and David Morton. For the second season in a row, David picked up the Arthur Christieson Trophy as Scratch Club Champion. Handicap Champion this season and winner of the Dave McNicoll Cup is former Club Champion Iain Burnett. Brian and David Morton picked up the Enfield Cup (Fourball), the Dunbar Cup (Foursomes) and the inaugural Greensomes tournament award. Dave Meek is this year’s Senior Champion and recipient of the Country Members Cup. The Winter Trophy was picked up by Stewart Hunter and the Kiwi Shield, competed for at our annual away-day tournament was won by Andy Gilbride.
Vice Captain Elliot Davie, once again kept a firm but highly amusing grip on proceedings and guest speaker Bob Valentine, a former top flight national and international football referee, regaled our members and guests with numerous tales from his long career on (and off) the pitch. Representatives of the Caledonia, Carnoustie, Dalhousie, Mercantile golf clubs and Panmure Business Club joined members for a highly entertaining evening.