And another mail from serial complainer ex Vice Captain, Captain Holland
Check out our reader’s letter in response to Captain Holland’s photo on Latest News in Pictures.
I note with interest the obviously doctored photograph of an aged balding blue nose under the heading of ‘Masters member in Madrid’ and would like to suggest that the editor amend the comment below the photograph to ‘is there no beginning to this man’s talent’. This is a man with no co – ordination or ability who reached the peak of his intellectual capacity while cleaning shoes in the pro centre toilets. Please don’t broadcast the fact that he is unfortunately a member of this club.
Yours enviously, Peter Coutie.
- a brief reminder of the photo in question:
Dear Peter, we accept that the subject of the photograph may be ‘balding and aged’, but we must take particular exception to the offensive and Trumpesque description of Captain Holland as a ‘blue nose’. Everyone knows that the former sea-farer is a bone-fide Dundee FC supporter and sponsor of the most impecible character. Coming from a DAB such as yourself, this particular assault on the Capatian’s integrity is indeed most disturbing. We would be grateful if you could modulate your comments in future.
A quick response from a disgruntled Secretary!
I have read with interest the editor’s reply to David Leighton Muir regarding the ‘Holland incident’. I was amazed at the way he, (the editor), tried to pass blame, re dominos’ to the hard working real golfers who, having applied the hickory to the feathers for 13 holes then organised three competitions to the enjoyment and satisfaction of the hardy souls who braved the elements. One would almost think that the editor is the club captain Jim Simpson who called off golf on the day with ‘brain gout’ which has obviously not left him if he thinks that it is not about winning but the ‘completion’ that counts. I concur with David’s worry and unease about ‘Hollands’ behaviour and can only surmise that this is a malaise that affects people over a certain age.
Dear Sec. Coutie, we are sorry you appear to have taken exception to the criticism levelled against you and and your fellow ‘organiser’ of the afternoon games competitions. It’s not a question of ‘blame’ as you suggest, simply a re-affirmation of Mr Muir’s observation regarding the lack of organisation on your part. We would in fact go as far as to suggest that the organisational ‘fiasco’ was in part, responsible for Capt. Holland’s aberation. As for Captain Simpson, we would point-out that he valiantly turned-out to see the golfers off in the morning and took part in the afternoon competition despite suffering the serious discomfort and pain associated with gout. A sterling effort in anyone’s book!
Yours painfully, The Editor.
The first reader’s letter of 2016 (hopefully not the last!!)
Captain Neil Holland…… again!
Fri 08/01/2016 16:20
Firstly I would like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the committee on an almost perfect organisation of the recent Texas scramble day. The most important part was of course the golf and the triumphant team were very worthy and deserved winners. The games afternoon was also very enjoyable but not so well organised, particularly the pool fiasco. The less said about the dominoes the better other than I suggest referees be appointed for all ties next year. I understand this is still trending #bonesgate.
We await the outcome of the disciplinary hearing but hope for leniency and that Captain Neil Holland will at most only be banned from the “bones” next year and not all competitions.
You will see from the attached photo that Captain Holland is under stress awaiting his fate he even had to have a nap during his Gym workout today!!!
Yours in sport.
David Leighton Muir
Dear David, what a breath of fresh air it is it receive a semi-complimentary e-mail from a life-long member of the Club. The 2015 Texas Scramble sub-committee acknowledge that the overall organisation was nearly perfect, however, the fact that Captain Simpson was incapacitated by a bout of gout, unfortunately led to a hiccup in the usual smooth running of the event, resulting in a minor blemish in the games afternoon management. This activity, you may remember, was left in the hands of Secretary Coutie and ordinary member Stan Shepherd and try as they might, they just couldn’t get to grips with the complexities of the task in hand. ‘Fiasco’ is perhaps a bit harsh, but the fact that Bob Gillespie who was knocked-out in the 1st round of the bones found his way into the quarter-final of the competition, requires some explanation! As for the behaviour of your team-mate (who shall remain nameless), we are afraid that there is no ‘Neil Holland’ in ‘team’ – consequently you are all collectively responsible. Given that the Scramble sub-committee meet only once a year, your team will have to wait until next Christmas to learn what sanctions (if any) you may face. The fact that the culprit seems to be having trouble sleeping at night since the unfortunate incident will in no way influence the potential disciplinary judgement of the sub-committee.
This notwithstanding, can we express our sincere thanks to your team-mate (who shall remain nameless) for supplying the photograph of your unfortunate colleague. Rodney has excelled himself on this occasion! Perhaps your team should reflect over the next few months on the fact that it is ‘the taking part’ in completion that is important – not the winning!!
Yours reflectively and sportingly.
Readers Letters 2015
At last – another reader’s letter (albeit anonymous):
FORMER CLUB PRO
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Dear Committee, I am most distressed to see former Club Pro Steve Logan, reduced to having to stoop to a menial job in order to ‘make ends meet’. Why, oh why, oh why can’t the Committee return to the good old days and re-instate Logan to his rightful position as Club Pro?
Yours worriedly, Anon.
Firstly we must take exception over your description of Logan’s new career as menial. This is a noble profession practised by highly motivated, proficient and talented individuals. Secondly, you may remember that Logan actually ‘went in the huff’ after the Committee commissioned USPGA Pro Bruce Wilmott to make a couple of excellent teaching videos for our members (available at ‘Archive Video’). The fact that Logan spent extended periods abroad on holiday, didn’t help matters. This said, the Committee would look favourably on trialling a new ‘Helpful Hints with Steve’ spot if Logan was so minded.
Yours fairly, The Committee
Our first Reader’s Letters Post
For those of you familiar with our old website … our first Reader’s letter comes from an old favourite. Or, from a Committee perspective – an old trouble-maker!
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2 thoughts on “Reader’s Letters Page”
How refreshing in this age of transparency to at last find the committee admitting in print that they are working on a ‘fix’. As all honourable members are aware this has been endemic in the upper echelons of the club for many years as can be seen from virtually all previous correspondence relating to competitions.
Perhaps the committee are victim of the same download problem as the eclectic results and this information was not meant for general release since they haven’t so far managed to adjust the outcome to have one of their own in the lead.
Watch this space!
A reluctant cynic.
Dear Mr Jeans, thank you so much for your enlightening comment. We are of course distraught that you seem to be suggesting some sort of impropriety in respect of your Committee’s competition management. A Committee that prides itself on maintaining the highest standards of integrity and moral fortitude in all the work we carry out on behalf of you, the ordinary membership. We are also most disappointed that a gentleman with your undoubted command of the English language should confuse the meaning of ‘fix’ in this context. With regard to the Eclectic competition, you will be aware that the player in the lead at this stage is largely academic, given the disparity in the number of holes recorded by each competitor to date. Please be assured that when all players have recorded the required number of scores, we will ensure that the upload accurately records the winning member, Committee or not! In the meantime, we will endeavour to address the current technical glitch and in order to avoid any further mis-understanding, we have amended the wording of our notification.
Yours efficiently, The Committee