****News From Around the Club****
The DGU Inter-Club Championship Finals 2nd September 2023
Hosted by Milngavie Golf Club
Congratulations to our own Ian Ryan on his magnificent victory in the DGU Inter-Club Championship.
Well player sir!
All the results can be found here
19th August 2023
JM Gardner Strokeplay Championship
Winner: John Kerr 72 + 78 = 150
Runner-Up Brian Mooney 79 +77 = 156
3rd Place: William Ho 80+80 = 160
DGU Junior Medals 2023
For your information. Last Wednesday’s event at Hilton Park was the final DGU summer junior medal. For the first year running such events we were encouraged by the number of juniors taking part and we will look to run similar events next year. Many thanks to the host clubs and to the DGU volunteers who ran the events. The winners of the 18 hole events are listed below. An Order of Merit winner will be determined after the DGU Championship and the Lenzie Junior Open.
EVENT CLUB H/C WINNER (18 holes)
Friday 30th June Windyhill Andrew McFarlane (Clober)
Friday 7th July Hayston Kyle Caskey (Hayston)
Monday 10th July Ross Priory (18 + 9) Ishan Rohatgi (Bearsden)
Thursday 13th July Milngavie Rory Turnbull (Lenzie)
Thursday 20th July Dumbarton Adam Cochrane (Lenzie)
Sunday 23rd July Clydebank & District Cammie Pike (Lenzie)
Sunday 30th July Clober Junior Open Kai Wilson (Overtoun)
Wednesday 2nd August Hilton Park (18 + 9) Corbin Miller (Hilton Park)
Friday 11th August DGU Championship, TBA
Sunday 13th August Lenzie Junior Open TBA
A few girls, Charlotte and Katie Jones from Milngavie and Lily McGrandles from Dumbarton also took part. Max White (Windyhill) and Lewis Clelland (Douglas Park) also played 9 hole medals at Windyhill and Hilton Park.
John Struthers DGU Secretary
***Secretary’s Cup Texas Scramble a huge success***
Saturday’s (5/8/23) Texas Scramble was a huge hit with all who competed. The scramble is undoubtedly the most popular format in golf, and on the day, the trophy was won by David Muir’s team with a ridiculous, but fantastic, 50.7. (11 birdies and one eagle, less 4.3 handicap). What a result!. The buffet lunch was excellent, and with a combination of rugby and football on in the lounges, the clubhouse was ‘lively’. We don’t have the final tally yet, but the Beatson Cancer Charity benefitted from upwards of £700 from the raffle draw, which is fantastic. Thank you to everyone who contributed. Finally, thanks to Captain Lawson for initiating and organising the event. It will definitely be a permanent fixture in the club diary.
A hugely successful day helped no end by the fantastic weather. The Club thanks Robin O’Neill and his committee, and all our staff and volunteers for all their efforts in producing such a brilliant day for all the members and their guests. A special mention too to Neil Middleton and his greens staff for all their work to showcase our course in such pristine and manicured condition.
Thank you to all who played on Saturday, I hope your guest(s) had a thoroughly enjoyable day, the exceptional weather, coupled with a fast running course made for low scoring.
Below is a list of the prize winners, congratulations to Dan Ellis and his partner Graham Burton on winning the Bill Blaikie Trophy, and to E -on Control Solutions on winning the Sponsors Cup. The prizes have all been safely stored in the Secretary’s office, can I ask you to contact Catherine or Club Captain Alex Lawson to collect your prize(s).
It is important the sponsors are thanked, the contribution they make in terms of funds and prizes is considerable and helped us to raise funds for a really worthwhile local charity, ‘The Sporting Aces ’www.thesportingaces.co.uk.
On behalf of the organising committee a huge thank you to our Head Greenkeeper Neil Middleton and his staff, Nicola and her team, Club Secretary Catherine and of course the many volunteers who gave up their Saturday to ensure we all had a thoroughly enjoyable day.
Enjoy the rest of the season.
Yours in golf
Best Scratch Prize – Alan Pirie & Scott Gordon
1st Place Stableford, and Winners of The Bill Blake Trophy – Dan Ellis & Graham Burton – 48
2nd Place Stableford – John McLeod & Ian McLeod – 47
3rd Place Stableford – Graeme Jolly & Ian Kilpatrick – 46 BIH
4th Place Stableford – Gregor Marshall & Gary Douglas – 46
5th Place Stableford – Graham Wilson & Joe McPherson- 45
Sponsors Cup Winners – E-on Control Solutions
1. O’Neills Kitchen Supplies – Nearest the hole in 2 Shots – Stewart McFadyen
2. Love Pilates – Nearest the hole in 1 Shot – Alan Foggo
3. Hotpoint Drive – Nearest The Line – Graham Burton
4. 4Site Surveys – Longest Drive On The Fairway – Stuart Diack
5. Bridge – All Nearest the hole in 1 Shot – Gregor Yule
6. E-On Control Solutions – Nearest the hole in 1 Shot – Ian Bradley
7. Truly Online – Longest Putt Holed On The Green – Richard Bolton
8. Clober Construction – Nearest the hole in 2 Shots Brian Mooney
9 McGhee’s Bakery Drive – Nearest the Line – Jonathan Gibbons
10. Diack & Macaulay – Longest Drive On The Fairway (2nd Class) – Gary Douglas
11. Adair’s Solicitors – Drive – Nearest The Target- Alistair Green
12. Kelly Group – Nearest the hole in 1 Shot – Ian Kilpatrick
13. Kenneth Robertson Joiners – Longest Drive On the Fairway – Brian MacPhee
14. Blanco – Longest Drive On the Fairway (1st Class) – Cal Dunan
15. Peterkin & Kidd Solicitors – Longest Drive On the Fairway 3rd Class – Richard Bolton
16. Focus Group – Nearest the hole in 1 Shot – Jamie Elder
17. Hacking & Paterson – Longest Drive On The Fairway – Craig Whyte
18 Calcluth & Sangster – Nearest the hole in 2 Shots – Andy Martin
Putting – Lowest 9 Hole Score- Malcolm Watt, Alan Foggo, Andy Harris
Chipping – Nearest The Pin – Ewan O’Neill, Russell Low
Best Dressed Golfer – Scott Adair, Michael Hagan
Sweepstake – Ronnie McEwan & Ian Irvine
Shotgun Charity Event Friday 2nd June 23
A roaring success by all accounts. 48 participants spread over 12 holes. £840 raised for the Funding Neuro charity. The bar did a healthy trade and the buffet was well received. Thanks to all who helped. Bigger and better for next year. The Famous Grouse Trophy was won by John McLeod and his team in a 10pm putt-off. Congratulations to him, and thanks to everyone who participated in this valuable community event. Put in your diary for next year.
Our Autumn Senior Open is Monday 11th September 2023. Click here to enter.
From a starting point in April of Head Greenkeeper Neil, and two other greenkeepers, Robert and Douglas, we have managed to up our compliment to five with the addition of Alistair, working part time throughout the cutting season, and the employment of a new fully qualified greenkeeper, Heather. Neil is a happy man. We have ordered a new tractor on a 7 year lease/purchase deal which will be delivered in due course. The course is due for its 10 year re-measure in September, and we will include the 2 new tees at the 4th and 15th to increase the course to a par 70. Preparations for this are well underway.
We have completed the required electrical and fire safety works in and around the old Clubhouse. The cost was in the region of £25,000 so any thoughts of re-decoration are a non-starter for now, but at least we are safe and secure. Going forward we would like to invest in locker room refurbishment and re-decoration of all lounges.
This remains one of our biggest challenges. We have completed a further 2 new stretches of tarmac; one at the bottom curve coming into the course, and at the entrance to the course by the 16th tee. The cost was £25,000. The improvement is noticeable, but it is like painting the Forth Road Bridge; it never stops. We have also undertaken some remedial pothole repair work and will continue in small areas throughout the coming weeks and months. We are experimenting with concrete too as an alternative to tarmac. It’s very much a try it and see experiment. As bad as our road is however, anyone who has driven up Clober Road and some of the surrounding roads in that area, will realise that we are not as bad as we think!
This remains one of the club’s biggest challenges. Trying to find the right balance between open and closed hours is a true headache. The vending machines help, but we appreciate that this does not suit everybody. We are having encouraging success with the new policy of allowing passers by to use the clubhouse, and we have attracted around 60 new social/community members. We hope this will help to supplement our income over the winter months. Running costs have escalated however (particularly energy costs, which have virtually tripled), and so we cannot be open as long and as often as we would like as we have to balance convenience against operating costs. We hope that you can appreciate this.
As mentioned above, this new category was introduced in April and the uptake has exceeded all our expectations. All the more reason why we require a full time caterer. It appears to have worked seamlessly, without impinging on the members. It provides a welcome additional revenue and keeps the place turning over during quiet times. It could be very a very valuable revenue stream for the club during the winter time.
You should be aware that we have a new family of tenants in the cottage. This is providing a very welcome revenue stream net of all the overheads associated with the Air BnB model we were using last year and which put us in a precarious position with VAT implications. Keiran has moved into the upstairs flat. This gives us a manned presence at the clubhouse again which is good for our security and getting him to work on time!.
John Toye Golf Studio
The new golf studio is now operational. Click here for further information