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Match Secretary's Choice

On Saturday, 17th October, 2020, the ‘Match Secretary’s Choice’ for the day was American Foursomes, a variation of greensome, where both players drive off, then play their partners ball before deciding which ball to select to finish the hole playing alternate strokes, and using the stableford points scoring system.   A very good entry of twenty-seven teams took part this year.   The weather was not kind to the field and they were plagued with rain showers for most of the day, although fortunately the winds were light.      The winners with a very good score of 41 points(bih) was the team of Donald Ballantyne & Jim Rae, on the same score as their nearest rivals Dianne Cassidy & Alison Rutherford.     Third, on 39 points(bih) was another female team consisting of Carol Purves & Jean Beattie(bih), and in fourth place on the same number of points was the team of Hughie Macdonald & Grant Kinhorn(best last three holes).    These teams received monetary prizes of £70; £60; £50 and £40 respectively.     It is worthy of note that four other teams also succeeded in scoring 39 points.      Four teams managed to get a two at one of the nominated holes, these being the teams of Beveridge & Roxburgh; Graeme & Thomas Bell; Main & Potts; and Ballantyne & Rae who all accomplished this feat at the 6th hole, with no team managing to score a two at the 18th hole; each team receiving £8 for their efforts.     The entry fee was £10 per team, making a total of £270; of this sum £220 was paid out in cash to the winners, and with £32 going to the 2's teams, this left £18 for the contingency fund.

 

The Eclectic Competitions

The Gents Net Eclectic Shield for the lowest net score recorded at each hole in the majority of single competitions during the year was won by Thomas Bell who recorded a very creditable net score of 51.     He was closely followed by John Coyle and Ian Main also on 51, and only secured the title by reason of the best last six holes.     I think it only fair to point out that this is the fourth time our worthy Captain John Coyle has secured second place.

The Gents Gross Eclectic Shield was won by our Vice Captain Donald Ballantyne with a very good score of 54, one shot ahead of his nearest rivals, Iain Clark and Paul McVie.

The monetary prizes for this competition, generously sponsored by our President John Hume, have been placed behind the bar and can be collected when convenient.

 

The Gold Medal

The final of the Gold Medal took place on Sunday, 11th October, 2020, and a total of eighteen members took part in the competition.    The weather was perfect for playing golf, dry and sunny with only a light to moderate wind from the northwest, and this was reflected in the scoring with the winner, Les McAllister, recording a score of 72(5)67.    Second was Mark Easson on 81(12)69 and third was Thomas Bell on 76(6)70.     Due to generous sponsorship by member Eric Middlemas the winners received prizes of £50; £40 and £30 respectively.

 

The W.F. Lindsay Memorial Cup

The competition for the W.F. Lindsay Memorial Cup was played on Saturday, 10th October, 2020, in reasonable weather conditions with moderate to strong wins from the north west; sunshine and light showers during most of the day, although a heavy shower caught the last group of players at the 18th hole.     The player of the day and a stalwart member of the golf club, who amassed a total of 42 points over his eighteen holes, was none other than Dante Brugnoni.    Second was Paul McVie on 37 points (bih); third was Mitch Thomson also on 37 points; fourth was Les McAllister on 36 points (bih); and fifth was Grant Kinghorn also on 36 points.     Prizes of £45;£35; £25; £15 and £10 respectively were awarded to these winners.     Only two players managed to get a hole in two at the nominated holes (7th & 18th) and these were Dante Brugnoni and Les Rutherford who both achieved this feat at the 18th hole and received £15 each for their efforts.     One notable occurrence was a 'hole in one' accomplished by George Grant at the 15th hole and he celebrated this achievement in the time honoured fashion.     The entry fee was £3, making a total of £180 from the 60 members who participated; £130 was paid out on prize money to the winners, and with £30 being paid to the 2's winners, this left £20 for the contingency fund.

 

The Order of Merit

The Order of Merit is awarded to the player who has accumulated the largest number of points during a selection of the most important competitions played during the course of the year.     In this unprecedented year, because of the season being shortened and many competitions being combined, it was only possible to select twelve (as opposed to the normal thirteen) stroke play events in which entrants could receive qualifying points.     After the cancellation of the Border Safeguard competition last Saturday this was further reduced to eleven.        The contest came to a conclusion after the finish of the eighteen hole event played on Sunday past, and the winner of the trophy was Les Rutherford who acquired 40 points, breasting the tape eight points ahead of his nearest rival Matthew Brass.

 

The Border Safeguard Quaich & Yarrowford Shield

The Fixture List for last weekend consisted of the Border Safeguard Quaich to be played on the Saturday, and the Yarrowford Shield (one round only this year) to be played on the Sunday, but due to the extreme and prolonged rain on the Saturday the competition was cancelled for that day.       In order to reach some conclusion in both the above competitions it was decided to play an 18 hole stroke play competition on the Sunday, and award the Border Safeguard Quaich to the player with the best net score over the 1st nine holes, and the Yarrowford Shield to the player with the best net score on the 2nd nine holes, whilst the monetary prizes would be given to the players with the best net scores over the full 18 holes.     It was thought that by applying this strategy we would hopefully have different winners of the two trophies and the monetary awards, however 'best laid plans etc, etc'.

The Sunday turned out to be a lovely day for playing golf, dry warm and sunny with a moderate wind from the north east.      A total of 35 members took part, but only one player had the best round of his year and cleaned up in all three competitions, and that was David Beveridge with a net score of 85(22)63 over the 18 holes.     He won the Border Safeguard Quaich with a 1st nine of 43(11)32(best last three holes) and also the Yarrowford Shield with a 2nd nine of 42(11)31(best last three holes).      The other monetary prizes went to; second Iain Clark with 69(3)66(bih); and third Alister McVie also on 74(8)66(2nd bih).    The prize money consisted of £40; £30: and £20 respectively.      Despite the perfect conditions only one player managed to get a two at any of the nominated holes (6th & 18th) and that was Liam Ramsay who performed this feat at the 18th and received the princely sum of £15 for his efforts.     The entry fee was £3, making a total of £105 from the 35 entrants; and with £15 going to the two's winner, this left the contingency fund all square.

 

The J. M. Little Competition

The J. M. Little competition this year was played as a thirty six hole event over two consecutive days.    The first round was held on Saturday, 26th September, 2020, and a very good entry of 47 members took part.    The leaders after the 1st Round were Matthew Brass with a score of 76(9)67; second was Robert Falconer on 82(14)68; and third was Gordon Inglis also on a score of 77(9)68.    A further three players, including Donald Ballantyne, were on 69 and a total of six players, including Les Rutherford, were on a score of 71.    The 2nd Round was played on Sunday, 27th September, 2020 and the winners of this round were first Gerald Beggs with a very good score of 80(14)66; second was Craig Niven on 78(11)67; and third was George Grant on 78(11)67.    A further four players, including Donald Ballantyne and Less Rutherford were on a score of 68, and another four players, including Gordon Inglis were on a score of 69.   Matthew Brass, leader on the 1st round, had a score of 81(9)72.

The overall result and winners of the J.M. Little were:  First - Donald Ballantyne with scores of 69 & 68 (137);  Second - Gordon Inglis with scores of 68 & 69 (137);  Third - Les Rutherford with scores of 71 & 68 (139); and Fourth was Matthew Brass on scores of 67 & 72 (139).       It should be noted that this is the second consecutive time that Donald has won this competition.      Prizes of £70; £50; £40 and £20 respectively were awarded to these winners.     A further prize of £25 was awarded to the player with the lowest gross score and on this occasion the prize was given to Scott Galloway with scores of 76 & 73 (149).    Eleven players managed to score a two at the nominated holes over the two days (6th & 18th on the Saturday and 7th & 18th on the Sunday)and these were on the Saturday - Norman Roxburgh; Donald Ballantyne; David Heard; and Robert Falconer at the 6th; with Gerald McMorrow at the 18th; whilst Matthew Brass achieved this feat at both holes.    On the Sunday nobody managed to score a two at the 7th; but Norman Roxburgh (again); Scott Galloway; Les Rutherford; and John Hume did so at the 18th.   Over the two days each of these players were awarded the sum of £4per hole for their efforts.  

The entry fee for this event was £6, making a total of £282 from the 47 entrants; £205 was paid out in prize money to the winners, and with £44 going to the 2's winners, this left £33 for the contingency fund.

 

The Selkirk Rosebowl & Alex Ponton Memorial Cup

A unique event was played on Saturday, 19th September, 2020, when two man teams played a better ball game on the 1st nine holes and a Texas Scramble on the 2nd nine holes, with the Selkirk Rosebowl being awarded to the team with the best net score on the 1st nine, and the Alex Ponton Memorial Cup (sponsored by South East Heating) being awarded to the team with the lowest net score on the 2nd nine.     A very good entry of 22 teams took part, and with the weather being bright and sunny with moderate northeast winds, the scoring by the two man teams was excellent with only ten shots separating the first and last teams on the 1st nine and 12 shots on the 2nd nine.     The Selkirk Rosebowl was won by Hughie Macdonald & Grant Kinghorn with a net score of 26; second was the team of Iain Clark & Mark Easson on 28; and third was David Heard & Ron Robertson on 29(best last six holes).      In the Alex Ponton Memorial Cup the winners were David Heard & Ronald Robertson on a score of 32(6)26; second was the team of Andrew Webster & Mitch thomson on 34(7)27(best last six holes) and third was Tom Welsh & Alan Brown also on 36(9)27(2nd best last six holes).      In both competitions the winning teams were awarded prizes of £40; £30 and £20 respectively.     Three teams managed to get a two at both the 6th & 18th holes, these being Thomson & Webster; Heard & Robertson & Clark & Easson; one team managed to get a two at the 6th only, that being the team of Cockburn & Raphael; and three teams managed to get a two at the 18th only, these being Hume & Pow; McMorrow & MacLeod & Rutherford & Henderson; each of these teams receiving the paltry sum of £2 per hole for each of the seven teams.     The entry fee was £10 per team, making a total of £220 from the 22 teams; £180 was paid out in cash to the winners, and with £20 going to the two's winners, this left £20 for the contingency fund.      Despite all of the problems associated with running such an event, the members embraced the occasion and seemed to enjoy the peculiarity of this special competition.     Regardless of the doubts expressed by some of the contestants, and it must be admitted by the organisers too, I can report without reservation that the score cards were completed perfectly. 

 

The Stableford Trophy & Bogey Trophy

A combined competition comprising the Stableford Trophy, sponsored by Four Seasons Contracting, and the Bogey Trophy (where entrants take part in a match against the course) was organisewd and took place on Saturday, 12th September, 2020, in overcast conditions with sunny spells, but with strong winds.     A total of 50 members took part in the competitions, and the winner of the Stableford Trophy, with a score of 39 points, was Gerald McMorrow.    Second was Graeme Bell on a score of 37 points(bih); third was Chris Kemp also on 37 points (2ndbih); fourth was Ian Main also on a score of 37 points; and fifth was Les Rutherford on 36 points.    These players received prizes of £40; £30; £20; £10 and £5 respectively.    Only two  players managed to score a hole in two at the nominated holes and these were Paul McVie at the 7th and Eric Middlemas at the 18th, each receiving the princely sum of £12 for their efforts.     The entry fee was £3 per player, and with 50 members taking part the total sum received was £150.     A total of £105 was paid out in prizes to the winners, and with the two's winners receiving £24, this left £21 for the contingency fund.     The result of the Bogey Trophy was a close run event with the eventual winner being decided on the best last six holes, the victor once again being Gerald McMorrow who ended the game being two up on the course, beating his closest rival Chris Kemp by the narrowest of margins.

 

Monthly Medal + The Brown & Smith Cups

A Monthly Medal sponsored by Heatherlie Garage + The Brown & Smith Cups competition took place on Saturday, 5th September, 2020, in overcast conditions with sunny spells, but with fairly strong winds.     A total of 46 members took part in the competition, and the winner of the medal and also the Smith Cup, with a score of 76(10)66, was Les Rutherford.    Second was Matthew Brass on a score of 76(9)67(bih); third was one of our new members Greg Fenton also on 87(20)67; and fourth was Mark Easson on a score of 79(11)68(bih).    These players received prizes of £40; £30; £20 and £10 respectively.    Only one lucky player managed to score a hole in two at the nominated holes and that was Andrew Webster at the 6th and he received the princely sum of £23 for his efforts.      Entry money was £3 making a total of £138 from the 46 entrants; £100 was paid out in cash to the winners; and with £23 going to the two’s winner, this left £15 for the contingency fund.     With seven monthly medals now having been played, the winner of the Brown Cup has also been established, and on this year which has become memorable for all the wrong reasons, the player with the best three scores recorded during the course of these medal rounds was David Heard with scores of net 61; 64 and 70, making a grand total of 195, two shots ahead of his nearest rival Thomas Bell. 

 

The Club Championship Finals

The Club Championship Finals were played on Saturday, 29th August, 2020, in cold and overcast but thankfully dry weather, with a strong north easterly wind.     The Champion of the Club, with a conclusion at the 2nd extra hole was our multi winning finalist Donald Ballantyne, who after a mighty battle beat his more than worthy opponent Paul McVie.     The Lady Champion was once again Diane Cassidy, who had a very close game against Alison Rutherford, and only beat her by 2 holes at the 18th.    The ‘B’ Class title was claimed by Norman Purves, who in a closely contested game, beat Mark Easson by 3 & 1, and the 'C' Class Champion was Ron Robertson, who comprehensively beat Alan Brown by 5 & 4. 

 

The Xela Scaffolding Grouse Trophy

The Xela Scaffolding Grouse Trophy was played on Sunday, 16th August, 2020, as a 3-man team competition and a total of 13 teams took part.     Two of the net scores from each of the players counted for the final score.     Conditions were very good and, although there was a cold north easterly breeze, the weather was dry and cloudy with occasional sunny periods.     On this occasion it was the team of Robert Falconer; Graeme Kerr and George Grant who triumphed with a score of net 123, with the team of Iain Clark; David Main and Mark Easson coming in second with a net 126(bih).     The third team consisting of Scott Galloway; Eric Middlemas and Dante Brugnoni also recorded a score of net 126.     Nearest-the-hole at the 9th/18th was Ronnie Douglas who was rewarded for this feat with a prize of £21.     Only three people managed to get an individual two at the 6th/15th hole, and these were David Main; Andy Pickersgill and David Heard who each received £7 for their efforts.    The entry fee was £15 per team, making a total of £195 from the 13 entrants; £156 was paid out in cash to the winners and £21 to the two’s winners, with the remaining £18 going to the contingency fund. 

 

Monthly Medal; Championship Qualifying No.3 + Centenary Cup

A Monthly Medal (sponsored by Brown & Muir) and Championship Qualifying No. 3; combined with The Centenary Cup (Sponsored by Jim Farrell) was played on Saturday, 15st August, 2020, on a lovely warm day with a mixture of clouds and sunny periods and light winds.     The successful contestants in the Medal were first John Hume with a score of 71(6)65(bih), and he was followed in second place by Graeme Bell on the same net score of 79(14)65(2ndbih)     In third place also on a score of 76(11)65(3rdbih) was Craig Niven ; whilst fourth place was taken by Liam Cassidy also on a score of 78(13)65(4thbih).     In fifth place was Bill Walton on a score of 81(15)66(bih), and in sixth place on the same score of 81(15)66 was Ron Robertson.     Prizes of £40; £30; £20; £15: £10 and £5 were awarded to the six winners.     The lowest gross score of 67 was recorded by Paul McVie, and he received a prize of £25 for his efforts.     Five of the contestants had the necessary skill to hole out in two at the nominated holes, and these were Stephen Henderson at the 6th hole; with Paul McVie; Graeme Bell; Grant Gill and Ian Main managing the same feat at the 18th; each of them receiving the princely sum of £8 for their efforts.     A total of 62 entrants took part in the competition; the entry fee was £3 each making a total of £186; £145 was paid out in prize money; and with £40 being paid to the two's winners, this left £1 for the contingency fund.       In The Centenary Cup, which is a stableford competition, five players recorded a score of 39 points, but the winner with an inward half  of 22 points was John Hume.

The Pollock Cup, awarded to the player with the best two net scores in the Club Championship qualifying rounds, was Ian Main with two net scores of 58 and 66, making a total of 124, being five strokes ahead of his nearest rival.

  

The  Championship Qualifiers are as follows:-

Club Championship - Paul McVie(137); Donald Ballantyne(141); Stephen

                              Henderson(142); Michael McVie(142); Scott Galloway(142);

                              Iain Clark(144); Colin Finlay(145); and John Hume(149).       

                              Reserves are: Les McAllister(150) and Thomas Bell(150)  

'B' Championship    - Peter Henderson(149); Les Rutherford(154); Mark Easson(157);

                              Craig Niven(158) Liam Cassidy(158); David Heard(159); Graeme

                              Bell(160); and Norman Purves(161).       

                              Reserves are: George Grant(162) and Eric Middlemas(163)

'C' Championship    - Gerald Beggs(161); Ron Robertson(163); Ian Potts(172); Kris

                              MacLeod(175); Tom Welsh(177); Alan Wheelans(177); Jordan

                              Reid(178); and Alan Brown(178).       

                              Reserves: Ian Main(179); and Greg Fenton(180) 

The Championship draw is taking place at 8pm on Monday, 17th August, 2020, and it should be noted that the first two qualifiers in each category will be ceded.

 

Championship Timings:-

Saturday, 22nd August      -     Club Championship 1st Round:-       

                                             Ties at 09.00am; 09.08am; 09.16am; 09.24am

                                             'B' Championship 1st Round:-         

                                             Ties at 11.44am; 11.52am; 12.00pm; 12.08pm

                                                          'C' Championship 1st Round:-              

                                             Ties at 12.24pm; 12.32pm; 12.40pm; 12.48pm

Monday, 24th August        -      Club Championship Semi-Final:-       

                                             Ties at 17.30pm and 17.40pm

Wednesday, 26th August   -      'B' Championship Semi-Final:-           

                                             Ties at 17.30pm and 17.40pm

Thursday, 27th August      -      Ladies Championship Semi-Final:-     

                                             Ties at 17.00pm and 17.10pm

                                             'C' Championship Semi-Final:-           

                                             Ties at 17.30pm and 17.40pm

Saturday, 29th August      -      Club Championship Final (36 holes):- 

                                             Starting at 12.30pm and 16.30pm

                                             Ladies Championship Final:- Starting at 12.40pm

                                             'B' Championship Final:-       Starting at 12.50pm

                                             'C' Championship Final:-       Starting at 1.00pm

 

Monthly Medal; Championship Qualifier No.2 + The Murray Cleghorn Memorial Trophy

A Monthly Medal (sponsored by N.W. Purves) and Championship Qualifying No. 2; combined with The Murray Cleghorn Memorial Trophy (Sponsored by the Cleghorn family) was played on Saturday, 8st August, 2020, on a lovely warm day with a mixture of clouds and sunny periods and light winds.     The successful contestants in the Medal were first David Heard with a score of 74(10)64(bih), and he was followed in second place by Gerald Beggs on the same net score of 80(16)64     In third place on a score of 86(21)65 was Jordan Reid ; whilst fourth place was taken by Liam Cassidy on a score of 80(14)66(bih).     In fifth place was our much reduced handicapper Ian Main on the same score of 90(24)66.     Prizes of £40; £30; £20; £15: and £10 were awarded to the five winners.     The lowest gross score of 71(bih) was recorded by our Iain Clark, and he received a prize of £20 for his efforts.     Only three of the contestants had the necessary skill to hole out in two at the nominated holes, and these were our worthy Captain John Coyle at the 6th hole; with Chris Kemp and Tom Welsh managing the same feat at the 18th; each of them receiving the princely sum of £10 for their efforts.     A total of 59 entrants took part in the competition; the entry fee was £3 each making a total of £177; £135 was paid out in prize money; and with £30 being paid to the two's winners, this left £12 for the contingency fund.   

The Murray Cleghorn Memorial Trophy includes the lady members of the club, who play in a separate competition in the afternoon.     As the SSS for gents is 68 and the SSS for ladies is 69 the only way equity could be achieved in this unique competition is by adding an additional stroke to each of the lady members handicaps.     Using this formula the Trophy was won by Martine Pow with a score of 66(2)64 which equalled the net score of the gents winner, but she won by having the best score in the  last 6 holes.   The winner of this competition received a prize of £50 kindly donated by the Cleghorn family.      A special prize of £50 was donated by Martine Pow for nearest the hole at the 18th, and the most skilled (or luckiest) player in the field was Colin Finlay who managed to get his ball to stop 104cm (41 inches) from the hole.     

A total of £325 (including the £50 prize won by Martine) was generously donated by the clubs members towards the Cleghorn Family's charity of choice.     They have decided to divide half of the money to each of the following charities - The ITP Support Association which aims to provide support to the families of people who suffer from this condition (ITP is a medical term for an autoimmune disease causing a shortage of platelets in the blood, rather similar but distinctly different from haemophilia) and The British Heart Foundation which helps to fund life saving research into heart and circulatory disease.        

The leading contenders for the Championship Qualifying after two rounds were as follows:-

Club Championship - Donald Ballantyne; Michael McVie; Scott Galloway; Iain Clark; Stephen Henderson; Colin Finlay; Thomas Bell and Les McAllister

'B' Championship    - Peter Henderson; Les Rutherford; Liam Cassidy; Eric Middlemas; Graeme Bell; Norman Purves; Mitch Thomson and David Main

'C' Championship    - Ron Robertson; Tom Welsh; Alan Wheelans; Kris MacLeod; Jordan Reid; Ian Main; Greg Fenton and Alan Brown 

 

Monthly Medal; Championship Qualifier No.1 + The Claret Jug

A Monthly Medal (sponsored by Buccleuch Cleaners) and Championship Qualifying No. 1; combined with The Claret Jug (Sponsored by Norman Purves) was played on Saturday, 1st August, 2020, on a lovely warm day with a mixture of clouds and sunny periods and light to moderate winds.     The successful contestants were first our new Treasurer Ian Main with a magnificent score of 89(31)58 (although it would appear that the handicap given to him was rather generous, the cards he submitted more than justified the award and he should be congratulated on his achievement - I only hope that he is not discouraged in playing future competitions with a very much reduced handicap).     He was followed in second place by Ranald Wilkie on 72(9)63(bih); and in third on the same score was Ron Robertson on 82(19)63(2nd bih); whilst fourth place was taken by Peter Henderson also on a score of 73(10)63(3rd bih).     In fifth place was Scott Galloway on a score of 70(4)66; and in sixth place was Thomas Bell on 72(5)67(bih).     Prizes of £40; £30; £20; £15: £10 and £5 were awarded to the six winners and of course the Centenary Cup goes to Ian Main.     The lowest gross score of 70(bih) was recorded by our Vice Captain Donald Ballantyne, and he received a prize of £25 for his efforts.     Six of the contestants had the necessary skill to hole out in two at the nominated holes, and these were Eric Middlemas and Gerald McMorrow at the 6th hole; with Ian Potts, Iain Clark, Thomas Bell and Colin Finlay managing the same feat at the 18th;  each of them receiving the sum of £6 each for their efforts.     A total of 64 entrants took part in the competition; the entry fee was £3 each making a total of £192; £145 was paid out in prize money; and with £36 being paid to the two's winners, this left £11 for the contingency fund.   

The leading contenders for the Championship Qualifying were as follows:-

Club Championship - Donald Ballantyne; Scott Galloway; Paul McVie; Thomas Bell; Colin Finlay; Ranald Wilkie; Michael McVie and Iain Clark

'B' Championship    - Peter Henderson; Mark Easson; Mitch Thomson; Les Rutherford; Eric Middlemas; Craig Niven; Norman Purves and Robert Falconer

'C' Championship    - Ron Robertson; Kris MacLeod; Ian Main; Ian Potts; Alan Wheelans; Tom Welsh; Jordan Reid; and Ian Wilkie

 

Monthly Medal + D.A. Heard Cup

A Monthly Medal combined with the D.A. Heard Cup was played on Saturday, 25th July, 2020, on a lovely warm day with a mixture of clouds and sunny periods, occasional light showers and moderate to strong winds.         The successful contestants were first one of our new members Gerald McMorrow with a very good score of 74(8)66; followed in second place by Iain Clark on 69(2)67(best last three holes); and in third on the same score was Les McAllister on 71(4)67(2nd bih); whilst fourth place was taken by Colin Finlay also on a score of 69(2)67(3rd bih).    Prizes of £40; £30; £20 and £10 were awarded to the four winners and of course the D.A. Heard Cup goes to Gerald McMorrow.     Only two of the contestants had the necessary skill to hole out in two at the nominated holes, and surprisingly nobody managed this feat at the 6th hole.    Equally surprisingly the only two who managed it at the 18th were the father and son duo of Alistair and Michael McVie, who each received the princely sum of £12 each for their efforts.      A total of 48 entrants took part in the competition; the entry fee was £3 each making a total of £144; £100 was paid out in prize money; and with £24 being paid to the two's winners, this left £20 for the contingency fund.

 

Captain's Prize Day

The Captain's Prize Day was held on Saturday, 18th July, 2020, on a lovely warm day with a mixture of clouds and sunny periods and light to moderate winds.     Prizes were awarded on the basis of three handicap and one scratch in each of the following two categories:-   Group ‘A’ - Drawn from those with a handicap up to 12, and Group ‘B’ - Consisting of those with a handicap of 13 and above.     The successful contestants in group 'A' were first our worthy greenkeeper Gordon MacGregor with a magnificent score of 71(11)60; followed in second place by Ranald Wilkie on 74(9)65; and in third was our Match Secretary Bruce Bett on 74(8)66.     The scratch prize went to Michael Wood with an equally magnificent gross score of 66.      In group 'B' the honours went to Ronnie Douglas with a score of 80(14)66(bih); Ronald Robertson on the same score of 85(19)66; and in third place was Alan Brown on a score of 86(19)67.     The scratch prize in this group went to Eric Middlemas with a  gross score of 80.    Prizes of £45; £35; and £25 were awarded to the three handicap winners in each category and £35 for the lowest gross score.     

In addition there were special prizes for Nearest the hole at three selected holes and also Nearest the line at the 8th/17th, with two chances to win at each of these holes.    The players with the skill (or luck) to win the prizes by being nearest the holes were Les Rutherford at the 6th/15th (bottle of whiskey); Colin Finlay at the 7th/16th (bottle of Vodka); and at the 9th/18th Liam Cassidy who received a generous prize of £50 from a sponsor who wishes to remain anonymous.      The winner of the nearest the line prize was Ian Clark (four cans of beer; bottle of prosecco; and a box of chocolates).    A large number of 61 entrants took part in the competition and, as evidenced by the party atmosphere in the after game celebrations (carried out within the current social distancing rules), a great time was held by all.     Next week the competition combines a monthly medal with the annual playing of the D.A. Heard Cup fixture, sponsored by Heard Hamilton Financial Planning.

 

Monthly Medal & Brown Cup

On Saturday, 11th July, 2020, competitive golf at Selkirk continued with a Monthly Medal & Brown Cup contest which unfortunately this year was not sponsored.    The weather was warm but overcast with light winds.    The player of the day was David Main with a magnificent round of 74(15)59.   Runner-up was Thomas Bell 69(6)63; with Scott Galloway in third on 68(4)64; and in fourth place on 72(7)65 was Scott McDonald.    Prizes of £40; £30; £20 and £10 respectfully were awarded to the four winners.    Five players managed to get a hole in two at the nominated holes, and these were Donald Ballantyne; Chris Kemp; and Alistair McVie at the 7th, with Graeme Kerr and our worthy winner David Main performing this feat at the 18th, each receiving £5 for their efforts.     The entry fee was £3 making a total of £141 from the 47 entrants; £100 was paid out in cash to the winners, and with the 2’s winners getting £25, this left £16 for the contingency fund.     It is hoped that the bar and lounge will be open next week to supply drinks for members inside the premises, and prize money can therefore be collected as usual from behind the bar.

 

Monthly Medal & Brown Cup

In a year which has been blighted by the coronavirus pandemic it is a great pleasure to announce that Competitive golf at Selkirk resumed on Saturday, 4th July, 2020, with a Monthly Medal & Brown Cup contest sponsored by Les Miller Garage Services.    The weather was warm but overcast with light showers at times throughout the day and with very little wind.    The player of the day was David Heard with a magnificent round of 72(11)61.   Runner-up was Gordon Inglis 74(8)66(bih); with Les McAllister in third also on 70(4)66(2nd bih); and in fourth place also on 78(12)66 was Mark Easson.    Prizes of £40; £30; £20 and £10 respectfully were awarded to the four winners.    Four players managed to get a hole in two at the nominated holes, and these were Eric Middlemas at the 6th, with John Coyle, David Heard and Rodney Pow performing this feat at the 18th, receiving £6 each for their efforts.     The entry fee was £3 making a total of £144 from the 48 entrants; £100 was paid out in cash to the winners, and with the 2’s winners getting £24, this left £20 for the contingency fund.     It is hoped that the bar will be open next week to supply drinks for members outside the premises, and prize money can therefore be collected as usual from behind the bar.  

 

Return to Playing Golf

I have great pleasure in sharing with you the good news that the Scottish Government have relaxed the 'lock-down' process as of Friday, 29th May.

They have allowed golf clubs to open up, at least to a limited extent, providing our members follow the guidelines issued by the Scottish Golf Union.

Members will appreciate that in the current circumstances we will be strictly scrutinised by other members of the public, particularly those who share the public space which the golf club occupies, but also by those who are concerned about the relaxation of the Coronavirus guidelines.

We trust our membership to do the right think and stick to the rules, although it must emphasised that non-compliance could cause the Golf Club serious problems and may lead to the course being closed again.    Remember that we will be under a microscope, so let us all do the right thing and comply with the rules.

Visitors will not be allowed, at least in the initial stages, and in order to prevent numbers of members turning up at the same time to play golf and thereby compromising the social distancing rules, each golf club has been advised to introduce an online booking system.     Members will therefore only be allowed on the course, provided they are pre-booked on the on-line system which has been installed.

Logging in to 'Master Scoreboard' requires all users to provide a username and password to gain access to the web pages.    Members of the Club are included on a list maintained by the system and the default individual password has been sent to them by e-mail or they have been contacted by telephone.

Members should login to the Selkirk Golf Club entry for Master Scoreboard, then select their name from the drop down list, enter the password, and log in.    They will then be requested to set and confirm a new password unique to themselves.    This new password will be used for future login's.

Once the above process has been completed the member will be presented with the Club's main Master Scoreboard page.    In order to book a tee time click on 'future competitions'.    You will then be presented with a list of 'dummy' competitions which will be available on a daily basis for booking a tee time.     You will note that you can only book less than seven days in advance, and the tee times are available from 7.30am until 8pm.    The booking system closes at 8pm and you will not be able to book for the following day after that time.

Select the appropriate day; click the 'Book' box; select the time which you wish to reserve; you will then see a confirmation of your booking.    It is important that the system is not abused by members, who are asked to use common sense and discretion when booking their tee times.    Cancellation of a previous book can be achieved by a similar process.

PLEASE NOTE:- The guidelines agreed between the Scottish Government and the Golf Union state that all clubhouse facilities must remain closed. Members must therefore remove their clubs and trolleys from the locker room/trolley shed.    To this end the Captain has arranged to be at the clubhouse between 10am and 1pm on Wednesday 27th and Thursday 28th to allow members to collect their clubs/trolleys.