• OLDER NEWS AND RESULTS SUMMARIES

     

     

    General Knowledge Quiz – Saturday 13th May

    The Club held a quiz in the clubhouse, unfortunately only 14 players turned up splitting themselves into 4 teams.

    Principal results were as follows:-

    1st Sare Backs                   47 points

    2nd Wattie’s Wonders         46 points    

    3rd Scrambled Eggheads     43 points

    3rd Billy No Mates               43 points

    We are delighted to say that all enjoyed themselves and in good old golf club tradition every team received a prize!

    Ladies – Iona Trophy Medal – 14th and 15th May.

    Seven ladies took part in this competition played over Saturday and Sunday.

    Recently returned member Faith Geddes enjoyed the conditions to record an excellent net 64 winning by four shots from Chris McArthur

    Principal results were as follows:-

    1st Faith Geddes                 67 (b.i.h.)

    2nd Chris McArthur              68 (b.i.h.)    

    3rd Fiona Hendry                70

    Men’s – Rover Cup and Jim Laidlaw Seniors Trophy – 14th May.

    Sunday’s competition which doubled up as the qualifier for this year’s Wingate Cup saw another high entry of 89 members.

    Some welcome rain over the weekend saw the course looking particularly lush and green but still fast-running.

    As normal the best scores were returned by the morning entrants with Cetin excelling with an inward half of 31 to shoot a net 60 beating Ronnie and Gerry by two shots. Remarkably the top three positions were held by 50 plus years old gentlemen so the results were the same in both competitions.

    This large entry saw only 9 scores breaking par and there were 8 no-returns which resulted in a C.S.S. of 65.

    Principal results were as follows:-

    1st Cetin Karayel                       70 – 10 = 60

    2nd Ronnie Stuart                   76 – 14 = 62 (b.i.h.)

    3rd Gerry Donnellan                   82 – 20 = 62

    Club Membership Update

    The figures today stand at 330 members covering all categories with 93 being new members. We know of 10 new junior members about to join from Belhaven Hill School and there are still around 50 of last year’s membership who may still yet rejoin.

    Club Championship – Wingate Cup – Summer Pairs – Summer Singles

    All the above match play events have had their draws posted and the Championships’ are underway already.

     

    Junior May Medal – Friday 5th May.

    The first Junior Medal was played last Friday with 3 boys taking part. As you can see from the results below Gregor took home first place with a seven shot win.

    Principal results were as follows:-

    1st Gregor Ronan             88 – 23 = 65

    2nd Harry Newton           100 – 28 = 72    

    3rd Findlay Thomson       93 – 18 = 75

    Ladies – May Medal – 6th and 8th May.

    Twelve ladies took part in this competition played over Saturday and Monday.

    Ladies Captain Rae claimed the win from Diane on the better inward half rule after they both returned net 67’s,

    Principal results were as follows:-

    1st Rae Muir                 67 (b.i.h.)

    2nd Diane Sheffield       67    

    3rd Christine Bowman   69 (b.i.h.)

    4th Helen McMillan         69

    Men’s – May Medal – 7th May.

    Sunday’s competition which doubled up as the final qualifier for this year’s Club Championships’ saw a fantastic entry of 97 members.

    Early conditions were dreich but whilst it cleared by the afternoon it was chilly and only those who played in the evening getting the day’s sunshine.

    The winner’s of each medal come from the first group with all three players returning excellent scratch scores. In the handicap John prevailed over Jamie and Larry winning by one shot with his excellent net 60.

    Stuart secured the Scratch Medal with his fine 66 outscoring his playing partner Stewart by three shots.

    This large entry saw only 11 scores breaking par and there were 12 no-returns which resulted in a C.S.S. of 65.

    Principal results were as follows:-

    1st John Higginbottom                70 – 10 = 60

    2nd Jamie Borthwick               79 – 18 = 61(after countback)

    3rd Larry Athersmith                 78 – 17 = 61

    Scratch results were as follows:-

    1st Stuart Martin   66

    2nd Stewart Oliver 69

    Club Membership Update

    The figures today stand at 323members covering all categories with 89 being new members. As the school exam season continues we are still hopeful of increasing this total with new Junior Members.

    Club Championship – Final Qualifier – Sunday 7th May

    After Sunday’s Final Qualifier the first draft of final aggregates has been posted on the club notice board. The Competitions’ Sub-committee are currently finalising the draws for the knock-out stages of each championship by checking availability, as there were some players who did not play on Sunday so did not complete the Availability Sheet.

    General Knowledge Quiz – Saturday 13th May

    The Club are holding a quiz in the clubhouse, entry is £2 per player and we would ask would-be entrants to be there at 7pm with the quiz starting at 7.30pm.

    As normal, food will be available in the clubhouse.

     

    Social Convenor’s wedding – 29th April

    On behalf of the Captain and Committee I would like to congratulate Diane on her marriage to Alan Sheffield in Innerwick last Saturday. We hope the day went full and best wishes for a long and happy future together.

    Ladies – Anniversary Picture – 29th April

    Eight ladies took part in this Stableford competition on Saturday.

    The conditions were bright and breezy with a few subtle but tricky pin positions. The winner was Diana with an excellent 41 points winning by one point from Fiona and Katherine.

    Principal results were as follows:-

    1st Diana McLaughlin     41 points

    2nd Fiona Hendry          40 points (b.i.h.)    

    3rd Katherine Smith       40 points

    Men’s – Winterfield/Summerfield Trophies – 30th April

    Sunday’s competition which doubled up as the Lombard qualifier to play with Club Professional Gordon Hillson in a Regional Qualifying competition later on in the season, saw 69 members take part however not all entrants entered the Lombard Qualifying competition.

    As predicted the winds arrived worsening as the day went on and the tricky conditions of fiery greens resulted in only score breaking par. There were six no-returns and one disqualification for the person not countersigning his card.

    New member Callum saw his excellent 64 beating early starter Kevin by one shot. It would appear that the morning starters are encountering the best of the weather in the early season competitions played so far. Remarkably the competition was not a non counter with a C.S.S. 67.

    Principal results for the Summerfield Trophy were as follows:-

    1st Callum Bryce                79 – 15 = 64

    2nd Kevin Skelton            73 – 8 = 65

    3rd Peter Caird                 85 – 19 = 66 (b.i.h.)

    4th David Marr                84 – 18 = 66

    Principal results for the Winterfield Trophy were as follows:-

    1st Neil Paterson   70 (b.i.h.)

    2nd Stevie Nicol     70

    Lombard Qualifier – Kevin Skelton

    Club Membership Update

    The figures at lunchtime yesterday (Monday) were 315 members covering all categories with 85 being new members. This is excellent news as we have surpassed last year’s overall total of 311 after only one month. We are hopeful that this total will rise further as around 60 of last years membership have not rejoined yet.

    Club Championship – Final Qualifier – Sunday 7th May

    Sunday’s May Medal sees the last chance for members to post a 36 hole scratch aggregate to qualify for each of this year’s Championships.

    As ever the top sixteen players will qualify for the knock-out stages, it would greatly help the Competitions and Handicap Committee that if you are unable to play on the date of the finals or adhere to the play by dates of the knock-out rounds that you respectfully withdraw and inform those on the committee or the Professionals prior to playing on Sunday.

     

    Lounge Opening – Saturday 22nd April

    Men’s Captain Gerry Santangeli officially opened our refurbished Lounge at a get together of tee marker sponsors, committee and those who carried out the works in its various guises. Unfortunately not all the sponsors were able to attend for various reasons but it is hoped that opportunities will exist in the near future for the club to thank them for their support.

    Ladies – 3 Club Competition – 23rd and 24th April

    Five ladies played on Sunday and 7 played on Monday and the scoring clearly reflected difficult conditions for scoring.

    Susan was the victor winning by two shots from Sheon.

    1st Susan Marshall     94 – 18 = 76

    2nd Sheon Cairns       107 – 29 = 78

    3rd Mhari Nicol           93 – 14 = 79

    4th Catherine Burton 105 – 25 = 80

    The Ladies have a great tradition of awarding a ‘Dragon’, with this year’s winner being Moira Porter for her 15 at the 6th hole.

    Men’s – Jock Nicolson Rosebowl – 23rd April

    Sunday’s competition which doubled up as the second qualifier for this year’s Club Championship saw 90 members take part.

    As is usual this season weather conditions were more favourable to the morning players as the wind and cold took it’s toll on the afternoon entrants.

    Kenny as a really early starter recorded an excellent net 61 to beat Ronnie by one shot. The C.S.S. was 65

    Principal results were as follows:-

    1st Kenny Watt                74 – 13 = 61

    2nd Ronnie Stuart           77 – 15 = 62 (after count back)

    3rd Eddie Paul                 83 – 21 = 62

    4th Joe McGinty               72 – 9 = 63 (after count back)

    5th Gerry Donnellan         84 – 21 = 63

    Club Membership Update

    The figures at lunchtime yesterday (Monday) were 305 members covering all categories with 83 being new members.

    Annabel Hosie - Congratualations

    Sixteen-year-old junior club champion, Annabel Hosie of Winterfield Golf Club, is the latest addition to the ranks of PGA-qualified Level 1 volunteer coaches.

    She successfully passed the tests set by the PGA at a recent weekend course held at Loretto School’s golf academy facility in East Lothian and is set to assist Winterfield’s professionals, Philip Sadler and Gordon Hillson in growing junior participation at the club.

    Winterfield’s junior coaching programme was re-started last summer and 3-handicap Annabel is determined to help grow the number of girls playing at the club.

    ‘I am the first-ever girl junior champion at the club and having myself benefitted from starting off in Scottish Golf’s Clubgolf initiative around four years ago and I’m really wanting to help others to do the same.’

    At a time when the numbers of girls starting in junior golf is gradually increasing but where moving these beginners from Clubgolf into regular competitive play isn’t quite accelerating as fast as many in the game would like, the PGA Volunteer coaching initiative in East Lothian is particularly welcome.

    Golf Development Officer for East Lothian Council, Kate Green says ‘participation by girls still lags behind the boys at the beginner level and I was keen to identify a group of successful juniors such as Annabel to move into volunteer coaching. In fact, I had three other juniors on the same course as Annabel and they all passed the PGA Level 1 course and are already helping at their clubs.’

    Annabel added ‘At Winterfield we already have a few girls with CONGU handicaps and encouraging and improving their skills is something very dear to me. I didn’t get my first club handicap until just three years ago but thereafter it was proper PGA coaching that helped me immensely. I really want to see more girls progressing their golf so with the girl champion title there’s certainly a role-model scenario to take advantage of.’ She added ‘it’s fuelling a desire in the younger girl juniors at Winterfield to follow suit and they’re already lining up to beat me!’

    10 hole Evening Sweep – Friday 14th April

    Good Friday clearly had an effect as only 8 people participated.

    Remarkably Dean McGinty won the sweep with the same winning score as last week!

    Ladies – Mixed Open Scramble – 15th April

    An excellent entry of 23 teams took part in the above competition on a bright and breezy day. The course was set up well with traditional tricky scramble pin positions on the 1st and 16th holes.

    Nevertheless scoring was excellent with several teams returning scores in the 50’s net.

    Principal results were as follows:-

    1st Sally Burnie’s Team.

    2nd Graeme Murray, Nina Morrison, Ronnie Blake and David Black.

    3rd Tom Brady, James Keddie, Michael and Bernie Treacy.

    4th Stewart and Pauline Oliver, Katherine Smith and John Higginbottom.

    Men’s – Cunningham and Napier Trophies – 16th April

    Yesterday’s competition which doubled up as the first qualifier for this year’s Club Championship saw 94 members take part.

    Conditions were overcast and with a tricky wind blowing we saw 13 scores break par with 2 no-returns and alas 2 disqualifications for cards being unsigned.

    In the end there was an excellent tussle between Darren and Willie who had returned net 60’s with Darren prevailing after a count-back.

    The Cunningham Medal was won by Graham Davidson with his scratch 64 beating Stevie Nicol by four strokes.

    Principal results were as follows:-

    1st Darren Connelly         73 – 13 = 60 (after count-back)

    2nd Willie Daisley           78 – 18 = 60

    3rd Gary Cockburn           72 – 10 = 62

    Surprisingly the C.S.S. was 65 but hopefully the handicap alterations will give the rest of us some hope for the season!

    Club Membership Update

    The figures at lunchtime yesterday (Monday) were 285 members covering all categories with 77 being new members. As previously mentioned several of last year’s members have not rejoined and if they do we could reach figures unheard of for over 10 years. It is nice to be bucking the trend within Scottish Golf of falling playing numbers.

    Club Championships’ 2017

    The results of the first Qualifier can be found elsewhere on the website.

    Again please note that the Committee respectfully expect members to consider their availability for both the match play and final dates as shown on your Fixture Card booklet. If you cannot be available then please inform the committee that you do not wish to be considered in the qualification process.

    Catering etc at the Club

    With Kevin and Julie now two weeks into their franchise, one cannot fail to notice how much busier the club has become with sittings recently fully booked during the Easter Weekend. Similarly Kevin has settled in well tending to the bar with his humour and quick wit adding to the atmosphere within the bar and lounge.

    Gordon and Philip our Club Professional’s continue to serve the membership and visitors alike with top quality clubs, balls and golfing attire available in their well-stocked shop.

    This Saturday (22nd April) will see the official opening of the refurbished lounge with club sponsors and those involved in the excellent transformation with their labour and skills being invited along.

    As always the Executive Committee will endeavour continue to carry out further improvements but we also hope that members and guests will continue to use the club by supporting organised social events or even having a debrief of your latest round with the excellent food and drink that is available.

     

    Master’s Evening – Friday 7th April

    This was a very successful evening with over 20 people participating. Dean McGinty was our first winner.

    Ladies - Jean Paylor Memorial Trophy – 8th April

    Only three ladies took part in this inaugural playing of this trophy in memory of Jennifer Flockhart’s mother.

    After playing in glorious summer-like weather Katherine Smith beat Fiona Hendry on the better inward half rule after they had both recorded 30 points

    Principal results were as follows:-

    1st Katherine Smith             30 (b.i.h.)

    2nd Fiona Hendry                  30

    3rd Pam Bull                        28

    Men’s – Maitland/Younger Trophies – 9th April

    Fantastic weather greeted the early starters in this latest competition played on Sunday. Clearly the weather deteriorated slightly as this was reflected in the scoring exploits of the 73 competitors who participated. Only 8 scores beat par 5 no-returned and Peter learned a harsh lesson regarding testing the 18th green before teeing off.

    There were clearly three standout performances with Jamie Borthwick winning the Younger Salver with his stunning net 56. Needless to say John with his net 58 and Hasan with his net 59 on this occasion had to settle for second and third places respectively when on another day they might have been good enough to be winners themselves.

    The Maitland Trophy was won by John Ross with his scratch 65 beating Hasan by one shot.

    Principal results were as follows:-

    1st Jamie Borthwick         77 – 21 = 56

    2nd John Ross                  65 – 7 = 58

    3rd Hasan Eroglu             66 – 7 = 59

    Surprisingly the C.S.S. was 65 but hopefully the handicap alterations will give the rest of us some hope for the season!

    Club Membership Update

    The figures at lunchtime yesterday (Monday) were 258 members covering all categories with 66 being new members. When you consider that we are only a fortnight into the new season and 104 of last year’s members have not rejoined yet we could just possibly exceed last year’s membership total (including winter members) of 311.

    Again let’s make the new members most welcome.

    Club Championships’ 2017

    This Sunday see the first qualifiers for the various Club Championships. As before the best 36 hole scratch aggregate of the top 16 players will qualify for the match play stages.

    Your handicap on Sunday will determine which category of championship that you can qualify for. Please note that the Committee respectfully expect members to consider their availability for both the match play and final dates as shown on your Fixture Card booklet. If you cannot be available then please inform the committee that you cannot be considered for qualification purposes.

     

    Master’s Evening – Friday 7th April

    This is an evening of golf playing 10 holes with a Nearest the Pin Prize. There will be curry (£5) and other menu items available.

    So come along and join us with the first tee time at 6pm or perhaps you would prefer to watch the Masters on Sky TV.

     

    Ladies April Medal – 1st April 2017 (net scores)

    Seven ladies took part in this opening medal of the season on Saturday.

    Vice-Captain Pam made a welcome return to form winning by four shots from Susan.

    Principal results were as follows:-

    1st Pam Bull             66

    2nd Susan Marshall   70

    3rd Faith Geddes       72

    Men’s April Medal – 2nd April 2017

    Sunday saw 73 members take part in the opening medals of the new season. Tricky conditions on improving greens which had been recently top-dressed saw only 6 scores breaking par with Jimmy Gibb maintaining his excellent form of winning the Saturday sweep the previous day with an excellent net 61 to win by two shots from four players who had each returned net 63’s.

    The Scratch Medal was won by Stuart Martin who beat P.J. Stables by one shot.

    Principal results were as follows:-

    1st Jimmy Gibb             73 – 12 = 61

    2nd Richard McMullen  80 – 17 = 63 (b.i.h.)

    3rd Robert Hanney       84 – 21 = 63 (b.i.h.)

    4th James Reid             75 – 12 = 63 (b.i.h.)

    5th Peter J. Stables       69 – 6 = 63

    Scratch Medal

    Stuart J. Martin 68

    Club Membership Update

    The figures at lunchtime yesterday (Tuesday) were 166 members covering all categories with 38 being new members. This is an extremely encouraging start to the new season which may see the Club attract 300+ members.

    Let’s make sure our new members are made most welcome whether in the clubhouse or on the course.

     

    Judy McComb

    It is with great sadness that I have to report the passing of Judy today.

    As most of you will be aware Judy has fought a long and arduous battle with cancer recently, however the courage and fortitude that she showed, always exuding great positivity and with a constant smile is a great lesson on how to approach the difficult times that life throws at us all.

    Prior to the formation of the club’s Executive Committee, Judy served on the Ladies Committee as Secretary and was much appreciated for her efforts regarding the new Club Constitution etc.

    Our Ladies Section although small in number is extremely close-knit and all will be stunned at the speed of her passing and at a relatively young age.

    She always enjoyed her golf and both Judy and Patrick were loyal supporters of both Ladies and Men’s Presentation Dances in recent years.

    On behalf of the Men’s Captain Gerry Santangeli and all the Executive Committee we wish to extend our deepest sympathies to Patrick and his family at this extremely difficult time.

    Winter Open – 19th March

    The final Open of the 2016-17season took place yesterday with 110 players including 42 visitors from Fife and the Lothians enduring strong winds over a well presented course. I am reliably informed that conditions did worsen for those playing from noon onwards.

    Remarkably only one person broke par and nine people carded a no-return, this resulted in the C.S.S. for both members and visitors being calculated at 68. The star of the show was James Reid whose excellent inward half resulted in a fantastic net 64 which secured the trophy from Samuel Westwood a visitor playing out of the Renaissance Club who himself had carded a fine net 65.

    Graham Davidson’s fine scratch score of 69, the only scratch score under 70 was good enough to win by two shots.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st James Reid                 77 – 13 = 64

    2nd Samuel Westwood (v) 83 - 18 = 65

    3rd Alexander Coull           75 – 9 = 66

    4th G. Fraser (v)               84 – 17 = 67 (b.i.h.)

    Scratch

    1st Graham Davidson         69

    2nd Robert Cochrane (v)     71

    3rd Philip Broadley (v)       72 (b.i.h.)

    4th Stuart Martin               72

    Well done to our Starters Robert Martin and Willie Daisley for keeping the competition running smoothly.

    Please contact the Professionals shop with regards to your return if you were lucky enough to record a two.

    Winter Sweep, Winter Stableford and Winter Pairs 2016 – 17

    All three competitions finish over this coming weekend with some exciting finishes in prospect for potential prize-winners. A full summary of these results will be posted on the notice boards and the website.

    Membership Fees for 2017 – 18

    The fees are due officially on the 1st April so get round to the Professional’s shop to re-join one of the East Coasts most welcoming club, see for yourself how your money is being invested in improved facilities and take advantage of the services on offer from Kevin and Julie (our Catering and Bar Franchise staff) as well as Gordon and Philip in their increasingly well stocked shop.

    Winter Open – Sunday 19th March

    The Club’s Traditional ‘end-of-season’ Winter Open currently has 106 entrants with over 50 visitors coming from all parts of the Lothian’s’, Glasgow and even the Isle of Skye! Only 14 spaces remain and they will go quickly, so contact Gordon or Philip at 01368 863562 if you want to enter.

    Grand Raffle – 11th March

    Congratulations to Duncan Laing in organising the Raffle which saw a whopping £1100 raised for club funds. To find out whom the lucky prize winners are visit the social/what's on page for further details.

    Quiz – 11th March

    Forty three members and guests joined Quiz Master Alex Coull for this latest General Knowledge Quiz. Those who attended split themselves up into 10 teams and had their memory and knowledge severely tested over 80 questions. Overall it was a successful evening with the principal results as follows:-

    1st The Sore Backs 91 points

    2nd Trailer Trash   79 points

    3rd Los Ganadores (‘The Winners’ in Spanish) 69.5 points

    Lounge Improvements – Update

    Last Saturday’s Quiz saw the lounge being used in its glorious new form for the first time, the feedback has been excellent and hopefully the usage will grow.

    Catering and Bar Franchise - Update

    We are delighted to welcome Kevin and Julie Lees who have taken on the above franchise. Whilst their official start date is the 1stt April, they are already providing food for forthcoming golf events and at weekends when their commitments permit. They have renamed the bar and dining rooms as the Bunker Bar and Fairway Restaurant and have a face book page to promote their new venture.

    Babs Mitchell – Bar Steward

    Babs has been successful in securing employment in the Torness Canteen and was due to start yesterday. She will continue to run our bar for the next two weekends and as a club we are extremely grateful to her for doing this. Babs has served the club well for over nine years and we wish her well in her new job and hope to see her at the club in the future albeit on the other side of the bar.

    Quiz – 11th March

    The club is hosting a General Knowledge Quiz tomorrow. Entry is £2 per head and starts at 8pm.

    Grand Raffle – 11th March

    Tomorrow also see’s the end of season Raffle being drawn, with the principal prize of a Year’s Membership up for grabs. Tickets which cost £5 and all monies and stubs should be in clubhouse or given directly to Duncan Laing by today at the latest.

    Lounge Improvements – Update

    Sincere thanks to all the members who have contributed to the various works as well as the Specialist Contractors, their efforts have produced a spectacular transformation. New flooring has been laid, the central heating has been upgraded and new furniture in the form of sofas, armchairs, table and chairs have been bought to replace the ageing seating and radiators. The walls and doors as well as new panelling and storage have been given a lick of paint.

    Finally a log burner stove has been installed which will provide much needed heat to both the lounge and the foyer and it contributes to the overall ambience of the room.

    Hopefully you will be delighted with the end result and continue to support the club by utilising these upgraded rooms whether after your game or by supporting future club events.

    Catering and Bar Franchise

    We are delighted to welcome Kevin and Julie Lees who have taken on the above franchise. Whilst their official start date is the 31st March, they are already providing food for recent golf events and at weekends when their commitments permit as they work down their notice period at the Castle Hotel.

    March Medal – 5th March

    A fantastic turnout of 64 members took on the reasonably benign weather for this time of year in this latest medal.

    As ever the good weather was not generally reflected in good scoring with only 6 players breaking par with 3 players carding a no-return. Stewart Oliver was the unfortunate one to commit the cardinal sin of failing to sign his card, he did, however see a reduction in his handicap.

    J.P. Finlay clearly enjoyed the day to record an excellent net 61 to pip morning leaders Andy Hendry and Dave Marr by one shot.

    J.P. Finlay’s 66 scratch comfortably secured the Scratch Medal to complete a perfect day.

    The C.S.S. was 65.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st J.P. Finlay           66 – 5 = 61

    2nd Andy Hendry       72 – 10 = 62 (b.i.h.)

    3rd David Marr         82 – 20 = 62

    4th Alexander Coull   73 – 10 = 63

    Scratch

    J.P. Finlay   66

     

    Quiz – 11th February

    A successful quiz was held in the clubhouse on Saturday evening. 32 people attended which resulted in 8 different teams battling hard to be the most successful on the night.

    The principal prizewinners were as follows:-

    1st Scrambled Eggheads 59.5

    2nd The Sore Backs       57

    Another quiz has been scheduled for the 11th March to tie in with the Raffle Draw on the same day.

    New Tee Markers

    Andy Hendry and his sub-committee are pleased to report that all the tee markers have been installed. They look tremendous and sincere thanks go to all the ELC staff for their endeavours in getting them erected. As you will see we are indebted to various sponsors who have contributed towards procuring the signs and if the opportunity arises to utilise their services please do so.

    February Medal – 5th February

    A good turnout of 51 members took on the un-seasonal weather for this time of year in this latest medal.

    Stevie Nicol enjoyed the firm conditions to record a fine net 63 beating Robert Martin on the better last 6 holes ruling.

    Stevie also pipped Robert to the scratch medal after both players had recorded fine 66’s.

    The C.S.S. was 67.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Stevie Nicol            66 – 3 = 63 (best last 6)

    2nd Robert Martin          66 – 3 = 63

    3rd Jimmy Gallacher       71 – 7 = 64

    4th Mike Gilmartin           83 – 17 = 66

    Scratch

    Stevie Nicol   66

    Ladies February Medal – 4th/5th February

    Catherine Burton has been confirmed as the winner of the above medal.

     

    A Happy New Year to all our members and good luck with your golf in 2017.

    Golf Sale now on –

    Gordon and Philip have their first sale on in the Professional’s Shop. There are many bargains to be had so why not pop in and look around.

    January Medal – 8th January

    An excellent turnout of 68 members took on the highly acceptable weather for this time of year in this latest medal.

    Clearly the cobwebs still need to be blown away with the scoring that was returned with only one player breaking par and there were also four no-returns.

    Andy Foster clearly enjoyed the calming influence of those brothers-in-arms Robert Martin and Harvey Thomson to shot an excellent net 63 to win by two shots from Mike Gilmartin and Kevin Skelton. Harvey Thomson secured the scratch medal with his score of 71. The C.S.S. was 66.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Andy Foster         81 – 18 = 63

    2nd Mike Gilmartin     82 – 17 = 65 (b.i.h.)

    3rd Kevin Skelton       73 – 8 = 65

    Scratch

    Harvey Thomson 71

    Sclaffers Trophy – 1st January

    21 hardy souls brought in the New Year by playing in excellent weather for this traditional New Year’s Day competition.

    The festivities took their toll with scoring ultimately proving difficult resulting in 10 no returns which included Craig our Competitions Convener.

    The C.S.S. was 68 with Stuart Martin returning a fine net 67 to see him achieve a 2 handicap once again.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Stuart Martin         70 – 3 = 67

    2nd Jimmy Gallacher   76 – 8 = 68

    3rd David Marr           89 – 19 = 70 (b.i.h.)

    4th Bruce Bull             83 – 13 = 70

     

    December Medal - 4th December

    55 hardy souls braved the early chilly weather in this latest medal.

    The day’s weather continued to improve weather-wise but as is common the old conundrum of’ the better the weather, the poorer the scores was again evident with only seven players breaking par!

    As it turned out it was a welcome return to the winner’s circle for Callum who pipped Jimmy on the better inward half rule after both players had returned net 62’s. Stevie Nicol secured the scratch medal with his fine score of 68. The C.S.S. was 65

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Callum Richardson   76 – 11 = 62 (b.i.h.)

    2nd Jimmy Gallacher      70 – 8 = 62

    3rd Willie Cockburn        71 – 8 = 63 (b.i.h.)

    4th Nigel Hyson             82 – 19 = 63

    Scratch

    Stevie Nicol 71

    David Blacklock Trophy – Saturday 3rd December

    A good turnout of members including Ladies for the first time took part in this year’s match.

    The weather was fair and a total of 24 singles and 12 pair’s matches were contested. The final score was a resounding win by the Out-of-Townies by 22.5 to 13.5. Winning Captain Willie Cockburn was clearly delighted with the score in what was only the second time that the Townies had not won. Losing Captain was magnanimous in defeat although he did win the ‘battle of the Captain’s’. He was particularly impressed that 48 members took part in the match, probably one of the highest turnouts in the series of matches. A first floodlit finish was required for the final two groups, this has kindly and humorously provided by member’s car headlights and this was much appreciated by those involved.

    A results sheet is available here.

    Ladies November Medal

    After suffering the same weather problems as the Men, it has been confirmed that Rae Muir was victorious in this competition.

    November Medal – 20th November

    Sunday saw the re-scheduled Medal take place with a field of 60 members taking part on a cold frosty morning but with an improvement in conditions for the afternoon entrants.

    Only three players broke par and there were seven no-returns. Unsurprisingly the C.S.S. was 66.

    Andy Noble grabbed the sibling bragging rights from Derek by shooting a fine net 62 to pip Graeme who had returned a net 64.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Andy Noble 76 – 14 = 62

    2nd Graeme Turnbull 72 – 8 = 64

    3rd Michael Treacy 73 – 8 = 65

    Scratch

    Stevie Nicol 71

     

    ROMADO LANX Trophy – 23rd October

    Sunday saw 26 pairs play in autumnal conditions with ‘preferred lies’ applying for the first time.

    Clearly conditions were trickier than normal with birdies at a premium for most of the teams.

    The old guard of Jimmy Barr and Jimmy Gallacher clearly used their strokes well to pip the young pretenders of PJ and Graham Davidson on the better inward half rule after both teams recorded 58’s.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Jimmy Barr and Jimmy Gallacher   58 (b.i.h.)

    2nd Graham Davidson and P.J. Stables 58

    3rd Craig Clark and Stuart Martin         59

    Men’s Presentation Dance – Friday 21st October at Dunbar Royal British Legion

    A very successful dance took place last Friday with good music and copious amounts of alcohol consumed. A good number of trophy winners were in attendance and a clearly shocked but delighted Robert Martin was awarded the ‘Player of the Year’ Trophy.

    Ian Smith – 02.04.37 – 16.10.16 -- An appreciation

    It is with deep sadness that we have to report the passing of former member Ian recently. Ian joined the club from Dunbar Golf Club with his Margaret and they were very keen golfers during their retirement. Ian was also a past owner of the Eden Hotel which doubled up as the Golf Clubhouse whilst alterations took place at St. Margaret’s many years ago.

    The Captain and Committee extend their deepest condolences to Margaret, Jennifer, Grahame and Family at this difficult time.

    Halloween Fancy Dress Fright Night – Saturday 29th October at 7.30pm

    Tickets are available from Committee members, Club Professionals Shop or the Bar priced £5. This cost includes a finger buffet.

    Winter Competitions

    The ever popular Winter Stableford and Pairs Competitions will begin on Sunday 13th November. Cost for the Stableford is £15 to enter and £4 per game thereafter. Please see the notices posted in the clubhouse with regards to rules etc.

     

    Last Minute Stableford – 16th October

    Yesterday saw the playing of a new event and enquiries must be directed to Craig Clark as to how he came up with the competition name.

    52 hardy souls took part in the event, playing in a wide range of weather conditions which saw only six scores breaking the par.

    The day will go down in club folklore as the winner Stuart Martin broke the course record in scintillating style. He posted two 2’s, eleven 3’s, four 4’s and one solitary 5 for inward and outward halves of 29 resulting in a scratch 58. For the record this score is also the first score under 60 on the recently re-measured course.

    You have to feel sorry for Aidan the runner-up who amassed 41 points, which would normally been good enough to win.

    Congratulations go to Stuart, a popular winner, who actually thought about not playing because he doesn’t like the stableford format normally. He has also achieved a holy grail of securing a handicap of 2. A good day all round for our winner.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Stuart Martin   46 points

    2nd Aidan Fyffe     41 points

    3rd Kevin Skelton   38 points

    Men’s Presentation Dance – Friday 21st October at Dunbar Royal British Legion

    Tickets are still on sale; contact Stuart Martin to secure your place at this popular event on the Club’s social calendar. Currently we have 100+ attending so far.

    WGC Texas Scramble – 9th October

    11 teams took part in this traditional end of season Scramble. The weather was good and this was reflected in the good scoring that was recorded during the day.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st George Davidson, Graham Davidson, Darren Connelly and Aidan Fyffe – 52.8

    2nd Gerry Santangeli, Bruce Bull, Shane McLaughlin and Jamie McLaughlin – 53.9

    3rd Craig Clark, Callum Richardson, Eddie Ritchie and Elliot Coulter         - 54.0

    Ladies October Medal – 1st and 2nd October

    10 ladies took part in this latest medal with Stableford scoring format being used.

    Elspeth clearly enjoyed the fine conditions to be the only player who broke par winning by 7 points from Jennifer. No doubt an appropriate handicap cut was imminent.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Elspeth Haston     43 points

    2nd Jennifer Flockhart 36 points

    3rd Bernie Treacy       35 points (b.i.h.)

    4th Sheon Cairns       35 points

    Men’s Presentation Dance – Friday 21st October at Dunbar Royal British Legion

    Tickets are now on sale; contact Stuart Martin to secure your place at this popular event on the Club’s social calendar.

     

    October Medal 2nd October

    55 members took part in the above medal in glorious sunny weather. The conundrum of the better the weather the poorer the scores returned was nearly evident with 4 no returns and only 9 players breaking par.

    Harvey Thomson excelled in the fine conditions to pip Hasan and Elliot with his net score of 60. Needless to say his scratch score of 65 also secured the scratch medal as well.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Harvey Thomson   65 – 5 = 60

    2nd Hasan Eroglu       68 – 7 = 61 (b.i.h.)

    3rd Elliot Coulter         70 – 9 = 61

    Scratch

    Harvey Thomson 65

    The C.S.S. was 65

    Gordon Hillson

    We are pleased to report that Gordon’s good form has continued with him winning the Michael Allan Memorial Trophy at Dalmahoy recently. He shot an excellent 62 to win by one shot in this latest East of Scotland Golf Alliance event.

    Men’s Presentation Dance – Friday 21st October at Dunbar Royal British Legion

    Tickets are now on sale; contact Stuart Martin to secure your place at this popular event on the Club’s social calendar.

    Dunbar Grammar School Charity Texas Scramble – 24th September.

    22 teams participated in this Annual fund-raising event with approximately £800 being raised.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st - Scott MacDonald, James Thomson, John Ward, Larry Athersmith - net 55.3

    2nd - Tony Dixon, Elspeth Haston, Oliver Turnbull, Elliot Coulter –net 57.5

    3rd - Kyle Donnellan, Kieran Donnellan, Gerry Donnellan, John Creedican – net 57.6 

    Nearest The Pins 4th hole in one shot - Elaine Fell     

    18th hole in two shots – G. Loudon

    Longest Drive 5th hole - Judy Coghill      

    17th hole - David Legg

    Greensome Foursomes – 25th September

    The above competition was the last competition which will be presented at this year’s Presentation Dance and unfortunately only 15 pairs participated.The recent trend of winners has come from those who either play first or last and Sunday saw the winners play first and the runners-up play last.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st John Higginbottom & Kenny Watt 71 – 10.8 = 60.2

    2nd Peter Blair & Keith Tait               67 – 5.5 = 61.6

    3rd Stuart Martin & Craig Clark         72 – 9.8 = 62.2

    Junior September Medal – 16th September

    Only three players took part in this recent medal with Findlay holding off Gregor on the better inward half rule after both returned net 71’s.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Findlay Thomson    89 – 18 = 71 (b.i.h.)

    2nd Gregor Ronan       94 – 23 = 71

    3rd Harry Newton       108 – 28 = 80

    Gordon Hillson – East of Scotland Alliance – Bathgate GC

    We are delighted to report that Gordon won a closely-fought battle for the Bernard Gallacher Trophy as the new East Alliance season teed off at Bathgate. Gordon’s net 69 was matched by Kings Acre’s Andrew Oldcorn as well as two amateurs, Alan Crabbe (Kingsknowe) and Torwoodlee’s David Brydon. But, in the card play-off, his back nine of 34, secured the day’s main spoils at the home of Lothians legend Gallacher. Gordon and Andrew shared top spot in the scratch section, finishing one ahead of Neil Henderson (Renaissance Club), Gordon Law (Uphall) and Shaun McAllister (Bruntsfield Links).The handicap section also ended in a tie, between new members Crabbe and Brydon, with the former’s club mate, Donny Munro, one back in third. Chris Curran (Bathgate) was top trainee while Baberton’s Ron Grant won the seniors’ prize.

     

    September Finals Day

    Full commentary and pictures of the day and winners - click here

     

    September Medal – 11th September

    66 members played in the last of the summer playing season’s medals. A tricky wind greeted the early starters with the day getting brighter for the afternoon participants.

    Only 8 players’ broke par and only 3 no-returned with Alan holding off Darren by two shots after recording an incredible net 59. The scratch medal saw Robert pip son Stuart with his excellent 65. The C.S.S. of 65 was a surprise to many.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Alan King               81 – 22 = 59

    2nd Darren Connelly     75 – 14 = 61

    3rd Robert Martin         65 – 3 = 62

    Scratch

    Robert Martin 65

    Ladies September Medal 11th and 12th September

    7 ladies played in this latest medal with Susan winning the competition by a clear 10 strokes from Catherine with her excellent net 65.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Susan Marshall       65

    2nd Catherine Burton   75

    3rd Pam Bull               76

    September Match play Finals Day – 18th September

    The schedule for Sunday has been finalised and we do hope that as many members as possible can turn out to support all the finalists.

    Seniors Championship – 12 noon

    Neil Paterson v Robert Martin

    Ladies Championship – 12.10pm

    Jennifer Flockhart v Mhari Nicol

    Robert Turnbull Champion of Champions – 12.20pm

    Hasan Eroglu v Derek Pirie

    Wingate Cup – 12.30pm

    Jimmy Boyle v Ian Sandilands

    Cromwell Cup – 12.40pm

    Darrin Stewart v Eddie Ritchie

    Victoria Cup – 12.50pm

    Craig Clark v Rab Hanney

    Auld Yins Trophy – 1.00pm

    George Kerr v Duncan Hannan

    Summer Foursomes – 1.10pm

    Graham Davidson & P.J.Stables v Stewart Oliver & Kevin Skelton

    St. Margaret’s Trophy and Fiona Smeed Salver – 4th September

    The last Open of the summer season saw 129 golfers participate in our most prestigious tournament. The above figure included 50 visitors.

    The early birds had to endure horrendous wet weather conditions at the start however the weather improved to a beautiful sunny day from 10am onwards. Our sincere thanks go to Craig Pennicuick, Gordon Hillson and Robert Martin for their due diligence clearing the greens of water during this period. As always Robert, Bruce, Craig and Andy were on hand from 6.30am setting up the course with signage etc with the green keeping staff and once again we are extremely grateful for their endeavours.

    The competition saw some fantastic scoring with 22 players breaking par and only 11 no-returns. The C.S.S. for home and visitors was 64.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Duncan Laing                       73 – 18 = 55

    2nd David Simpson                     75 – 15 = 60

    3rd Cameron Bruce (Harrison GC) 66 – 5 = 61 (b.i.h.)

    4th Harvey Thomson                   67 – 6 = 61

    Scratch

    1st Alex Savage (Hollandbush GC)                     63

    2nd Christopher Ratcliffe (Royal Musselburgh GC) 64 (b.i.h.)

    3rd Graham Davidson                                        64

    4th Stevie Nicol                                                 66 (b.i.h.)

    The closest to hole prize winners were as follows:-

    1st Graeme Turnbull 2nd D.Paterson (Hollandbush GC) 3rd A.McGinley (c/o J.McGinty) 4th Cetin Karayel 5th Graham Davidson 6th A.Savage (Hollandbush GC) 7th David Simpson 8th A.McGinley (c/o J.McGinty) 9th C.Bruce (Harrison GC) 10th B.Morrison (Broomieknowe GC) 11th Stewart Oliver 12th A.Savage (Hollandbush GC) 13th M.Creasey (Dunbar GC) 14th James Henderson 15th A.Savage (Hollandbush GC) 16th J.P. Finlay 17th C.Bruce (Harrison GC) and 18th J.P.Finlay.

    Congratulations to Duncan and Alex on their fantastic scoring.

    Quiz and Curry Night – 2nd September

    30 people attended a successful night last Friday. The quiz was deemed hard but when the answers were revealed the ‘penny dropped’ so to speak. A team of six headed by Shane and Diana McLaughlin became the ‘Eggheads’ of the night, congratulations to them.

    Finals Day – 18th September

    The finalists for each competition are as follows:-

    Senior Championship – Neil Paterson v Robert Martin

    Cromwell Cup – Darrin Stewart v Eddie Ritchie

    Victoria Cup – Craig Clark v Rab Hanney

    Wingate Cup – Jimmy Boyle v Ian Sandilands

    Robert Turnbull – Hasan Eroglu v Derek Pirie

    Summer Pairs – G.Davidson/P.J.Stables v S.Oliver/K.Skelton

    Ladies Championship – Jennifer Flockhart v Mhari Nicol

    Mixed Pairs – Catherine Burton/Duncan Laing v Diane Gibb/Eddie Ritchie

    Ladies Wingate Cup – Diane Gibb v Jennifer Flockhart

    Depending on scheduling some finals may be played on other dates, please see the appropriate notice board for details.

    Hussein Ali Memorial Tri-Am 28th August

    20 teams of members and guests took part in the Tri-Am in decent weather. The course had a few traditional tricky pin positions for a team event, but overall was in good condition.

    This year’s winners Craig, Robert and Stuart clearly found the course to their liking with 11 birdies and one solitary bogey in their excellent scratch score of 55. The runners-up of P.J. Stevie and Darren also posted an excellent scratch score of 57.

    The finalised net score positions were as follows:-

    1st C.Clark, R.J.Martin and S.J.Martin         55 – 2.7 = 52.3

    2nd P.J.Stables, S.F.J.Nicol and D.Connelly   57 – 2.1 = 54.9

    3rd I.Sandilands, G.Fraser and G.Tosh         62 - 3.6 = 58.4

    Winterfield Ladies Trophy 28th and 29th August

    9 ladies participated in this latest competition with Diane comfortably winning by 6 strokes from Moira and Katherine.

    The finalised net score positions were as follows:-

    1st Diane Gibb         62

    2nd Moira Porter       68 (b.i.h.)

    3rd Katherine Smith 68

    Ladies Wingate Cup Final

    This year sees Jennifer Flockhart taking on Diane Gibb in this Handicap Matchplay competition.

    Quiz and Curry Night – Friday 2nd September

    A gentle reminder regarding the above social event at the club. Tickets priced £5 are available from the Pro Shop and the Bar.

    Please book ahead to allow accurate catering numbers.

    St. Margaret’s Open – 4th September

    Sunday see our last Open of the summer season. So far we have 100 plus entries (current Draw sheet Here). With every hole sponsored, it continues to be a popular event for members and visitors alike. Spaces are still available, contact Philip or Gordon to enter.

    Ladies August Medal - 14th and 15th August

    10 ladies took part in the above competition with Diane Gibb mastering the conditions by returning an excellent net 63 to win by seven strokes.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Diane Gibb           63

    2nd Jennifer Flockhart 70

    3rd Mhari Nicol           71 (b.i.h.)

    4th Lynn Logan         71

    East Barns Trophy (in memory of John Higginbottom Snr) – 21st August

    59 members played in this new competition. The excellent turnout was particularly heart-warming to Emily and family as it confirmed how highly regarded and missed John is by the members.

    The windy conditions proved very challenging with only one player breaking par and only six returning a no score. Congratulations to Robert who outscored the triumvirate of Derek, Cetin and Craig by one shot to become the first winner of this new trophy.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Robert Martin 68 – 4 = 64

    2nd Derek Pirie   76 – 11 = 65 (b.i.h.)

    3rd Cetin Karayel 76 – 11 = 65 (b.i.h.)

    4th Craig Clark   88 – 21 = 65

    The C.S.S. was 67.

    The closest to hole prize winners are as follows:- 4th P.J.Stables, 11th Stevie Nicol and 17th Gordon Davidson.

    Ladies St. Margaret’s Trophy – 21st and 22nd August

    9 ladies took part in this latest competition with Jennifer winning by one shot from Mhari with her net 69.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Jennifer Flockhart 69

    2nd Mhari Nicol         70

    3rd Susan Marshall     71

    Matchplay Final Updates

    The Ladies Championship will be between Jennifer Flockhart and Mhari Nicol.

    The Victoria Cup Final sees Craig Clark taking on Rab Hanney.

    Open Mixed Foursomes – 6th August

    This latest Open competition run by the Ladies Section took place on Saturday with the weather set fair and the course in good condition.

    As with our recent Captain’s Day competition there was a score posted which led for most of the day only to be pipped by the last couple out.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st J.Moriarty and D.Dalgleish (Lochend GC)     67 – 8.6 = 58.4

    2nd N.Coalman and T.Coalman (Swanston GC) 81 – 21.8 = 59.2

    3rd B.Graham and A.MacDonald (WGC)                 76 – 14 = 62

    Scratch - J.Herron and S.Herron (Longhurst Hall GC)             76

    Our thanks go to our closest to hole sponsors with every hole covered. The winners of each hole are listed in a separate attachment.

    August Medal – 7th August

    53 players took part in this latest Medal with the forecasted high winds clearly having an impact on the scoring. No player broke par and 14 failed to return a score, this resulted in a C.S.S. 68 which saw reductions only being applied to those who shot lower than a net 68.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Eddie Ritchie 76 – 10 = 66

    2nd Stevie Nicol   69 – 2 = 67 (b.i.h.)

    3rd Alexander Coull 76 – 9 = 67 (b.i.h.)

    4th Graeme Turnbull 75 – 8 = 67

    Scratch – Stevie Nicol 69

    Lothian’s Golf Association Champion of Champions – Luffness New Golf Club.

    I am delighted to report that Graham Davidson won his semi-final against Keith Nicolson (Haddington GC) by 5 & 4. Graham will now play Simon Lockhart (Bathgate GC) in the final at 5pm on Wednesday 10th August. This will be on opportunity for Graham to win this prestigious title for the third time.

    Boy and Girls Junior Open – Wednesday 10th August.

    Currently we have 20 plus entries for the Club’s latest open, needless to say there are spaces available for any boy or girl to enter. Contact Philip or Gordon (01368 863562) for further details.

    Junior Club Championship Strokeplay – Friday 12th August

    We are hopeful of attracting at least a dozen junior members to take part in this resurrected competition. Spaces are available so contact Philip or Gordon (01368 863562) for further details.

    Friday Night Sweep – 6pm Friday 12th August

    Our Social Sub-Committee have organised a 10 hole sweep on Friday and all are welcome. As you are no doubt aware this is ‘the Glorious Twelfth’ so rather than shooting grouse, come along and sees if you can shoot a birdie or two.

    Matchplay Competitions Update

    Men’s Senior Championship Semi-finals

    Neil Paterson v David Wallace and Robert Martin v Harvey Thomson

    Wingate Cup Semi-finals

    Willie Daisley v Jimmy Boyle and David Marr v Ian Sandilands or Andy Noble

    Cromwell Cup Semi-finals

    Stuart Martin v Darrin Stewart and Eddie Ritchie v Alexander Coull

    Victoria Cup Semi-finals

    David Simpson v Craig Clark and Gerry Santangeli v Rab Hanney

    Mixed Summer Pairs Matchplay Final

    Catherine Burton/Duncan Laing v Eddie Ritchie/Diane Gibb or Diana and Shane McLaughlin

    Robert Turnbull Champion of Champions

    Whilst this is subject to confirmation I think the four qualifiers are Hasan Eroglu, Derek Pirie, David Wallace and Kevin Skelton.

     

    Shotgun Four ball 31st July.

    26 pairs took part in this competition yesterday in breezy conditions.

    Scoring was generally good with two sub-60 scores returned with Patrick McComb and Alan King combining well to return a fantastic 55 to upstage the experienced pairing of Robert Martin and Harvey Thomson’s score of 59.

    Well done to Alan and Jackie for their much appreciated breakfast barbecue of hot filled rolls, it was appreciated by many of the competitors.

    John Cowan Invitational Scramble 30th July

    Saturday saw 16 teams take part in this year’s competition; conditions were sunny with a light breeze. Scoring proved difficult for most teams, however the team of George and Graham Davidson, Bill and Diane Watt returned a net 53.5 to beat Jimmy Boyle, Craig Clark, Alexander Coull and Stuart Martin’s score of 54.7.

    Junior July Medal No.2 22nd July

    Four juniors participated in this recent medal with the result as follows:-

    1st Calum Nicolson 80 – 24 = 58

    2nd Harry Newton   99 – 40 = 59

    3rd Gregor Ronan   85 – 24 = 61

    4th Finlay Thomson 89 – 18 = 71

    Junior Open and Junior Championship

    The Junior Open which is open to all boys and girls will take place on Wednesday 10th August. Entries are still being taken.

    The Junior Championship will take place on Friday 12th August please get in contact with Gordon and Philip our Club Professionals to get further details.

     

    Captain’s Day 23rd July

    A total of 142 members and guests took part in Captain Gerry Santangeli’s first Captain’s Day Competition.

    The course was in great condition considering the recent intense heat and deluges of the previous week.

    This year saw a break in tradition with the Ladies participating in the main competition rather than competing in their own competition. There was also a change in the handicap’s being allocated, moving away from the silloth and I would suggest this contributed to 46 out of the 71 pairs breaking par.

    The competition was won by Kevin Skelton and Grant Thomson who shot a magnificent 56 to pip long term leaders Neil Paterson and Angus Massie by one shot. Computers were required to allocate the third and fourth place positions due to there being 8 pairs returning scores of 58.

    Full Results - Click Here

    The prize-winners were as follows:-

    1st Kevin Skelton and Grant Thomson   56

    2nd Neil Paterson and Angus Massie     57

    3rd George Davidson and Bill Watt       58 (b.i.h.)

    4th Catherine Burton and Fiona Hendry 58 (b.i.h.)

    Nearest the Pin at the 12th hole (4th hole normally) were John Cockburn and Robert Martin.

    The weather held out for the whole day and the complimentary bar and Barbecue provided welcome benefits to all prior to taking on the 1st Hole which was the 9th in the day’s format.

    A well attended Disco and prize-giving saw more alcohol consumed, washed down with stovies as required.

    All in all it was a tremendous day for the Captain with a welcome sight of many of his guests staying on to enjoy the evening’s festivities. The weekend was concluded by the Captain celebrating his birthday on Monday, certainly one year older but justifiably proud of the success of the competition etc.

     

    75th Anniversary Trophy 17th July

    49 members took part in this competition with the added twist of only carrying three clubs and a putter.

    Needless to say scoring was tricky as everyone contemplated on whether they had chosen the correct clubs. The competition saw 5 players breaking par and 4 no-returns.

    Head Green Keeper Craig Pennycuick managed to pip Andy Hendry on the better inward half rule after both players recorded fine net 61’s.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Craig Pennycuick         81 – 20 = 61(b.i.h.)

    2nd Andy Hendry             72 – 11 = 61

    3rd Iain Williams               72 – 10 = 62

    4th Keith Tait                   71 – 7 = 64 (b.i.h.)

    5th Stuart Martin               68 – 4 = 64

    The C.S.S. was 66.

    Ladies Falconer Rosebowl 17th and 18th July

    This scratch competition saw 7 ladies take part with Ladies Captain Rae Muir prevailing with her score of 87.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Rae Muir         87

    2nd Pam Bull         90

    3rd Susan Marshall 91

    Lothian’s Champion of Champions Matchplay

    I am delighted to report that Graham Davidson beat D.Miller (Temple GC) last night by 7&5. Graham will now lock horns with old adversary Keith Nicholson (Haddington GC) in the semi-final to be played at Luffness New Golf Club on the 8th August

    Seniors Open 13th July

    82 players participated in Wednesday’s Open, this figure included 34 visitors, this figure could have been higher but 9 cards were unaccounted for.

    The weather was fair and the course set-up was also fair as long as you avoided some bunkers.

    R.Noble of Duns GC held off N.Hyson of Harrison GC by one shot with his excellent net 59. The best scratch score of 67 was returned by John Ross.

    The main results of the day were as follows:-

    50-59 Age Group

    1st N.Hyson (Harrison GC)       80 – 20 = 60

    2nd John Ross                         67 – 6 = 61

    3rd A.Thornton (Swanston GC) 79 – 17 = 62

    60-69 Age Group

    1st J.Canavan (Bellshill GC)  80 – 17 = 63

    2nd C.Blair (Bellshill GC)       74 – 10 = 64 (b.i.h.)

    3rd Peter Caird                    82 – 18 = 64

    70 years and older Age Group

    1st R.Noble (Duns GC)           87 – 28 = 59

    2nd Michael Treacy               72 – 10 = 62

    3rd F.Hawthorn (Bellshill GC) 78 – 13 = 65 (b.i.h.)

     

    Stableford (Ladies) 11th July

    5Ladies played on Sunday afternoon with Ann Thomson ‘s 36 points good enough to win by 4 points from Moira Porter.

    The results were as follows:-

    1st Ann Thomson 36

    2nd Moira Porter   32

    3rd Pam Bull       31

    4th Rae Muir      28 (b.i.h.)

    5th Mhari Nicol     28  

    Hon. President’s Prize 10th July

    49 members played in the above competition with scoring relatively good with 12 breaking par and no no-returns, a first for a long while.

    Brian Smith showed a welcome return to form to shoot a net 58 to win by 3 shots from three players who themselves had fine scores of 61.

    The results were as follows:-

    1st Brian Smith      71 – 13 = 58

    2nd Alexander Coull 71 – 10 = 61 (b.i.h.)

    3rd Stewart Oliver   67 – 6 = 61 (b.i.h.)

    4th Alan Smith         75 – 14 = 61

    Junior July Medal

    The above competition was contested by two of our Junior Girl members with Shannon Young,  pipping Annabel Hosie.

     

     

    July Medal (Men) 3rd July

    57 members played in this latest medal, the weather was better in the morning and generally the scores returned reflected this. 10 players managed to break par with 2 no-returns and 2 disqualifications which were due to unsigned cards.

    New member Callum Smart clearly enjoyed the conditions by returning a net of 57 to win by 4 shots from Tony Dixon. The scratch medal was won by Neil Paterson who had shot an excellent 69.

    The results were as follows:-

    1st Callum Smart    81 – 24 = 57

    2nd Tony Dixon        74 – 13 = 61

    3rd George Whitley  73 – 10 = 63 (b.i.h.)

    4th Brian Smith        76 – 13 = 63 (b.i.h.)

    5th George Davidson 72 – 9 = 63 (b.i.h.)

    6th Lewis Graham    74 – 11 = 63

    Scratch medal - Neil Paterson 69

    July Medal (Ladies) 3rd July

    6 Ladies played on Sunday afternoon with Mhari Nicol continuing her recent good form to win by 3 shots with her net 70.

    The results were as follows:-

    1st Mhari Nicol 70

    2nd Pam Bull     73 (b.i.h.)

    3rd Diane Gibb 73 (b.i.h.)

    4th Rae Muir     73 (b.i.h.)

    Rocks Open 2nd July

    Saturday saw 68 men including 21 visitors take part in the Rocks Restaurant sponsored Rocks Open. Again the weather was kinder for the morning starters with the showers increasing in intensity from 12 noon onwards. Despite this the scoring resulted in both the visitors and home C.S.S. being 66.

    Only two players broke par, ten no-returned and two were disqualified for not signing their cards. The winner was B.Watson from Canmore Golf Club in Fife who pipped George Davidson by one shot with his outstanding net 59. The Scratch Trophy was won by Robert Martin after he shot a marvellous 69.

    The results were as follows:-

    1st B.Watson (v)       70- 11 = 59

    2nd George Davidson 70 – 10 = 60

    3rd W.McLean (v)     75 – 10 = 65 (b.i.h.)

    4th Bill Kerr             78 – 13 = 65

    Scratch

    1st Robert Martin 69

    2nd Michael Creasey (v) 70 (b.i.h.)

    3rd George Davidson     70 (b.i.h.)

    4th B.Watson (v)         70

    David Cockburn Trophy 26th June

    This popular competition saw 66 members participate in another day of varying degrees of weather that the so-called British Summer is providing this year.

    There were 10 players who broke par with a further 9 no-returns which was principally due to the atrocious evening weather that they encountered.

    P.J.Stables was the winner pipping David Wallace by one stroke with his net 60. The ensuing handicap cut saw P.J. attain Category 1 status, well done on attaining this standard.

    The results were as follows:-

    1st P.J.Stables      66 – 6 = 60

    2nd David Wallace 69 – 8 = 61

    3rd Aidan Fyffe     73 – 11 = 62

    The C.S.S. was a surprising 65.

    Marlin Bowl 26th and 27th June.

    11 ladies competed in the above competition played over two days.

    Mhari Nicol’s net 65 saw her win by three shots from Diana McLaughlin as both players continue to enjoy fine season’s playing wise.

    The results were as follows:-

    1st Mhari Nicol           65

    2nd Diana McLaughlin 68

    3rd Sheon Cairns       71

    Winterfield Charity Scramble

    The above event attracted 23 teams, which equalled the previous best entry since the Club took over organising the day from Ladbrokes.

    The weather was set fair and with the course looking lush from recent downpours for those participating.

    Scoring was excellent with the prizes being keenly contested for.

    Overall the day saw approximately £2150 being raised, with the final amount to be confirmed in the near future.

    The principal results were as follows:-

    1st Mark Hetherington’s Team 54 – 2.7 = 51.3

    2nd Diane Gibb’s Team           62 – 10.1 = 51.9

    3rd The Hillsiders                   58 – 5.8 = 52.2

    Belhaven Open

    Last Sunday saw 108 men who included 41 visitors take part in this popular competition.

    Generally the weather was glorious with the late starters being subjected to heavy rain.

    The course proved difficult for some with only 12 players breaking par and 9 players recording a no-return. Despite the remarkable winning score the C.S.S. for both home and visiting players was 65.

    The winner by a clear 5 strokes after playing the round of his life was Derek Noble who finished with a net 54 pushing the excellent scores of both Steven and Shane who returned net 59’s into second and third place. To cap a fine day for Derek his scratch score was good enough to outdo Plus 1 and Scratch players on the day.

    The Handicap Convener will clearly have a difficult task in deciding the final reductions.

    Handicap

    1st Derek Noble                 65 – 11 = 54

    2nd Steven Fairbairn         69 – 10 = 59 (b.i.h.)

    3rd Shane McLaughlin         68 – 9 = 59

    4th James Keddie               77 – 14 = 63 (b.i.h.)

    Scratch

    1st Derek Noble        65

    2nd Stevie Nicol        66 (best last 6)

    3rd Ross Colquhoun  66 (b.i.h.)

    4th Steven Simants    66

    Belhaven Trophy (Ladies)

    Sunday also saw the Ladies have their Belhaven competition and 7 members took part.

    Elspeth returned a fine net 68 to win by 6 shots from Lynn. The C.S.S. was 71 which saw reductions only being applied to their handicaps.

    Members Survey

    The period for responding to our recent survey closed on the 17th June. 89 responses out of a potential 211 email addresses saw a 42% return, surprisingly this is one of the highest response rates to a survey controlled by Scottish Golf, who did the collating of information on our behalf. Many thanks to those members who took the time to participate and complete the survey.

    We will prepare a report of the survey’s findings, once all the results have been collated.

    Harry Gordon 19.08.35 – 05.06.16

    The club was informed yesterday that Harry Gordon had passed away after a courageous battle with various illnesses.

    Harry was a well known face at Winterfield for nearly 20 years and accumulated a respectable tally of competition wins over this period. These included the Victoria Cup in 2000 and 2005, Auld Yins Trophy 2004 and 2006, Younger Salver 2003, Winterfield Scramble 2004, Rover Cup 2004 and the Shotgun Foursomes with the late David Blacklock in 2006.

    Harry until recently was also a staunch supporter of the ‘Saturday Sweep’ winning his fair share of handicap and closet to hole prizes.

    Harry could also be described as a character constantly reminding members of him keeping Ken Buchanan (World Boxing Champion) in check, as well as his football prowess allegedly playing to a semi-professional level. During National Service he was in demand by Senior Officers due to his coach-building skills in keeping their cars gleaming and in tip-top shape.

    He was also capable of being a source of mirth with his dry humour and who will ever forget him turning up at Pitlochry Golf Club to play in their Summer Open on what was one of the hottest days of the year with his long johns still on, those of us who were there still cringe at the thought of him wearing them.

    Recently Harry was spotted being photographed with Leigh Griffiths when his beloved Hibs paraded the Scottish Cup in Leith.

    On behalf of the Captain and Committee I wish to offer our deepest condolences to Harry’s family and friends at this sad time.

     

     

    AGM – Winterfield Golf and Sports Club – Saturday 11th June

    Members are reminded about the above meeting in the Clubhouse at 4.30pm. This meeting will see the dis-solution of Winterfield Golf and Sports Club followed by the finalisation of the new Winterfield Golf Club Executive Committee. Where necessary elections will take place at the meeting with votes being cast by those in attendance.

    Club Championship Finals – Sunday 12th June

    We would welcome as much support from members for the three 36 hole finals that are taking place.

    Club Championship: - Graham Davidson v Stevie Nicol

    B Championship     : - George Davidson v Willie Cockburn

    C Championship     : - Craig Clark v Willie Daisley

    June Medal – Sunday 5th June

    80 members took part in the above competition with the course looking resplendent in the sunny weather. 11 players broke par and 3 no-returns were recorded resulting in a C.S.S. of 65.

    The holy grail of sub 60 net scores was returned by three players with John Ross winning by virtue of the count-back rule from David Marr Jnr.

    No doubt the handicap reductions reflected the very impressive scores, although John will escape a merit cut as he is an ‘away’ player.

    Similarly the battle for the Scratch medal was decided on the count-back rule with Andrew McKenzie prevailing over Stevie Nicol after both players recorded excellent 64’s

    Result

    1st John Ross       66 – 8 = 58 after count-back

    2nd David Marr Jnr 84 – 26 = 58

    3rd Bill Kerr           74 – 15 = 59

    Scratch  Andrew McKenzie 64

    Hole in One – Saturday 4th June

    We are delighted to report that Andy Hendry recorded his first hole in one in 50 years of playing. It was scored on the 12th hole (293 yards) making the achievement all the more impressive.

    Junior June Medal – Friday 3rd June

    6 juniors took part in the above competition and the result was as follows:-

    1st Gregor Ronan    88 – 26 = 62

    2nd Harry Newton 104 – 41 = 63 (b.i.h.)

    3rd Finlay Thomson 82 – 19 = 63

    4th Jake McLung    86 – 19 = 67

    5th Angus Williams 100 – 32 = 68

    6th Ryan McLung     85 – 13 = 72

    TomIan Trophy – Sunday 29th May

    An excellent turnout saw 12 teams take part in the above competition. The deliberate ploy of playing the ladies in teams which did not include their partner or husband was both successful and enjoyable for everyone.

    The winning score of 59.4 was posted by Diane Gibb, Stuart Martin, Shane McLaughlin and Bernie Mullen with the 59 by Helen McMillan, Elliot Coulter, Duncan Laing and Kevin Willis securing second place.

    Ladies Open – Saturday 28th May

    A reasonably successful day saw the following results:-

    1st M.Lowe and L.McNeil (Pumpherston GC)

    2nd C.Waters and M.McCormack (Pumpherston GC)

    3rd Pam Bull and Fiona Hendry

    Men’s Outing – Saturday 28th May

    35 members visited Burgham Park Golf Club near Morpeth with the following result:-

    1st Lewis Graham net 69 (b.i.h.)

    2nd Stewart Oliver net 69

    3rd Ian Sandilands net 70

    Junior May Medal (No.2) – Friday 27th May

    4 juniors took part in the above competition with the result as follows:-

    1st Jamie Chapman 69 – 11 = 58

    2nd Oliver Turnbull 79 – 16 = 63

    3rd Finlay Thomson 84 – 19 = 65

    4th Gregor Ronan   94 – 26 = 68

     

    Winterfield and Summerfield Trophies

    Yesterday saw 65 players take part in Sunday’s competition. The weather was pleasant and the greens continue to be in an excellent condition, unfortunately only 9 players broke par and 9 players saw their score being resulted as a non-return.

    Tam Brady managed to pip Craig Clark via the better inward half ruling after both players had scored net 62’s to win the Summerfield Trophy.

    Similarly Andrew McKenzie pipped Stevie Nicol by his better inward half return in both net scratch score of 67 resulting in winning the Winterfield Trophy.

    David McLeod

    David‘s funeral will take place at Houndwood Crematorium near Eyemouth at 1.30pm on Friday 27th May. All friends are welcome to visit the Contended Sole Pub in Eyemouth following on from the service.

    Men’s Section Club Outing Saturday 28th May

    This week sees 36 members visiting Burgham Park Golf Club near to Morpeth. The assistant will begin picking up the guys from 8.00am at Spott Road. Here’s hoping the weather is good as well as the trip home via Alnwick being an alternative town to enjoy some locations for a drink or food.

    TomIan Scramble

    Sunday 29th May sees the Ladies Section organising a competition whereby at least 12 ladies will be joined by various men to create Scramble Teams. Please look at the various notice boards in the clubhouse for tee off times etc.

    David McLeod 10.09.32 – 16.05.16

    It is with great sorrow that I have to announce the passing of David McLeod last night after a courageous fight against cancer.

    David continued to support the golf club by joining again this season and played as recently as ten days ago. He was a popular member and a staunch supporter of the club through donating prizes, his broken half tea set was particularly memorable and costly for Stuart Martin when auctioned at a Club Charity Scramble day or cajoling the committee to continue to organise fund raising events. He was both vocal and active at club AGM’s but his concerns were always raised with the club’s best interests as his focus. He also served for a time on Dunbar Community Council.

    David recently paid a visit to Glenboig, his home town with his daughter Janice and son-in-law David and his grandchildren Robbie and Katie and clearly it was an emotional and successful visit as they tracked down old friends that he had not seen since 1943.

    David had a varied working life it seems and we have all heard the stories of him working on the buses in Glasgow and in the shipyard helping to fit out the S.S. Canberra. I used to get an occasional lift from him when going to college in Edinburgh where he worked for British Rail loading and unloading containers at Portobello. He also was involved in the Castle Rock Housing Association and also assisted in showing potential buyers the house for local Solicitors.

    His late wife Betty worked as a school cleaner and was good friends with my late mother, needless to say it was a sad but necessary day when they moved to Eyemouth to be near Janice, unfortunately the time spent in the Borders was not long as she passed away not long after moving. David however consoled himself in keeping up his golf and played regularly with his good friend Alan Snaith during the week when each other’s health permitted them to do so.

    David was a decent golfer, some may say a bandit and until recently was pretty fit, his notable golfing achievements include winning the Rover Cup and the inaugural C Championship in 2000. He also won his fair share of ‘nearest the hole’ prizes.

    He will be sadly missed by his fellow members of the Saturday Sweep at the club. He was always polite and kept a keen interest in how our respective families were doing. It must be a hell of a club now with David joining up with all our recently departed friends in that great golf club in the sky.

    On behalf of the Captain and Committee I would like to offer our deepest and sincere condolences to his sisters Dorothy and Isabel, son David, daughter Janice and their respective families and friends at this sad and difficult time.

    The funeral will be at 1.30 pm Friday 27th May at Houndwood Crematorium and after at the Contented Soul.

    Alexander P. Coull

     

    Hillside Salver

    74 members took part in this Stableford competition last Sunday.

    Scoring was decent 17 players breaking par, this resulted in a C.S.S. of 64 which saw a few players getting a handicap increase.

    Des Riley clearly found the conditions to his liking returning a score of 42 points to push Peter Blair and Cetin Karayel down the pecking order despite having both returned scores of 40 points.

    Ladies Iona Trophy

    14 ladies took part in this latest competition last weekend. Elspeth Haston was a clear winner with her net 61 eight shots clear of Jennifer Flockhart and Catherine Burton. I’m sure the Ladies Handicap Convener got the imaginary ‘scissors’ out when applying a suitable handicap reduction!

    Members Survey

    The club is utilising Scottish Golf’s Survey tool to seek the views of all members on a wide variety of topics. Email invitations to complete the questionnaire were sent out at 9am this morning.

    We are looking for honest ratings and there is an opportunity to provide further comments towards the end of the survey. We hope to gauge member’s feelings on upgrading of clubhouse facility projects etc within this section.

    Those members who don’t have an email address can pick up a paper copy of the survey either from the bar or the Professional’s shop. These will be made available as soon as Scottish Golf has provided the templates 

    Rover Cup and Jim Laidlaw Seniors Trophy

    Sunday saw 78 members participate in the above competitions. Those who played in the morning had a haar to contend with and although it brightened up later on the course proved fiery and this was reflected in the scoring. 9 players broke par with Lewis Graham pipping Willie Cockburn with his finish of 2, 6, and 2 to secure a net 61.

    Willie did have the consolation of winning the Jim Laidlaw Seniors Trophy with his net 62.

    The principal results were as follows:-
    1st Lewis Graham 73 – 12 = 61
    2nd Willie Cockburn 72 – 10 = 62
    3rd Andy Foster 81 – 18 = 63 (b.i.h.)
    4th David Wallace 71 – 8 = 63 (b.i.h.)
    5th Bruce Bull  77 – 14 = 63 (b.i.h.)
    6th Rab Hanney 85 – 22 = 63
    The C.S.S. was 65.

    Ladies May Medal

    Last Sunday afternoon saw 10 ladies play in their May Medal and Catherine Burton completed a good week for herself by adding to her victory with Duncan Laing in the Open Senior Mixed Pairs by returning a net 68 to win by three strokes from Bernie Treacy.

    Inter Club Match versus Gifford Golf Club

    Last night saw our annual match take place at Gifford. Sincere thanks to Graham Davidson for turning up as a late replacement to bring the team up to a full complement of five pairs. Alas the visitors found their hosts put up some inspired displays and this allied to tricky greens etc saw the hosts take a 4-1 lead into the return match at Winterfield on the 8th June.

    For the record Alex Coull/Brian White lost 5&4, Graeme and Oliver Turnbull lost 3&2, Elliot Coulter/Stewart Oliver won 3&2, Stuart Martin/Callum Richardson lost 2&1 and finally Graham Davidson/P.J.Stables lost 6&5.

    Club Championships

    Last night was also the final date for the first round ties and now we move on to the quarter finals, commiserations to those who lost and the best of luck for all the competitors who are still in their respective competitions.

     

    May Medal

    Yesterday saw 73 members brave the elements and generally windy conditions to participate in this latest competition. The competition was also a qualifier for the Lombard Trophy and Wingate Cup.

    The conditions took their toll on those playing with only 3 scores breaking par and miraculously only 6 no-returns being recorded.

    The leading net scorer qualified for the Lombard Trophy to join Club Professional Gordon Hillson at the regional qualifier to be held at Crieff. The top 32 qualified for the Wingate Cup Match play event.

    The results were as follows:-

    1st Robert Martin      67 – 4 = 63
    2nd Cetin Karayel     76 – 12 = 64 (b.i.h.)
    3rd Elliot Coulter      73 – 9 = 64

    The scratch medal was won by Robert after he shot an excellent 67.

    The C.S.S. surprisingly was 65.

    Please see the final draw for the Wingate Cup which has been posted on the notice board.

    Club Championship Draws

    The respective draws have now been amended and verified by the Competition’s Sub-Committee and they too have been posted on the notice board, congratulations and good luck to those who qualified and remember to get your ties arranged and completed by the play-by dates.

     

    Kevin Phillips

    Kevin’s funeral is at Seafield Crematorium on Friday 29th April at 1pm then afterwards at the Golf Club.

    WGC will be providing limited transport for members who would like to attend the funeral, seats are unfortunately limited to 16 so we would respectfully ask anyone attending with a car who can take additional passengers to meet at the clubhouse.
    The minibus will be leaving at approx 11:30

    Junior April Medal

    The recent Junior Medal saw 5 boys and one girl return scores and the result was as follows:-

    1st Callum Nicolson       87 – 25 = 62

    2nd Jordan Robbins       89 – 25 = 64

    3rd Jamie Chapman       76 – 11 = 65 (b.i.h.)

    4th Oliver Turnbull         81 – 16 = 65

    5th Shannon Young       77 – 11 = 66

    6th Ryan McLung           85 – 13 = 72

    Jock Nicholson Rosebowl

    Yesterday saw 85 members play in the above competition, which was also the final qualifier for the Club Championships. The course was in excellent condition with very slick greens a challenge for all.

    It was however distressing for the greens staff to encounter wanton vandalism on the first green, where someone took it upon themself to damage the flag position. Well done to the staff for the quick repair and repositioning of the flag prior to the start of the competition.

    13 players broke par and 5 players no returned and it was Graeme Turnbull who prevailed over Alexander Coull after their net 61’s needing a final six hole calculation to determine the outcome. There was also some fantastic scratch scores returned as the final championship aggregates saw some late drama as they moved up or down the pecking order. The draft aggregate results are with the Competitions Sub-Committee and they will need to ascertain the availability of the current top sixteen in each championship before the draws are published.

    The competition resulrs was as follows:-

    1st Graeme Turnbull 70 – 9 = 61 (best last 6)

    2nd Alexander Coull   72 – 11 = 61

    3rd P.J. Stables         68 – 6 = 62

    4th J.P. Finlay           69 – 6 = 63 (b.i.h.)

    5th Derek Noble       74 – 11 = 63 (b.i.h.)

    6th Alan King           89 – 26 = 63 (b.i.h.)

    7th Andy Hendry       74 – 11 = 63 (b.i.h.)

    Graham Davidson shot the best scratch score with his 64 and the C.S.S. was 65.

    Pig Derby Fundraising Night

    Saturday saw over 40 members and guest enjoy a very entertaining evening of great food and not too serious gambling on toy pigs racing each other. The fantastic sum of £560 was raised which will be used to promote Junior Golf through funding coaching courses etc by Philip and Gordon. Thanks are due to the Babs, Annie, Alan, Jackie, Kevin, Keith and not forgetting Nigel for all their efforts on the night. Well done to those who attended the function and the generous souls who entered the spirit during the auction for the final race. The owners, vets who were unable to attend can now collect their winning prizes from the bar.

    Ladies Lunch and Fashion Show

    Ladies Captain Rae Muir hosted the above function on Saturday with 11 members in total in attendance. It was very successful and thanks again go to Gordon and Philip for providing the literature and samples for this year’s new range of must have golf clothing. Orders were taken and can still be made just speak to the guys and they will get on with getting these to you.

    Membership UPDATE

    As we enter the last week of April I can report that we have around 245 members, 40 of whom are new. A few familiar names have still to join but it is looking promising for the future of the club.

    The Professional’s will carry out an inventory of locker allocation from the 1st May. This will establish how many if any can be made available for this season.

    Kevin Phillips

    As previously reported Kevin died suddenly last Thursday.

    Linda Phillips has just posted the following:

    I am just letting you know that the funeral service for Kevin will be held at Seafield Crematorium on Friday 29th April at 1pm to which all family & friends are welcome & afterwards at Winterfield golf club. As Kevin requested, family flowers only, but a donation to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland in your own time would be appreciated. Announcement will be in this weeks courier.

    Mixed Scramble – 16th April.

    16 teams took part in this latest Open organised by the Ladies Section. The weather held fair and the course which continues to improve despite recent wet weather, proved a stern test for the competitors.

    The winners were a team consisting of Peter Blair, Keith Miller, Gerry Santangeli and Ann Thomson who returned a stupendous score of 50.2.

    Cunningham and Napier Trophies – 17th April.

    85 members took part in yesterday’s medal for the above trophies. The competition was also the second Club championship’s qualifier.

    Although colder and a little windier the course proved a tricky test for those taking part.

    New member Alan Smith enjoyed the challenge to record a net 62 to pip Keith Tait and P.J.Stables by one shot. The scratch medal was won by Stevie Nicol who had returned an excellent score of 66.

    The results were as follows:-

    1st Alan Smith        78 – 16 = 62
    2nd Keith Tait           70 – 7 = 63 (b.i.h.)
    3rd P.J. Stables         70 – 7 = 63
    4th Dean McGinty    77 – 13 = 64
    5th Stevie Nicol         66 – 2 = 64
    6th Cetin Karayel     76 – 12 = 64
    The C.S.S. was 66.

    Kevin Phillips – An appreciation

    It is with great sadness and deep shock that I have to report the passing of our former Club Professional Kevin Phillips yesterday.

    Kevin died after suffering a massive heart attack around breakfast time.

    As you will be aware Kevin moved to Sanday, one of the Orkney Islands in the first week of March this year. He joined Linda and Ellie to set up a new life after buying a property on the island. Needless to say it will be a great shock to members, family and friends that this new adventure lasted only a few weeks.

    Kevin had served as Club Professional for 25 and a half years retiring on the 29th February. He had been a P.G.A. Professional for 40 years and a notable highlight was his qualification to play in the British Senior’s Open, an achievement of which both he and the Club were justifiably proud of.

    He was an intensely proud family man who had come through a tragic family bereavement when his daughter died suddenly. But he got through this difficult period and enjoyed holidays with Linda and Ellie in Orkney which clearly kindled their desire to move up there and re-settle.

    His commitment to the golf club was unquestionable and with his recent faithful assistants of Edith and Bob enjoyed a great relationship with members, even joining them on golfing trips abroad in Turkey.

    He was clearly surprised and deeply humbled when the Club bestowed an Honorary Membership to him in October 2015 and he also ran a very successful 25th Anniversary Competition. He was looking forward to a visit to Dunbar in June.

    The Captain and Committee wish to extend their deepest condolences to Linda, Ellie, family and friends at this incredibly sad and difficult time.

    April Medal Update

    Clearly the Howdidido competition management system had some gremlins at work with email’s and texts announcing the wrong result which appeared in the last update. The corrected result saw Cetin Karayel pip Peter Blair on the better inward half rule.

    Maitland Trophy and Younger Salver

    Last Sunday saw 87 members participate in the above competition which was also the first qualifying round in this year’s Club Championships.

    Despite some showers which were heavy and persistent in nature the scoring was remarkable in that only two players broke par and five were non-returns.

    The winner of both competitions was Graham Davidson who returned a score of 61 playing of Scratch who pipped Willie Cockburn by two shots. The C.S.S. was 65 and the actual result was as follows:-

    1st Graham Davidson 61 – 0 = 61

    2nd Willie Cockburn   73 – 10 = 63

    3rd Jimmy Gallacher   73 – 8 = 65 (b.i.h.)

    4th Stuart Martin       68 – 3 = 65 (b.i.h.)

    5th John Ross             73 – 8 = 65 (b.i.h.)

    6th Lewis Graham       77 – 12 = 65

    Junior April Medal

    It was good to see 19 Juniors start the season by playing in their first medal last Friday afternoon. The Professional’s made everyone’s day by providing a goody bag which was very much appreciated. Thanks also go to Jamie Chapman and Oliver Turnbull for their efforts in advertising the tournament both by text, word of mouth and social media. It only costs £29 to become a junior member and lets hope those that played can spread the gospel and we can see a more successful Junior Section within the club.

    Social Evening – Pig Derby Saturday 23rd April.

    This is a fundraising event with a difference with the races involving pigs rather than horses. Already sponsors for both the race and the pig’s have come forward, opportunities are still available.

    The night is also a ‘New Members’ event with the hope that those who have just joined can experience the welcome and entertainment for which the club is renowned for.

    Mixed Scramble – Saturday 16th April

    This Saturday sees the first Open of the season take place. Times are available so phone Gordon or Philip (01368 863562) to enter.

    Masters Social Evening

    Friday 8th April sees a 10 holes of golf followed by food and the Masters on TV, please refer to the notices for confirmation of start time etc.

    Membership update

    To date over 150 members have joined including 30+ new members. Things are looking good, and it’s great to feel the buzz around the club, with the new Professional’s settling in nicely, the course continues to improve, so let’s enjoy the golf and in particular make our new members verywelcome.

    April Medal

    73 men played in the opening medal of the season with some exemplary scoring being recorded. Overall 10 players broke par resulting in the C.S.S. being 65.

    Congratulations to Andy Foster who recorded a hole in one at the fourth hole.

    The results were as follows:-

    1st Peter Blair                   67 – 7 = 60 (b.i.h.)

    2nd Cetin Karayel               73 – 13 = 60

    3rd John Higginbottom Jnr   71 – 10 = 61

    4th George Whitley             72 – 10 = 62 (b.i.h.)

    5th Andy Hendry               73 – 11 = 62

    Andrew McKenzie won the scratch medal after his 67 pipped Peter’s score on the better inward half ruling.

    This Sunday sees the first qualifier for this season’s Club Championship take place. Remember your handicap on the day will decide which championship you will try to qualify for. As usual we would expect common sense to prevail with any member advising the Competition’s Sub-committee of their availability with respect to the final and play tie by dates.

    April Medal – Ladies

    8 ladies played over both days at the weekend with Jennifer Flockhart winning by three shots from Pam Bull with her net 70.

    Men’s A.G.M. 19th March

    A consistent turnout of 28 members attended the meeting. The new membership fees were approved (they can be found on the website and in the Professional’s shop). The new committee positions were also confirmed with Peter Caird to take over the role of Treasurer. Good luck to Club Captain Gerry Santangeli and Vice-Captain Kevin Willis as they settle in to their new roles.

    An Online Members Survey will soon be made available (assisted by Scottish Golf). So remember to provide an appropriate email address when you join.

    Advice regarding East Lothian Council’s Complaints Procedure is here on the website and in the clubhouse. This will allow the members to understand how they can make a complaint.

    New Membership Fees

    Gents 18 - 59                                 = £357
    Ladies 18 – 59                                = £322
    Gents 60 – 64                                 = £241
    Ladies 60+                                     = £206
    Gents 65+                                      = £216
    Young Scot Gents 18 – 25                = £129
    Young Scot Ladies 18 – 25               = £94
    Juniors Male and Female (under 18) = £29
    Lockers = £12

    £10 worth of vouchers will continue to be part of the Men’s membership package except Juniors.

    Winter Open 20th March

    Sunday saw the last Open of the 2015 – 16 playing season take place. 127 players entered which included 72 visitors. The weather was generally kind and the course set-up fair.

    Despite this only 7 players broke par, 10 players had N.R’s and 3 players were disqualified (including the Secretary!) The C.S.S’s were 66 for both visitors and home players.

    The results were as follows:-

    1st J. Glynn (Royal Musselburgh G.C.) 74 – 15 = 59
    2nd Jimmy Gibb                                 72 – 12 = 60
    3rd T. O’Connor (v)                             66 – 4 = 62 (b.i.h.)
    4th B. Aitchison (v)                              71 – 9 = 62 (b.i.h.)
    5th M. Jones (v)                                 76 – 14 = 62

    Scratch winner
    Graham Davidson  64.

    The above positions are per the Howdidido Result sheet with minor alterations with respect to who got what in the Handicap and Scratch Categories prizes.

    Lothian’s Golf Association – 2016 Champion of Champions and Handicap Matchplay

    Our representatives Graham Davidson and Willie Cockburn have both been drawn away to Hailes Golf Club members S.McCulloch and S.Lithgow respectively. Good luck to bot

    Jimmy Hay Memorial Match – 28th February 2016

    This year’s match was played in pleasant conditions and resulted in a 3 – 3 draw with the Levenhall Arms retaining the trophy as the current holders.

    The match had two points of interest with a Levenhall Player having a hole in one at the 8th albeit his tee shot was from the 1st Tee. An ambulance was nearly sent for as our Captain-elect Gerry’s drive from the 2nd tee struck the leg of a Levenhall player who was about to putt on the 1st green.

    New Club Professionals

    Gordon and Philip started on the 29th February and they are well underway with their renovation of the shop, with sincere thanks to members Graeme, Elliot, Craig, Robert and Jimmy who have assisted in the joinerwork, electrical, painting and floor preparation.

    It is clear that they feel they have made the right decision in applying and securing their new positions and already the banter and welcome has been warm, entertaining and welcoming from the members in general.

    We look forward to working with them and gaining the benefits of their expertise in lessons, club repairs and choice of quality golfing gear. They will both be taking an active part in promoting junior golf and marketing the club and golf course improvements.

    The vibes are positive and long may it continue.

    Website

    Duncan Laing will take the lead role with regards to maintaining an updating the website from now on. If you would like to see other things on the website then feel free to contact Duncan to see what can be done.

    March Medal

    Sunday saw 47 hopefuls play in this latest competition. The Winterfield conundrum was evident as although decent weather only 2 people broke par. Well done to Andy Foster who was the victor by four shots from Jimmy Boyle. Robert Martin secured the scratch medal with his score of 73.

    Results
    1st Andy Foster 81 – 21 = 60
    2nd Jimmy Boyle 74 – 10 = 64
    3rd Graeme Turnbull 74 – 9 = 65 (b.i.h.)
    4th Shane McLaughlin 74 – 9 = 65

    Scratch
    Robert Martin 73

    The C.S.S. was 66.

    Men’s A.G.M. – Saturday 19th March @ Clubhouse 4.30pm

    Copies of the papers appear elsewhere on the website.

    Winter Open – Sunday 20th March

    The entries are filling up nicely but spaces are still available contact
    Gordon or Phillip on 01368 863562 if you wish to enter.

     

     

    February Medal 7th February

    Last Sunday saw 27 golfers/masochists venturing out in gale force winds and occasional showers to compete in this latest medal.

    The weather clearly took its toll with 11 no returns and nobody breaking par resulting in a C.S.S. of 68 (Reductions only). Lewis Graham was the exception shooting a fantastic net 67 to win by four clear shots. Robert Martin won the battle of the Martins’ to win the Scratch medal with a fine 76.

    1st Lewis Graham 79 – 12 = 67
    2nd Patrick McComb 82 – 11 = 71
    3rd Bob Bambery 84 – 12 = 72 (b.i.h.)
    4th Iain Williams 82 – 10 = 72

    Extraordinary General Meeting – Saturday 20th February at 4.30pm - REMINDER

    The above meeting has been called by the House Committee (Winterfield Golf and Sports Club) calling on all members as possible to consider the proposed new Constitution of Winterfield Golf Club 2016.

    A copy of the document which proposes management and procedural financial changes is available HERE

    A Night of Celebration – 13th February -REMINDER

    The above event is an opportunity to say farewell to our Club Professional Kevin Phillips as well as indulging in a pre-Valentine’s Day meal. Please see HERE or the relevant poster for details of the menu available.

    New Club Professionals

    It is with great pleasure that we announce that Gordon Hillson and Phillip Saddler have been named as our new Joint Professionals.

    Currently they are working at Dunbar Golf Club and will be taking up their new duties in the week commencing 29th February. Let’s make every effort to be welcoming and supportive to both men.

    David Blacklock Trophy Match 23rd January

    The above match took place recently with 42 members playing.

    As in cricketing parlance, a middle order collapse by the Out-of- Townies team lose the match by 18.5 to 12.5. Victorious Captain Gerry Santangeli gratefully received the David Blacklock Trophy from his counterpart Kevin Willis.

    Challenge Match v Masons Arms Golf Society.

    This inaugural match saw some hardy members brave the severe elements of high winds and a snow flurry to play out a 6 – 6 draw.

    Thanks are due to Chris Darling for his hospitality especially the warmly received soup.

     

    2016 Winterfield Golf Club Calendar - Collect yours now!

    Our 2016 calendar is now printed and available from the Pro Shop.

    Prints have been supplied for all those who pre-ordered. Pick yours up now.

    For the unlucky few who could not pre-order... limited stocks are available ... only £5. On sale at the Pro Shop now.

     

    Club Outing – Burgham Park Northumberland 28th May 2016.

    Please note that a notice has been posted regarding the Club’s Annual Outing. Numbers which have an absolute maximum of 36 is rapidly being reached, so if you want to go, do not delay in getting your name up along with a £20 non-refundable deposit. The total cost of the day will be £70 (not including beer money).

    January Medal

    Yesterday saw 21 members play in the first Monthly Medal of the New Year. Nobody escaped the ravages of the winds and rain and the scores generally reflected the difficulties encountered. It was a Turkish 1 and 2 with Hasan Eroglu returning a simply stunning par score of 65 to pip Cetin Karayel by two strokes. Hasan’s scratch score of 73 also secured him the Scratch Medal. Remarkably the competition was not a non-counter so remember to check your handicap.

    Sclaffers Shield

    18 gentlemen turned up on New Year’s Day to play in the traditional competition. Conditions although cold were extremely playable and David Wallace took the honours with a fine net 65 beating Andy Hendry’s score of 67 by two shots. The C.S.S. was 66.

    Diane Watt M.B.E.

    Congratulations to lady member Diane who was honoured with a M.B.E. in the New Year’s Honours List for her services to the Children’s Panel. I believe also that Diane is due to become Lady Captain at Dunbar Golf Club so it is clearly going to be a memorable year for her.

    New Club Constitution (Draft no. 7)

    The latest draft of our proposed new Constitution will be discussed at a meeting of all three current committee’s (Men, Ladies and House) in mid-January.

    New Club Professional

    An agreement has been reached with EnjoyLeisure with regards to the search and funding of a replacement for Kevin Phillips. The post has been advertised and a short list of suitable candidates will be drawn up as soon as possible.

    Club Survey

    The Secretary is currently preparing a series of questions covering the Course Condition, Committee Performance, Staff Performance, Clubhouse Improvements etc. These will be compiled in a questionnaire form which will be emailed or posted to all the members for completion along with the opportunity for further comments.

    David Blacklock Trophy Match 5th December

    The remnants of Storm Desmond resulted in the cancellation of our Annual Match between members who are Dunbar residents and those who live elsewhere. High Winds and heavy rain saw a relatively easy decision for the Captains’ to come to, although remarkably a visiting party did venture out.

    The evening saw 24 people enjoy a Christmas Meal provided by our in-house Caterers which was then followed by an evening of Musical Entertainment. For those in attendance it was a successful evening.

    December Medal

    Yesterday saw 30 hardy souls venture out and participate in the above competition. Although the weather was a vast improvement from Saturday with sunshine, a stiff breeze and cold temperatures. Albeit the course, which was in a remarkable condition considering the recent rains saw scoring proving difficult with nobody equalling or breaking par, however Tony Dixon proved victorious on the day with his net 67 just pipping Keith Miller by one shot. Robert Martin secured the scratch medal with his score of 76.

    Ladies Committee 2015 – 2016

    The Ladies Section held their A.G.M. recently and congratulations and best wishes for a successful season go to the following office – bearers :- Captain Rae Muir, Vice-Captain Pam Bull. Both Fiona Hendry and Mhari Nicol have also been voted on to the Committee.

    November Medal

    Last Sunday saw 56 members play in this latest medal of the Winter Season. The course continues to improve and the weather was positively glorious, sunshine, heat and little wind.
    Normally the Winterfield conundrum of the better the weather, the poorer the scoring comes into fruition and last week we saw 5 players fail to return a score and 9 actually broke par with the last man out Derek Pirie spoiling Stuart Martin’s hopes of a double with a scintillating net score of 60 to pip Stuart be two shots. As would appear to be the norm Stuart did secure the Scratch medal with a fantastic score of 65.

    1st Derek Pirie 72 – 12 = 60
    2nd Stuart Martin 65 – 3 = 62
    3rd J.P. Finlay 69 – 6 = 63 (b.i.h.)
    4th Kevin Skelton 72 – 9 = 63 (b.i.h.)
    5th Shane McLaughlin 72 – 9 = 63

    Club News

    Captain Bruce Bull relayed the sad news of the passing of David Wallace’s mother early on this week. She had been ill for some time but had clearly fought her ailments with courage and dignity. The Committee wish to offer their deepest sympathy and condolences to David and his family at this sad and difficult time.

    This weekend see’s the start of the Winter Stableford and Winter Pairs competitions. They as usual will be coordinated by Bill Kerr and he has posted the initial entry and weekly entry costs and each competition’s rules on various notice boards in the clubhouse.

     

    WGC Texas Scramble 11th October

    Recently 15 teams took part in the final (hopefully) Texas Scramble of the year on an overcast day. The greens were still undergoing maintenance and the course was set up to provide a decent test for all the competitors. Only one team failed to break par, scratch or net and we won’t embarrass them any further for what was clearly a tough day for them. The winning team comprised of Craig Clark, Stuart Martin, Callum Richardson and Eddie Ritchie who returned a fine score of 54.5 to pip Darren Connelly, George Davidson, Graham Davidson and P.J.Stables who had returned a 55.9.

    WGC Dance and Annual Presentation of Prizes 23rd October

    Friday night saw nearly 110 people attend the Dance at the Dunbar RBL. The night was a resounding success with good food, great music and plenty of alcohol available to be partaken whether from the bar or from the trophies.

    Sincere thanks go to Alan and Jackie, Keith and his fellow band members and the Bar Staff for their efforts on the night.

    Congratulations to the various winners and runners-up who were able to accept their prizes in person. For those who could make it the trophies and keepsakes (where applicable) are available for uplift from the clubhouse. Please note that if you do take a trophy home it must be returned by 31st December 2015.

    Friday night also saw the Committee award an Honorary Membership to our Club Professional Kevin Phillips. Kevin who will be leaving us in February 2016 after 25 and a half years in the job delivered a very eloquent and heart-felt acceptance speech which was appreciated by all in attendance.

    Some of the comments from those in attendance were extremely satisfying to hear and clearly reinforces the view that we at Winterfield know how to put on a good show and its membership certainly know ‘how to party’.

    RoMaDo Lanx 25th October

    Yesterday saw the above competition take place in overcast conditions with a strengthening wind to contend with throughout the day.

    Clearly the winners Tony and Bernie were on fire as they returned a fantastic 10 under par score of 55 to win by three clear shots.

    The principal results were as follows:-
    1st Tony Dixon and Bernie Mullen 55
    2nd Euan Davidson and John Malcolm 58(b.i.h.)
    3rd Andy Noble and Derek Noble 58

    This week see’s the November Medal being played with the following weekend providing the start of the Winter Stableford and Pairs Competition. Look out for the notices with regards to entry and weekly fees for each competition.

    October Medal 4th October

    Unsurprisingly the greens and their ongoing maintenance was still the hot topic in the bar. It must be said that they are improving albeit slowly. Hopefully another week of forecasted rain and heat will see continued improvement. 56 golfers took part in this latest medal, the first of the 2016 Presentation Dance awards and it was Brian McMillan who by his own admission is clearly enjoying being back in the fold and enjoying his golf, who returned a stunning net 60 to push Gordon Galloway into second place. All in all 9 players broke par. The Scratch medal was another close run competition with 4 players shooting 73’s but it was Stewart%0?K??~p????q?l