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Ewen wins the Scottish Boys Championship
There were great celebrations at BGC1891 last night which eclipsed the weekend's other competition, the Masters, on widescreen HD TV!
We welcomed a victorious Ewen Ferguson back to the Club following his stunning win in the Scottish Boys Championship. Ewen won by 6&5 over St Andrews' Ben Kinsley to win the 36-hole final @theWKGC. #scottishboys
Here we see Ewen with his Dad, Mark, with his new Scottish Boys Championship Trophy on the right, to add to the British Boys Championshop Trophy he already holds. The last golfer to hold both trophies at the same time was Steven O'Hara in 1998.
Quite a contingent from bgc1891 went to West Kilbride to support Ewen and had a very exciting and windswept day. The quality of play from both players was exceptional in spite of the very gusty conditions.
We kept our Facebook feed up to date during the day at www.facebook.com/bearsdengolfclub with Ewen's progress in the 36 hole final, and all the posts are availaible there. You can also see it at our Twitter page at www.twitter.com/bgc1891 and that is also in the sidebar of our website home page..
You can also see our Facebook posts in our breaking news page by clicking here, which also has our Twitter feed in the left sidebar.
You should still be able to see all the scores at http://scores.golfbox.dk/golfbox.aspx#/competition/460/matchplay as before - I know many of you will have been keenly watching that page this afternoon. Click on Ewen's name on that page to see all the hole by hole scores, also on our own Facebook post.
Our great early season membership offers continue!
Following the success of our Spring Open Day, and continuing strong demand for membership for 2014, Bearsden Golf Club is responding by contunuing its great Open Day packages..
Our first offer is a great 2014 and 2015 early bird offer right now for those who want to get going right away! Pay our 2014 fee, for any category of membership for 2014, and in 2015 you will get a full 25% reduction from your 2015 fees. For those in a hurry to take an immediate benefit, and who pay upfront, an alternative second offer is for us to put 15% of your 2014 fee straight onto your bar loyalty card.
Need some initial coaching, or a buddy to help show you areound the course - we can arrange that too.
Would you like to pay monthly? Also no problem - full unrestricted golf membership would cost just over £50/month,(click to see more details) and we have other lower cost memberships too.
Still not sure? Then come along for our usual free tryout round on us, and we are sure you'll sign up when you get back to the Clubhouse, having experienced our renowned social and friendly environment.
These options offers all golfers an immediate opportunity of reliable access to golf at our renowned fast-draining course. Every winter players come from miles around to play at Bearsden when their own courses are still waterlogged after storms or after any snow has melted. We can now offer any local golfer the best opportunity to keep playing at the most affordable price in the area.
As mentioned, we encourage you to take up a complimentary trial round - just come along when convenient, try a few holes, and if you join, we'll throw in the price of our monthly Sunday Carvery for you to enjoy Bearsden's famous catering and hospitality! You'll be able to get all the details from us, and we even have that monthly payment scheme over the rest of the year available for this Early Bird offer to help you budget your golf.
Why not take up one of these great offers and guarantee yourself the best opportunity for an early start to play over the 2014 winter/spring to help you start next season with a bang! Contact us for more details, or just come along to see us, try out the course and experience the very warm welcome we always offer at the clubhouse.
So come along all early birds, take a look at what we have to offer: a very accessible course that suits all categories of player; great golf at the club that has developed several current Scottish Junior squad players, including the current Boys British Amateur Champion Ewen Ferguson (see below); lessons from our professional, Gregor Monks, coach to Ewen; the club that is home to several recent Dumbartonshire Gents, Ladies and Junior match play champions including a 2013 Scottish Amateur finalist; a great social programme that you can see from the coverage on our website pages; a very balanced membership across gentlemen, ladies and juniors including many, many families; and an all-day welcome from a very friendly and informal club that is renowned for its hospitality and its bar and restaurant catering.
Also take a look at our Twitter feed in the left sidebar to this page, and/or our Facebook page in the right sidebar.
Please call or click here to get more information, or just come along any day to try for yourself!
News of Ewen Ferguson at the Scottish Boys Championship
We'll keep out Facebook feed below up to date with Ewen's progress on Saturday 11th in the 36 hole final. You will have seen the great news from the SGU about Ewen! @EwboF @bgc1891, the top seed, beating @Stuart_Easton @IrvineGC 3&2 to reach tomorrow's 36-hole final @theWKGC. #scottishboys
Go along to West Kilbride to support Ewen in the 36 hole final, starting 8.30am and the afternoon round around 1pm. He plays Ben Kinsley, and they are pictured here. Go Ewen!
News of Ewen Ferguson at the Boys' British Amateur
Ewen Ferguson has today won the final of the Boys Amateur Championship 10&9 at Hoylake! Unbelievable! - well, not really, we've all seen him play! But against full international opposition it's remarkable. Watch this space for more about Ewen's arrival back at the Club...
Those of us who have been following the Boys' British Amateur Championship at Hoylake will have been sipping our beer nervously today as Bearsden's own Ewen Ferguson won the final of the Championship. Up on the TV at the Club, members were watching initially nervously and then with increasing confidence! Bearsden has had a very strong Junior section for some years now, currently with Ewen and Cameron Kirkwood and many others flying the Bearsden flag, and before them with Richard Docherty, also mentioned proudly often in these pages.
The 87th Boys Amateur Championship took place from 13-18 July at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake) and Wallasey golf clubs with a field comprising 252 players. The stroke play stage of The Boys Amateur Championship is played over the first two days of competition at both courses before the field is cut to 64 and ties. The match play stage is played over the final four days at Royal Liverpool (Hoylake).
In his semi-final, Ewen ran out a convincing winner 4&3 over Paul Elissalde of France yesterday, and played Germany's Michael Hirmer in the final today.
You can see the BBC interview with Ewen by clicking here. The R&A have the video of the competition here.
All the news of the event is on the R&A website and you can see live scores by clicking here. By 3pm on Sunday, Ewen had won 10&9 after being 4 up after the morning round. Keep in touch also on our FaceBook page. You can see pictures of Ewen's homecoming to the Club by clicking here.
The list of previous winners can be seen by clicking here - Ewen's in pretty good company! Did you notice that this weekend's winner of the US Amateur, Matt Fitzpatrick, won the Boys British Amateur last year? No pressure, Ewen!
You can see more of some of Ewen's exploits in articles on our own pages by clicking here, aand some video of the putting on the final green by clicking here. Ewen has his own website at http://www.ewenferguson.com
Prize Draw! - try our course and clubhouse
Read on for the prize draw and more about our events, course & clubhouse
Does your Club's course bring you back to the Clubhouse after nine holes, and then let you play a second nine with lots of additional holes and variations? Ours does!
Founded in 1891 as a 9 hole course, Bearsden has developed over the years, and now has sixteen greens and several extra fairways and tees allowing a really varied experience over 9 or 18 holes.
Many of our members come up for just a few holes in the evening, as there are several greens very near to the Clubhouse. Take your "19th hole" reward almost whenever you wish!
The Clubhouse has great views of the first tee and the 9th and 18th greens, as you can see below, and is a great focal point for our medals, competitions and championships, as well, of course, for our annual Gala weekend in late August.
All of our golfing and other events are in the online diary that you can check by clicking here. We hold quiz nights, Sky and ESPN TV sports evenings, Karaokes (with a dedicated sound system) and a number of Texas scramble golfing events, all accompanied by our chef Madeleine's excellent catering. Our next Texas Scramble, for example, is May 25th, on the early evening of the night of the Champions League Final, when members will enjoy coverage on the TV well into the evening having competed for a Champions League trophy of their own!
The Clubhouse is open 11 until 11 every day of the week in summer, and every daytime and three evenings a week through the winter. We offer the most friendly welcome of any Golf Club in the area, and we are renowned for the social and entertainment wraparound we offer our members.
Take a look at the panoramas here (or fixed images for non-Flash viewers) as part of a virtual tour of the course by clicking here.
Flash-based viewers can navigate around the panoramas by clicking and dragging your mouse, or via your keyboard with the up/down, left/right arrows (for pan and tilt) and the +/- keys (for zoom in/out).
For more information on individual bookings and parties, call Madeleine or the Clubhouse bar on 0141 577 1891, 07949 692408 or use our contact page.
Better yet, give yourself the chance to try our course by entering our monthly PRIZE DRAW by clicking here and sending us your contact details.
Bearsden Golf Club's Finals Day Saturday 3rd August
An up and down day weather-wise was matched by the competitive play in many of the finals on Bearsden Golf Club's Finals Day, and with some of the matches going to extra holes, it was a most exciting day.
We see below the presenations of the eight trophies to the deserving winners.
First to finish were Craig Littlejohn and Andy MacDonald in the match for the Rankin Quaich, with a win for Andy at the 28th hole. This match had been brought forward from August 17th because Andy was in one of the team finals too, so he has a chance to win another trophy.
Then we had Steven McKay and Craig McCann walking in with their Turner Trophy match finishing at the 30th hole with a win for Steven. Craig had managed to claw back an 8 hole deficit to 4 holes after 18, but couldn't hold back Steven over the second 18.
Next back at the Clubhouse were Anne Nicoll and Chrissie Holt in the Ladies Bronze Trophy, but with Anne winning the 18th to halve the match they set off down the first extra hole. This was also halved, but Anne managed to win the next hole - the 20th - to take the win.
The Gents Cassels Cup between Craig Rocks and Roy McGregor was also very close, and this also arrived back at the Clubhouse level, after 36 holes. There had never been more than a hole or two in it. This match was won at the first extra hole by Roy McGregor.
Meanwhile, the other five matches were still in play. In the Junior Final, Jordan Manuel was managing to keep his nose in front whern the match wasn't level, and there was still only 1 hole in it with three to play, and then it was level with two to play.
The Gents Championship match between Gavin Gough and Chris Prior had looked all over a couple of times through the day, with Gavin 4 up and then 5 up at various times. Gavin had played the course twice last weekend in gross 2 under par each time to win the Johnstone Cup, so he looked in good shape for the Championship win. But then Chris went on a run of 6 straight threes on the second 18, and with four holes to play he was two up.
The Ladies Championship match had swung both ways before Gill Campbell ran out the winner 3&2 over Olive Spicer.
The Seniors game between Gordon Thomson and John Brown was still in progress, and eventually John Brown was the winner 3&2 over Gordon Thomson.
Finally, the Juniors, Aran and Jordan, came to the 18th all square, and with two excellent approach shots it was all down to the putting. Jordan left his longer putt a little short, and then Aran holed a 15 footer for the birdie and a win, having never been in front in the match for the Norrie Dall Trophy and Junior Championship. A tough way to lose for Jordan, but an excellent way to win for Aran with the birdie on the last. The match had been played in excellent spirits, and as one member said to me, the Club is in good hands with Juniors like this coming through.
This left only the Gent's Scott Hardie Championship Trophy to be decided, and Chris was still in front by two as they went down the 35th hole. Would this reach the Clubhouse too? Well, it didn't - in a remarkable turnaround over the course of the match, Chris won the 35th hole as well to win the Championship game 3&1.
After play had finished, it was time for the presentations in a very full clubhouse. Chris Prior gave a very gracious and amusing speech, thanking the (other) greens staff for the great condition of the course, and Madeleine in particular for the mid-round meal that changed his fortunes around! He also thanked Immediate Past Captain Mark Ferguson for the inspiration to take the win
All the matches were played in great spirit, and we look forward to August 17th when the team competition finals - the MacKie and the Macleod Cups - and the Chalmers Cup competiton final will be played.
The 2012 Kerr MacKenzie Memorial Trophy
Here is the event report for this year's 29th Kerr MacKenzie Memorial Trophy competition.
You can see all results by clicking here.
We were very lucky with the weather this year, and exactly 100 competitors enjoyed the beautifully crisp day, and the keen competition.
As usual the MacKenzie family and friends formed the core of the competition, with many other Bearsden members joining them, some for the first time. Graham McLean, a prizewinner this year, and Bearsden member for only 18 months, had "the best round of my life", playing with Les McAllister, the competition winner 2 years ago, who also won a prize this year.
Once play had finished, just in time before dusk fell, it was time for prizegiving, and Master of Ceremonies, David Halliday, handed the stage to Colin MacKenzie who made an inspiring speech, highlighting Joyce MacKenzie's love of the game and the fond place the Club had (and has) in her and the family's hearts. Joyce sadly died this year, and at this, the first competition since then, her presence was missed by all. I'll be placing Colin's speech on our video page shortly.
Then it was time for the presentations. First up were the Magic 2's, and there were quite a few! Those who weren't able to collect their prizes may collect them from the Club Bar at any time.
We see, in the first few pictures here, Scott Conlon, Kenny Allan, Craig MacKenzie and Graham McLean.
I mentioned Graham before, playing his best-ever round (Match Secretary Paul Donnelly has his number for a handicap cut, I believe!)
After nine holes he was already amazed at his progress (as was playing partner Les McAllister) and the back 9 was just as good, when he had his Magic 2. He only just falied to get into the top 5 prizewinning places, with 36 points, so we'll look forward to more progress from him over the next year.
Other Magic Two's were achieved by Bruce Swadel, Malcom McKenzie, Colin McVicar, John Killin, Brian Machaffie and John Campbell. Malcolm McKenzie's Magic two was also nearest the pin on the 14th hole.
Event Director David Halliday also managed (and I quote him) "a fantastically well played Magic 2 to within 12 inches of the hole on the 16th hole". This shot also won nearest the pin on that hole, and here is the aforesaid extremely (justifiably) modest David receiving his prize from Club Captain Mark Ferguson.
Also winning a nearest the pin prize was Graham McLean Jnr, on the 7th hole, so a good day for the McLean family!
Ross Colsh, last year's winner, had the longest drive this year.
Now we move to the prizes for the leading places in the competition. Fifth this year was Les McAllister (just missing fourth on count-back) and here we see him receiving his prize from Mark.
Next up was Gordon "Gibby" Gibson in fourth place, both he and Les on 37 Stableford points.
In third place was Bearsden's Greens Convener, Past Captain Jim O'Brien, on 38 points, again just missing out on second place on count back.
Alan Colsh, Ross's brother, was the competition leader for a long time, and unfortunately for him not only had to leave for work, but also was demoted into second place, also on 38 points, by a late finish on 39 points from the eventual winner, Jon Maclean, a previous long serving Bearsden Golf Club member. Alan did have the consolation of best gross score, and more of this later.
Jon delivered a very gracious acceptance speech, thanking the Greens staff for the very well presented course, and of course the MacKenzie family for their continued support of the competition. A very popular winner, he is seen here being presented with the Kerr MacKenzie Memorial Trophy by Club Captain Mark Ferguson.
Mark announced that there would henceforth be an additional trophy, in Joyce MacKenzie's memory, for the best gross score in the competition. This year, that accolade went to Alan Colsh, for his gross 69, and his will be the first name on this new trophy.
Craig MacKenzie, in turn, gave an amusing (as always) impromptu speech, an edited version of which will also find its way to our video page once I have worked out how to edit the soundtrack!
Finally David Halliday expressed all our thanks to Greens, Clubhouse and kitchen staff for their essential contributions to the event, and attention turned to the serious matter of calculating how much champagne might fit into the Trophy.
Let me me finish by congratulating all 100 players (and especially David Halliday) in contributing to such a successful day. This is the largest number playing in the last few years and highlights the enduring support in the Club, and amongst MacKenzie family and friends, for this memorial event, which has been running for 29 years.
Just a final reminder to any winners who have yet to collect their prizes from the Club bar.
Club Finals Days
A great day at Bearsden Golf Club culminated with the presentation of the trophies, with Cameron Kirkwood triumphant in the Gents' Championship for the Scott Hardie Cup.
It was a day for all seasons, to coin a phrase; warm sunshine for most of the day; a flash deluge which interrupted play of the last three matches for a short time, complete with hailstones(!), thunder and lightning; and then a warm balmy evening for the presentations; finally we had light drizzle as some of us walked home.
But none of this fazed the players, with the standard of play being incredibly high all day.
For those following the fortunes of a previous Club Champion, young Richard Docherty, he won his quarter and semi-finals of the Scottish Amateur Championship at Royal Dornoch on Friday. Playing in the final on Saturday, he never really recovered from a poor start in the Final, losing the first four holes, doing well to steady the ship and keep it to that margin for the first 18 holes in the morning. But then the afternoon proved more difficult and his opponent, Grant Forrest, played out to a 9&7 victory. It's a massive achievement for Richard to reach the final; we look forward to Cameron's future, encouraged by seeing what one of our recent champions can do!
I'll be adding to this report through today, so watch this space for photos and coverage of the presentations.
Lady Captain Florence Graham began with the Ladies presentations to Christine Holt for the Ladies Bronze Trophy, and to Helen Faulds for the Ladies Championship. As we shall see, the Holt family nearly took over the day, but Stuart, Chrissie's son, just lost out on the final (36th) green to Cameron Smith for the Norrie Dall Trophy, the Junior Championship.
As for Helen Faulds, the winner of the Ladies Championship, as Florence said, watch out Michael Phelps; Helen is now on her 17th Championship, and counting. It's a remarkable record, and she won her final against Lynn McColl (who won two years ago) to get to this mark.
Chrissie Holt beat Anne Nicoll in the thunderstorm interrupted Bronze final, which had stopped (for safety in the thunder and lightning) with Chrissie lying one hole to the good and two shots to the good at the 18th green. A chip into a residual puddle ended Anne's strong challenge.
Next up were the winners of the three Gents' Divisional Finals for the Turner Trophy, the Cassels Cup and the Chalmers Cup. Stephen Connolly beat Mick Irvine for tghe Turner Trophy, leading all day despite a fight back by Michael in the middle of the day. Here is Stephen receiving the Turner Trophy from Captains Mark and Florence.
Winner of the Cassels Cup was Brian Machaffie, defeating Marty Hughes by 5&4.
The Divison 1 competition for the Chalmers Cup was won by Paul Semple, a previous multiple Club Champion, and a very popular winner, beating Craig Littlejohn (who knew where the pins were but to no avail!) by 5&4.
Next up were the Juniors, with Cameron Smith the winner, one up at the 18th. Stuart was on the green in two, and hoping to take the match to extra holes.
Cameron, from the long wet grass produced a stunning up and down to two feet, however, and holed the winning putt as we see here, Stuart having missed his long putt for birdie.
Cameron went on to receive the Norrie Dall Trophy, as Junior Champion, and if he goes on to the kind of sucess that previous winners have had recently, he has a bright future indeed.
Finally, we end where we started, with Cameron Kirkwood, Bearsden Golf Club Gents Champion and winner of the Scott Hardie Cup.
As Mark said in his closing speech, the quality of Cameron's play was unbelievable throughout the day. 3 under for his first round, and 3 under for the 9 holes he played in the afternoon made it very difficult for Chris Prior, his opponent, to get anywhere near. Here is Cameron receiving the Scott Hardie Cup.
We also see that Chris has a strategy for next time!
Well played to all of our finalists. As Captain Mark Feguson said, there are no losers on Finals day, only winners; everyone who made the finals today have won many ties to get here.
Mark warmly thanked the Greens staff who by common consent presented the course in the best condition ever. He also thanked Clubhouse staff and head chef Madeleine Valente for the fantastic hospitality all through Johnstone Cup weekend and Finals week. Just to prove the point, here is an unsolicited accolade from a member who emailed me today:
"I would like to express my congratulations to Madeleine and Alan for the catering provided. The food was outstanding value for money and at only £10 per head they spoiled us for choice, from the starters of Soup or Prawn cocktail to the succulent steaks in peppercorn sauce through to the Hot Toffee apple pie and Ice cream absolutely superb. We had a table of 16 persons and everyone around that table commented on the food supplied by Madeleine as excellent. You could also hear other members at the bar commenting on the food and as always the presentation was outstanding."
You can see this article again, and all the results by clicking here.Job done!! (*PS accolade - a fizzy substance in bottles!)
Our second finals day was held on Saturday 20th August with a good turnout of supporters.
A grey day turned sunny quite quickly, leading to a sunny afternoon - at least for half of the players! Team results for the Macleod Cup and the Mackie Tropy can be seen on the team Finals Day page by clicking here.
The Macleod Cup ( 4 ball better ball with 3/4 of the difference between lowest handicap) went to Gavin Gough and Iain Russell by 3&2. The Mackie Trophy went to the McDonald brothers, Marc & Gerry over Michael O'Neill and Chris Pugh.
For the singles competitions, John Wotton overcame Charlie Inglis in the Bob Semple Trophy, retaining the trophy he won in its inaugural year, last year.
The Rankin Quaich went to Colin McVicar, who defeated Bryan Brown after a very extended match, going to the 5th extra hole. These singles results can also be seen by clicking here.
Here we see the presentations in the Clubhouse shortly afterwards.
Our Jubilee festival day
Bearsden Golf Club's Jubilee Day
Our Club played its full part in the celebrations of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with a full day of golfing and social activities for families and friends of the Club.
As you can see, Greens Convener Jim O'Brien had engaged the best possible support in our Winter programme to get the course in tip-top shape for the Jubilee Texas Scramble! Our tree planting fund came into its own to recruit the best possible help!
The golfing events of the day were the Jubilee Texas Scramble in the morning, and our regular Bank Hoiday Social Mixed Foursomes in the afternoon.
As you can see from the pictures in our gallery by clicking here, the Club was dressed in appropriate bunting for the day, and many members entered into the spirit of the day, especially Walter here!
We had over 100 players golfing in the day's competitions, and at the peak up to 150 members and guests present for the prizegiving and evening entertainment, focused around the Buckingham Palace concert on the TV and PA system.
Our local weather supported us as usual by allowing members to sit and enjoy the golf and conversation outside utilising the new seating kindly donated by many of our members recently.
The atmosphere was one of celebration, good humour and enjoyment of the events, but the golf was no less competitive than usual, and the Texas Scramble was won by the very good score of 53.5 strokes, one ahead of the field, with some very close scoring with all 19 teams in the field covered by 10 shots.
So who were the lucky winners? It was the Hughes-Littlejohn team of Martin and Craig Hughes and Stevie and Craig Littlejohn, two father and son combinations. Here we see the team receiving their prize from Master of Ceremonies and Club Vice-Captain Dougie McBride. Their gross score was also the best of the day, a grossly (sorry!) outrageous 57, fully three shots better than anyone else (the Wood Group team on a gross 60).
Second in the competition were the Holt family team - Chrissie, Marion, Andrew and David - pictured here on the left receiving their prizes from Dougie, with a net score of 54.4, well done!
In third place, with a net score of 55.5 and that very good gross of 60 were Ian McFarlane's Wood Group team with his guests, Wood Group colleagues Jim Fitzpatrick, Gary Pollock and Harry McGowan. Here is Ian on the left receiving their prizes, with their team logo so you'll know when to look out for them in their next outing! Wood Group were also the winners of nearest the pin in two shots at the 18th. As you can see from this shot, Dougie was one of those entering into the Jubilee spirit - or maybe he was just winning a bet by wearing that hat!
There was special recognition for Graeme Kendall's team who had a very good score of 54.4, but seemingly realised only when they got in that they were playing with five players! Here they are with Dougie, and as we can clearly see there are five of them! But Bearsden is the kind of Club that wants everyone to enjoy their golf - and they did!
There were also prizes for nearest the pin at the 14th and the longerst drive at the 9th.
Winners of these were Paul O'Brien and Scott Conlon respectively, seen here collecting their prizes from Dougie, still winning that bet with the head bunting!
You can see all of the Texas Scramble results by clicking here.
Ian and Clare Stuart organised the Social Mixed Foursomes with their usual skill, complicated somewhat by fitting in with all the other events on the day. Winners of that event were the Mary and Ian Freshney team with a net 70, looking very proud here with their prizes.
Looking equally pleased with their second place in that competition were Lady Captain Florence Graham and husband Jim, seen here on the right. Third were Evie Millar and Ian Sinclair.
Bill Pollock and Fiona Alexander had the lowest gross score, John Wotton was nearest the 7th pin, and Jeff and Pat Hutton were nearest the 18th pin in 3.
Eleanor Norris, pictured on the left here won the prize for nearest the pin at the 14th.
Once the golf and prizegiving were over, the evening festivities began - a raffle with some super prizes, and the evening entertainment centred around the Buckingham Palace concert. The Club had never been busier, and that good weather really helped by allowing members to sit out and enjoy the view!
There were many thanks to those who made the day such a success - not least to the Queen herself for giving us the reason for holding the day!
Key players in organising our day were Madeleine with her usual high class hospitality and buffet; the bar staff who will rarely have had a busier time necessitating unexpected extra hours; and the Greens staff who as usual presented the course in great order for the day.
Greens Convener Jim O'Brien deserves a special mention for all of his extra ideas and detailing work for the club, embracing the new shrubs and flowers, and the seating around the course and at the Clubhouse. There are many others who put their time in too; we and they know who they are - David Halliday for lots of additional help around the course, and Pat Buchanan for today's photography, to name but two.
Finally I would add thanks on behalf of myself and the whole Club to Vice-Captain Dougie McBride and Marketing Convener James Conlon for their hard work prior to the Jubilee festival day, and on the day itself. We know that our Club members will always support the Club in such ventures, and it is amazing what can be done with good ideas, the will and the skill to organise things. But the hard work still has to be done and we are lucky to be able to draw on the resources of all these people, and many others, to get the job done.
May we give them a hip-hip-hurrah too?!
The James Torley Memorial Trophy
This year's Torley Trophy competition attracted a record entry of 24 teams, all vying to wrest the Trophy from Gordon and Ross Gibson, last year's winners.
The Torley Trophy is a competition for teams of two, either an adult and Junior or a family combination of any mix. You can see this year's teams and draw by clicking here.
With a late run at the end of the day, the Trophy was won by Club Captain Brian Howat playing with new Junior member this year, William Nixon, with an amazing score of gross 77, 58.5 net, a full four strokes ahead of the field. William's friend Kyle McGovern was a member of the Gala winning Junior AND Mixed teams a fortnight ago, and it's good to see new members in the Club winning trophies so early on, William having only started golf in April this year just before he joined Bearsden. Captain Howat happily admitted to being carried by William's putting and booming drives!
Second, and with the best gross score of the day, were the Kirkwood team of father/son combination David and Cameron. Cameron has just won a place in the Scottish Junior squad, and David - er - hasn't! Added to Cameron's Johnstone Cup wins this year at both junior and senior level, it's been a great year for Cameron. The whole Club, and of course especially David are immensely proud of him. With Ewen Ferguson, Cameron's close friend, already in the Scottish squad, we look forward to Bearsden and Scottish golf over the coming years being successfully entwined.
A very close third were the team of Marty Hughes and Matthew McGovern, just squeezing out Alistair Creevy and Kyle Reid on count-back.
Additional prizes were offered for Nearest the Pin in 2 at the 18th, won by Graham and Jordan Manuel, and Nearest the Pin at the 14th, won by Cameron Kirkwood.
Over half of the field came in with a score under 70, eight of them at par or better, and so this year the large field was matched by some high quality play. You can see all the results by clicking here.
We have to make a special mention of Jim Cumming, pictured on the left, following his half-marathon on the same day, running for charity (for the avoidance of doubt, and contrary to rumour, he doesn't always dress like this). Jim's time of 2 hours and 15 minutes was well outside his personal best, this achieved running from the finish to the Club chased by love-starved fruit-flies, wasps and other sundry Glasgow wildlife. Further comment is left to your imagination...
All competitors and their supporters once again enjoyed Madeleine's hospitality in the Clubhouse; thanks yet again are due to our greens staff under John Brown, and to our bar staff for helping to make the day so successful. Dougie McBride, Junior Convener and James Conlon, Marketing Convener set up and ran the competition, showing once again with their excellent event organisation how the Club welcomes the opportunity for good golf, convivial company and a busy clubhouse. Well done all!