Just a couple of reminders for you. With just a couple of weeks to go, and while Gala entries are progressing well, we need to make the start sheets well beforehand, so PLEASE get your entries in ASAP, and in any case before Wednesday 21st August. There are entry forms you can print out, with the following pages:
- The Junior Shotgun Texas Scramble on Friday 23rd August at 6pm sharp
- The Gents-Guests Texas Scramble on Saturday 24th August at 7.30am
- The Mixed Texas Scramble on Sunday 25th August at 11am
The entry forms are available as usual at the bar, and as last year you can also download them from the website by clicking here. You'll be able to see all the latest news on our Gala website pages by clicking here.
As in the last couple of years, we are taking entry fees over the bar at the time you hand over the entry form, through the till by deduction from your membership card bar account; top up by cash, cheque or debit card payment first, and please pay by card! Please topup your card first, then pay by card so we know it is YOU!
This is a fun weekend and Bearsden Golf Club's premier social golfing occasion, to be enjoyed by all. On behalf of your Committee and the Gala Committee in particular, we look forward to welcoming you at your Gala weekend!
PS When planning your golf, please continue to consult the online diary - it will always have the latest changes and additions to the diary - including, of course THE GALA weekend 23rd-25th August!
PPS The 500 board is also about to go up, and as before there are fabulous prizes on offer. Here are the details of all competition prizes and 500 board prizes for the weekend!
Just a reminder to all members, at a time when we will be inviting lots of visitors to the Club for the Gala, that the Club does have a dress code, even though it is is very much a smart casual approach.
The diagram here is repeated on the noticeboards, and no, it isn't a depiction of the schizophrenic Secretary in his latest sartorial splendour but a "do and don't" comparison of reasonable wear for the Club and Clubhouse.
Our diary contains the following guidance, so please note this both for yourself and for any guests or visitors you might bring to the Club for golf or socially to the Clubhouse. As members, please feel free to advise anyone at the Club of our dress code, and let me know if you encounter any difficulties, or would like to discuss any options.
STANDARDS OF DRESS ON THE COURSE AND IN THE CLUBHOUSE
The following are guidelines on the standard of dress, which the Committee recommends to members and their guests. Your cooperation in maintaining a reasonable standard of dress both on the course and in the clubhouse is requested. Blue denim jeans and trainers are only permissible within the confines of the Clubhouse. Blue denim jeans and trainers are strictly forbidden on the course at all times. Collarless shirts which are not expressly for golf use are not permissible within the Clubhouse or on the Course. Tailored shorts are not permissible in the Main Dining Room but are acceptable in other areas of the Clubhouse and on the Course.
At the Gala - and indeed at any time that we have visitors at the Clubhouse, which is pretty much all the time - we do need to give the best view of ourselves to guests (some of whom are members at other Clubs) who are all potential new members!
Gow Glen competition Facebook page
Please click here to see the first pictures and video from our day at Douglas Park Golf Club, playing for the Gow Glen Shield and the Forrest Putter.
You can see the Forrest putter video here:
DPGC won the Shield and we "won" the Putter!
You can see some Shield action here:
See the articles below for more about the history of the competition and last year's pictures.
New members' evening - Facebook page
Just a note to let you know that you can see a lot more images from our very successful new members evening by clicking here.
When you arrive at the Facebook page, click on any picture to see larger versions and to play through the sequence. On this page you see just some of the members (new and old, so to speak) who came along - some just having arrived from the course following the Ladies' mini-medal. As you can see, it was dusk by the time some finished!
These all appear on the club's new Facebook page which I will be using more and more for photos and news of events at our Club. We will still have lots on the website, including our image gallery pages, but Facebook is well oriented to social and business networking and is a shop window the club needs to have. Members and others will be able to use it as a forum for activities in the Club. No doubt we will have to monitor that (we are all aware of the "Facebook effect") and Karen Smith (who runs the Rolled Gold page for her band) will be helping me with its administration.
At our New Members evening, Chrissie Holt gave a presentation on EasyFundraising, about which you can see more on this page below. Find the presentation by clicking here. It's a great way to raise money for the Club through your web purchasing, at no cost to you. Let Chrissie or me know through the contact page if you'd like to hear more about it, or have difficulty in getting going with it.
Please let me know how you get on with the Facebook page, and of any ideas you might have for it; and of course if you would like to help us in any way!
An easy way for you to raise funds for Bearsden Golf Club
Do you shop online?
Did you know that every time you buy something you could be raising money for Bearsden Golf Club?
That’s right - over 2400 well known retailers including Amazon, M&S, Boden, Waitrose, House of Fraser, Vodafone, Virgin Atlantic and many more, will donate a percentage of what you spend to Bearsden Golf Club! when you shop with them, via fundraising website easyfundraising.org.uk
It’s like nectar but instead of earning points, each purchase generates a donation. So instead of going directly to a retailer’s website, go to easyfundraising first and choose the retailer you want to shop with – then everything you spend with that retailer earns a free donation for Bearsden Golf Club. It’s completely free to use and your shopping won’t cost you a penny more.
On average, each retailer will donate 5% of the cost of your shopping - and those donations soon mount up.
So whatever you need to buy, from your weekly grocery shop or fashion must-have, to your business travel, office supplies or mobile phone, buy it via easyfundraising and raise money for Bearsden Golf Club at no extra cost to you!
Please register to supporting us when you shop online by clicking on the link here:
More about EasyFundRaising & Search
You might have heard of EasyFundRaising - but I had not! Fortunately for the Club, Chrissie Holt has, and she has enrolled Bearsden Golf Club as a fundraising beneficiary of your purchasing with vendors registered with EasyFundRaising. Buy anything from them, and doing it the right way means that BGC earns around 1.5% of your purchase AT NO EXTRA COST OR LOST OPPORTUNITY for you.
The way to do it is this:
Are you one of the millions of people that use a search engine every day? Switch your searching to easysearch and raise money!
Every time you search the web using http://bearsdengc.easysearch.org.uk instead of Google or any other search engine, half a penny is raised for Bearsden Golf Club. Search just 15 times a day and you can raise around £25 a year.
See what people are saying about easysearch:
"easysearch is a great idea and just as good as Google for the results! I’ve recommended it to my friends and I think this site is the best around as it does something for people. Well done!"
"What a fantastic idea! I was using Google anyway but this way I get to raise money for my good cause every time I search…brilliant! I’ve made easysearch my homepage!
So the next time you need to find something online, please use http://bearsdengc.easysearch.org.uk and raise money for Bearsden Golf Club with every search you make.
A reminder for newer members of our trial webcam.
Please take a look while I continue finalise its setup. It appears as a larger image on the webcam page which is under the Images menu item on the website.
You may find it easier to get an image by downloading the Chrome browser from www.google.com. This is a lighter touch browser than Internet Explorer (IE) and has less complicated settings that get in the way of content such as videos. It also uses a lot less resources on your PC/laptop. Please let me know if you continue to have any trouble - having explored lots of settings combinations, I have to confess to have not worked out why on some machines IE refuses to show the webcam content! Mea culpa...
We have another webcam looking out onto the first tee so that members will (my ineptitude permitting) soon be able to see a live view of the course status. Admiration of members' swings might be harder to achieve for a number of reasons!
I am hoping that a webcam will not only allow members to see current conditions on the course at all times, but also occasionally save my having to get up early when Greenkeeper John Brown texts me at 7am to tell me the course conditions, especially on the rare occasions when the course has to be closed, e.g. for snow.
At the moment we will place a large red traffic light sign on the post box in the picture to signify the rare occasions when the course is closed. No red light means the course should be open.
For Internet Explorer (IE) users, please see the snapshot image here. To update it, just refresh your browser.
I have added this because on some PCs, IE does not seem to support the videostream our webcam provides. No doubt I will eventually work it out!
Ideas for other uses of a webcam (we can have more than one) are welcome! There are some security benefits we are exploring too.
Meanwhile - in the words of the song - every move you make, every step you take - we'll be watching you!
Ryder Cup success!
Just wild about the result!
Many congratulations to our Ryder Cup players on their phenomenal success yesterday!
I mean, of course, the WildMac team of Jane Wild, Arlene Macrae, Oscar Wild and John Williamson who won our celebratory Ryder Cup Texas Scramble by a full stroke clear of the field. They are pictured here on the right with Mark Taylor, in charge of the event on the day, in his Jose Maria Olazabal role.
Three of the team are new members this year, beating many fancied low handicap teams in this festival style event, still hotly contested.
The Past Captains team of Jim O'Brien, David Bryson, Tom Owens and Jim Cumming were in second place, and Graeme Kendall's team with Andrew Stanger, Iain Macmillan and Mark Buchanan were third. You can see all the results by clicking here.
All this was a prelude to the later extraordinary happenings at Medinah. Many members enjoyed our own golf, the TV golf and an extended evening in the Clubhouse celebrating the results - and none more so than Team WildMac!
Finals Day news
As I told you yesterday, Richard Docherty not only won his quarter-final match in the Scottish Amateur Championship, but also won his semi-final, and played Grant Forrest of Craigielaw GC over 36 holes today for the Scottish Amateur Championship!
It is a wonderful achievement (and very encouraging for us all) for a Bearsden member to reach the final of such a prestigious event.
The national press have noticed this too, and I attach the article (also pictured right) about Richard's "underdog" performance.
Today, Richard never really recovered from a poor start in the Final, losing the first four holes, but did keep it to that margin for the first 18 holes in the morning. But then the afternoon proved more difficult and Grant Forrest played out to a 9&7 victory.
Our own championships are now under way this Saturday morning, and in the afternoon, the second 18 holes of the Scott Hardie Gents Championship, the Chalmers Cup, the Cassels Cup and the Turner Trophy will be played, each starting once the players have had lunch after their morning rounds, and after the Ladies start their matches.
Madeleine has also let me have the menu for the Champions Dinner she is putting on Saturday evening - she has 25 reservations already, so act quickly!! Here are the menus - I should also have mentioned there are his and hers versions as follows:
Gents' Champions Dinner Ladies’ Champions Dinner
Saturday 4th August 2012
Ham & Lentil Soup Prawn Cocktail
8oz Rib-Eye Steak Chicken Breast
with Peppercorn Sauce in White Wine & Cream
Apple Pie & Ice Cream Chocolate Tart
3 Courses £10.00
Morning start times for Finals Day, Saturday 4th August
FINALS DAY SATURDAY 4th AUGUST
Turner Trophy 9:00 am
Cassels Cup 9:10 am
Chalmers Cup 9:20 am
Junior Championship 9:30 am
Gents Championship 9:40 am
Senior Championship 12:00 pm
Ladies Championship 12:10 pm
Bronze Championship 12:20 pm
You can see progress of all these matches at any time by clicking here.
May I also remind you that we have a further Finals Day on Saturday 18th August, when we hold the Finals of the Rankin Quaich, McLeod Cup, Mackie Trophy and Bob Semple Seniors Trophy, so please come along to that too; more details on start times later.
Richard Docherty reaches the quarter-finals of the Scottish Amateur
While the Club Championship has been progressing this week the current holder, Richard Docherty, has been testing himself against the cream of Scottish golf in the Scottish Amateur Championship at Royal Dornoch.
Showing excellent form in the five matches he has won so far, Richard has reached the quarter-finals and plays Craig Ross of Kirkhill on Friday morning.
Members can follow Richard's progress via the SGU website www.scottishgolf.org and I will include progress in further mailshot later today and at the weekend.
Best regards, Brian
The Ewen & Cameron show comes home!
This week, Ewen Ferguson and Cameron Kirkwood have been setting the heather alight home here in Scotland, at the Stephen Gallacher Foundation Scottish Boys Stroke Play Championship at Cardross.
They repeated their excellent placings at the EGU Championship (see below) coming second and tenth respectively up against a field of 140 players this week in the U18 championship, for which Ewen won the silver medal. It was another impressive performance from Ewen, who outlined his emerging credentials with four birdies in his final nine holes.
Even better, Ewen took top prize and the Trophy (seen here) in the U16 championship for his performance, with Cameron taking second place in that competition.
This was an international competition with players from Italy, Finland, France, Ireland and several other countries. I didn't see many clubs with two players so highly placed!
Observers are beginning to wonder what we have in the water at Bearsden (and there is certainly plenty of water!!)
There's no diminishing the fantastic achievements of these two boys, gained purely as a result of their talent, enthusiasm, hard work and dedication, and they deserve every congratulation they get. The top ten results were:
1 MARCHBANK, Greig Dumfries & County 70 67 73 67 -7
2 FERGUSON, Ewen (U16) Bearsden 70 71 70 70 -3
T3 FARRELL, Cameron Cardross 74 69 71 68 -2
T3 SCOTT, Ewan St Andrews 67 73 73 69 -2
5 BLANEY, Anthony Liberton 71 71 67 74 -1
T6 CARRICK, Angus Douglas Park 70 75 72 69 +2
T6 HOWIE, Craig Peebles 72 75 69 70 +2
T6 CHALMERS, Craig Lenzie 73 69 73 71 +2
T6 SAVAGE, Jamie Cawder 72 71 71 72 +2
10 KIRKWOOD, Cameron (U16) Bearsden 74 69 70 74 +3
Well done Ewen and Cameron!!
Ewen wins the Munster Boys Open Amateur Championship
I published an article about Ewen Ferguson with his trophy for winning the Golf Union of Ireland's Munster Boys Open Amateur championship last week.
I have added a few more details for you now.
With an aggregate score of 1 under par, Ewen led the field by 6 strokes. Top scores were as follows:
287 E Ferguson (Bearsden) 75 68 71 73
293 D Whitty (Faithlegg) 76 70 71 76
294 J Walsh (Castle) 75 73 73 73
In the smaller picture is Ewen receiving the trophy from GUI Chairman L. Martin and the representative of the sponsors, Gleeson Sports.
You can see a list of previous winners by clicking here. A certain R. Rafferty seems to have done quite well in this competiton in the late 70s:-
1978 at Killarney; winner, B. McDaid, Skibbereen; runner-up R. Rafferty, Warrenpoint, at the 20th hole
1979 at Tramore; winner, R. Rafferty, Warrenpoint; runner-up N. Anderson, Shandon Park, by 2/1
and there are several other household names in the list. The competition became strokeplay in 1999.
Please note that the online diary is available by clicking here, so please check it for any updates in addition to your printed diary when planning your golf.
We have a private booking in the diary for Saturday evening 23rd July from 7.30pm with the restaurant area in use from 7pm or so.