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Welcome to Bearsden Golf Club. Just 5 miles from Glasgow city centre, we value our location on the edge of the countryside, where you can enjoy both the pleasures of life, and golf!

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Whether you are one of our members - gentleman, lady or one of our thriving junior section - or a visitor paying a green fee, you'll get an all-day welcome to make your stay as enjoyable as possible.

The latest BBC Golf News

McIlroy 'confident' of Grand Slam

Open champion Rory McIlroy says he wants to dominate golf and follow in the footsteps of Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods.

Woods hoping for Ryder Cup spot

Tiger Woods believes he deserves a place in the United States Ryder Cup team despite a poor display at the Open.

Scottish Open 'worked' for McIlroy

Open champion Rory McIlroy may prepare for his Claret Jug defence at Gullane, East Lothian, next July.

Montgomerie backs Seniors Ryder Cup

European great Colin Montgomerie gives his support to plans to introduce a Seniors Ryder Cup golf competition in the future.

I did everything I could - Garcia

Sergio Garcia says he did everything he could to catch Open champion Rory McIlroy on the final day at Hoylake.

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Extensive press coverage for Ewen

If Bearsden wasn't already on the map after Ewen's win in the British Boys Championship last year, we certainly are now! Ewen has brought great credit onto himself and our Club for a long time now, having been a Bearsden member since he was five years old. I know the whole Club is proud to have him as our latest Honorary Member following the AGM a week or so ago. Well done Ewen, and all success for the future!

Here are some of the press cuttings from the weekend:
ClubGolfer Friday 25th April 


Scotland Sunday Express


Mail on Sunday


Scotland on Sunday


Sunday Mail by Ed HodgeSunday HeraldSunday Mail



Ewen in the Final of the Scottish Boys

Here is the SGU Golfbox results service for the Scottish Boys Championship 2014 featuring Bearsen's own Ewen Ferguson and Ben Kinsley of St Andrews.
 



Webcam update

BGC webcam 1 live feedA reminder for newer members of our trial webcam. 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.

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!

The webcam allows 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.

BGC webcam 1 snapshotFor 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.

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!

Best regards,

Brian



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

New members evening table 1Just 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. 

New members evening table 2At 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!

Best regards,

Brian 



An easy way for you to raise funds for Bearsden Golf Club

Easy Fund Raising Easy Way To Raise Funds


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:



Easy Fundraising vendorsMore 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.

Easy SearchThe 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.



Ryder Cup success!

Ryder Cup winners, the WildMac teamJust 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

Richard DochertyAs 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
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3 Courses £10.00


Morning start times for Finals Day, Saturday 4th August


FINALS DAY SATURDAY 4th AUGUST
Tee Times
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!

Ewen with the Scottish U16 trophyThis 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!!