It is difficult to believe that summer is nearly over. “What summer!” is an obvious comment but despite the indifferent weather we have managed to complete nearly all medals, matches and competitions as fixtured and on schedule. Fingers crossed that the current spell of good weather continues into September.
As in previous updates, I am basking in the reflected glory of our fantastic teams and players.
Our team of Lindsay Gordon, Graeme Hunt, Dave Black and Dave Gillespie won the Gents’ Seniors Interclub at Murrayfield on a wet and miserable Thursday morning by defeating Duddingston in the final.
That same weekend the Gents team won the Gents’ Interclub at Duddingston where they defeated Ratho in the final on a balmy Sunday afternoon. Turnhouse fielded a young team of Lewis Bain, Mark Napier and Jack McVey with Steven Armstrong very much the veteran on the Friday and Sunday, with Oliver McCrone and Lindsay Gordon being included in the team on the Saturday . The final on the Sunday was tight. Having clawed back to level from several down, Mark drove into the trees on the 15th whilst the opposition’s drive was in position A. Somehow Jack knocked it out and Mark landed the ball at the edge of the green some distance from the hole. Jack nailed the putt for a par whist the incredulous opposition missed their par putt – and it was all over. A great win for Turnhouse and, as Martin Dempster wrote in his Evening News article, 2 great wins in one week for our evergreen Lindsay Gordon .
The Gents’ team played the semi final of the Summer League against Bruntisfield last weekend at Swanston on a windy Sunday morning. This was a nail biting affair with both teams finding a windy Swanston challenging. It went right down to the wire with Andrew Young being the guy to hold his nerve to clinch the match. Having been one up after 16, he lost 17th to go all square going down 18. Bruntisfield were first to play their 2nd shot which landed in the rough over the water hazard.. With nerves of steel, Andrew landed his second shot on the green and 2 putted to win the game and the match for Turnhouse.
You can see that I am getting quite excited supporting our teams and am looking forward to the final against Longniddry at Newbattle on 11th September which I hope as many of you as possible will support.
There is more good news of Turnhouse players. Euan McIntosh’s golf goes from strength to strength. After lying first in the Scottish Amateur Order of Merit, he has just secured his position as winner by coming first in the South East District Championship at Royal Musselburgh this weekend. Congratulations also to Mark Napier who finished in 5th position at the weekend and 19th in the Order of Merit.
Our attached Professional ,Duncan Stewart has been invited to partner world ranked no. 19 Russell Knox to represent Scotland in the World Cup of Golf being held in Australia in November. Russell and Duncan are old friends having played together as juniors in the Highlands. Wee trip to Aus over the winter would be nice!
It was with sadness that Kath Moir and I attended the funeral of Moira Murray. Moira was a quiet but extremely efficient Ladies Handicap secretary when I joined Turnhouse and played her golf mostly in the early morning when she was able to race round the course in well under 3 hours. She had not played golf for some time due to ill health. Our thoughts are with her sons and family.
Grateful thanks to all who supported my Captain’s Day at the end of August. 26 teams of 4 competed in a Tex Mex and raised over £628 for Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland. I shall post on the noticeboard the letter of thanks I have received which includes all that will be done with your donations.
On the course, this week has seen the tining and sanding of the greens. Thanks to Gavin Ballantyne for carrying out the bulk of this work overnight to cause minimal disruption to members.
Some have asked what the huge heaps of earth behind the practice ground are about. This earth has been gifted to us from the excavations of a building site in Cramond. We plan to use it to level the area to extend the car park. In return, a small amount of top soil will be stored by us for the contractors and will be returned to their site at a later date.
I have been made aware that new members who join without knowing an existing member are finding it hard to integrate and get to know what goes on at Turnhouse. We used to hold a new members’ evening at the start of each season but now that new members join throughout the season, it has been discontinued. David Cowan and his marketing committee are putting their heads together but if anyone has any good ideas as how to make new members welcome, please get in touch. It seems to be more of a problem with male members. Juniors and Ladies seem to be less of a problem probably because the numbers are much smaller.
Plans are in progress to organise a Friends of Turnhouse evening which this year is being held , by request, towards the end of the season rather than in February. This evening is a social occasion hosted by myself on behalf of the Club to express our gratitude to all those volunteers who contribute their valuable time and expertise to the well being of the Club. We could not function without this help which is appreciated grately.
We are in the process of preparing next year’s fixture list. I am grateful to George Will who has agreed to coordinate this, and those who contribute are being contacted. I am aware that it is difficult to finalise all fixtures at a stage when the fixture card has to be printed and it becomes out of date at an early stage. However having spoken to several folk , there appears to be a continuing need to produce a hard copy. Again any thoughts on how we could do it better would be appreciated.
Council are currently updating the Articles of Association which haven’t been materially altered since the early 1900s and require to brought into line with current legislation. In addition, although we consider our club to be inclusive, our current Constitution doesn’t reflect this. Were we to be charged rates as has happened in other areas of Scotland, the current wording of our Constitution would exempt us from applying for rates relief.
We plan to hold an EGM once the process is at the stage of final drafting and would be grateful if as many as possible will support this.
On Sunday, I had the pleasure of participating in the Derek Wilkinson Memorial Texas Scramble at Turnhouse . 14 teams of 4 competed and it was great to meet Derek’s many friends, family and colleagues. Derek’s father, Jimmy, presented the prizes. He wanted me to be sure to pass on his grateful thanks to everyone at Turnhouse for their support to the family over a difficult year and I was honoured to share a wee dram with him on the memorial bench to Derek at the 13th tee.