We have our winner of the SMR Winter League and after seventeen gruelling weeks it's El Presidente who managed to amass a score of -20 to win one of the most the prestigious trophies in golf for a third time. Second place goes to Brian Macleod who scored -16 and could only observe from sunny Spain (jammy basturt) the goings on on the last day. Third place went to Fraser Grant who after playing the last two weeks in eight under jumped to -14 beating Eddie Barrett and Chris Boyle who both had a very respectable -12. This has been a marvellous Winter League year (for me anyway) with only one week being on winter greens and we managed to play seventeen weeks golf. Look forward to seeing you all at the Prizegiving on Friday night and then roll on the new season and the Summer League.
With the rain battering down at the start it was touch and go whether the course was going to be open or even if anyone wanted to play at all. As it was the course wasn't just open but apart from two temporary greens we had a full course and the weather even eased off a bit though still very cold. Due to a wee mix up we had three fourballs and three threeballs with the first two games being fourballs. It wasn't going to be easy to make a score out there in the freezing cold and it was nice to receive a piece of Hayley Mcewan's baking at the tenth tee (went down great with a cup of tea). As usual there is always one or two who defy the odds and put in a good score and this week it was Gary McCrea and Fraser Grant. For the second week in a row Fraser shot a gross 65 for a net 66 and 40pts but that wasn't enough this week as Gary managed a net 65 and 41pts to win the last Winter League sweep of 2018/19.
Gary 41 pts.
We had seven two's this week, Gordon Black getting two of them and Ian Quigg, Gary McCrea, Donny Mcleod Fraser Grant and Graham Clark all getting one each.
Thought I was seeing things this week when the ghost showed up all raring to go and didn't he do well, going round the whole eighteen holes with the same ball which is now in an egg cup on the top of the telly. Twenty two of us this week with games running out to get a score in it was all to play for.
Some great scores again this week with Del putting in another great score as well as Eddie Barrett and Brian Macleod who all had 39 pts for net 67 but the player of the day was Fraser Grant shooting a gross 65 plus his stroke to give him a net 66 and 40 pts. With Brian scoring a 3 under he goes into second place overall with a -16 unfortunately for Brian that is his last score as he can't make the last week. Incredible as it sounds next week is the last week to get a score and get up among the prizes. The competition goes in faster every year.
Eddie 39 pts.
Brian 39 pts.
We had four two's this week, Eddie Barrett, Derek Vennard, Brian Macleod and Bryan Wilson (yes you read correct).
Hopefully everyone who can make it will come along to the Presentation Dinner on Friday 15 March 7.00 - 7.30. If you can't make it can you let us know asap as Donny needs numbers for meals etc. Cheers. We will use the first half an hour as an AGM so we can clear up any problems and not have the situation we had at the start of this winter league.
This is the games for the last day, if you aren't going to be there please let me know so I can adjust the games.
What a great day for golf it makes it so much more enjoyable when you aren't fighting the wind and rain. With three weeks left of the winter league we had twenty two turn up for golf and it was great to see Ian Gray back playing with us after his op.
Some great scores today on what was a perfect day for golf. Nothing like a winter league day and more like a Summers Medal day apart from the mud that's lying all over the course. Anyway we had some great scores as I said with Eddie Hamilton and Allan Gabriel scoring net 67's Derek Vennard and James Mcewan scoring net 66's and as good as these scores were they never got a sniff of the sweep as Donny Mcleod had a net 65 to come in one behind this weeks sweep winner Brian Macleod who shot a fantastic gross 68 for a net 64 for 42pts. This shoots Brian up to second place in the league with 2 weeks to go.
Big Gary got a shock walking up the path to the sixteenth tee when Andy Essler let rip a five wood from the fifteenth fairway which hooked awfully bad and headed straight (well kinda bendy) for the big man, everyone in the fourball yelled "fore" but i dont think that helped as when Gary bent down (to about 6 feet) Andy's ball bounced once and got Gary right on the noggin. Luckily there was no lasting damage and Gary was able to finish ok. Can't say the same about Andy as his game went tae fuck after it.
We had six two's this week, Gary McCrea, Quiggy, Ronnie & Eddie Hamilton, James Mcewan & Gordon Black.
Weather was fine this week, the rain that was forecast never showed up and the wind behaved itself for most of the round. We had a full course with all greens on and twenty three of us all set and rarin' to go in fact we even had Iain "Commander" Gordon and Mulligan the wee Sheik turn up for the first time in ages.
El Presidente 44pts.
With all greens on and a full course in play the scoring wasn't going to be spectacular but you never know !
With only the last group to come in we had Donny and Scratchy on net 66 for 40 pts and Bryan Wilson with a net 67 for 40 pts (need to keep they nines off yer card Bryan).
So in comes El Presidente' with a net 62 for 44 pts, needless to say he was as welcome as a fart in a space suit.
Hole in One.
The second hole in one this winter league came from Chris Boyle who managed to ace the par three eleventh hole which coincidentally was the same hole that El Presidente aced.
Three two's this week and they belonged to Calum, Quiggy and Ronnie.
Well this week we had Storm Eric to contend with, the stormy conditions had shut the course on Friday and with an update coming out on Saturday morning and it pelting down all night we were on tenderhooks waiting to see if we would be playing golf or back to bed. As it happens I don't think a lot of the guys even bothered getting out of bed. Then word came through that the course wasn't just open but that most of the greens were on. So when we turned up we had 12 guys that had managed to get out of bed and wanted to play golf rather than go shopping with the wife, needless to say Mark Docherty wasn't here.
The conditions were very windy but not the downpour we were expecting, a couple of showers hit us but nothing we couldn't handle. There were some very high scores due to the wind but as usual someone always manages to hit a score whatever the conditions and this week it was Eddie Hamilton no doubt spurred on by the fact that as there was 12 of us it was winner takes all. Eddie managed a net 68 for 38 pts which was a great score on the day.
Good Luck Bill.
As you no doubt know one of our founding members Bill Healy has been going through a tough time of it as as well as having had to give up golf through contracting M.S. he was unlucky to contract cancer and was getting radio therapy at the Beatson Hospital. I'm glad to be able to tell you all that Bill completed his radio therapy last week and rang the bell as a celebration of completing the treatment. Bill is still in the hospital but we hope he will be getting out this week sometime. Bill still has a long way to go to complete his recovery but i'm sure everyone at the Winter League joins me in wishing Bill all the best and hopefully he can make a complete recovery.
Only two two's this week with Chris Boyle and Gary McCrea cashing in.
There was twenty five of us turned up on Saturday which was a great turnout on a freezing cold day. If you've ever wondered what playing golf on a motorway would be like then wonder no more as it wouldn't have been any different than Saturday. Only the greens with a layer of ice and snow on them were transfered to winter greens and the rest were full greens. I have never seen balls bounce so high on a golf course and if you ended in a bunker or behind one it was impossible to get the ball to stop and if you remained on the green it was a result. Despite the conditions there always seems to be someone who can get a score.
Jim Rennie 39pts.
Ah'll get it.
With the "motorway" course in play again I didn't expect any good scores but as I said before there is always someone, i'm glad to be able to include myself in with the lucky ones this week along with Jim Rennie and Eddie Hamilton. Jim shot a net 67 for 39 pts and El Pres. and Eddie Hamilton both had 68's for 38 pts. With Jim having to rush to the airport to catch his flight to Switzerland as usual his batman Bryan Wilson was only too eager to take his money on his behalf. If Jim sees any of it before Spain it'll be a miracle.
John 38 pts.
Eddie 38 pts.
Only three two's this week with Chris Boyle getting two and Graham Miller the other.
After a week of freezing weather and winter greens including a whiteout on Tuesday we thought we would be playing to winter greens again this morning but no the rain we had during the night washed away any snow or ice that was on the course. So with the snow away there was always going to be a catch and that came in the shape of the 30 mile an hour winds and the pishin' rain we had to endure on what was an extremely uncomfortable game of golf, especially if you were out last.
With the full course, strong winds and freezing rain I thought the course would be the winner on Saturday but as usual I was wrong again with some of the guys making a mockery of the conditions.Mark Docherty came in with a net 66 for 40 pts followed closely by Chris Boyle and Brian Macleod who both had 67's for 39 pts. Fantastic scores on a thoroughly miserable day.
Where am I.
This is big Graham Miller hitting his second shot, at what hole you ask ? well it is his second shot at the fifth. How he got there is a mystery but as I was playing the fourth I heard it land and it was a race to see who could get to his ball first. He was trying to get there quick enough to hit his ball and not be photographed but as you can see he was too late, and no he didn't get his four although he did hit a good shot.
Bryan finally hands it over.
Jim Rennie was the winner of the Rotherwick Cup but being half way across the other side of the world when the prizegiving took place Bryan Wilson collected it on his behalf. This was in October last year and Bryan has had it displayed on top of the telly ever since telling anyone who could be bothered that it was his. Finally wee Mo cracked and told him tae get it tae fuck. So James finally received his well earned trophy and quaich. There has been no sighting of the cheque for sixty quid that was to come with it but Bryan had a nice new shirt on.
Another week another two for James Mcewan can't believe I keep forgetting, the others this week were Blair Dalgleish,John Mcewan and Brian Macleod (again).
Thanks to Brian Macleod for the photo.
After a magnificent turnout last Saturday with twenty six turning up to play, we had seventeen this week, why the drop in numbers ? it's a mystery to me. Mind you we originally thought we had sixteen and seperated into four fourballs but then Fraser decided to let us know he was there and why he didn't put his ball in the hat only he knows. I think we have been a bit too eager putting the balls in the hat in recent weeks, it's not as if we are going anywhere as it's still dark. The guys who have turned up please make sure you let someone know you are here so we can prevent this from happening again. I'm not blaming anyone for the mistake this week but for fuck sake Fraz.
Anyway Fraser wasn't just happy to fuck up the fourballs he also decided to put on a magnificent show of golf and on a day of tricky conditions he scored a gross 67 for a net 68. This gave him 38 points which was enough to win the sweep from the kissin'cousins Brian Macleod and Mark Docherty who both shot 69 for 37 pts.
Brian 37 pts.
It has been brought to my attention that some members are flaunting the rules regarding placing their ball off the fairway and in some instances
walking twenty yards to the other side of the fairway to drop a ball which was a foot from the fairway to start with, just to avoid a bunker etc.
which was in the way originally. So to remind members here are rules 6 and 7 from Section 2 of our rules.
6.When a ball lands on the fairway under winter conditions (fairway not in use) the player may play the ball from where it lands on the fairway using a mat. Alternatively the player may place the ball in the nearest first cut of the fairway in line with where his ball landed.
7. If placing the ball in the nearest first cut of the fairway in line with where his ball landed brings course features into play, disadvantaging his next shot, the player may choose to place the ball on the first cut of the fairway furthest from where the ball has landed.
Apologies for forgetting James Mcewan in the two's last week, he wasn't too happy at not being included as apparently it was one of the best you will ever see. There were six twos this week with Brian Macleod helping himself to three of them which was no mean feat, the others were Eddie Barrett, Eddie Hamilton and Fraser Grant.
The weeks aren't half flying in I can't believe it's week nine already. Good to see we have over half the guys have got their six weeks completed. It's always nice to have a chance to throw out the bad scores. We had a magnificent turnout on Saturday with twenty six turning up to play. We even had the Commander turn up for a game although you could see by his score he was a bit rusty.
Calum had a Fantastic 42 pts.
We have only had one week where we have been on winter greens which gives everyone a chance to get a score going if you are carrying a bit of luck but being we are basically on the full course I'm amazed at the scores that keep coming in week after week. Eddie Barrett was one of the first in and had shot a net 66 for forty points which everyone there thought would skoosh it but as usual there is always someone and that someone was Calum Macdonald who scored a fantastic net 64 for forty two points to take first place in the sweep. Turns out Eddie didn't get second place on his own as both Del and Chopper scored forty poins as well.
We had seven two's on Saturday with Gary McCrea & Calum Macdonald getting two each and El Pres,John Mcewan & A. N. Other getting just the one.(Apologies to who i've forgotten)
I hope everyone had a good Xmas and a Happy New Year and if you haven't managed down over the festive period i must admit you have missed out on the action as it's all been happening, Big Wilson was wrestling with a Xmas tree and was badly beaten leaving a gash on his head needing three stitches and a big kiss fae wee Mo, Big Davie Vennard has lost three stone in weight and is doon Paddy's market trying tae buy troosers tae fit his tiny wee body. The Commander went to Jamaica and has gone native smokin' the ganja and sporting the Dreadlocks, he thinks he's Bob Marley now. If you haven't heard about El Presidente's magnificent Hole in One at the Eleventh you must be living under a rock, it was a magnificent eight iron hit into the toughest position ever seen on the eleventh green, it hit the green checked and rolled into the hole as smooth as silk. If you ask him niceley he'll tell you all about it. However all that pales into insignificance when you hear the miraculous news that Boyle actually gave Eddie Barrett a tenner petrol money for picking him up every Saturday and Sunday, I know what you're thinking but no it is true and we have photographic evidence to prove it.
Hole in Wan.
It's a Miracle Man.
Having re-energized themselves after the break the boys were champing at the bit to get out and play on Saturday which was shown by the fact we had twenty four turn up to play. Six fourballs and a full course with new rules and everything. The Don was oot first and as you know by now you never know what Donny is going to show up but after an eight up the first he knew he was on form and promptly went on to shoot a net 65 for 42 pts. This was in the lead right up till the last group came in and after Donny had told Karen they were going out that night he had to cancel it as Mark Docherty came in with a net 65 as well. But the night oot was back on after it turned out Mark only had 41 pts. So that 8 up the first came in handy after all.
Donny 42 pts.
Mark 41 pts.
We had four two's on Saturday with Gordon Black, Brian Mcleod, Calum Macdonald and Gary McCrea all pocketing £6 each.
This was the first week we have had real Winter League weather with the sleet falling constantly. The winter greens had to come into play today which was just as well as if the big greens were on it would have been impossible to putt. Even with the bad weather we still had fifteen souls out braving the conditions.
Who said "The Three Amigos".
With this being week seven there was a chance to throw out a bad score and replace it with a good one if you could master the conditions. As it was no one really mastered the conditions but it's fair to say that some fared better than others. With everyone in and the scores counted it turned out that it was a three way tie for first place between Eddie Barrett, Chris Boyle annd El Presidente who all shot 63 for 42 pts not bad considering. The par was 69 this week as the first was played as a par three.
With the winter greens on it was no surprise to see there were quite a few two's. With Mark Docherty, Gordon Black, Fraser Grant & Eddie Hamilton all getting two each and James Mcewan and Quiggy getting one each.
Great turnout for our curry night and it was great to see Bill Healy and Ian Gray join the rest of us get torn into our Xmas Curry. Thanks again to Allan Gabriel for organising the Curry Night again this year.
We had twenty this week which meant five fourballs. Nice to see Jim Rennie back from his travels around the world and getting in his first game. Davie Vennard also had his first game and it would be nice to be able to say it was nice to see him as well but I didn't see him at all (must be allergic to the clubhouse lol). Anyway the weather was good for this time of year and the rain stayed off till we all managed to finish our rounds.
This was week six and if you have a good attendance record next week you can start to throw out some of those horrible scores you have. After the first six weeks it looks like it's only Juan Mcewans to lose as he sits atop the leaderboard on a score of + 1 Oh how the mighty have fallen, Graham Miller was on top of the world last week with his seven under sweep winning score but it couldn't have been much different this week when on the front nine he had only one point more than the number of balls lost. Six points and five lost balls must be some sort of record. There were a lot of decent scores this week without being earth shattering and Eddie Barrett, John Mcewan, Graham Clark & Davie Vennard all shared the money with 37pts.
Good week to get a two as their was only two with Eddie Hamilton and Graham Clark sharing the cash.
We have our Curry night on Tuesday 11th December 7 for 7.30pm hope all who are available will make the effort to come along to what is always a great night. Our bounce game between Xmas and New Year is on Thursday 27th for a 10.00am tee off. The non counter dates this year are Saturday the 22nd December and Saturday 29th December. The Prizegiving Dinner is on Friday 15th March.
We had twelve this week which meant three fourballs till Donny phoned the pro shop to let us know he'd be arriving. The balls had come out the hat and the first fourball were on the tee, talk about a cure for slow play you've never seen four guys tee off so fast in yer puff when they realised the balls were going to have to be repicked. Anyway that left three three balls and a first and second place instead of winner takes all. We also had 1 hole closed with the eleventh hole being closed due to drainage work making it a par 67. The lowish turnout reflected the fact that the young team were all suffering from the effects of Johnny Mullaney's birthday celebrations and also the Clique that hand picked their fourballs to go and play at another course.
Juan and Graham.
Great to see Graham Miller appear for his first game of the season and he didn't half make his mark. He still cannae count right enough as he originally had counted the card three times when he was in the locker room and came up with himself and John Mcewan on 40 pts each with him scoring a 60 Juan a 63 and Donny a 78. Then he changed to Juan on 61 Donny on 68 and himself on 60. That was accepted at the time and both himself and Juan shared the cash. Later that night I got a text from Juan saying he and Jeanette had been sitting up in bed most of the night trying to work out his points they worked out that he actually had only 39pts. He also decided that he should keep the extra cash as it might teach G-Dog tae learn to count. I concur.
Allan has booked our Annual Curry Night at the usual venue, the date is Tueday 11 December. Hope everyone will try to make it.
James belting out Dignity.
We had sixteen this week which meant four fourballs which was great as everyone could get a game going. Weather was kind apart from the last few holes when the rain came on. Bit of a blurry week for me as I was fucked with the Man Flu and we all know that's only a ba' hair away from the pain of childbirth.
Allan needed a fag after a hard day.
As I had to hightail it off to bed as soon as I finished a big thanks to whoever marked up the book and thanks to Gordon Black for the photo's of the winner and runner up. Well done to Allan Gabriel who was like a bag a' washin when he turned up this morning after a great night at Gillian's birthday party but still managed to score forty points to take the sweep money from Iain(Ah cannae play this fkn course)Gordon aka the Commander who had thirty nine points.
Iain modelling his new top.
Allan is going to book our Annual Curry Night at the usual venue, the preliminary date is Thursday 13 December, Once the date is confirmed I'll let you know. Hope everyone will try to make it.
Here's the answers to the holes, well done if you managed to name them all.
The Prizegiving Dinner is on Friday 15th March and I hope all thirty playing this year will make the effort to attend.
This means that the last Saturday for play will be Saturday 9th March.
I've had one cunt of a week and this report was going to be three pages long or the minimum and for the sake of my sanity i've decided on the minimum. This pic sums up my feelings.
Sums it up.
Chris won the sweep with thirty seven points with three runners up Eddie Hamilton, Bryan Wilson & El Pres. all on thirty six pts.
Chris was the Sweep winner
John & Bryan Joint Runner Up.
Eddie, Joint Runner Up.
There were four two's this week so the money was split between El Presidente', Eddie Hamilton (2) & Gordon Black.
Nice to see the flag at the last.
Could do with a wee bit of fun this week so how well do you know your course and can you name these holes.
Name the Hole.
Name the Hole.
Name the Hole.
Name the Hole.
Name the Hole.
We had a far better turnout this week with the weather a lot kinder than it was last week. We had twenty turn up which meant five fourballs which is always a nice number as everyone can get a doubles game. It was nice to see Iain T Gordon back a.k.a. the Commander and he even managed to get his first ball off the tee (just). As you know Iain has been travelling the world and there aren't many countries he hasn't visited. This led John Mcewan to wonder what country he managed to get the rubber shafts for his golf clubs from as he struggled to get to the first fairway in five shots, after another five shots his ball was in the hole. And it seems the shafts aren't rubber after all and he even managed to break a hundred (just).
Craig, Sweep Winner
This was the last week of the Winter League where we were allowed to play from the fairway as from Monday 12th we are back on the horrible mats or take your ball to the side. With the weather being good for the time of year it was a chance to get in a decent score so when I managed to score 39pts I was pretty pleased with myself and thought I had a decent chance of winning the sweep. James Mcewan came in with a good score of 38pts and Fraser was just at his back with 37pts. So there was me thinking that was the first three "Nae Chance" the last group came in and Craig Taylor comes in with 42 pts so I thought I had to settle for second place but don't count your chickens as in came Ronnie Hamilton with 39 pts as well meaning we had to share second place. That was a terrific round from C.T. and at least gets him cut from 22 to 19.
John, 2nd. Photo by Gary McCrea.
Ronnie, Joint 2nd.
There were four two's this week so the money was split between El Presidente', Fraser Grant, James Mcewan and Allan Gabriel.
2018 - 2019 Week 1.
We had the worst turnout in the history of the Winter League on Saturday. Probably caused by the threat of Storm Adrian, I have to remind the guys who stayed in their bed that it is called the Winter League for a reason. If you are looking for nice sunny days then you have the wrong place. Congratulations to the stalwarts who made the effort to turn up and play. We had eleven originally but the bat signal went up for Donny who made it in time to make up the last fourball.
James got us underway.
Drive right up the middle.
James Mcewan hit the first ball of this years Winter League and got us underway with a great drive up the middle of the fairway. With the Don turning up we had three Fourballs and not much in the way of rain and wind when we were teeing off, this soon changed however and by the time we got to the second fairway storm Adrian had well and truly arrived. The flooding was getting bad on greens three and four but surprisingly the rest held up really well which allowed us to finish the round.
There were some wonderful hats on show.
This was a day you definitely didn't want to be marking the card but Bryan Wilson marked ours, I say ours but I think he went through about three of them it was that wet.
Still it was worth it for him as he managed to win the sweep with 36 pts and a net 70 to go top of the Winter League table after week One. Ronnie Hamilton was going really well
till he got a dose of the ham shanks at the par 3 Eleventh hole managing to run up a ten here. He finished with 34 pts which was good considering.
Well done to everyone who made the effort to come round and play today you are the heart and soul of the Winter League.
We also done the sweep for this years Winter League and if you want to see if you have a non runner or a trier then just look at the bottom of your score page.
Balls in the hat (Quiggy shiting it in case he gets pulled oot wi' Mulligan).
The sweep winners fourball.
Welcome to the Winter League season for 2018 - 2019 it's unbelievable how quick the last year has went in, this year we start on Saturday 2nd November.
Enjoy your Winter League and let's hope the weather is kind to us and we can all play well. Please remember to bring along your £15.00 on Saturday along with your broadest smiles for the photo.
Blair: Club Champion.
I can't remember the last time we didn't have the club champion come from the ranks of the Winter League and this year is no different so congratulations to Blair Dalgleish who is the present club champion (Never got near winning the winter league right enough).
We should also congratulate Fraser Grant who has won the Champion of Champions for the third time.
Fraser: Champion of Champions.
Gary: Summer League Winner.
Congratulations also to the Summer League Champion Gary McCrea, Gary won in a play off and I would like to remind everyone that that was the last play off for either the Winter or Summer League, we will be going to the next weeks score if there is a tie in the future.