Captain’s Log

Captain’s Log (Star Date: 17,01,195-589)

To boldly go where no Captain has gone before, well certainly this Captain. Email I understand, online I can cope with, Facebook “just about“, but Twitter, really!

I thought I could use this “log” (it’s not a blog and certainly will not be a vlog) from time to time to give members a little bit more news from around the golf club and by doing so perhaps a little insight into the workings of the club.

I hope to do this in a light hearted and positive way which may mean the use of aliases so as to protect the innocent.

It has been a very busy time for everyone with the season in full swing (no pun intended) especially during last month’s Championship week which went very well and finished in style with a Final’s Day with many first time winners. Congratulations again to all players who qualified for the match-play stages.

Starfleet Command (Council) held their monthly meeting last week.

Although losing 70 Members of the club in all categories ( 40 in Full and Youth) this year steady progress is being made to get new members. To date we have gained 18 new members in Full and Youth and we will again be having our special package offer available later in the year, however, excellent rates are available at present, contact David Doig our Secretary for details.

Someone tried to create a new entrance into the course at the corner of Kingston Avenue and Gilmerton Road recently by blasting their way through the wall, should have used their phaser and not their car. Early reports that it was a lady member late for the Strawberry Tea Competition have been greatly exaggerated.

We have placed an order for the replacement of many of the glazing units within the main lounge after which the view from the main deck should be a lot clearer.

Hopefully you will all now be getting used to our new website which has proved a great benefit in getting news out to members. The news items we post on the website are automatically and immediately sent out by subspace communication on our Facebook and Twitter pages and then every Friday all posts from that week are automatically rolled up and sent out by email.

So together with Spock, Uhura, Bones, Scotty, Chekov, Sulu and the rest of the crew and with phasers set to stun (reserving “kill” setting for the aliens) its warp factor one Mr Sulu.

Junior Open – Results

Well done to the 49 players who endured poor overhead conditions for this years Junior Open. Despite the weather some excellent scores were recorded and 48 players returned a score which is excellent on their part. The weather conditions certainly appear to have suited the Mortonhall members with them winning both Handicap sections.

Prize Winning Scores on the day were as follows;

Burns Memorial Trophy (Overall Handicap)

1st – David Addison (Mortonhall) 85 – 25 = 60 (BIH)

2nd – Thomas Clark (Mortonhall) 80 – 20 = 60

3rd – James Mackie (Mortonhall) 84 – 22 = 62 (BIH)

Alison Smith Trophy (Girls Handicap)

1st – Jessica Walker (Mortonhall) 84 – 22 = 62

2nd – Mollaidh Nicolson (Prestonfield) 83 – 17 = 66

Jameson Trophy (Scratch)

1st – Robb Hawthorn (Murrayfield) 70

2nd – Lewis Hannah (Musselburgh) 72

Well done to all who made the prize list, please contact our Club Professional, Iain Seath (664 1056) to arrange collection of Club vouchers.

Open Mixed Foursomes 2017 – Results

This year’s Mixed Foursomes tournament concluded today with the match-play semi-final’s and final’s after yesterday’s handicap stroke play event which was won by Jacqui Loudon and Ricky Hay with a fine score of net 63.

The top four scratch and handicap qualifiers from yesterday who were available played match-play with Jill McLean and Keith Millar winning the scratch trophy and Janice McLauchlan and Robert Ross winning the handicap trophy.

Many thanks to Brian Toall and his green keeping staff who worked wonders on Friday to ensure the course was in it’s usual excellent condition for the weekend especially given the heavy rain throughout the week, to Iain Seath for all his work, in particular over the two competition days, to our starters John Glen, Graham Roberts, Tommy Paterson, Alister Lawrie and John Nelson and to the bar and catering staff who looked after everyone over the weekend.

Full results:

Handicap Stroke-play
1st – net 63 – Ricky Hay and Jacqui Loudon – C K Murphy Trophy + £50 voucher each + £50 sweep
2nd – net 64 – James Herron and Sharon Herron – £25 voucher each + £30 sweep
3rd – net 66 – Graeme Hume and Margaret Hume – £15 voucher each + £23 sweep

Scratch Stroke-play
1st – 77 – Michael Rolland and Lindsay Rolland – £50 voucher each + £50 sweep
2nd – 78 – Keith Millar and Jill McLean – £25 voucher each + £30 sweep
3rd – 81 – Phil Craig and Kirsty Livingston – £15 voucher each + £23 sweep

Winners – Keith Millar and Jill McLean – Press Charities Cup + £50 voucher each
R/up – Michael Rolland and Lindsay Rolland – £25 voucher each

Winners – Robert Ross and Janice MacLauchlan – Newington House Trophy + £50 voucher each
R/up – Neil Todd and Alicia Todd – £25 voucher each

There were ten 2’s each receiving £14.

Should you not have already received your voucher, sweep monies and/or 2’s money please collect from Iain Seath our Professional or contact him direct on 0131 664 3009 to arrange.