Strokeplay Competitions: The main events in April so far have included our first Race to Turnberry medal. Fantastic to see more than 100 of you entering this new event. A reminder that you only need three scores to count from the six order of merit medals, therefore, it’s not too late to enter so if you didn’t play or enter in the April medal you can still do so via the next qualifying event on 5th May. Our first event got off to a great start and congratulations to Peter Watt who achieved a hole in one at the 18th hole on the Cawder course.

Our first trophy events have also taken place with 149 competitors over the two courses. The Dr. William Martin Cup was won by Jas Hoonjan with an excellent 64 on the Cawder Course. The Flockhart Trophy was played over the Keir course and congratulations to John Quinn with a net 66 to win the trophy.

Many thanks to all for supporting the events and great to see so many people staying after their round and enjoying the food and drink laid on via the outside spike bar.

Matchplay Competitions As you will all know all the draws for our match play events are now in place and good to see all the contact details going up. I would encourage you to get games scheduled and don’t leave it close to the deadline. If anyone has any queries then please do not hesitate to email us at

9 hole medals: The M&H sub-committee is working on plans for piloting 9 hole medals and we will be issuing a separate communication on the dates and how these will be run. The weather hasn’t been great however we will be scheduling the first pilot of the 9-hole medals for mid-May. Just a reminder that this doesn’t involve any changes to the course as we will simply be choosing the front 9 from either the Keir or Cawder course.

Cawder Teams: The Donald Cameron team led by Stuart Mason reached the intercity final for the fourth consecutive year. The final played at Balmore on Sunday 22nd April was a tight game with Cawder narrowly losing to Mortonhall. This has been a fantastic and unprecedented run of success for the Cawder team. Well done to all involved over the four years.

The Thomson McCrone team Captained by Walter Barnes kicked off there season on Sunday, but sadly with a 3-2 loss to Sandyhills, but with a large squad of players available I’m sure they will do well. We also have a full squad for the Bill Jessiman cup, so maybe a possibility of a treble from the teams this year! Gang Forward.

Help & Assistance: As you may have seen from an earlier communication Match and Handicap are looking for some support. In particular, we need help for just a few hours to support the management of our open competitions. If you can spare some time just to help out with registration, starting on the 1st tee or helping with admin on the scoring then we would love to hear from you. Our first event is on Sunday 6th May with the McKinnon Wood and then we have our Senior Open on 10th May. It would be great to make all players and visitors feel welcome and experience our events being well managed.


Stephen Sawers