Junior Section Presentation of Prizes 2017

A week past Friday saw the junior prize-giving being held in the newly refurbished lounge area, which also served as a mini-golf area for the evening.

It was great to see so many junior members and parents joining in what was a real fun evening, where putting and chipping skills were put to the test. The House Convenor will be glad to know that no remedial work is needed as rubber balls were in use!

On the presentation front, Jack Cummings was crowned junior champion for the second consecutive year, with Craig Tibbetts runner-up.

Scott McKinnon Jnr, Craig Tibbets and Euan Valentine performed consistently well throughout the season, with 4, 4 and 3 victories respectively, including for Euan the dubious honour of winning the Adult and Junior Trophy alongside Junior Convenor, Peter Macmillan – Euan must’ve played well!

Both Jack and Craig have now moved into the adult section, where we look forward to seeing them renewing their rivalry in the major competitions and no doubt pushing hard for places in the men’s representative teams.

Jack’s final act in the junior section was to hand over responsibility as junior club captain to Scott McKinnon Jnr, who we wish well in his new role, as we continue to build on previous achievements.

Club Captain, Gordon Law spoke about the junior coaching programme for the coming year and the new structure this will follow, which generated a lot of interest. It was really encouraging to have several parents signing up their youngsters on the night.

Lots of the younger members were successful in picking up some prizes at the Mini Golf events – here’s a few of the lads receiving their golf balls from Gordon.  Smiles all round – although don’t get used to getting free golf balls!

To finish off the evening, we all enjoyed a great buffet prepared by AP Catering – many thanks to Anne and her team.

These events don’t organise themselves, so grateful thanks to Sheila Cowie, Tom Flannigan and Anne and Anne Brotherstone, plus, as always, the junior support team who continue to show great enthusiasm to help our young golfers develop.

We look forward to another successful season for the junior section, both on and off the course.





Another Great “Pink Day” raises over £1,500 for Breast Cancer Now

Uphall Ladies held another successful Ladies ‘Pink’ Greensomes on Sunday to raise funds for Breast Cancer Now.

The weather was dry but windy for most of the day, but unfortunately there was some very heavy rain in the late afternoon.

Eighty-six Ladies played in the event and Hazel Grant and Janet Thornton of Turnhouse took the first prize, each winning a waterproof golf bag, kindly donated by Uphall Head Professional, Gordon Law.

The Ladies of Uphall Golf Club played a huge part in making the event a success, by donating prizes and raffle items, organising donations of other prizes, helping on the day and in the run-up to the event. Three of the Uphall Gents also gave a huge amount of help on the day – ‘on the desk’ and as Starter – so a huge Thank You to them.

We have raised about £1500 for Breast Cancer now, although fundraising is not quite finished, so this total should increase.

Prize Lists are below – please contact the Club on 01506 856404 to arrange to collect your prize.

Thanks to everyone who played and helped us have such a great day – we’ll hopefully see you next year!



Junior Squad edge to Victory in Century Cup

Uphall Junior Squad pairings of Scott McKinnon / Euan Valentine and Owen Abu-Baker / Connor Currie lifted the Century Cup at Linlithgow yesterday, beating the host club in extra holes in a very hard fought match.

Conditions were terrible with heavy rain throughout.

A hard fought game resulted in an all square aggregate after 18 holes, but Uphall squeezed through when both our pairings won the first extra hole.

Well done to all players from both Clubs, with special thanks to our supporters including PGA Professional, Gordon Law and past captains, Tom Flannigan and Joe McManus for braving the elements.

Hopefully, the squad will gain even more confidence from this year’s results – there’s lots of potential and opportunities to develop through our Junior initiatives.

Junior Open, Testimonal Texas Scramble & Adult & Junior Results

It’s been a busy week at the Club, with competitions running alongside lots of general play due to the school holidays.  That’s kept the greens team busy to say the least, but the course has continued to be in superb condition, despite some heavy rain.

Anyway, onto the results from these competitions.  Thursday saw the Junior Open taking place, with honours going to Liam McLarty of Dumfries & County Golf Club with a stunning net 55 playing off of 27 – we suspect the Junior Convenor at D&C will be taking a slice off of Liam’s handicap.  On the subject of Dumfries, it was great to see a coachload of youngsters coming up to support our competition, building on the long-standing relationship we have with the folks down there – thanks to Douglas Alison and the other parents for organising that – it’s greatly appreciated.

Congratulations are also due to Craig Tibbetts, who retained his scratch title with a 71 – and a buffer zone – it’s a tough school!


Saturday brought the Gordon Law Testimonial Texas Scramble (try saying that quickly),with a full field of 48 teams made up of sponsors, members, members’ guests and invited guests, some of whom had dusted off the clubs especially for the day – a set comprising a Ping Eye 1-iron and Swilken 2-SW was spotted in the morning!

Gordon has asked us to pass on his appreciation for all of the support he’s had to make the day go so well.

Scoring was top-notch with both morning and afternoon flights close-run affairs. The results were as follows: –

Morning Event

M. McAllister / D. Gilbert / T. O’Hara / S. Lockhart 55.6

B. Saunders / J. McManus / S. Armstrong / R. Kerr 55.8

S. Grady / W. Mackintosh-Jnr / R. Middleton / T. Robb 56.4

Afternoon Event

C. Bavidge / S. Gemmell / C. Frame / S. McKinnon 54.3

K. McKinnon / M. Whelan / C. Mighton / A. Moffat 54.4

A. Thomson / M. McDonald / A. Wilson / J. Fairgrieve 55.6

Gordon took part in the afternoon and afterwards was tight-lipped about his performance!  That, despite having the services of his good friend and European Tour player, Craig Lee, as his caddy – interestingly, Gordon was using his pencil bag, presumably because Craig would have had something to say if he’d produced the Tour Bag!

There were presentations after each of the events and thanks go to everyone who helped (too many to mention) make things go so well, with almost 200 people to be checked in, meal orders taken and directions given to find starting holes, never mind the intricacies of the handicaps!

Kate Stevenson was out and about taking photographs and also took a couple of “team fotaes” – we’ll be posting some of these later in the week.  Many thanks Kate.

Saturday was rounded off with a “This is Your Life” feature presented by Jim Saunders and Joe McManus, with a cameo appearance from Evelyn, which took us through Gordon’s life and times from childhood to the present day. Again, thanks to everyone who helped bring this together, although we’re not so sure that Gordon would thank whoever released the photos from his younger days!


Finishing the week was the Adult & Junior competition which was contested by 10 teams in testing conditions to say the least.  The winners were Junior Convenor Peter MacMillan and Euan Valentine – congratulations.

Senior’s Texas Scramble Result

Thanks to everyone who played yesterday in (unusually) great weather. The prizewinners are as follows:

Winners : Nigel Bruce, George Thomas, Gary Thomas & Graeme Runcie (Uphall) 58-4.3=53.7 – £60 each

2nd Jim Marshall, George Smith, Russell Mackintosh &  Tom Bruce (Kinross) 59-1.8=57.2 – £40 each

3rd Robert L Beveridge, Dougie Allan, Jim Kinniburgh& John Moffat (Uphall) 60-3=57 – £25 each

We look forward to seeing you next year or at one of our other Opens.



Club Championship Round-Up 2016

Gents Championships

A number of familiar faces made their way through the qualifying stages of the Club Championship, although as the Matchplay Ties progressed a couple of new challengers emerged in the shape of Craig Beveridge and John McManus, who both made their way through to the semifinals.  Craig faced leading qualifier Colin Swanston, whilst John came up against 12-time winner Joe McManus, who also happens to be his father!

Both matches were close affairs with Craig and Joe emerging victorious to set-up a final which was to be a contrast in styles, with Craig renowned for his powerful hitting and Joe for his strong course management and razor-sharp short game.

Craig started strongly and quickly gained the upper hand with wins at the 1st & 3rd.  Still 2 down after 6, Joe needed to find a way to get back into the game and did just that with a birdie 2 at the 7th, after Craig found trouble off the tee.

Hold that finish Craig

Craig hit back straight away with a tap-in 3 at the 8th, followed by a birdie at the 9th to turn 3-up.

Joe was doing everything he could to hold on, but wins for Craig at 10, 11 and 12 extended his lead to 6.  13 was halved in 3’s with Joe holing a 25 footer, which obviously gave him a boost as he won 14&15 to reduce the deficit to 4.The game went into a bit of a lull with the next 3 holes halved and the players went to lunch with Craig 4-up.

Snr&Jnr staring it down.

After lunch, Craig started quickly again and won the 1st to move 5-up.  Halves at 2,3,4 and 5 were followed by a win at 6 for Joe to reduce the deficit to 4 and give the 12-time former champion a glimmer of hope with holes running out.  The 8th was halved in par and Craig extended his lead with a win at the 9th to turn 5-up.

A couple of former champion's watch on in the rain

10 was halved in pars, with Craig firmly in the driving seat and he took the chance to extend his lead with a great up and down for a birdie at 11.

With the winning line in sight, Craig drove the 12th and sealed his first Club Championship with a 2 putt birdie.

Welcome to the Champion's Club!

There were, of course other matches being played, although we have less information on these.

In the second class final, Stuart Henry won his first title with a victory over Kenny Young – this was a really tight game, there was never more than 2 holes in it, with Kenny reaching the halfway stage 1-up.  By the turn in the afternoon, the game was all-square and it was nip and tuck all the way until Stuart squeezed through to the title at the 2nd extra hole.

In the 3rd class final, John Lister looked to have matters well under control, leading Ian Adams 5-up after the morning round.  There must have been something extra in Ian’s soup and sandwiches as he came out galvanised and ran out a 5&3 winner.  What a comeback!

Ladies Championships

In the scratch match, Liz Calder played Alison Wilson. This was a very close up and down match with few holes halved, although Alison was 3 up heading across the road.  Liz came back well, winning 15 and 16 to be only 1 down with 2 to play, but a win for Alison at the 17th saw the former ladies captain win by 2&1to pick up her 3rd championship after a gap of 18 years.

In the handicap championship match played between Barbara McCrory and Dorothy Watson, Barbara seemed to be headed for victory leading 4-up with 5 to play.  Dorothy fought back, sinking a tricky 5-foot putt on 18th to half the match and take it to sudden death. Dorothy won the Championship on the 19th. An exciting finish and no doubt nerves and the pressure of the watching crowd played their part.

Junior Final

Craig Tibbetts faced Junior Captain, Jack Cummings.  Jack started quickly and forged a 4-hole lead, only to be pegged back by Craig to turn at 1up, but won the 10th to regain control.  The game tightened up and Jack finished the morning round 1-up.

Craig at 16

Craig started the afternoon smartly and turned things round to move 1-up after 5 and held on to that lead through 8 holes.  Showing just how quickly things can change, Jack took the next 3 holes to move 2-up and this remained the position through 15.  Craig upped the pressure with a win at 16 and followed up with a great birdie at 17 to square the match.

After a half at the last in 5’s, it was up the 1st extra hole, with Jack squeezing through to win his 3rd championship.

Jack in putting action

All in all, a great Club Championship and the full list of winners is below.

Craig Beveridge

Gents Club Champion: Craig Beveridge

Alison Wilson

Ladies Club Champion: Alison Wilson

Jack Cummings

Junior Club Champion: Jack Cummings

Stuart Henry

Gents Second Class Champion: Stuart Henry

Ian Adams

Gents Third Class Champion: Ian B Adams

Dorothy Watson

Ladies Bronze Champion: Dorothy Watson

A busy and successful week for Owen with 2 trophies

One of the Club’s young players, Owen Abu-Baker, has added another two trophies to his growing collection.

Last week saw Owen pick up the silverware at Dalmahoy, where he won the SG Foundation under 12 event with a scratch 71 from the red tees.  Here’s Owen being presented with the winner’s medal by Scott Knowles of the SG Foundation.


Then it was on to St Andrews for the New Club’s Juvenile Championship, which was played over the Strathtyrum Course – Owen came through 3 rounds against older players, all with lower handicaps than him, to win the Championship, so a great outcome at The Home of Golf. In true fashion at St Andrews, Owen had to change into his best gear to receive his well deserved prize.


Congratulations from all at Uphall Golf Club!

We have a great Junior Section running at the Club, so come along and get involved.

2016 Cameron Bowl result

imageSunday saw a fantastic turnout of 177 players for the 2016 Cameron Bowl Open Competition.  This is something of a record and perhaps reflects the growing reputation of our course, which was in fantastic condition, with firm and true putting surfaces.

The winning scratch score of 65 by Stuart McLaren of Bruntsfield Links was a great effort!  A full list of prizes is above.


Monday Round-Up including Masters Sweep Result

Gents and Ladies Opening Competitions

Surprisingly, the sun shone for both days of the Opening Competitions for 2016.  Others weren’t so lucky, with Peebles closed for a while yesterday due to snow – that’s Scottish weather for you!

Starting with Saturday’s John Robb Trophy, this saw a brilliant entry of 146 in the actual competition, plus 4 junior members and a couple of gents playing for their handicaps, making 152 players in all. It was also great to see so many new members playing.   

Our resident stats man, Andy Stevenson, says this is the highest entry for any medal competition outside of the Club Championship qualifying for many, many, years.  Hopefully this is a sign of things to come.  

Onto the actual competition and it was a winning start to the season for 3-time Club Champion, Colin Swanston, who after a scratch 65 less 1 for a net 64, won on a count back from Craig Sullivan (75-11).  

Highlight of Colin’s round was a hole-in-one at the 16th with a Pitching Wedge. Amazingly, this is his first ever hole-in-one!  He also reckons it’s almost 20 years since he won a medal competition at Uphall. 

 The Ladies’ section kicked off their season yesterday with a super turnout of 14 players; victory (again on the better inward half) going to Susan Watkins with a net 71 with Annie Frampton narrowly missing out.  

We’ll report separately on the Junior Section’s Opening Day competition. 

Masters Sweep Result

Ist – Dougie Carr (Danny Willett) – £145

2nd Equal – Jim Little (Lee Westwood) – £90

2nd Equal – Ray Wilson (Jordan Spieth) – £90

Last after 72 holes – Alex Leadbetter (Thongchai Jaidee) – £40

Leading Amateur –Jean Reid (Bryson Dechambeau) – £40

Leading Senior

1st Equal – Nicola Grant (Angel Cabrera) – £20

1st Equal – Tom Headspeath (Bernhard Langer) – £20

Congratulations to the winners on all fronts!