Ladies Open Triam Result

A huge thank you to all who supported our Ladies Open Tri-Am yesterday.  It was a great day, we were so very lucky with the weather, with only a little rain falling and no lightning, unlike others fairly close to our own location.  The winners are on the image above  

Positive comments about the course were in abundance.  So much so that many (hopefully all) participants are planning to return for our Mixed Open on 19th August and/or Ladies Greensome (Pink Day) Breast Cancer Charity event on 7th October.  Bookings can be made by following the link  

https://www.brsgolf.com/uphall/opens_home.php

We look forward to welcoming all once again later in the year. In the meantime we wish everyone who participated an enjoyable and successful golfing season.

Hole(s) in One Alert!

2 holes in one in a week at Uphall Golf Club!  Whilst achieving a hole in one is the ultimate goal for any golfer, some are more rewarding than others.

Firstly, congratulations to Emma Cassidy who recorded a hole in one at the 3rd on Ladies Opening Day. Emma went on to win the competition with a net 69 and her handicap reduction now means that she plays in the Silver Division.

As the hole in one was in an official competition played from medal tees, Emma receives a limited edition Hugo Boss watch from HowDidIDo, a commemorative bag tag, plus, of course, £75 from the personal insurance arrangement towards her bar bill.  Here’s Emma with her prizes.

Hot on the heels of Emma’s achievement, Brian Leisk holed a 7 iron in a bounce game the following week at the 15th.  Unlike Emma, Brian got none of the goodies, just congratulations from his playing partners and the bill for breakfast….

Well done to Emma and Brian.

 

Captain’s Charity Result

There was a great turnout for the Captain’s Charity Golf Event “Texas Scramble” on Saturday at Uphall Golf Club, with 173 competitors taking part to raise funds for local charity, S.M.I.L.E. I’m delighted to let you know that altogether the fantastic sum of £1360 was raised.

The morning result was pretty clear-cut, although the afternoon was very close with the Captain’s Team running out winners by 0.2 of a shot.

Morning Results
1st: K.Young, D.Young, P.Wilson, N.Walker. 58-5.5= 52.5 4 x Cart Bags
2nd: K.McKinnon, M.Whelan, C.Mighton, D.Easton 58-2.3=55.7 4 x Footjoy Shirts
3rd: S.Grady, G.Reid, S.Cooney, J.Brown 59-3=56 4 x Dozen Pro V1`s

Afternoon Results:
1st: G.Law, J.Saunders, D.Watson, B.Mathieson 57-2.8=54.2 4 x Cartbags
2nd: D.Lamb, A.Hobson, A.MacGregor, J.Park 60-5.6=54.4 4 x Footjoy Shirts
3rd: G.Glendinning, I.Bishop, T.Edwards, A.Edwards 61-5.6=55.4 4 x Dozen Pro V1`s

Nearest the hole prizes: 1 litre bottle of whisky each
3rd hole: R.Beveridge
7th hole: C.O`Day
15th hole: J.Brown
16th hole: N.Walker

Thanks, as always, to everyone who took part, made donations and also to my many helpers to make sure the day went smoothly. Thanks also to Anne and her team for the excellent catering and Dougie and the bar team for keeping the drinks flowing.

Any unclaimed prizes can be picked up in the Pro Shop.

Gordon Law, Club Captain

Ladies Pink Day Greensomes Round-Up

24 teams competed in the Uphall Ladies Pink Day Greensomes event today over 18 holes in aid of Breast Cancer Now.

The weather was generally good, albeit with heavy rain showers at times. The bonus was there was virtually no wind.

Very many positive comments were made from visiting teams as to the condition of the course.

Almost every hole was sponsored by our own lady members providing a prize for each feature at each hole and thoroughly enjoyed by our many winners, see attached photo showing some of those.

Total money raised for the Charity was just short of £1,000. A huge thank you to everyone who contributed, donated, sponsored and participated.

The worthy winners of the Greensomes handicap competition were –

1st ​Pamela McGregor & Donna Clachrie (Deer Park)
2nd​ Alison Wilson (Uphall) & Morag Wardrop (Turnhouse)
3rd​Steph Crolla & Laura Walker (Muckhart)
4th​ Kate Blake (Bathgate) & Ruby Logan (West Lothian)
5th​ Lindsey Wilson & Margaret Tough (Falkirk)

Please see below for a note of the winners of the sponsored prizes.

Congratulations to all of the winners.

Mixed Open Result

The Uphall Golf Club, West Lothian, Mixed Open Golf Event today was another successful event with 40 couples taking part.

Even the weather was good, which was a surprise given all the rain we have had recently.

Very well done to Barbara McCrory and David Stewart  who won the 1st Handicap prize with a net score of 65.2.

2nd Handicap was won by Ken Gordon and Alison Linton (BInny) with net 66.8
3rd Handicap was won by Paul Anderson and Pauline Hill (Blairgowrie) with a net 68.8

!st Scratch was won by Donna Clachrie and Keith Wilson of Deer Park with a gross 75.
2nd Scratch was won by Willie Nisbet and Eileen O’Donnell (Bathgate) with a gross 79.

Many thanks to all the Ladies who helped and especially to Margaret B and Susan and Alan Watkins who worked very hard to make the event a success.

Club Championship’s Week Round-Up

Gents Qualifying

The qualifying weekend saw a real mix of incredible scoring and hard luck stories.

In the 1st round Scott McKinnon had a remarkable run of eagle, birdie, birdie, birdie, hole-in-one from the 11th to the 15th (33331), 7-under par for the 5 hole spell which contained only 3 putts, and he led the way with a 67. Notable mention also for 10-handicapper Dave Young who shot a 70, net 60.

The following day Graeme Stevenson equalled the course record with an excellent 61 which contained eleven 3’s & seven 4’s, it was also Graeme’s first ever bogey-free round, and it meant he led the qualifying by no less than 10 shots from Alan Moffat; he also won the Kenmar Trophy for the lowest net aggregate over the 2 days. The cut fell on 151 which meant defending champion Craig Beveridge missed out on countback to Stewart MacBride.

Dave Young’s 9 at the last meant he missed by 1, although he had the consolation of being the leading qualifier in the 2nd class on 152, and last year’s Junior Champion Jack Cummings also took 9 at the last to miss by 2. The 3rd class leader on 170 was Scott Logan.

In amongst all of that, Tom Mathieson had a hole-in-one at the 7th!

The Club’s hole-in-one fund has taken a bit of hit and keep an eye out for all these Hugo Boss watches too.

Matchplay Stages

We were blessed with excellent weather for the matchplay stages which began on Monday night with the semi-finals on Thursday deciding the finalists. The leading 2 qualifiers made it to the semi-finals and were up against 2 opponents more senior in age (very politically correct!).

Following convincing wins over Jim Kinniburgh & Kenny McKinnon, Willie Nisbet birdied 4 out of 6 holes from the 11th to the 16th to turn around a 1 hole deficit and defeat Graeme Stevenson by 3&2.

Coincidentally,it was the 2nd year in a row where the leading qualifier who had equalled the course record in the qualifying rounds lost out in the semi-finals to the eventual winner, Colin Swanston losing out to Craig Beveridge last year.

In the other semi-final Davy Meldrum, who had beaten Stuart Loch & Scott McKinnon en route, beat Alan Moffat by a 3&1 margin, the highlight of the match was a 45-footer holed across the green at the 16th for Davy to remain 2 up, just 2 nights after a similar length putt had seen off Scott McKinnon on the 18th green.

This meant that for the first time the final would be contested by 2 seniors and Davy, who had turned 70 at the start of the month, became the oldest ever finalist by some margin and would be going for his 6th title,having won 5 times between 1976 & 1987.

In the 2nd class semi-finals, the possibility of an all Young final was ended when brothers Dave & Kenny both lost, to Derek Easton & Andy Grant respectively.

In the 3rd class, Nick Cumming & Ross Brown were the 2 finalists defeating Douglas Allan & David Wilson respectively in the semi-finals.

Final’s Day

Finals day was dry but extremely windy with gusts up to 40 mph.  In spite of this, the 2 finalists produced golf of an excellent standard.

In the morning the first 3 holes were halved in par before Willie took a lead on the 4th which he would never relinquish.

A birdie at the 6th put him 3 up before a 3 putt at the 9th reduced his lead to 2. Another birdie at the 12th took his lead to 3 before Davy bogeyed the 13th which extended the lead to 4. Willie then let Davy off the hook by 3-putting the 14th to only half the hole before his bogey at the 15th, and Davy’s excellent 2 at the 16th, reduced the gap to 2 holes. However an uncharacteristically poor tee-shot from Davy at the 17th went out of bounds and although he scrambled a 5, Willie’s par put him 3 up again; the last was playing tough into the strong wind and a half in 5 left Willie 3 up at lunch.

Davy started the afternoon round in a determined fashion and after winning the 1st with an excellent 4, he also won the 2nd after Willie’s pulled tee shot careered through the 18th green into an awkward spot almost in the burn; from there he could barely move the ball and Davy’s 4 was good enough to reduce the lead to 1.

The next 3 holes were halved in pars before Davy played a poor pitch shot at the 6th into the right hand bunker, this cost him a bogie and Willie’s lead went to 2 again. After this a remarkable run of 9 halved holes in a row ensued, highlighted by excellent saves for 4’s by both at the 10th and the 14th, and Willie stood on the 16th tee still 2 holes to the good.

With the wind at its strongest and howling across from right to left Willie played the shot of the day to within 3 feet of the back left pin position and after Davy’s chip from just left of the green narrowly missed, Willie rolled in his putt for his 1st Championship victory.

Both players conducted themselves in an exemplary fashion and considering the conditions the golf was of a fine standard; Willie’s win was well deserved and after knocking at the door for a few years he is a worthy champion.

 

The 2nd class final went all the way to extra holes, Andy Grant led by 1 playing the last but was unable to close the game out and Derek Easton’s par at the 2nd extra hole was enough to secure the victory.

In the 3rd class, Ross Brown was too strong for Nick Cumming over the 2 rounds and ran out a 5&3 winner.

The ladies scratch championship was won for the 5th time by Alison Wilson defeating Susan Watkins 2&1 in the final while Emma Cassidy claimed the handicap title with a 3&1 victory over ladies captain Anne Brotherston.

Finally the juniors championship was won by Owen Abu-Baker at the age of 12, beating Sean Byron 6&5 in the final.

Presentation of Prizes

Back in the relative calm of the Clubhouse and once everyone had got rid of their windswept looks, Gordon Law, Captain & Andy Stevenson, Vice-Captain said a few words and made the presentations to the  winners and runners-up.  Scroll to the end for a selection of photographs kindly taken by Marion Millar and Evelyn Rogers.

It was another thoroughly enjoyable week, congratulations to all the winners, and to everyone else, there’s always next year!

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!

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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

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!

 

Ladies Pink Day another great success

Ladies Pink Day Greensomes on Sunday 4th October
One of the key events on our Ladies’ calendar continues to grow, with over 80 players taking part last Sunday.  The results are further down the page, but most importantly, we beat last year’s figure for Breakthrough Breast Cancer amassing over £1,300 from entry fees, raffle ticket sales and donations.
Grateful thanks to everyone who played, bought raffle tickets and donated prizes, all of which made sure that we raised so much money for this great cause.  Thanks also for entering into the spirit of “Pink Day” at Uphall, especially these two!
Barbara McCrory( Uphall) and her sister C Kelly (Kilcoole) very much "in the pink"
Barbara McCrory( Uphall) and her sister C Kelly (Kilcoole) very much “in the pink”
Of course, these events take a power of organising, so a massive thank-you to everyone who helped with make things go so smoothly.
Prizes are available for collection from the office for those who didn’t manage to pick them up on the day.
Handicap Winners:
Lady Captain Terry Robertston with L Sabin & J Quin (Falkirk/Bonnybridge) Winners of the Uphall Ladies Pink Greensomes Trophy for 2015
Lady Captain Terry Robertston with L Sabin & J Quin (Falkirk/Bonnybridge) Winners of the Uphall Ladies Pink Greensomes Trophy for 2015
1st Handicap with a score of 67.8 L Sabin & J Quin from Falkirk/Bonnybridge(4 Ball and overnight stay at Turnberry). Special thanks to Susan and Martin Rennie for their very generous donation of this prize.
2nd Handicap with a score of 68.4 R Sharp & E Lewis from Uphall/Grangemouth (4 Ball at Kirkintilloch)
3rd Handicap with a score of 71.2  L-A Gibson & M Glauch from Mortonhall (4 Ball at Uphall)
4th Handicap with a score of 71.6  J Golding & K Donnelly from Linlithgow (4 Ball at Killin)
Scratch Winners:
1st Scratch with a score of 82 A Wilson & M Wardrop from Uphall/Turnhouse (4 Ball at The Woll)
2nd Scratch with a score of 84 H. Ferry & M Hall from Bathgate (4 Ball at Turnhouse)
East Kilbride 4 Ball Raffle Winner
Chris Leitch (Pumpherston)