General Committee Application Forms
Would you like to get involved with the running of the club? If so, General Committee application forms are available from the Club Secretary Anne Anderson. (Note: full members only). Completed forms are to be returned no later than 31 December 2012.
RGU Honour Alasdair
Alasdair McDougall was honoured at the RGU dinner last Friday night. Alasdair was awarded ‘Best Boy’ and received a trophy from the RGU. He also received a goblet in recognition of his recent International selection. It has been a great year for Alasdair in his final year as a Junior at Elderslie Golf Club and we would like to congratulate Alasdair on behalf of everyone connected with the Club. Well done Alasdair.
Hollow Coring of Greens
Hollow coring is planned for the greens beginning on week commencing Monday 10 September 2012 weather permitting. See fixture calendar for details of coring operations and play restrictions. It may be useful for our members to note the following information in relation to the coring operations and why it is necessary. All decisions regarding the maintenance of our course are taken after consultation with the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI) and the Course Manager. STRI provide specialist knowledge and advice to golf clubs and survey each course on an annual basis. This year, agronomist Andrew Windows, undertook this. His task is to survey our course and provided data from the same locations to compare, year on year, the progress of our course, and our greens team in dealing with issues raised previously. In particular this means running tests on our greens to determine the quality of the playing surface (ball impact on landing, bobble on run etc). This includes several tests, which are sent to their laboratory for analysis. The main determinant of this is to establish levels of organic matter which contribute to “thatching”. This term is so dreaded by green staff as it leads ultimately to poor grass growth, poor drainage – poor greens. The currently accepted treatment for this is hollow coring. This removes a high percentage of bacteria, replacing it with dried sand to counter the problems. New advances are in the area of chemical treatment, which is said to remove the need for hollow coring, but to date no scientific […]
So Close for Alasdair
It was a monumental effort by Alasdair McDougall on Saturday in the semi final of the 86th Boys Amateur Championship at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell). Alasdair had shown an enormous amount of character earlier in the morning when he defeated Matthias Schwab (Austria) on the 23rd hole of an engrossing quarter final contest. However, Alasdair could not repeat that feat and finally lost to Englands Matt Fitzpatrick on the 17th hole. The match was a nervous affair with both players mixing some fine shots with uncharacteristic errors. Fitzpatrick took an early two hole lead after winning the 1st and the 2nd but then lost the 547-yard par-5 3rd when he carved his second shot deep into the rough to the right of the green. Fitzpatrick regained a two hole cushion when he holed a 10-footer for a birdie on the 454-yard par-4 4th and was one further ahead by the time he reached the 12th tee before Alasdair mounted a late fight-back by winning both the 474-yard 12th and the 241-yard downhill par-3 13th. Congratulation goes to Matt Fitpatrick who went on to win the competition 10&8 over 36 holes against Henry James of Wales. Elderslie Golf Club is obviously very proud of Alasdair’s achievement and we hope to be seeing further success from the youngster in the near future. Well done Alasdair! Acknowledgement: Match Report and Pic courtesy of http://www.randa.org
Course Open on Friday 14/8/12
The course was scheduled to be closed this coming Friday at 2pm to allow for preparation for the Davidson Trophy. The good news is that the ground staff are well ahead in their preparations thus the course will now remain open on Friday.
Alasdair McDougall – Scotland Cap
You may have been aware from our Facebook / Twitter feeds that Alasdair McDougall was recently selected to represent Scotland in the Boys’ Home Internationals which were held at County Louth. Scotland performed well in the first two days recording wins against Wales and Ireland and Alasdair did his club and county proud as he contributed to those victories. With his foursomes partner Alan Waugh, he recorded a win and a halved match and had a 3and 1 victory in his match against Ryan Thomas of Wales. Sadly, in the deciding match against England, Scotland did not do well losing 10 points to 5 and Alasdair with Alan Waugh lost their first foursomes match albeit by a narrow one hole margin. Alasdair played five, won two, lost two and halved one and can hold his head up high as he returns to compete in the County Championship at Bonnyton. Well done Alasdair! Our thanks to Don Bremner of RGU for the the article and pic.