Escape the General Election fever and Play some golf!
DIVOT FILLING EVENING MOVED TO WEDNESDAY 26TH APRIL AT 6PM
Just a wee reminder that it would be great to see as many Members as possible helping with the season's first divot filling evening. With the dry weather dominating the last few weeks, our greenkeeping team are particular keen to see a good turn out to aid the recovery of the tees and fairways.
Daily Mail Foursomes Event
After getting a bye in the first round of this annual National Competition, Jim & Mike Lang played their second round tie against Aberfeldy at Pitlochry. Despite a valiant effort, it was sadly not a good night for the Pitlochry men and they will not be advancing any further in this event.
Latest bits and bobs
Congratulations to the 16 qualifiers in The Butter Cup who now march forward into the match play format. The first round draw to be played by 30th June. The next qualifying event is the John Murray Trophy played on Saturday 6th May. The best 16 scores go forward to a match play format.
There has already been considerable praise for the condition of the course this year, and I am sure that everyone will take the opportunity when it arises to thank the greenkeeping team led by Stuart Griffiths for all their hard work. Whilst ensuring that the course plays well, the team have been involved in a series of on-going repairs and improvements throughout the winter months in challenging conditions, making it all the more impressive!
During the Senior Captain v Vice Captain event, Jack 'the Lad" McCranor produced a magical shot to triumph over one of the toughest pin positions available at the very front of the 16th green behind the bunker. Our Captain captured the moment for the evidence file!
More dates for your diary...
If you are a relatively new member to the club you might like to know about some of the competition formats coming up over the season. The next one is the John Murray Cup on 6th May. This is one of the older historical trophies in the cabinet and as such is not won over 18 holes. Instead, the dates represent the qualifying days when the best 16 net scores go forward to match play over the season. The first rounds are played by 30th June then by end of each month until the final before September 30th. The current holder is Colin McKinnell. The event is open to all ages and handicaps.
Secondly, the Club Championship Handicap Annual Event. Again this event consists of stroke play/match but with two qualifying days on Saturday 22nd April and Saturday 13th May. The 16 best net aggregate scores go forward to match play knock out on similar days to the above. The current handicap Club Champion title is held by Dougal Spaven.
If you are not already exhausted with all the possibilities then you can even get into trying to win the Four Seasons Trophy. This consists of four 'meetings' corresponding with the seasons, Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring. The Spring meeting took place on 29th April. The player with the best net aggregate score from any 3 of the meetings wins the coveted Four Seasons Trophy. The current holder is Mark Winton. Attached to and running concurrently with the Spring Meeting is the qualifier for the annual Lombard Trophy. This is an optional inclusion for which an additional £2.50 is paid on the day. The player with the lowest net score goes forward to partner Pitlochry Golf Clubs very own Professional Neil Douglas in the regional final of the Lombard event held at Crieff Golf Club. Go on, you know you want to give it a go!
Other upcoming fixtures include the Tummel and Tilt Team Scramble 27 hole Open on Sunday 7th May and the Gents Spring 18 Hole Open on Sunday 21st May. Entries close on 14th May for the Spring Open, and don't forget that the closing date for matchplay entries is 2nd April.
The first golf outing of the season on Sunday 28th May will be to Braemar. Further information will be made available shortly, so make sure you get it in the diary!
Members should all have received information about the new R&A Initiative 'Ready Golf'. The term “ready golf” has been adopted as a catch-all phrase for a number of actions that separately and collectively can improve pace of play. This is now the preferred etiquette, both at PGC and in other forward-looking golf clubs. It is expected that everyone will adopt the letter and spirit of ready golf. If you are not sure what this means for you, please take a look at the details on the R&A website or ask one of the Committee Members for guidance.
Members are very welcome to contribute stories, news, anecdotes and photos for this page. Please send any contributions to our Secretary, Thomas Leadbetter.
Look forward to seeing you all as the season progresses.
The Man with the Hat
For a full list of Gents results please visit our How Did I Do? page
page last updated 22nd April 2017