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Seniors Championship draw.

  • The draw for the Seniors Championship on August 11/13/14/15 at Seafield is as follows: Wednesday game 1 is J Burnett, I Young, G Wilson, S Smith; game 2 is J Boyle, P Dodds, A McCaig, S Kelly. Friday game is J Bryden, G Christie. Saturday game 1 is R McCubbin, D Beattie: game 2 is S Kirk, A Smeeton, T Bloor. Sunday game 1 is W Rae, A Muir, E Borland; game 2 is J Cathcart, R Gilchrist, I Gray, J Brodie. The reserve list is open for all 4 days, for those playing competitive golf, tee times permitting.

  • Captains Day 2021 update.

  • As members are aware we had to cancel our normal Captains Day scheduled for Saturday August 28th at Girvan due to no catering being available on site. However, following discussions with SAC and the assistance of Lewis Reid in Troon starters office, we are pleased to announce the Captains Day will take place at Fullarton golf course on Saturday September 4th. Catering arrangements have still to be finalised but members can contact the Secretary to register interest to play or add their names to the entry sheet on the notice board in the Chase Inn. Closing date is August 15th. The Chase Golf Club program has been altered and the Chase Quaich brought forward by one week with the new entry sheet available for use in the Chase Inn. I look forward to seeing as many members as possible at the Captains Day.

  • Summer Trophy results.

  • A field of 22 players took on the tough layout at Darley golf course for our latest event. Clearly the course lived up to it's reputation as the 3rd hardest course in Scotland to play to your handicap, with only 8 competitors completing a score and level par was enough to take the spoils. In 3rd spot was Ian Gray with a nett 73 (2 over par). A poor start with a double bogey at the first was countered by a birdie at 3 but then a run of 6 dropped shots before the turn meant Ian was nett 1 over par. Double bogeys at 11/12/14 took Ian out of contention for the win but 4 straight pars to finish meant an inward half of nett 1 over par as well. Runner up was Alan Smeeton who fired the best gross score of 76 strokes (nett 73) despite opening with a double bogey on the first. Further shots were dropped on holes 4/5 before a first birdie at 6 and a destructive triple bogey 7 at 8. However a birdie 2 at 9 smartened up the card as Alan finished nett 3 over at the turn. A birdie at 10 was cancelled out by bogey at 11 but 3 straight pars brought Alan back into contention only for a bogey at 15 to stop momentum. However a birdie at the last meant a fabulous level par back 9 of 35 strokes (nett 1 under par) and Ian was pipped on countback. Our winner with a nett level par 71 was Dougie Beattie although 7 dropped shots in the opening 6 holes almost derailled his challenge before it began. However, fine birdies at 7/8 redeemed the card before another dropped shot at 9 to turn in nett 1 over par. 5 more shots leaked on holes 11-14 including a double bogey at 14. Dougie finished with 3 pars and a fine birdie at the last for nett 1 under par on the back 9, a level par score overall and a 2 stroke margin of victory. We had 4 members who scored 2's with Alan Smeeton at the 9th, Steve Arrandale at 12, Ian Young at 16 and Alan Muir had a brace of 2's on 9/16. Our next event is the August Medal at Seafield.

  • Jim MacNamee Memorial Golf Day

  • The annual Jim MacNamee Memorial Golf Day takes place this year at Loudon Gowf Club on Tuesday August 3rd. This invitation event organised to celebrate the life of former Chase Club Captain, Jim MacNamee, returns after a year's absence with a field of 24 players. The field is a mixture of Chase members past and present, members of other Clubs who knew Jim well and Chase Inn patrons. Jim MacNamee was an outstanding Captain of the Chase Golf Club both as a supporter of our events, on and off the course and as the focal point for the Club during his tenure as Captain. He remains the only Chase Captain to win both annual challenge matches against Ayr Seafield and Ayr Carrick (without contributing a point in either match by the way) and is sorely missed by all who will attend, including yours truly who roomed with him on numerous outings. I once asked Jim about my snoring, which I have been led to believe by others, can be loud, but Jim defended me stoutly exclaiming he never heard me at all during any of our trips together. It was only in later years he confessed to wearing ear plugs at night thus allowing him a sound sleep. Thanks go to John McMahon, Pat Dodds and Stephen Kelly who have been instrumental in organising the day. Players are meeting at the Chase Inn for 08.30am then departing for rolls/coffee, 18 holes of golf and a meal after the game. Special mention must also be made of Gordon Wilson who has volunteered to deliver as many sets of clubs as possible by providing the transport to do so. I hope everyone enjoys the day and the weather is good to us.

  • August Medal draw.

  • The draw for the August medal has taken place and is as follows: Wednesday game is A McCaig, J Boyle, S Kelly; Friday game is J Burnett, I Young, S Smith. Tony Bloor is currently the only person looking to play on Saturday. Sunday late game is J Cathcart, I Gray, J Brodie, R Gilchrist. Gordon Christie is currently the only other person looking to play on Sunday. The reserve list is open for all 4 days, for those playing competitive golf, tee times permitting.

  • Club Championship and Handicap Championship Qualifiers for Match Play stages.

  • The results from the Qualifiers have now been collated. I would remind everyone that players can only qualify for one Championship and the Scratch Championship takes preference. Following our 3 qualifying events the following players have qualified for the match play stages - Club Championship - Robert Gilchrist, Robert Long, Alan Smeeton, Steve Arrandale (reigning Champion), Archie McCaig, John Kelly, Alan Muir and Steven McLaughlin. In the Handicap Championship the qualifiers are Ian Speirs, Stan Smith, Billy Rae, Tony Bloor, James Burnett, Gordon Christie, Dougie Beattie and John Brodie. The draws for both Championships can be found in the Library section of the website.

  • Re-introduction of starting sheets and event draws.

  • All members are reminded that now the Chase Inn has re-opened, our draw sheets will re-commence with the playing of the Past Captains Trophy on June 30/July 2/3/4 which will be drawn on Monday June 21st at 6pm. The completed draw will be posted on the board in the Chase Inn and put on the website. Please note we shall also re-commence the payment of entry fees and two's via the envelopes provided in the wooden box in the Chase Inn. Invoices will be sent out covering the competitions upto and including the Dalmilling Cup round 2. We shall continue as we are until after that event.

  • Scottish Golf - Venue Management System (VMS).

  • As all members know the Chase Golf Club currently uses outside suppliers to provide our Website and our Competition and Handicap Software. Scottish Golf have developed their own system - VMS - for Affiliated Clubs to use if they so wish. For various reasons, the Chase Golf Club has until now, chosen not to partner with Scottish Golf on this venture. Alan Smeeton and myself, along with other interested Clubs attended a Zoom meeting with 2 Scottish Golf officials on the benefits and opportunities offered by the VMS package from Scottish Golf. Despite some issues with the sound quality, it was clear to both Alan and myself that it could now be in the interests of the Chase Golf Club to participate in further sessions with a view to possibly moving to this system. We are currently awaiting a summary from the meeting and guidance on how we proceed next. Let me emphasise at this stage we are only looking to see the benefits which might accrue to the Chase Golf Club if we chose to join VMS and no decision would be taken without consultation with the Committee and if required the members. Our mission at the present time is fact finding only. We shall keep all members fully informed if any further developments occur.

  • Electronic score returns

  • Please refer to the email instruction sent out on 10/08/20. If members require further assistance in this matter they should contact Alan Smeeton as per the guidance attached to the email.

  • Amendment to procedure

  • Following 2 incidents where a member was left without a game, the following procedure must now be followed by all players who pull out of a game after the draw has been made. It is now a requirement that the player pulling out contacts EVERYONE PLAYING IN THE GROUP to inform them. This should happen as a common courtesy but clearly has not been.

  • Office Bearers Season 2020/2021
  • Captain Tony Bloor Vice Captain John Simpson
    Secretary/Treasurer John Brodie Handicap Secretary Alan Smeeton
    Committee Alan Muir
    Committee Roy McCubbin Committee Robert Gilchrist