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Tuesday 3rd December 2019
Winner today (11 players)
Bill Hutchinson with 45 points (h'cap cut one shot).
 Second place - Chris Robertson with 43 points.
Bitingly cold wind from the west.
One faller today - Dave Donegan came down the 8th(Arndean) like it was Kitzbuhel!!
Thankfully, no damage done except to pride and bruising to dignity.
Dave said that it was carrying his partner, George Gow, that put him off balance.

Information from our President.

Thursday 28th November 2019
Winner today (8 players)
David Bates with 41 points (h'cap cut one shot).
Cool start, then brisk and sunny.  Another "unbelievable" score from Dave Bates!
Information from today's winner.

Tuesday 26th November 2019
Winner today (10 players)
David Bates with "unbelievable!" 46 points (h'cap cut one shot).
Hard luck on Andrew Smith, in second place with 42 points, but no reward!
Ten hardy fellows went out on a dreich misty day, including the "late" Andy Cr
ichton
who had to pay his CHAS fine for being late.
Information from today's winner.

Thursday 21st November 2019
Winner today (9 players)
Alastair McInally with 37 points (h'cap cut one shot).
Conditions under foot not quite as "white frosty" as Tuesday.
But the frost was deeper in the greens, so, difficult to judge approaches.
Information from our President.

Tuesday 19th November 2019
Winners today (7 players)
Dave Donegan & WeeMac with 35 points (each h'cap cut one shot).
Very, Very cold and very frosty underfoot.
Hard to get a tee peg in and bounces on the greens were "interesting".
Still very enjoyable to be out.
Two Championship players out on the Arndean.
Information from our President.

Thursday 14th November 2019
Winner today (12 players- two guests)
Andy Crichton with 37 points (h'cap cut one shot).
Second equal with 32 points - Dave Donegan & Bill Hutchinson - (winnings donated to CHAS).
Commiserations to Tommy Hailstones with 16 points.
Is this the lowest score this season/year/ever?


It was a cold but pleasant day, with a difficult low sun and frozen greens.
Information from today's winner.

Tuesday 5th November 2019
Winner today (11 players)
Wee Mac with 37 points (h'cap cut one shot).
Second place with 34 points - Stewart Pollock (rushed off - so his £1 went to CHAS).
Colder than of late, beautifully bright, but soggy underfoot.
Not surprising after yesterday's rain.

Please Note: "Preferred Lies" will be in use for the Old Masters Winter Order of Merit 2019/20.
Information from our President.

Thursday 31st October 2019
Winner today (12 players)
Jack Wallace with 36 points (h'cap cut one shot).
Second equal with 31 points each - Dave Bates & Bill Hutchinson £1 each.
Frosty and cold start. But lovely once out of the wind and in the sun.
Three Championship players out today.
Information from our President.
Winner of the 2019 Summer Order of Merit - Walter McInally
(Now three Orders of Merit in a row!!). 
In case you haven't heard of Walter McInally, for Sweep purposes
he is otherwise known as Wee Mac, or our President!
Congratulations to Wee Mac!
Information from ght.

Tuesday 29th October 2019
Winner today (13 players)
George Fotheringham with 36 points (h'cap cut one shot).
Second equal with 31 points each - Dave Bates & Alastair McInally shared £3.
On a bright, cold and initially frosty morning.
The four ball played a Round Robin tie and managed to finish about an hour after everyone else.
For the record John B and Tom H beat Dave B and Jack 2 up.
Two Championship players out today.
Information from our President.

Thursday 24th October 2019
Winner today (6 players)
George Gow with 35 points (h'cap cut one shot).
On a bright, autumnal morning, but cold.

Tuesday 22nd October 2019
Winner today (10 players)
John Burns with 31 points (h'cap cut one shot).
On a dry, blustery morning, but very cold.
Information from today's winner.
Later confirmed by the Challenge Match Winning ROW Captain.

A welcome return to the podium for John. Another step to full recovery.

Thursday 17th October 2019
Challenge Match 2019 
Four ball matches on Thursday 17th October 2019
Rest of the World grab victory with wins in all three four ball Matches.
Challenge 2019 - Results


Tuesday 15th October 2019
Challenge Match 2019 - Singles Matches played today.
Four ball matches on Thursday 17th October 2019
Today's results and Thursday's Draw
Challenge 2019 - Intro

Information from our President

Thursday 10th October 2019
No result - sweep washed out today.
Dave Donegan paid his £1 late arrival fine to the CHAS box.
Old Masters have never started at 09:15!!

Challenge Match 2019 - Tues/Thurs next week - details below
Information from our President

Wednesday 8th October 2019
Challenge Match 2019
Four Ball Matches - 07:45 (for photo)Tuesday 15th October 2019.
Rest of World
Dave Bates (Captain)
George Fotheringham
George Haigh
Bill Hutchinson
Drew Page
Stewart Pollock
John Powell
Chris Robertson
Scotland
Alan Dudds (Non-playing Captain)
Dave Donegan
George Gow
Tom Hailstones
Dave Izatt
Alastair McInally
Wee Mac
George Ramsay
Jack Wallace

Singles Matches 08:15 Thursday 17th October 2019
Soup and Sandwiches after the match - all Old Masters invited.
Rest of World
Dave Bates (Captain)
John Burns
George Fotheringham
George Haigh
Bill Hutchinson
Stewart Pollock
John Powell

Scotland
Alan Dudds (Non-playing Captain)
Dave Donegan
George Gow
Tom Hailstones
Alastair McInally
Wee Mac
George Ramsay
Chris Robertson

Information from our President

Tuesday 8th October 2019
Winner today (6 players)
Jack Wallace with 28 points (h'cap cut one shot).
On a very blustery morning.
Information from  today's winner.

Thursday 3rd October 2019
Winners today (7 players)
Dave Bates & Stewart Pollock with 31 points (each h'cap cut one shot).
On an autumnal morning - pleasant conditions.
Two cuts for the price of one - again - good value!
Order of Merit getting tight at the top.
Two championship players out today.
Information from  our President.

Winter Schedule
Tuesday 1st October 2019 thro' to March 2020.

Tuesdays - Draw at 08:15, first group off at 08:30
Thursdays - Draw at 08:45, first group off at 09:00

Sat/Sun -  by arrangement.


Thursday 26th September 2019
Winners today (6 players)
Dave Bates & George Haigh with 32 points (each h'cap cut one shot).
On a showery day - the slower players got wet!!

Please note: 2019 Winter Schedule starts next week.
FROM - Tuesday 1st October 2019 thro' to March 2020.

Tuesdays - Draw at 08:15, first group off at 08:30
Thursdays - Draw at 08:45, first group off at 09:00

Sat/Sun -  by arrangement.
Information from  our President.

Wednesday 25th September 2019
Report for Tuesday 24th September
2019
No quorum.
For various reasons, poor weather forecast, injuries, domestic duties etc, -  only five players.
A five ball non-counting sweep was played, and won by Stewart Pollock with 30 points.
A humid overcast day, but it stayed dry.
Information from Drew Page.
Please note: 2019 Winter Schedule starts next week.
FROM - Tuesday 1st October 2019 thro' to March 2020.

Tuesdays - Draw at 08:15, first group off at 08:30
Thursdays - Draw at 08:45, first group off at 09:00

Sat/Sun -  by arrangement.
Information from  our President.

Thursday 19th September 2019
Seven players today. All had forgotten about the Seniors Open Scramble, as one does(?).
So everyone went out on the Cowden course, with a review to be taken later on return to the clubhouse.
No scores were properly kept, but skins had been assiduously noted.
At the tenth hole two dropped out and a "vicious" 5-man skins took place over Arndean.
The main beneficiary was Drew Page with 4 skins.
It has been quite some week for Drew, and good to see him back with us.

After a misty start it turned into a bright sunny day.
So two Championship players took a leisurely stroll on Cowden. But didn't play.
Information from  our President.

Tuesday 17th September 2019
Winner today (9 players)
Drew Page with 34 points (h'cap cut one shot).
John Burns described Drew's play as "ridicoolusly meticoolus" (phonetic spelling).

John also earns a big thank you from Mac for his help in giving the
Commemorative Bench its first oiling today.

A sparkling day, and fun to be had, unless you entered the 1st cut - so thick!
Mac reports that he couldn't see over the top of it.
Two Championship players out today.
Information from  our President.

Tuesday 10th September 2019
Winner today (6 players)
Stewart Pollock with 34 points (h'cap cut one shot).
On a dull day, with very little breeze.
Three Championship players out today.

Thursday 5th September 2019
No Quorum - only five players today.
Bright and sunny, with an Autumnal feel in the air.
Five man mini sweep played over thirteen holes, won by Tom Hailstones.
Two Championship players out today, with a non-combatant escort for four holes.

Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Not really a day for golf, but seven players turned up.
So a nine hole non-counting 50p sweep was played on the Arndean course.
Stewart and Jack shared the booty. (Jack holds Stewart's winnings).
It was wet, very, very wet, mainly underfoot. Most of the game played in the mist.


Two Championship players also daft enough to go out today.
Information from  our President.

Thursday 29th August 2019
Winners today (7 players)
Dave Bates & Wee Mac with 37 points (each h'cap cut one shot).
Another, two cuts for the price of one, "good value day" .
Weather cooler than of late. Latterly the slow coach quartet were hit by a squally shower
Three Championship players out again today.
Information from  our President.

Tuesday 27th August 2019
Winner today (8 players)
Jack Wallace with 40 points (h'cap cut one shot).
On a sultry day.
Three Championship players out today.

Thursday 22nd August 2019
No Quorum
- only four players today.
Three Championship players out today.