2015 AGM of Glasgow University Staff Golf Club.
Held in The Bothy, Ruthven Lane on Thursday 17h March 2016
Our Captain Gavin Halbert brings the meeting to order.
Apologies : Alistair Bonington (South Africa) Scott Bryson, Bob Lamb, James Steele (All on Holiday), Ian Ramsden (recovering from illness), John Oliver (Rotary Club), Gordon Lindsay (London For Son’s 40th Birthday), Stephen Miller (Benedetti Concert), Stuart MacKenzie, Ian Salt, Ernie Marshall, Robin Leake, Neil Bulleid, Laurie Hunter, Pat + Helen McGuinness (New Grandchild), Anne Cumberland (Hilton Park Ladies Evening), Mary McLean (Ski holiday in Italy).
Last year’s Minutes
Minutes of the 2014 AGM, held on 13th March 2015 having now been posted on the Club’s website where read in full and then Proposed by David Still and Seconded by Ian Reid as a full and faithful record.
Dundonald: An excellent start to the year – a great turnout of 21 for our 1st outing played on a dry and sunny, but cold afternoon.
1. Bobby Gault 2. Iain Thayne 3. Chris Taylor
Paisley Bushes: Rearranged after initial outing was cancelled due to heavy rain and flooding. Outing highlight was ‘the one that got away’ as Ian Ramsden’s salmon was eaten by Dave Currie.
1. Bobby Gault 2. Dave Currie
Kingsbarns: Glorious sunshine, a wonderful setting, and an unusually quiet course made for a great day on our yearly visit. Controversy due to an inability to read the scorecards correctly resulted in our original winner and 2nd place being amended. Winner received prize of 4ball voucher for Crieff.
1. Stuart MacKenzie 2. Anne Terry (Anne was presented with flowers at the AGM by the captain).
Crieff: Another good day was had on a sunny and enjoyable golf course. Due to the nature of the greens it was noted that the easiest shot was ‘the fourth putt’.
1. Gavin Halbert 2. Sean McKee 3. Colin McGregor
Cardross: A great turnout of 20 members turned out to compete for the Jubilee Quaich.
1. Brian Eden 2. Alistair Bonnington 3. Ian Gardner
Co Edin outings: Lanark, and Strathaven
Ancient Universities Golf Match
The 77th Scottish Ancient Universities match took place on Wednesday 8th &Thursday 9th April 2015.
Glasgow team: Alistair Bonnington, Ian Reid, Neil Bulleid, David Still, Sean McKee and Ian Salt.
Aberdeen 6.5, Edinburgh 7.5 & Glasgow 4
The Senate Match was played on 29th May at Cruden Bay.
Glasgow team : Alastair Bonnington, Neil Bulleid, John Oliver, Ian Salt, Bill Sutherland, Anne Terry, Iain Thayne and Allan Bruce (who although technically from Aberdeen, did do a postgrad degree in Glasgow).Despite experiencing all the seasons in one day – wind, thunder, hail (twice), rain, and sun – the match ended in a sociable draw.
Glasgow 4 Aberdeen 4
East v West
The match was played at Bothwell Castle on 7th August 2015
Glasgow team: Chris Taylor, James Steele, Ian Reid, Kenny Pallas, Tim Montgomery, Stuart Mackenzie, and David Still. – (and Dorian from Edinburgh for singles).
After a week of torrential rain the match managed to go ahead on a slightly squelchy Bothwell castle GC.
Angered by previous pastings, the Glasgow team came out all guns blazing for the morning 4balls, and went in at lunch leading 3-1.
However, Defeat was snatched from the jaws of victory with some fine Edinburgh play in the afternoon. Thanks to Dorian for making up the numbers in our team, but less thanks to him for being dishonorably beaten. Afternoon Singles: West 1 v 5 East
West 4 v 6 East
The 2016 match will be played at Glen Bervie as an equidistant neutral venue, and a possible more permanent option. Lanark could potentially be another option.
Election of Office Bearers:
Presentation of Prizes:
Club Championship – Colin Gribble Cup
Alistair Bonnington beat James Hay
Gents Singles – Rutherglen Cup
Bill Sutherland beat Sean McKee
Ladies Singles – Ferguson Rosebowl
Mary McLean beat Anne Cumberland
Fourball – Hetherington Cup
Colin Muir/James Hay beat Laurie Hunter/Chris Taylor
Sad Passing of Peter Meredith on 29th of November 2015
“Peter brought a good-natured and philosophical attitude to golf, to good shots/bad shots, to winning/losing. He was an enthusiastic but unaccomplished golfer and, whilst he will not be remembered for the quality of his golf, he will be remembered for the good humour, sportsmanship and camaraderie which he brought to every round of golf he played.”