AUCHTERMUCHTY GOLFING SOCIETY
THE SOCIAL SIDE
The social scene provides a major part of any golfing society and Auchtermuchty Golfing Society is no different. We usually open our year with the Balfour Flask on Jan 2nd. This was devised as a 9 hole, 3 clubs + putter, event so that we could bring along wives and partners to help bring in the New Year in a civilised fashion. If the weather proves inclement we play this as our Season Startup over 18 holes using 4 clubs + putter.
The Invitation Greensomes has been with us for many years now. Members invite a guest, usually one not in the habit of playing the Ladybank course, and we compete for a small trophy. Lunch can be a liquid affair.
The Annual Outing is a major day in our social and golfing calendar. Traditionally played on the first Friday in June, members are conveyed to and from the event by bus. The old Scottish Border (mainly Hawick Common Riding) tradition of drinking rum and milk was introduced some years ago by a member and has now become a Society tradition. It would seem that some individuals think that to consume this concoction on the bus before 8 in the morning is unusual. They should visit Hawick where, in the pubs, the milk usually runs out before 9.
The Newburgh Match, see Competitions, sadly seems now to be a thing of the past. As well as the match itself, teams took in turn to be the "home" side and provide a wee refreshment at the 10th tee for both parties. This, with the golfing pressure of losing pairs paying for their opponents lunch, helped make for an enjoyable day all round.
A recent addition is the match against the Strathmiglo Tavern Society, another local rivalry. This fixture was inaugurated in 2004 when we were pleased to host our friends from Strathmiglo over Ladybank. Matches were played in Ryder Cup style as against Newburgh. This has the makings of match which will run and run.
The final day of our season is given over to the Captain and as further reference to the Competitions page will attest, any of several formats may be used.