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The Rattray Challenge @ Dalmahoy


Dalmahoy Golf and Country Club’s East Course was the venue for the above event.  Dalmahoy had kindly given Leith Rules Golf Society the courtesy of the course and provided six tee times.  The event was held as a fund raiser for the John Rattray Statue. Golf Clubs and Golf Societies in the Edinburgh and Lothians had been invited to nominate a competition as a qualifier with the winners going forward to the Dalmahoy final on 17 September.  Twenty one players participated on the day playing a Stableford format off full handicap. The weather held fair and despite the rain earlier in the week the course was in excellent condition.  


Included in the societies represented was the Foot of Leith Walk Golf Society, who ran their own separate competition as a tribute to the late Jim Maguire who was a stalwart of both the Foot of Leith Walk and Leith Rules Golf Societies, being a winner of the Hickory Open in 2004.


Those who know Dalmahoy East will need no reminding of its length, over 6,600 yards off the regular Tees - and with relatively little run given the recent weather! The scoring was nothing short of excellent, with the John Rattray Trophy being won by Andrew Soulsby a 5 handicapper of Bruntsfield Links GS with 39 Stableford points. In second place was Duncan Thomson of the Merchant Company Golf Club with 36 points and in third spot Nick Lanzl of Bruntsfield Links GS with 34 points. A meal was held after the golf where the prizes were presented by Brian Graham, Secretary of Leith Rules Golf Society.


Our thanks are due to Dalmahoy Golf and Country Club for the courtesy of the course and to Jeneil Jewellers of Leith who provided a beautiful Quaich as the trophy.  Thanks are also due to all the players, clubs and societies who supported the event which raised £320 towards the John Rattray Statue Fund.