Landslide for Dunnikier Park in town’s Ryder Cup

Dunnikier Park Golf Club 2014 Millennium Cup winners. Entire squad including Match Officials, L-R Rear Match Secretary S Ward, A Brown, JSD Campbell, G Peden, C Urquhart, M elkirk, GG Ballantyne, Senior Covenior B Wilson OBE'Front L-R Golf Section A King, A Burton, P Meikle, M Westwater, B Logan, C Steffen, R McDonald, Golf Section C Peden.
Dunnikier Park Golf Club 2014 Millennium Cup winners. Entire squad including Match Officials, L-R Rear Match Secretary S Ward, A Brown, JSD Campbell, G Peden, C Urquhart, M elkirk, GG Ballantyne, Senior Covenior B Wilson OBE'Front L-R Golf Section A King, A Burton, P Meikle, M Westwater, B Logan, C Steffen, R McDonald, Golf Section C Peden.

Dunnikier Park Golf Club is celebrating after securing a landslide victory in the local version of the Ryder Cup.

The club recorded an impressive 18.5-5.5 home win over Kirkcaldy Golf Club to claim the Millennium Cup – a biennial competition between the town’s two clubs.

The hugely popular tournament follows the Ryder Cup format with the both club’s top golfers going head-to-head over two days of competition for the coveted trophy.

Stuart Ward, match secretary of the victorious Dunnikier Park club, told the Press: “We’re absolutely delighted.

“It was a great competition for both teams played in the right spirit, but to win it in the style we did was fantastic. It was a whitewash.”

Dunnikier took a 4-2 lead during the Friday evening foursomes, and extended their advantage to 7.5-4.5 after the Saturday morning fourballs.

It was during Saturday afternoon’s singles where Dunnikier sealed their emphatic victory, winning 11 and losing only one of the 12 head-to-head matches.

The 13-point winning margin is the largest since the Millennium Cup’s inception in 2000, and was Dunnikier’s third victory in a row.

The overall series is now level at 4-4 with Kirkcaldy due to host the next instalment at the Balwearie course in 2016.

“It was a very good display by the Dunnikier Park golfers,” Mr Ward added.

“Every player picked up at least a point so they all played their part. We’ve got some very good players just now, and they played as a team as well as putting in their own individual efforts.

“The guys are all dedicated to their golf and they are playing on a good course just now, which helps bring up their confidence. Fife Golf Trust’s greenkeeping staff are doing a fantastic job and both teams were very complimentary of the condition of the course.”

“We would also like thank our team sponsors, West End Garage (Skoda), who enabled us to put on a good show on the course and afterwards at the presentation of prizes.”