Western Dental Golf Club

FGDP(UK) Scotland is delighted to be associated with the Western Dental Golf Club. The WGDC was formed in 1925 from the golfing section of The Glasgow Odontological Society and has a membership of up to 100 dentists. Membership of the Western Dental Golf Club currently costs just £40 annually. To apply for membership, email secretary@wdgc.co.uk.

WDGC FIXTURE LIST 2014

Friday-Monday 9-12 May Spring Weekend Machrihanish GC, Machrihanish Dunes Resort
Wednesday 21 May (pm) Captain’s Prizes Western Gailes GC
Friday-Sunday 6-8 June Match  v “Irish” Headfort GC
Wednesday 11 June (am & pm) Men v Boys Kilmacolm GC
Wednesday 25 June (am & pm) Match v East The Roxburghe GC
Wednesday 13 August (am & pm) Millennium Trophy Lundin Links GC
Wednesday 27 August (pm) Vice-Captain’s Prizes Whitecraigs GC
Friday-Monday 12-14 September Autumn Weekend Boat of Garten/Tain GC, Morangie Hotel
Sunday-Friday 9-14 November USDGA Marriott Desert Springs Resort, Palm   Desert, California

In November 2012 the Western Dental Golf Club sent a team to West Palm Beach in Florida for a match against the United States Dental Golf Association. Just like their professional counterparts they upset the form book and returned with the trophy.

2012 Dental Ryder Cup – Back from the Brink!

The historic comeback of Jose-Maria Olazabal’s European Ryder Cup team was equalled in November when the three man Scottish team of Alan Morrison, John Gibson and Craig Taylor won their final six singles matches to win the dental version of the Ryder Cup by one point from the United States Dental Golf Association.

Craig Taylor and John Gibson opted NOT to wear tartan!

Craig Taylor and John Gibson opted NOT to wear tartan!

The three are all members of the Western Dental Golf Club – a club open to dentists who practise or have practised in the West of Scotland and to those who qualified from Glasgow Dental Hospital.  It  was formed in 1925 at Turnberry, following the break-up of the golfing section of the Glasgow Odontological Society. Eighty-eight years on, the club continues to thrive and members enjoy outings to some of the country’s finest golf courses and also have annual matches against colleagues from the East of Scotland, from Northern Ireland, from Glasgow Dental Hospital and more recently, from the USA.

Following  an American victory the inaugural Dental Ryder Cup competition in 2007 at the TPC Sawgrass,  and a succession of USA wins at courses such as Torrey Pines and PGA West (both in California), and Troon North in Scottsdale, Arizona, the trophy had taken up residence on the other side of the Atlantic.  It seemed a foregone conclusion after the first two days of the 2012 competition at the PGA National Resort in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida (home of the Honda Classic) that another American victory was in the offing as the USA team raced into a 5-1 lead. Day three was also America’s with another 2-1 victory, to put the USA within a half point of retaining the trophy.

It is said that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. And so it was for the intrepid threesome of Western Dental Golf Club members who beat off all comers to become last men standing at the hotel bar that night! Carrying their newly-attained sense of achievement to the first tee the following morning, they embarked upon the comeback trail with all the enthusiasm that their hangovers would allow and when they won a whitewash of the day’s ties, it seemed they had fallen upon a winning formula.

Alan Morrison receives the Dental Ryder Cup from US Captain Todd Hardin

Alan Morrison receives the Dental Ryder Cup from US Captain Todd Hardin

Another night out with friends and colleagues from Long Island, New York followed, which served to focus the mind on simply hitting the ball on the last morning of competition. It may or may not have been the ghost of Seve, but something inspired the Scots to another 3-0 whitewash, with Messrs Gibson and then Morrison each sinking long putts on the 18th to win their matches, snatching an unlikely victory and ensuring the trophy returned for the first time across the Atlantic.