June is here and, mercifully, the only white on the golf course? Beautiful flying dimpled balls!
Community history is at the fore when tournament season commences each June with the annual Guthrie Cup, named in honor of Scotsman David Guthrie, the first Golf Professional at Buck Hill Golf Club. Contrary to popular belief, Tom O’ Malley was not our first and only pro. It was Guthrie whom the Settlement hired in 1909 to take the helm, serving until he retired in 1940. Beginning around 1920 after the birth of a son (also David), Guthrie traveled home to Prestwick, Scotland in the winters, and returned to Buck Hill each spring. Longtime member Gladys Remson in 1964 chronicled the history of Buck Hill Golf, and penned that Guthrie – the “Scottish Gentlemen” – was respected and beloved by all who knew him.
This year, Guthrie assuredly would relish the spirited Ryder Cup style competition between two teams of Buck Hillers. Women joined the fray several years ago, made famous by Dawn Kendall’s final hole victory for her team. Additionally, the Friday night draw party is a special event where captains Tom O’Malley and Gary Clark announce the teams and pairings. It is a splendid way to begin the season in fitting tribute to David Guthrie.