Martin Dempster

Martin Dempster

Martin Dempster: Walker Cup not the stepping stone it used to be

HOW disappointing it must have been for Nigel Edwards, the Welshman who will lead Great Britain & Ireland into battle in the Walker Cup at Royal Aberdeen later this year, to hear that one of his potential team members had turned professional.

Martin Dempster: Jamieson apprenticeship serving him well on Tour

SCOTTISH golfers have a habit of doing well on their first season on the European Tour. Since its launch in 1960, the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award has been claimed by no less than 11 of our players, including Bernard Gallacher (1968), Sam Torrance (1972), Sandy Lyle (1978), Colin Montgomerie (1988) and Marc Warren (2006).

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Martin Dempster: Solution needed, not dirty tricks

THE ongoing fight between the Scottish Golf Union and its Area associations over the proposed amalgamation with the Scottish Ladies' Golfing Association has, sadly, turned into a 'dirty tricks' campaign.

Martin Dempster: Elliot Saltman can rise above the flak

AS WELL as being a hulk of a man, Elliot Saltman also has mental strength. That was obvious when he arrived at the European Tour Qualifying School in Girona last December knowing everyone else was whispering about him yet still won his card along with younger brother Lloyd.

Martin Dempster: Clubs' view on amalgamation will be interesting

AS part of the proposed amalgamation with the Scottish Ladies Golfing Association, the Scottish Golf Union wants the country's clubs to become its stakeholders instead of the Area associations.

Martin Dempster: Junior Tour appears to be planting seeds of jealousy

THE proposed amalgamation with the Scottish Ladies' Golf Association may be the big talking point just now, but it seems the Scottish Golf Union has another interesting fight on its hands.

Martin Dempster: Sad to see Dunbar defences breached so easily

HAVING cut my own golfing teeth at Dunbar, how galling it was to see the splendid East Lothian course made to look ridiculously easy at times during last week's Scottish Boys' Championship.

Martin Dempster: Martin Laird has nothing to fear in Masters debut

IT is probably asking too much for Martin Laird to make a winning debut at Augusta National in a fortnight's time, but he is certainly going to be heading up Magnolia Lane for the first time with a spring in his step.

Martin Dempster: Amateurs must not forget there's no place like home

IN ADDITION to the fact they've both held the world No 1 ranking, Nick Faldo and Lee Westwood share something else in common which I believe is worth recalling as the new amateur season, domestically at least, is about to get under way.

Martin Dempster: Poignant reminder of lost talent

NICK Watney's win in the WGC-Cadillac Championship no doubt raised a wry smile on the face of a Scot who knows the American well from their days jousting for titles on the college circuit.

Martin Dempster: Long-awaited win can lift Lyle

IT WAS staggering to be reminded that Sandy Lyle's success in the ISPS Handa Senior World Championship in China at the weekend was his first victory of any description for nearly 20 years.

Martin Dempster: Sorrow at Dougie's passing

SCOTTISH golf lost a good friend at the weekend with the death of Douglas Lowe, golf correspondent of The Herald for almost eight years but a contributor to that newspaper's coverage of the sport for much longer.

Martin Dempster: Stewart stakes Walker Cup claim

IT was only natural that famous names such as Bobby Locke, Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Trevor Immelman were the first ones that jumped out at him. Yet, once he had a little longer to see the company he'd joined in becoming the new South African Amateur champion, one other probably hit Michael Stewart like a ton of bricks.

Martin Dempster: Euro fab four top charts after breaking America

Luke Donald, with wife Diane and daughter Elle, poses with the trophy after defeating Martin Kaymer to win the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona at the weekendPicture: Getty Images

Martin Dempster: Taking a dive into rich bank of Woody stories

ALONG with many others, no doubt, I found myself reading yesterday's Scotsman with a tinge of sadness, having turned to the last page of the Monday sports pull-out to discover that Ian Wood had decided it was time to bring an end to his splendid weekly column.

Martin Dempster: Message from Trump Towers shows passion

IT was one of those instances where a double take was required. After all, it's not every day you open your inbox to be met with an email with the following subject matter: 'Message from Mr Trump'.

Martin Dempster: Credit long overdue for our supportive Tour stalwarts

SITTING in the Gatehouse Suite at Edinburgh Castle for the launch of 'Team Scottish Hydro' last week, it was comforting to realise that people do care about Scottish golf, not just in terms of the sponsorship of an exciting new initiative but, also in terms of players giving something back and for the simple fact that the game is newsworthy.

Martin Dempster: Clubs hope for rub of the greens in tax ruling

SCOTTISH golf clubs, particularly those ones that enjoy a steady stream of visitors, will be watching with interest today as a ruling is made that could result in them receiving a welcome windfall.

Martin Dempster: Murray right to voice his disgust at Tiger's spitting

UNLIKE his rugby namesake, Ewen Murray doesn't have Christian beliefs that stop him working on the Sabbath. Just as well, really, as he wouldn't have got very far as a golf commentator if he decided to vacate the Sky booth just as every tournament reached the business end.

Martin Dempster: Rare chance to own a club

EVER fancied owning your own golf club? Well, if you happen to have a spare £295,000 or so in the bank, this is your chance. Bridgend & District Golf Club, which is just outside Linlithgow in West Lothian, has just been put on the market at offers over that figure, for which you get a nine-hole course set in 39 acres and a purpose-built clubhouse.

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