Golf: Dispatch hero can’t make case for defence

Mark Dickson was part of the all-conquering team. Picture: TSPL
Mark Dickson was part of the all-conquering team. Picture: TSPL
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CAERMOUNT will be missing their star man when they defend the Dispatch Trophy at the Braids next month.

Mark Dickson partnered his father Ian as the Capital club lifted the fanous trophy for the first time since 1957 after beating Harrison in the final.

But he won’t be back for the 114th Evening News-sponsored event as Dickson Jnr is gearing up for a big finish to his spell at the University of South ­Carolina.

“Unfortunately, I plan not to be in Scotland this summer to represent Caermount in the Dispatch Trophy,” he told the Evening News.

“My plan is to play a large amateur event here in South Carolina called the Palmetto Am, which takes place in the first week in June.

“I wish I could be in Edinburgh to defend the trophy, but I have been planning for four years to play the Palmetto AM and continue to pursue my future aspirations in the US upon my gaduation in May.”

The Palemetto Am is taking place at the same time as the Dispatch Trophy will be drawing to a close and, though Dickson won’t be there in body his mind will be.

Joining forces with his dad, as well as Martin Hopley and Gary Henshaw, to win the historic team event was something he’ll cherish forever.

“What that win meant to me a year ago is probably more than words can describe,” he admitted. “It was third-time lucky for me at the Braids, having twice finished runner-up there in the Lothian Boys Championship.

“My dad has always supported my amateur career and for us to be in a team together for the week and play alternate shots was something speical and something I will always ­remember.

“I believe our trust in each other’s games helped us too win a lot of our matches, ­contributing to the overall Caremount win.

“Moreover, the Dispatch ­tournamnet is really like no other event I have ever played competively in.

“There is so much history and the format situation lends its self to great stories and great golf.

“The game is unpredictable as it is, let alone teams playing alternate shot with a combined score in match-play format! This brought many fun stories that me and my dad can share for life.”

The fun starts this year on Saturday, May 25, when the first match tees off earlier than normal at 7am – an hour earlier than the start the following day.

“Winning golf tournaments as an individual is nice, but I feel winning as a team is more fun as you get to celebrate the win with more people,” added Dickson.

“Partnering my dad and winning with him easily outweighed an prior individual success. Also, to add to the team victory, I have known Martin and Gary for a long time, as Caermount was the first golf club I ever joined.

“So to win with those guys and reperesent Caermount how we all did was something very special to me and my family.”

• Entries for this year’s event close on Wednesday.