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Glasgow South Inter-Club Golf League
Bonnyton, Cathcart Castle, Cathkin Braes
Cowglen, East Renfrewshire 
Fereneze, Haggs Castle, Pollok
Whitecraigs, Williamwood

Boundary Bell

The Glasgow Boundary Bell is the trophy for which a challenge match is played annually. It started in 1998 between the winners of the Brand Putter League of nine (now eleven) clubs in the south side of the city and the winners of the Donald Cameron League of fourteen clubs in the north of the city. Both of those inter- club leagues were formed in 1947. The Brand Putter League clubs played their first series of matches in 1947 followed in 1948 by the first set of matches for the original eight members of the Donald Cameron League.

The instigator of the challenge match was Graham Dunigan, a Past Captain of Hilton Park Golf Club, who was the guest speaker at the Brand Putter League dinner at Eastwood Golf Club in 1997 and who threw down the gauntlet during his discourse on what he saw at the time as a divided golfing city. Dunigan referred to the two leagues which at that time had been going for more than fifty years and "it seemed that never the twain would meet". He offered to put up a trophy if a challenge match was arranged and the respective secretaries of the two leagues picked up the gauntlet and the first match was arranged for 30 August 1998 at the neutral venue of Ralston Golf Club. That first match resulted in a win for Haggs Castle Golf Club against Cawder Golf Club by four matches to two matches with two matches halved. The winners of the Bell are entitled to call themselves "Glasgow Champions".

There are a few rules drawn up by Past Captain Dunigan and amended over the years in the light of experience, but generally they are similar to the rules of the Brand Trophy League. One major difference, because of the need to have positive result every year, is that in the event of draw, the result of the reserve match shall decide the winner of the challenge match. If this match is also a draw then the challenge match will be decided in a sudden death play off between a selected player from each side.

A tradition has been started that winners of the Bell hang same in a prominent position within their Clubhouse and if members wish to ring the Bell, they must make a donation to the Glasgow based charity "The Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice". Over £12,000 has been collected to date.

The 2019 winners were Haggs Castle Golf Club. They beat Kirkintilloch the DCL winners by 4.5-3.5 in the match which took place at Douglas Park Golf Club on Sunday 8th September. 

The winners of the Boundary Bell play the winners of the Edinburgh Golf League for the Inter Cities Cup.

The Boundary Bell rules (late 2018 version) are available - download a copy

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