Friday June 16, 2017

Good luck to the County team at the Inter-County Jamboree this weekend at Nairn.

Full results can be found here

 

Tuesday June 6, 2017

The closing date for the North of Scotland Championship has been extended to Monday 12th June. Entry forms can be found here.

 

Sunday May 28, 2017

Many congratulations to all the ladies who participated in the 69th Watt Duffus Inter Club Trophy, held this year at Aboyne Golf Club.  23 teams played and it was lovely to see Meldrum House participating for the first time.

There were several excellent scores with Julie Henderson , Murcar Links, producing the round of the day, a gross 72, to win the Mrs J P Kennaway Cup.  Gail Christie Banchory Golf Club, playing off a handicap of 8, played an excellent round of golf to win the Individual Handicap Trophy with a gross 76 nett 68.


Margaret MacNaughtan, Julie Henderson, Gail Christie, Sheila McNaught

There was a very clear winners in both the team events with Aboyne making most of home advantage. Aboyne 1 quartet of Shannon McWilliam, Carmen Griffiths, Kimberley Beveridge and Maryla Sime won the Watt Duffus Trophy for the best scratch team total of 227 and Aboyne 2 team of Heather Mackenzie, Georgette Hollingsworth, Fenneke Walter – Sinke and Carmen Eakin won the Handicap Trophy for the best net total of 216


Shannon McWilliam, Sandra Findlay (Aboyne Lady Captain), Kimberley Beveridge, Maryla Sime, Carmen Griffiths, Georgette Hollingsworth, Heather Mackenzie

Our grateful thanks go to Aboyne Golf Club who kindly granted us courtesy of the course and to all the members and staff who made us feel so welcome and helped make it a fantastic day. 

I am delighted to announce the Aberdeenshire team selected to play in the forthcoming Jamboree at Nairn in June is:

Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne)
Sammy Leslie (Kemnay)
Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead)
Donna Pocock  (Kemnay)
Rachel Polson (Kemnay)
Molly Stewart (Murcar Links)
Carol Wilson (Murcar Links)
Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies)
Res: Gillian Mackenzie (Banchory)


Kimberley Beveridge


Sammy Leslie


Jasmine Mackintosh

Donna Pocock


Rachel Polson


Molly Stewart


Carol Wilson


Sheena Wood


I am looking forward to our weekend in Nairn and I am sure the girls will do their best to try and retain the trophy they won at Edzell last year.

The Munross Trophy was played last Sunday at Montrose Links and many congratulations to our County Champion Molly Stewart (Murcar Links)  who played very well to finish 5th with rounds of 73 and 73 for a total of 146, only 7 shots of the winning score. Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead), Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne) ,Vikki Thom (Kemnay), Rachel Mathieson (Hazlehaed), Robyn Galon (Duff House Royal) and Onchitra Veerasakri (Aboyne)  were also involved.

Congratulations also to Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne) who was crowned ‘Scottish Golf Junior Tour Champion’ at Turnhouse Golf Club with rounds of 80 and 73 in testing conditions,  to win by 4 shots. She then went onto qualify for the Women’s Grand Final by coming second in the Revive Active Scottish women’s regional final (East) at Kirkcaldy Golf Club.


Carmen Griffiths

Aberdeenshire was well represented in the SVLGA Northern Championships held recently at Edzell and congratulations to Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) who retained the SVLGA Nothern Championship and to Margaret Parkinson (Deeside) who won the Silver Handicap Championship.

The Scottish Women’s Amateur Championship is being held at Royal Aberdeen from Tuesday 6th June – Saturday 10th June and we have a number of Aberdeenshire Ladies playing – Carol Wilson (Murcar Links), Fiona Seedhouse (Aberdeen Ladies), Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead), Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne), Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne), Sammy Leslie (Kemnay), Rachel Polson (Kemnay). Lynne Terry (Cruden Bay), Lesley Watson (Deeside), Louise Anderson (Duff House), Megan Robb (Peterculter), Molly Stewart (Murcar Links), Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies), Morven Adam (Hazlehead), Michelle Finnie (Aberdeen Ladies), Catriona MacDonald (Aberdeen Ladies) and Suzanne Robertson (Fraserburgh).

We wish them all good luck and look forward to watching their progress throughout the week.

A wee reminder that Aberdeenshire are hosting the North of Scotland at Kemnay Golf Club from Monday 3rd July – Wednesday 5th July and all entries should be with our Secretary Karen Stalker by Saturday 3rd June.

The Tri Am is being held at Deeside on Friday 7th June. This is always a fun day and entry forms are available on the County website.

With the Scottish Amateur at Balgownie and the Jamboree in Nairn to look forward to the next few weeks are just going to fly by. I hope you are all enjoying your golf and I hope to see you at some of the events coming up.

Sheila McNaught
(ALCGA Captain)

Sunday May 21, 2017

Well the County season is well and truly underway with four county opens successfully completed – Ballater, Aboyne, Banchory and Fraserburgh – and all have been well supported with some excellent scores being produced. Congratulations to all our Prize winners.

A couple of weekends ago, it was the County Championship at Cruden Bay and what a fabulous three days we had. The sun shone and the wind blew and the course was in great condition demanding a very high level of skill and course management in both stroke and match play situations. It proved to be a fantastic venue for the most prestigious event in the calendar. 30 ladies teed off on Friday afternoon with Gillian Mackenzie (Banchory) being the leading qualifier on 79.


Gillian MacKenzie and Margaret MacNaughtan

The following day the match play stages in both the Scratch and Handicap sections started (A full list of all the results can be found on the website under competition results). The matches were all closely contested and played in such good spirit and it was obvious to the spectators that all the players were thoroughly enjoying the challenges the course had to offer. On Sunday morning the final of the handicap trophy was between Karen Mackay (Murcar Links) and Catriona MacDonald (Aberdeen Ladies) which Karen won 5&4.


Margaret MacNaughtan, Catriona MacDonald, Karen Mackay and Sheila McNaught

The semi –finals of the scratch event were between Donna Pocock (Kemnay) and Fiona Campbell (McDonald Ellon) and Carol Wilson (Murcar Links) and Molly Stewart (Murcar Links).


Donna and Fiona


Molly and Carol


Both matches finished at the 15th with Fiona and Carol narrowly missing out resulting in the final being played between Donna and Molly. In a close contest both girls played some excellent golf in very testing conditions with Molly managing to win at the 17th to become the 2017 County Champion for the first time. Many congratulations to Molly and all the Ladies who reached to match play stages because we witnessed some tremendous golf over the three days and are so fortunate to have such talent playing in our county competitions.


Molly Stewart, ALCGA Champion


Sheila McNaught, Fiona Campbell, Donna Pocock, Molly Stewart, Carol Wilson, Gillian MacKenzie and Margaret MacNaughtan

The Mary McKenna trophy was played at Murcar Links on Sunday 9th / Monday 10th April between Scottish Vets and Irish Vets. Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) halved her foursomes match on Sunday but won her singles match 4&3 to help the team win the trophy for the first time since 2009. Ellie Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) is Vice Captain of the SVLGA so both Ladies are to be congratulated on their achievement.


Sheena Wood (back row, right) and Ellie Whyte (front row, left)

Aberdeenshire were well represented by Sarah Black (Deeside), Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne), Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead) and Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) in the Scottish U18 Girls’ Open Stroke play championship which was played at Montrose Links during the Easter holidays.  After the 3 rounds Carmen finished tied 44th, Jasmine 28th and after a poor first round of 79 Shannon finished strongly with rounds of 71, 67 to take the runner up slot on countback.

Jasmine and Shannon then headed off to Troon the following weekend to play in the Helen Holm Scottish women’s open amateur stroke play championship.  After their 2 rounds over the Portland Course both girls qualified for the final round on Sunday over Royal Troon’s Open Championship links course with Jasmine lying 58th (75,78) and Shannon ( 69.70) holding onto 2nd spot just 2 shots of the lead. Both girls had rounds of 75 with Shannon finishing runner up in this prestigious golfing event and she was the leading Scottish player for the second year in a row. Both girls are to be congratulated on their excellent performance over the weekend.


Shannon McWilliam with her runners up medal
(Photo courtesy of Elaine Farquharson-Black)

Our first junior competition of the season was a Stableford held on Sunday 30th April over the Silverburn Course at Balgownie, with Rachel Mathieson (Hazlehead) winning  with 37points. Our next Junior Medal is on Tuesday 23rd May at Inverurie at 5.30pm and we would be delighted to see some new faces and increase the numbers of girls playing in our monthly competitions.  Any girl who has a handicap of 35 or less will be made most welcome and if you wish any further details you can either contact myself  (Sheila.mcnaught@btopenworld.com) or our Junior Convenor Donna Pocock on: alcgajuniors@outlook.com

I am looking forward to seeing you all at the Watt Duffus tomorrow at Aboyne. This is always a keenly contested Club event with both Scratch and Handicap prizes on offer.

Aberdeenshire are delighted to be hosting the North of Scotland at Kemnay on Monday 3rd July – Wednesday 5th July. I am sure a number of you will support this event and entries (entry forms on the website) can be sent to our secretary Karen Stalker

As you can see the County has had a very busy and successful start to the season and with the Jamboree in Nairn to look forward to in June the next few weeks are just going to fly by. I hope you are all enjoying your golf and I look forward to seeing some of you at Aboyne or Kemnay.

Sheila McNaught
County Captain

 

 

Thursday May 4, 2017

Good luck to all the players at the County Championship at Cruden Bay this weekend.

Click here for the scratch matchplay results

and here for the handicap results.

 

Sunday, April 9, 2017

 

The last few months have not been too bad for winter golf so I am sure you have been enjoying some of the recent spring weather, and like me, are now looking forward to the new season starting.

Thank you to all of you who turned out for our AGM last November. Thanks, as ever, to Karen for all work she puts in preparing the power point presentation- it is always fun to see the photos and certainly brings back all the memories of the past season.

We had our first County training session on Sunday 12th March at Inchmalo. 12 girls were able to attend so we played a 9 hole greensomes match play competition which finished all square 1 ˝ - 1 ˝. We were very fortunate with the weather and it was great to get the girls out again.


Vikki Thom, Kelly Guthrie, Carol Wilson,
Rachel Polson


Sarah Black, Shannon McWilliam, Carmen Griffiths, Jasmine Mackintosh


Louise Anderson, Julie Lees, Sammy Leslie, Donna Pocock


An Aberdeenshire select team played the Scottish Vets on Sunday at Murcar Links and had another great day. The sun shone, there was little wind and the course was in fantastic condition.  8 girls were available to play in the match - Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies), Carol Wilson (Murcar Links), Vikki Thom (Kemnay), Donna Pocock (Kemnay), Jill Harrison (Cruden Bay), Sammy Leslie (Kemnay), Louise Anderson (Duff House Royal) and Karen Stalker (Cruden Bay). Although early in the season we witnessed some great golf from both teams and it was a good opportunity for the girls to play some competitive match play golf so early in the season.









At the recent SGLGolf Awards in Edinburgh Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) was awarded the 2016 Senior Ladies Order of Merit award. Sheena is also just back from playing in the Spanish Senior Women’s International Championship at the Isla Canela Golf Club, Ayamonte. and finished a creditable tied 28th.

We also congratulate Sheena on her selection to play for the Scottish Vets in the McKenna Trophy match against the Irish Vets which this year is being played at Murcar Links on Sunday 9th April and Monday 10th April. I hope some of you will come along and support Sheena in this event and also Ellie Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) who is Vice Captain of the Scottish Vets.

 


At the younger end of the County squad, Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne), Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne) and Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead) are all part of the Scottish Golf Academy so have been busy over the winter attending training camps. Shannon has also been playing a few competitions abroad and represented Scotland in the European Nations Cup at Sotogrande

The first Junior county competition is to be held on Sunday 30th April on the Silverburn Course at Aberdeen Ladies but before then I am sure Aberdeenshire will be well represented in the Scottish Girls Strokeplay Championships which this year is being played at Montrose.

Aberdeen Ladies’ Golf Club have an exciting year ahead celebrating their quasquicentennial (125th) year and recently held a dinner in the Marcliffe Hotel when around 140 members and guests all enjoyed a delicious dinner and amusing speakers. As part of their celebrations the Club is also hosting the Scottish Women’s Amateur Championships in June and also the County Lyon Foursomes in August.

We are all looking forward to our County Opens starting with the first one always at Ballater on Thursday 28th April and we are excited to be playing the County Championships at Cruden Bay Golf Club from Friday 5th May – Sunday 7th May. I am sure this will be a popular venue so make sure you get your entry form into Karen in good time. Details of all our fixtures can be found on the website under the Competitions link.

The County Jamboree is being held at Nairn Golf Club this year from Saturday 17th June to Monday 18th June.  The girls are always very pleased to see some yellow clad supporters round the course so if anyone would like to come along and support the team we would love to see you. 

Aberdeenshire are also hosting the North of Scotland Championships at Kemnay Golf Club from Monday 3rd July – Wednesday 5th July and we are hoping this event will be well supported by our members.May I take this opportunity to wish all members every success with your golf over the coming season. I hope you have all set yourselves a ‘wee' golfing challenge for the new season and you enjoy not just your golf but meeting and playing with old and new faces alike.

Sheila McNaught
County Captain