Friday September 8, 2017

With the recent spell of warm sunny weather it is hard to believe that the end of season is fast approaching and with the darker evenings you are now only maybe managing 9 holes after work.

The final of the Sheena Wood Rosebowl was recently played at Banchory Golf Club between Michelle Finnie (Aberdeen Ladies) and Mary Robinson (Murcar Links) which Michelle won in a keenly contested match. Congratulations to both Ladies in reaching the final of this popular competition.


Mary Robinson and Michelle Finnie


The Commonwealth Spoons was held at Alford Golf Club on Tuesday 22nd August. 36 Couples took part and despite a bit of rain the course was in excellent condition and everyone enjoyed their day. Penny Smith (Rosehearty) and Elaine Pirie (Duff House Royal) (17.5) won with a score of 67.5. The other qualifiers are Michelle Black (Murcar Links) and Emma Gising (Murcar Links) (12) 70, Sheila Wilson (Duff House Royal) and Beverley Pirie (Duff House Royal) (21) 70 and Mary Robinson (Murcar Links) and Helen McIntosh (Murcar Links)(18) 71. Good luck to all 4 couples when they represent Aberdeenshire in the Scottish Finals which this year is being played at Alyth on Monday 11th September.


Penny Smith and Elaine Pirie


Michelle Black and Emma Gissing


Bev Pirie and Sheila Wilson


Helen McIntosh and Mary Robinson


The North of Scotland Girl’s Championships was recently held at Portlethen Golf Club. We witnessed some excellent golf with Jodie Taylor (Downfield) winning the Championship with an excellent score of 73 playing to 8 under her handicap. The Handicap winner was Megan Ashley (Strathmore) (3) 75 and the runner up was Kirsty Brodie (Strathmore) (1) 76. The girls all conducted themselves in such a great manner and they are a great credit to their families, Clubs and Counties and I look forward to watching their progress over the coming years.


Sheila McNaught, Megan Ashley, Kirsty Brodie and Jodie Taylor


The Lyon Foursomes was played at Royal Aberdeen, Balgownie Course on the 7th and 8th August. 12 teams took part and the course proved an excellent venue and a real test of all the player’s match play skills. Unfortunately we had some heavy downpours on Monday afternoon but we still managed to complete all the matches so were then all set to play the semi finals and final the following day.

In the first semi final Aberdeen Ladies 1 (Fiona Seedhouse, Michelle Finnie, Kim Watt and Lesley Marnoch ) played Kemnay 1 (Rachel Polson, Sammy Leslie, Donna Pocock and Vikki Thom) and lost by 9 holes and in the other match Aboyne (Carmen Griffiths, Kimberley Beveridge, Georgette Hollingsworth and Maryla Sime) played Hazlehead (Morven Adam, Karen Thow, Kath Emeleus and Karen Pottinger ) and won by 8 holes.


Aberdeen Ladies 1
Michelle Finnie, Lesley Marnoch, Kim Watt, Fiona Seedhouse


Kemnay 1
Donna Pocock, Rachel Polson, Sammy Leslie, Vikki Thom


Aboyne 1
Maryla Sime, Carmen Griffiths, Georgette Hollingsworth,
Kimberley Beveridge


Hazlehead
Karen Thow, Morven Adam, Karen Pottinger, Kath Emeleus


In the afternoon Carmen and Kimberley beat Sammy and Rachel by two holes but Donna and Vikki managed to beat Georgette and Marlya by seven holes so Kemnay 1 won the 2017 Lyons Foursomes for the first time and Aboyne were awarded the Godsman Quaich as runners up. Vikki and Rachel were also awarded Lyon brooches as first time winners.


Sheila McNaught, Georgette Hollingsworth, Rachel Polson, Vikki Thom, Donna Pocock, Sammy Leslie, Maryla Sime, Margaret MacNaughtan, Kimberley Beveridge, Carmen Griffiths


It was very fitting that in their 125th Anniversary year, Aberdeen Ladies hosted this event as Charlotte Lyon who donated the trophy in 1936 was a member of the Club for over 80 years and was their secretary for 51 years. A huge thank you to Fiona Seedhouse, their Lady Captain, and all the members who worked so hard both before and throughout the two days in making this event such a success. You made us all feel so welcome and the home bakes were a real treat!!
 



Charlotte Lyon’s photo beside the trophies


Unfortunately Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) , Jasmine McIntosh (Hazlehead), Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) were unable to play in the Lyon’s Foursomes as they were all away on International duty. Shannon was representing Scotland in the Home Internationals and Jasmine was representing the U18 Girl’s Scottish team in the Girls’ event with both competitions being played at Little Aston. Both teams finished third and both girls contributed to their wins over Wales on the final day.

Sheena was selected to represent Scottish Vets in the Veteran Ladies Golf Association Jamboree at Frilford Heath Golf Club and although Scotland finished in fourth place it is great for Aberdeenshire to have 3 of our players representing Scotland and I am sure their achievements will be a huge incentive for other county members to work towards.

Aberdeenshire was also represented in the Management team of the Scottish Vets with Ellie Whyte (Aberdeen Ladies) as Vice- Captain.

Congratulations to Lynne Terry (9) (Cruden Bay) who reached the semi finals of the Handicap knock out stages at the Strathtryum Tournament at St Andrews before being beaten by the winner, Elizabeth Doyle from Ireland who was playing off 25.

Carmen Griffiths headed over to the States to represent Scotland as one of 6 young Scottish golfers to be selected for a trip of a lifetime to this year’s Solheim Cup at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, Iowa to be part of the hand- over ceremony for the 2019 Solheim Cup coming to Scotland .

Catriona Matthew with the Scottish girls. Carmen is standing 3rd from the right
(Photo courtesy of Scottish Golf)


Good Luck to Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) who is playing for the Scottish Senior Women’s team in the European Team Championships this week at Skalica, Slovakia and in October Sheena will again represent Scotland in the Senior Home Internationals at Newport in Wales.

The next date to put in the diary is Saturday 11th November – The County AGM – which is again being held at Aberdeen Curl at 11am and I look forward to seeing as many of you there as possible.

Sheila McNaught (Captain)  

 

Sunday August 6, 2017

Good luck to all the players involved in the Lyon Foursomes at Balgownie.

Click here for the results.

 

Tuesday July 11, 2017

Despite the weather, we had a great day last Friday  at the County Tri Am competition which this year was held at Deeside Golf Club. 28 teams took part and there was some excellent scoring with Penny Burrows (Banchory), Gladys Ward (Banchory) and Margaret Ogden (Banchory) the winning team with score of 62.


Margaret Ogden, Penny Burrows and Gladys Ward


The longest drives went to Rachel Polson (Kemnay) winning the Silver and Grace Porter (Deeside) the Bronze. Carol Wilson (Murcar Links) was nearest the pin at the 1st for the Silver and Linda Moore (Deeside) the Bronze.  Christine Dallas (Banchory) had the straightest drive at the 11th and Carol Whicher (Kemnay) was nearest the Pin at the 17th with her second shot. Special thanks must go to Jenny Skene the Deeside County Rep and Alison Graham their Lady Captain for all their help both before and during the day and to all the ladies who supported the day and helped make the event such a success and I am sure this will now become a regular event on the County calendar.

In the Scottish Seniors Women’s Championships held at Blairgowrie Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) finished 8th and then qualified for the match play stages which were played over the following 2 days. In the first 2 rounds Sheena beat Donna Jackson (Troon Ladies) and Jennifer Bryans (Harburn) to reach the semi -finals when she beat Gillian Kyle (East Renfrewshire) at the 19th. In the final Sheena played Fiona De Vries (St Rule) but unfortunately lost 5&4 however Sheena is to be congratulated on her excellent performance all week.


Fiona De Vries and Sheena Wood
(Photo courtesy of Scottish Golf)


Aberdeenshire was well represented at the North of Scotland Championships which this year we were hosting at Kemnay.  After the stroke play round on a blustery Monday, Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne), Camila Davies (Dunecht House), Sammy Leslie (Kemnay), Vikki Thom (Kemnay), Megan Robb (Peterculter) and Lauren Whyte (Kemnay) all qualified for the Scratch Knockout stages. However the highlight of the day was Kimberley’s score of three under par 70 which set a new course record.


Kimberley Beveridge


Kimberley and Sammy both won their first round matches when unfortunately they had to play each other in the next round and after a tremendous match Kimberley won at the 19th to set up a semi- final match against Gillian Paton (Royal Montrose). The other semi- final was between Eilidh Watson (Muckhart) and Jen Saxton (Muckhart).
 


Semi Finalists – Gillian Paton and Kimberley Beveridge


Semi Finalists – Eilidh Watson and Jen Saxton


Both matches were closely contested with Eilidh and Gillian winning to set up an exciting final. We were treated to some superb golf which Eilidh won 3&2 to be awarded the Gifford Trophy for the first time.

In the Handicap Knockout competition Linda Bell (Kemnay), Rachel Mathieson (Hazlehead), Morven Adam (Hazlehead), Ann Munro (Kemnay), Mary Robinson (Murcar Links), June Cowie (Cruden Bay), Michelle Finnie (Aberdeen Ladies) and Kim Watt (Aberdeen Ladies) all reached the match play stages and after the first 2 rounds Linda, Michelle and Mary reached the semi- final stages.


Semi Finalists - Linda Bell and Joan Cooper


Semi Finalists – Michelle Finnie and Mary Robinson


Linda had a good win over Joan Cooper (Forres) 4&2 and Michelle and Mary had a very close match which Mary eventually won at the 21st to set up an Aberdeenshire final, with Linda winning 3&1 to win the Angus Trophy. Congratulations to all our Ladies who qualified for the match play stages. You were all a real credit to your Clubs and Aberdeenshire.


Linda Bell


Eilidh Watson


Kemnay proved a popular venue and was a real test in both stroke and match play conditions and special thanks to all the staff at the club for making us feel so welcome and to Karen, our Secretary for all her hard work in organising such a successful event.

We are also organising the Junior North of Scotland Championships on Sunday 20th August at Portlethen Golf Club so we are hoping for a good entry from our Junior County members.

Unfortunately our younger County members were not able to play at Kemnay because they were playing in the Scottish Girl’s Amateur Championship over Drumoig and Scotscraig. After 2 stroke play rounds Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne), Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead) and Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne) all finished in the top 10 to qualify for the match play stages. In winning her first round match against Jennifer Rankine (Haggs Castle), Shannon had a hole in one with a 5 iron at the sixth hole (148yds).


Shannon McWilliam
(Photo courtesy of Scottish Golf)


Jasmine also won her first round match to set up a quarter final match against Shannon on Monday morning which Shannon won 6&5 but sadly she then lost her semi -final match to no 2 seed Jillian Farrell (Cardross) 2&1.

Carmen has an exciting Summer ahead as she is one of 6 young Scottish golfers to be selected for a trip of a lifetime to this year’s Solheim Cup at Des Moines Golf and Country Club, Iowa to be part of the hand- over ceremony for the 2019 Solheim Cup coming to Scotland . Carmen will also be part of a Pro- am team competing at the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns Golf Links in August.

Another Hazlehead youngster Rachel Mathieson is also heading to the USA at the end of July to play in the US Kid’s Golf Teen World Championships which are being held at Pinehurst, N Carolina.

We wish Rachel and Carmen a great trip and I am sure they will be great ambassadors for their clubs and Aberdeenshire County.

The Inter Club Lyon Foursomes are being held at Balgownie Links  on Monday 7th / Tuesday  8th August and the closing date for entries is Monday 17th July.

Sheila McNaught

Sunday July 2, 2017

Good luck to all the players at the North of Scotland Championship at Kemnay this week.

Click here for the scratch matchplay results

and here for the handicap results.

 

The draw for Tuesday’s consolation round can be found by clicking here.

 

Sunday June 25, 2017

Last weekend the Inter County Jamboree was held at Nairn Golf Club and what a great weekend we all had.

Aberdeenshire was represented by Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne), Donna Pocock (Kemnay), Sammy Leslie (Kemnay), Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead ), Rachel Polson (Kemnay),Molly Stewart (Murcar Links) , Carol Wilson (Murcar Links) and Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies).  The course was in excellent condition and the girls played some superb golf with birdies the order of the day! I was so proud of the way they conducted themselves both on and off the course and they are a real credit to their clubs and County.


Margaret MacNaughtan, Rachel Polson, Molly Stewart, Sheena Wood, Donna Pocock, Sammy Leslie, Jasmine Mackintosh, Kimberley Beveridge, Karen Stalker, Ann Smart, Sheila McNaught



On Saturday we beat Angus 5-4. Had a superb win over Northern Counties on Sunday 7 – 2 so the following day was the title decider between ourselves and Perth and Kinross. We won the foursomes 2-1 in the morning but unfortunately we just couldn’t quite get the winning point in the afternoon with P&K winning with the last putt on the 18th green.  I would just like to thank Ann, Margaret, Laura and Karen for all their support and encouragement over the weekend – they really kept me going! -  and to all the Aberdeenshire caddies and  supporters who did a brilliant job – there  was a real ‘Aberdeenshire’ team spirit throughout he whole weekend  and it was great to see so much yellow round the course.

Aberdeenshire was well represented in the Scottish Amateur Ladies Championship held at Royal Aberdeen. The first qualifying round was played in horrendous conditions and the second round the next day was cancelled due to strong winds so the match play draw was decided only on one round. Shannon McWillaim (Aboyne), Megan Robb (Peterculter),Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead) , Kimberley Beveridge(Aboyne) and Rachel Polson (Kemnay) all qualified for the match play stages with Shannon, Jasmine, Kimberley and Rachel winning their first round ties before being beaten in the afternoon having to play again in very testing weather conditions.   Fiona Seedhouse (Aberdeen Ladies), Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies), Carol Wilson (Murcar Links), Sammy Leslie (Kemnay) and Louise Anderson (Duff House Royal) all qualified to play in the Clark Rosebowl competition, the championship’s secondary match play competition. After the first days matches Carol and Sammy both reached the semi final and after good wins in the morning by both girls the stage was set for an Aberdeenshire final in the afternoon which Carol won 3and 2. This is Carol’s second Rosebowl success as she won it at Monifieth two years ago.


Carol Wilson (Murcar Links)
(Photo courtesy of Cal Carson Golf)


Shannon, Kimberley and Jasmine all played in the St Rule Trophy at the start of June and Shannon with a score of 220 (74,69,77) made her 3rd in the U18 Trophy and part of the winning Scottish team which won the overall Team event.

Winning Scottish Team - Shannon McWilliam and Hannah McCook
Eilidh Briggs was the other member of the team
(Photo courtesy of Cal Carson Golf)


Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne and Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead) both played in a Stephen Gallagher order of merit Junior event  held recently at the McDonald Cardrona Golf Club with Jasmine finishing second on 229 with scores of 78,79 and 74 – 2 strokes of the lead.

At the Paul Lawrie Foundation Schools Stroke play competition held at Craibstone Rachel Mathieson (Hazlehead) won the girl’s title with a net 75 and Jennifer Buchanan (Kemnay) was second with a net 77. Rachel was also awarded the 2017 Aberdeen Junior Sports Award at the recent Sports Dinner


Rachel Mathieson


In the British Amateur Championships held in Wales Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) again performed well to be the best placed Scot after the qualifying rounds on 7th place. She won her first round tie at the 19th against Ana Pelaez (Spain) before narrowly losing in the next round on the 18th to another Spaniard Ainhoa Olarra. Shannon was an automatic selection for the girl’s side but because of her consistent form in leading events she has been named in the Scottish Women’s team for next months’ European Team Championships in Montado, Portugal. Many congratulations to her on this excellent achievement.

Other Aberdeenshire Juniors are also doing very well – Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead) has been selected to play for the Scottish U18 Girl’s team in the forthcoming European Championships being held at St Laurence, Finland and Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne) will represent Scotland at the European Young Masters in Oslo, Norway at the end of July


Jasmine Mackintosh


Carmen Griffiths

Aberdeenshire are hosting the North of Scotland at Kemnay from Monday 3rd – Wednesday 5th July. Late entries are still being taken and should be sent to our Secretary Karen Stalker.

We are also all looking forward to the Tri Am at Deeside on Friday 7th July. This is always a fun day out with a few fun prizes on offer.

This is always a very busy part of the season because I know a lot of clubs are in the midst of Club Championships, and club knock out competitions and I hope you are all having an enjoyable and successful season.

Sheila McNaught

 

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 ½ - 1 ½. 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