Thursday  September 15, 2016

Good luck to the County Team this weekend at Aboyne.

Results can be found here.


Sunday, September 11, 2016


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 only maybe managing 9 holes after work.

However the County Team have one more important date on their calendar to look forward to, the Scottish County Finals, which this year are being held at Aboyne Golf Club from 15th – 18th September.

The Aberdeenshire team selected is:
Louise Anderson (Duff House Royal)
Julie Lees (Westhill)
Sammy Leslie (Kemnay)
Jasmine Macintosh (Hazlehead)
Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne)
Donna Pocock (Kemnay)
Rachel Polson (Kemnay)
Carol Wilson (Murcar Links)

Friday 16th September
Midlothian v Aberdeenshire

Saturday 17th September
Aberdeenshire v Dunbarton and Argyll

Sunday 18th September
Aberdeenshire v Dumfriesshire

The format of the competition is 3 foursome matches in the morning and 6 single matches in the afternoon.

We have a great team and I know we will do Aberdeenshire proud.

Louise Anderson

Julie Lees

Sammy Leslie

Jasmine Mackintosh

Shannon McWilliam

Donna Pocock

Rachel Polson

Carol Wilson

Shannon is having a busy time as she is just back from playing in the British Open Amateur Stroke golf championship at Knock Golf Club, Belfast where she finished tied 17th and next week she is off to play in the Duke of York Trophy at Royal Birkdale before joining the County for the finals.

Congratulations to Jane Whitehead and Nita Dervish–Uman both from Kemnay Golf Club who headed a field of 84 players by a clear margin to win the Commonwealth Spoons at Eyemouth Golf Club with a net score of 71.5. An excellent achievement and a great win for Aberdeenshire. Well Done Ladies.

Good Luck to Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) who is playing in the Senior Ladies’ British Open Amateur Championships  at Caldy Golf Club in the Wirral next week and then has a quick turn around before heading down to Blairgowrie to try and retain the Scottish Vets Championships she won last year.

The next date to put in the diary is Saturday 12th 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)



Tuesday August 16, 2016


Commonwealth Spoons at Banchory Monday 15th August

We enjoyed a glorious day of sunshine at Banchory where 35 pairs competed in the Commonwealth Spoons. It was a very welcome change from the recent rain.

The best score was returned by Lyn Park (Meldrum House) and Yvonne Richal (Kemnay) with a nett 69.

Congratulations to the four couples who qualified and will represent Aberdeenshire in the final at Eyemouth Golf Club. Play well ladies and we hope you bring the trophy back north.

Many thanks to Banchory Golf Club who kindly granted us courtesy of their course and many thanks also to all the Aberdeenshire County members who supported this great event

Yvonne Richal and Lyn Park
(Kemnay/Meldrum House Golf Clubs)

Tricia Halliwell and Susan Black
(Banchory Golf Club)

Alison Morrice and Lisa Cox
(Peterculter/Ballater Golf Clubs)

Nita Dervish-Uman and Jane Whitehead
(Kemnay Golf Club)



Sunday, August 14, 2016


It has been a busy few weeks for the County and despite some heavy downpours we have managed to successfully complete all our events.

The rearranged County Championships were played at Newmachar on Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July. 36 Ladies played the qualifying round on the Friday with 16 ladies then playing in the scratch match play stages and 8 ladies in the handicap match play competition. Carol Wilson (Murcar Links) was the leading qualifier with a 73 – an excellent score especially with the course playing so long.

Carol Wilson

On the Saturday all the matches were well contested with 2 going to extra holes. Special mention must go the Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne) who had a hole in one at the 6th.

Kimberley Beveridge

The final of the handicap championship and the semi finals and final of the scratch competition were played on Sunday 7th August on a warm but blustery day. In the morning the handicap final was contested between Vicky Neish (19) (Oldmeldrum) and Kath Emeleus (13) (Hazlehead) and after a close match Kath won 3&2.

Vicky Neish and Kath Emeleus

Kath Emeleus

The semi-finals of the Scratch competition were between Louise Anderson (Duff House Royal) and Sammy Leslie (Kemnay) and Vikki Thom (Kemany) and Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne). All four players played some superb golf and both matches finished at the 16th with Sammy and Kimberley victorious so we were then all set for an exciting final in the afternoon.

Sammy Leslie and Louise Anderson

Kimberley Beveridge and Vikki Thom

Sammy was 2 up at the turn having played the first 9 holes in level par but Kimberley then won the 10th, 13th and 14th to become 1up and after halving the 16th and 17th to par Sammy won the 18th to level the match and she then went on to win the first extra hole to become the 2016 County Champion for the fourth time. Many congratulations to all the players who reached the match play stages because we witnessed some tremendous golf over the three days and we are so lucky to have such talented girls playing in our county competitions.

Sammy Leslie

Margaret MacNaughtan, Louise Anderson, Kath Emeleus, Sammy Leslie, Kimberley Beveridge and Sheila McNaught

The Lyon Foursomes was played at Meldrum House on the 1st and 2nd August. 16 teams took part and it was lovely to welcome our host club Meldrum House, Craibstone and Dunecht House playing in their first Lyons. The club proved an excellent venue and all the Ladies enjoyed playing the course. Unfortunately we had a very heavy downpour in the afternoon which flooded the course so play was suspended but with the help of the Meldrum House staff we had a delay of just over an hour and then all the Ladies were then back out playing to complete their second round matches It was a rather late finish on Monday evening but we were then all set to play the semi finals and final the following day.

In the first semi final Deeside (Sarah Black, Katherine Teow, Susie McLeod and Margaret Parkinson) played Murcar Links (Carol Wilson, Molly Stewart, Pat Wilson and Michelle Black) and lost by 7 holes and in the other match Kemnay (Lauren Whyte, Yvonne Richal, Sammy Leslie and Linda Patterson) played Banchory (Gillian MacKenzie,Kathleen Taylor, Ann Smart and Gail Christie) and they finished all square after 18 holes so went down the 19th which Kemnay won with a birdie.

Michelle Black, Susie Macleod, Pat Wilson and
Margaret Parkinson

Molly Stewart, Carol Wilson, Sarah Black and
Katherine Teow

Gillian MacKenzie, Kathleen Taylor, Sammy Leslie and
Linda Paterson

Yvonne Richal, Lauren Whyte, Gail Christie and Ann Smart

The highlight of the morning play was Pat Wilson’s hole in one at the 6th hole (140yds) – great achievement!

Pat Wilson

In the afternoon Carol and Molly beat Sammy and Linda by seven holes and Kemnay nearly made up the deficit with Lauren and Yvonne with a five hole win over Pat and Michelle but it was not quite enough so Murcar links won the2016 Lyons Foursomes which is the eighth time they have won this trophy in the last 10 years.

Sheila McNaught, Linda Paterson, Sammy Leslie, Lauren Whyte, Molly Stewart, Carol Wilson, Michelle Black, Pat Wilson
and Margaret MacNaughtan

Congratulations also must go to Astrid Koppernaes(Newburgh) who had a hole in one at the 138yd 11th hole at Cruden Bay when playing in their County Open at the end of July.

Astrid Koppernaes

Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) and Jasmine McIntosh (Hazlehead) were selected to represent Scotland’s U18 team for the Girl’s Home Internationals held at Conwy Golf Club, North Wales. Both girls played key role in the team’s success and Scotland were narrowly beaten into second place by Ireland who came from behind to beat them 5-4 on the final day.

Jasmine Mackintosh and Shannon McWilliam
(back row 4th and 5th left)
Photo courtesy of Cal Carson Golf Agency

Shannon then stayed on in Wales to play in the British Girls Open Amateur Championship which this year was being played at Royal St David’s Golf Club, Harlech. After 2 rounds of strike play she finished in 20th place and qualified for the match play stages of the Tournament.

Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) was selected to represent Scottish Vets in the Veteran Ladies Golf Association Jamboree at Panmure 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) becoming the Vice- Captain. We wish her well in this new role and with all her experience will be a great asset to the team.

Sheena Wood (2nd row centre) and Ellie Whyte (front row 1st left)

I look forward to seeing some of you at the Commonwealth Spoons at Banchory and then our final event will be the Scottish Finals at Aboyne in September which we are all looking forward to.

Sheila McNaught (Captain)



Sunday July 24, 2016

It’s a busy fortnight coming up for ALCGA. The County Championship takes place at Newmachar on 29th, 30 July and 7th August.

Click here for the scratch matchplay results

and here for the handicap results.

The Lyon Foursomes will be played at Meldrum House on the 1st and 2nd August. Click here for the results.

Good luck to all the players involved.



Saturday July 23, 2016

Delighted to report that Ballater have rescheduled their County Open which was cancelled at the start of the season. It will now be held on Tuesday 30th August and the entry forms are available here.

Many thanks to all at Ballater for rearranging the open, fingers crossed for a dry sunny day!


Sunday, July 17, 2016


We had a lovely day for the County Tri Am competition which was held at Ballater Golf Club. The sun shone and crops were the order of the day.  26 teams took part and there were some excellent scoring with Ruth Lyon (Banchory), Fiona Duncan (Deeside) and Karen Soden (Peterculter) the winning team with score of 60. The longest drives went to Rachel Armell (Royal Tarlair) winning the Silver and Elspeth Horton (Deeside) the Bronze. Our Vice captain, Ann Smart (Banchory) was nearest the pin at the 17th and Grace Porter (Deeside) at the 5th. Fiona Seedhouse (Aberdeen Ladies) had the straightest drive at the 6th and Lynn Park (Meldrum House) was nearest the Pin at the 18th with her second shot. Special thanks must go to Aileen Howie the Ballater County Rep and Lisa Cox 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 hopefully it will now become a regular event on the County calendar.

Ruth Lyon, Fiona Duncan and Karen Soden

In the Scottish Seniors Stroke play championships held at Fortrose and Rosemarkie Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) finished 4th and then qualified for the match play stages which were played over the following 2 days. In the first 2 rounds Sheena beat Susan McVicar (Nairn) and Lorna McKinley (Dunnikier Park) to reach the semi finals when she beat Alex Glennie(Kilmarnock) 3&2.In the final Sheena played Ashley Rose (Dornoch) and won 3&1 to win her first Scottish Seniors match Play title. Many congratulations to Sheena on this excellent achievement which I am sure will be the first of many.

Sheena Wood

Aberdeenshire was well represented at the North of Scotland Championships held at Dunblane and after the stroke play round on a rather wet Monday Caroline Denning (Newmachar), Anne Christiansen (Newmachar), Mary Robinson (Murcar Links), Jeanette Clark (Newmachar),  Lesley Watson (Deeside) and Alison Hope (Newmachar) all qualified for the Handicap Knock Out stages with Anne, Lesley and Jeanette reaching the second round.  Molly Stewart (Murcar Links), Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne) and Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) qualified for the Scratch Knockout stages. Molly won her first match on Tuesday morning before being  beaten by the No2 seed Jacqueline Cameron (Blairgowrie) in the afternoon. Both Kimberley and Shannon had two good wins to reach the semi finals when unfortunately they had to play each other with Shannon winning 3&2. In the final Shannon played Jacqueline Cameron which was a closely fought match with Shannon winning on the 22nd hole and was awarded the Gifford Trophy as the 2016 North of Scotland Champion.

Next  year’s Championships is being organised by Aberdeenshire and will be held at Kemnay Golf Club from Monday 3rd July – Wednesday 5th July so put the date in your diary.

Shannon McWilliam

Jasmine McIntosh (Hazlehead) is just back from Norway where she was representing Scotland in the European Girls Team Championships at the Oslo Golf Club. Although the team failed to make the topflight match play stages they went on to play Slovenia and Switzerland with Jasmine winning one of her foursomes matches by 2 holes.

Jasmine Mackintosh (3rd left) with the Scottish team

Congratulations must also go to another Hazlehead youngster Rachel Mathieson who having qualified at Gullane is now 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 every success in this once in a life time opportunity and I am sure she will be a great ambassador for her club and Aberdeenshire County.

Rachel Mathieson

We are coming up for a busy few weeks for the County with the rearranged County Championships being played at Newmachar  on Friday 29th / Saturday 30th July and the finals being played the following  Sunday – 7th August.

The Inter Club Lyon Foursomes are being held at Meldrum House on Monday1st / Tuesday 2nd August.

I hope you are all having a successful season and I look forward to seeing some of you at either Newmachar or Meldrum House.

Sheila McNaught






Friday, June 17, 2016


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

Aberdeenshire was represented by Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne), Donna Pocock (Kemnay), Sammy Leslie (Kemnay), Vikki Thom, (Kemnay), Rachel Polson (Kemnay), Shannon McWilliam (Kemnay), 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.

On Saturday we beat Angus 6-3. Had a superb win over Northern Counties on Sunday 81/2 – ½ and although we lost 5-4 to Perth and Kinross on Monday we had done enough to win on the count back so are delighted to be representing Northern Counties in the Scottish Finals which this year are being held in Aboyne in September. I would just like to thank Ann, Margaret, Jill 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 – our win was a real ‘Aberdeenshire’ team effort and it was great to see so much yellow round the course.

Aberdeenshire was well represented in the SVLGA Northern Championships held at Peterculter last week with Kim Watt (Aberdeen Ladies) , Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies), Jill Harrison (Cruden Bay), Pat Wilson (Murcar Links), Joan Mair (Deeside), Sharon Marshall (Hazlehead), Avril Willox (Murcar Links), Meg Beaton (Inverurie) and Sheila McCrae(MurcarLinks) all reaching the match play stages. Congratulations to Sheena who won the SVLGA Nothern Championship and to Sharon who won the Sliver Handicap Championship.

A Stephen Gallagher order of merit Junior event was held at the McDonald Cardrona Golf Club, Peebles at the weekend with Carmen Griffths (Aboyne), Jasmine Mackintosh (Hazlehead) and Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne)  all playing. Many congratulations to Jasmine who became the first winner of the Stephen Gallagher Foundation Vase finishing 2 shots ahead of Shannon. Jasmine has also been named in the Scotland’s girls squad for next months European girl’s event being held at the Oslo Golf Club.

We are all looking forward to the Tri Am at Ballater in July and a wee reminder that the closing date for the rearranged County Championships at Newmachar is Friday 8th July - entry forms are available on the website.

Sheila McNaught

County Jamboree at Edzell Golf Club Saturday 11thMonday 13th June 2016
Draw and Results


Tuesday  June 8, 2016

North of Scotland Championship

The closing date for the North of Scotland Championship to be held at Dunblane Golf Club 5th – 7th July has been extended to Saturday 18th June. Entry forms are available here.


Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Aberdeenshire County Team


The team selected to represent Aberdeenshire in the Northern Division Jamboree at Edzell Golf Club from Saturday 11th June until Monday 13th June 2016 is listed below, in alphabetical order.


Kimberley Beveridge
Sammy Leslie
Jasmine Mackintosh
Shannon McWilliam
Donna Pocock
Rachel Polson
Carol Wilson
Sheena Wood

Vikki Thom

Murcar Links
Aberdeen Ladies (Team Captain)





Kimberley Beveridge

Sammy Leslie

Jasmine Mackintosh

Shannon McWilliam

Donna Pocock

Rachel Polson

Carol Wilson

Sheena Wood

The draw is as follows:

Saturday 11th June
Perth and Kinross v Northern Counties
Angus v Aberdeenshire

Sunday 12th June
Perth and Kinross v Angus
Northern Counties v Aberdeenshire

Monday 13th June
Aberdeenshire v Perth & Kinross
Northern Counties v Angus

If you can, please come along to watch some great golf and cheer on the team.




Thursday May 26, 2016

Many congratulations to all the ladies who participated in the Watt Duffus Inter Club Trophy, held this year at Craibstone Golf Club.  17 teams played and it was lovely to see Dunecht House and Craibstone participating for the first time.

There were several excellent scores with Rachel Polson, Kemnay Golf Club, producing the round of the day, a gross 71, to win the Kennaway Cup.  Camilla Davis, Dunecht House, playing off a handicap of 13, played an excellent round of golf to win the Individual Handicap Trophy with a gross 79 nett 66.

Sheila McNaught, Rachel Polson, Margaret MacNaughtan

In the team events there was a tie for the handicap event with two clubs, Banchory 1 and Deeside on a total of 217.  Well done to both teams and congratulations to Banchory 1 who emerged winners with a better inward half.

Sheila McNaught, Tricia Halliwell, Gail Christie and Margaret MacNaughtan

There was a very clear winner for the scratch prize.  Many congratulations to the Kemnay team who produced an excellent scratch total of 225 to win the Mrs Watt Duffus Trophy for the first time.

Sheila McNaught, Rachel Polson, Donna Pocock, Sammy Leslie and Margaret MacNaughtan

Our grateful thanks go to Marshall Leisure and Craibstone 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. 

At the Helen Holm Trophy held at Troon in April, Aberdeenshire was represented by  Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne), Sammy Leslie (Kemnay) and Jasmine McIntosh (Hazlehead)  with  Shannon and Jasmine both qualifying for the final days play over the Championship course. Congratulations to Shannon who finished 15th and was the leading Scottish player.

Closer to home the Munross Trophy was played last Sunday at Montrose Links and many congratulations to Jasmine who played very well to finish 4th with rounds of 73 and 74 for a total of 147, only 6 shots of the winning score. Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne), Megan Robb (Peterculter) and Molly Stewart (Murcar Links) were also involved with all 3 finishing in the top 20.

Next week sees the start of the Scottish Women’s Amateur Championships which this year is being played at West Kilbride. Rachel Polson (Kemnay), Sammy Leslie (Kemnay). Kimberley Beveridge (Aboyne), Molly Stewart (Murcar Links) and Jasmine McIntosh (Hazlehead) are all involved. There are 60 Ladies playing and we wish them all good luck and look forward to watching their progress throughout the week with interest.

Watt Duffus Results


Sunday May 8, 2016

The County Championship has been rescheduled for Friday 29th July, Saturday 30th July and Sunday 7th August at Newmachar Golf Club. Players must re-enter the competition to be included in the new draw, entry forms can be found here.

Grateful thanks to Newmachar Golf Club for accommodating us on these new dates.


Friday April 29, 2016

Due to the weather, the County Championship at Newmachar scheduled for Friday 29th April – Sunday 1st May has been cancelled. The committee are hoping to reschedule the event, the details of which will follow shortly.


Friday April 15, 2016

After what has been a very disappointing few months for winter golf, the season has finally started. Hopefully you have dusted off your clubs and are getting back out on the golf course again and like me, are looking forward to the new season.

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 coaching session on Sunday 21st February at Murcar Links when Gary Forbes put the girls through their paces concentrating mainly on their short game play. We were fortunate with the weather and it was great to get the girls out again.

Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies), Donna Pocock (Kemnay), Sammy Leslie (Kemnay),
Rachel Polson (Kemnay) and Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne)

We were also meant to play the Scottish Vets in March but unfortunately they had to cancel but we still kept a tee time and 4 of the girls – Sammy Leslie(Kemnay), Carol Wilson (Murcar Links), Donna Pocock (Kemnay) and Rachel Polson (Kemnay) played a match which was very competitive and a lot of fun. Our final training session is on Sunday 17th April at Murcar Links

Sheena Wood (Aberdeen Ladies) is just back from playing in the Spanish Senior Women’s Amateur Golf Championship at Royal Pineda in Seville. She was the only Scot to survive the second round cut and finished a creditable tied 22nd. We also congratulate Sheena on her selection to play for the Scottish Vets in the McKenna Trophy match against the Irish Vets this weekend.

At the younger end of the County squad, Shannon McWilliam (Aboyne) recently enjoyed warm weather training in Portugal with the SG squad and at the recent SGL Golf awards ceremony in Edinburgh she was awarded the 2015 Ladies Order of Merit Award. An outstanding achievement and she has got this season off to a flying start with victory in the Scottish Junior Tour event at Forrester Park. We look forward to watching Shannon’s progress this season with interest.

Shannon McWilliam

The first Junior competition was held at Newburgh Golf Club on Sunday 10th April and despite some very heavy rain the girls coped well with the difficult conditions and Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne) won with 34points.

Rachel Mathieson (Hazlehead), Carmen Griffiths (Aboyne), Caitlin Fraser (Tarland)

Congratulations must also go to our President Margaret MacNaughtan (Aberdeen Ladies) who was invited in December to become a member of the R&A.  A great honour and so deserved after all the hard work Margaret has put in to Scottish golf at Club, County and National level over the years.

We are excited to be playing the County Championships at Newmachar Golf Club from Friday 29th April – Sunday 1st May.

I am delighted to have added a ‘new’ competition to the County Fixture list – a TRI AM event being held at Ballater Golf Club on Thursday 7th July.
Details of all our fixtures can be found under the Competitions link.

The County Jamboree is being held at Edzell Golf Club this year from Saturday 11th June to Monday 13th June.  The girls are always very pleased to see some yellow clad supporters round the course so if anyone would like to come down and support the team we would love to see you.

I look forward to seeing many of you during the golfing season which I hope is a warm, sunny one.

Sheila McNaught
County Captain




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