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
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 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
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
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
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
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).
(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
Sunday July 2, 2017
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
draw for Tuesday’s consolation round can be found by
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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)
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
or our Junior Convenor Donna Pocock on: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Thursday May 4, 2017
luck to all the players at the County Championship at Cruden Bay
Click here for the scratch
and here for the handicap
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,
Sarah Black, Shannon McWilliam, Carmen Griffiths,
Louise Anderson, Julie Lees, Sammy Leslie, Donna
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.
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
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
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.