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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