Week ending 18 June

With competitions every day this week as well as ties to be played in the knock-out competitions, the members have been busy.   On Monday, the ladies played for the MacLeod Shield incorporating a putting competition.   The winner of the shield was Jean Gordon (25)77, runner-up was Pamela MacLeod (26) 80 and third but winning the putting competition was Margaret Smith (22) 83.    On Tuesday, the seniors welcomed the seniors of Rothes and Carrbridge for round two of the tri-club challenge.    The seniors managed a narrow victory on their home course but still trail the other two teams going into the re-arranged final round at Carrbridge next week.  On Wednesday, we all played the June mid-month stableford over 9 holes.   The winner was Richard Millson with 19 pts, runner-up was Iain Murray with 18 pts and third was Tony Clinkscales with 17 pts.     On Thursday, the seniors weekly 9 hole stableford was won by Johnny Petrolini with 20 pts.    Friday saw round two, the four balls, of the Abernethy Ryder Cup between the men and the ladies.     This round ended 2 - 2 so it is all to play for in next week's final round, the singles.   On Saturday, we played a Club Handicap competition.   This 18 hole stableford is designed to allow players with club handicaps to compete against players with CONGU handicaps.   The winner was Heather Bantick (22) 30 pts bih, runner-up was Richard Millson (25)  30 pts and third was John Lilley (17) 29 pts bih.    The final competition of the week was a joint competition for the Douglas Cup.    The winner was Dougie Burns ((22) 69, runner-up was Alex Donald (12) 71 bih and third was Kevin Strathdee (9) 71.

Dougie Burns with the Gordon Cup
Dougie Burns with the Gordon Cup


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Week ending 11 June

On Monday the ladies played their June Medal.    The earlier starters got the best of the weather on a day when the rain got steadily heavier.   The winner was Susan Swinden (16) 69, runner-up was Heather Bantick (21) 72 and third was Jean Gordon (24) 79.    The rain continued overnight causing the cancellation of the second round of the Seniors Tri-club Challenge as the Carrbridge course was water-logged.    It is hoped that a new date can be arranged.     On Wednesday, the men competed for the Tipsy Trophy over a damp but playable course.   The winner was Kevin Strathdee (9) 72, runner-up was John Lilley (17) 72 and third was Dougie Burns (22) 79.    On Thursday the seniors weekly 9 hole stableford was won by Johnny Petrolini with 25 points.     On Friday we played the first round of the Abernethy Ryder Cup between the men and the ladies.    The first round, the foursomes, was won 3 -1 by the men but with the four-balls and singles to come the ladies remain optimistic.        On Sunday, the men and ladies competed together for the Ben Flood Trophy.   The winner was Allan Bantick (11) 32 points bih, runner-up was John Swinden (18) 32 pts and third was John Lilley (17) 30pts.

Kevin Strathdee with the Tipsy trophy    Allan Bantick with Ben Flood Trophy
Kevin Strathdee with the Tipsy Trophy and Allan Bantick with the Ben Flood Trophy

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Week ending 4 June

The ladies played the first round of the Pauline's Trophy, a four-round stableford competition.   The best three players all scored 18 pts and countback put Fiona Hunter in first place, Eliz Sloan in second place and Sue Philpott in third.     The seniors end of month special was a 9 club challenge.   With only 9 clubs in the bag and using a different one from each tee, the winner was Terry Sayer with 18 pts.    The seniors weekly 9 hole stableford on Thursday was Alan Searle with 23 pts.     On Saturday, the ladies competed for the Mustard Trophy.   In a round that started and ended in sunshine with a downpour in the middle, the winner with a net 67 and a stroke off her handicap was June clark (32), runner-up was Margaret Smith (22) 69bih and third was Jean Gordon (24) 69.    The final competition of the week was the men's June Medal.   The winner was Dougie Burns (23) 65 and a stroke off his handicap, runner-up was Bruce Davies (24) 67 and third was Matthew Davies (10) 72.

June Clark with the Mustard Trophy
June Clark with the Mustard Trophy

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Week ending 28 May

The ladies Extra Medal was the first competition of the week.   New member, June Clark (32) won her first club competition with a net 71, runner-up was Eliz Sloan (18) 74 and third was Jean Gordon (24) 75.    On Wednesday, the ladies hosted the ladies from Carrbridge.   Making full use of home advantage, Abernethy won 3 -1 but all enjoyed Bridget's catering at the end.     On Thursday, the seniors weekly 9 hole stableford was won by Drew Durrand with 22 points.   On Saturday, we held our first Open of the year, a Ladies Greensomes.    The winners were Pamela MacLeod of Abernethy and Anne Rae of Carrbridge, runners-up were June Clark and Sue Philpott and third were Aileen Morgan and Christine Reynolds.   The men finished the week's competitions with a qualifying medal for the Scottish Club Championship.   The winner with an excellent net 61 was Kevin Strathdee (10), runner-up was Bob Mouat (17) 71 and third was John Lilley (17) 72.    Kevin and Bob will go on to represent the club at the regional final in September.

Ann and Pam with Haydn's Crystal
Anne Rae and Pamela MacLeod, winers of the Ladies Greensomes Open, with Haydn's Crystal

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Week ending 21 May

On Monday, the ladies showed their versatility by using a different club to drive with from each tee.   The winner of the competition was Pamela MacLeod.     On Tuesday, the seniors travelled to Rothes to play in the tri-club match with Rothes and Carrbridge.    The local knowledge of the Rothes team enabled them to build up a big lead to take to the second leg at Carrbridge in a couple of week's time.    On Wednesday, men and ladies competed in the 9 hole mid-month stableford.   This was won by John Swinden with 20pts, runner-up was Bob Mouat with 18 pts and of the five players with 16 pts Heather Bantick took third place on countback.     On Thursday, the seniors were in action again in their weekly 9 hole stableford, which was won by Dougie Burns with 23 pts.    On Saturday the monthly Club Handicap competition was played.   The real winner was the rain but coping best with the wet conditions was Sue Philpott with 33pts, runner-up was Drew Durrand also with 33 pts and third was Allan Bantick with 32 pts.   The final competition of this busy week was a men's competition.    The winner of the Centenary Trophy was Bob Mouat (17) 68, runner-up was Kevin Strathdee (10) 69 and third place went to John Swinden (18) 77.

Bob Mouat Centenary Trophy winner
Bob Mouat, winner of the Centenary Trophy

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Week ending 14 May

The ladies started the week's competitions with the "3 lifelines" fun competition.   Making best use of her lifelines (a kick, a throw and a piece of string), the winner was Pamela MacLeod.   On Tuesday, the seniors played their re-scheduled "Mulligans".   The winner with 27 points was Dougie Burns.   On Thursday, the seniors weekly 9 hole stableford was won by Heather Bantick with 23 points.   On Saturday the ladies competed for the Beaton Bowl.   The winner of the trophy was Jean Gordon (24) 70bih, runner-up was Sue Philpott (33) 70 and third was Susan Swinden (15) 73.     Finally, on Sunday the men competed for the Norman Stone Salver.   Showing that he does not need mulligans, the trophy was won by Dougie Burns (23) 67, runner-up was Peter Strathdee (15) 68 and third was Malcolm McCreath (14) 69.

Jean Gordon with the Beaton Bowl  Dougie Burns with the Norman Stone Salver
Trophy winners Jean Gordon with the Beaton Bowl and Dougie Burns with the Norman Stone Salver

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Week ending 7 May

In a very cold blustery wind, the ladies played their May Medal on Monday.   The winner was Sheila Grant (31) 76, runner-up was Pamela MacLeod (26) 77 and third was Heather Bantick (21) 81.    On Thursday, the seniors played their weekly 9 hole stableford which was won by Emma McLeod with 25 points.   Also on Thursday, the ladies travelled the short distance to Grantown to play against the Grantown Ladies.   The lovely friendly atmosphere was enhanced by the match finishing all square.      The men played their May medal on Saturday to avoid a clash with the Nethy Spring Gathering.   The winner with an excellent net 62 was John Lilley (18), runner-up was Bob Wheatley (28) 65 and third was Alex Donald (11) 71.

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Week ending 30 April

The weather was again unkind to the ladies and also to the seniors Tuesday Special.   Both competitions will have to be rescheduled.   The seniors weekly 9 hole stableford was won by Drew Durrand with 16 points   Drew has had a general play adjustment to his seniors handicap.   On Sunday, the men and ladies competed for the Nethybridge Hotel Cup.   The winner of the trophy and a free meal at the Nethybridge Hotel was Ian Sloan (12) 65, runner-up was John Dingwall (15) 66 and third was John Swinden (18) 73bih.

Ian Sloan Nethybridge Hotel trophy winner
Ian Sloan with the Nethybridge Hotel Trophy

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Week ending 23 April

The weather at the start of the week put paid to the ladies Monday competition, which will be rescheduled.    On Wednesday, we played our mid-month 9 hole stableford.   The winner, with 18 points was John Dingwall, runner-up was June Clark with 17 pts bih and third was Fiona Hunter also with 17 pts. The seniors weekly 9 hole stableford was again won by Drew Durrand with 22 points.   On Saturday, we played the first of our monthly competitions open to all players with a club handicap as well as players with a CONGU handicap.    The winner was John Dingwall with 36 pts, runner-up was Bruce Davies with 34 pts and third was John Lilley with 33 pts.    On Sunday, the men competed for the Speyside Sports Trophy.    In a close run cometition, the winner was Alex Donald (11) 69 bih, runner-up was John Lilley (19) 69 and third was Ian Sloan (12) 70.

Alex Donald with the Speyside Sports Salver
Alex Donald with the Speyside Sports Salver

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Week ending Sunday 16 April

The ladies started the week's competitions with a Flag competition that was won by Fiona Hunter.   The seniors Thursday seniors weekly 9 hole stableford was won by Drew Durrand with 22 points.   On Sunday the men competed for the Helensburgh Shield, which was played as a 9 hole stableford.   The winner was Richard Millson with 20 points.   Four players finished with 18 points but, on countback, David Lindgren was the runner-up and Ian Sloan was third with Dougie Burns and John Dingwall missing out on the prizes.

Richard Millson with the Helensburgh Shield
Richard Millson with the Helensburgh Shield

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Week ending Sunday 9 April


The ladies Hidden Hole competition was won jointly by Pamela MacLeod and Heather Bantick.   The Thursday Seniors weekly 9 hole stableford was won by Drew Durrand with 23 pts.   On Saturday, the ladies played their first medal of the season.   The winner was Margaret Smith (22) 74, runner-up was Sue Philpott (32) 76 and third was Rona Smith (25) 77.    The men started their medals on Sunday with a win for Dougie Burns (24) 63.   The runner-up wasTom Christie (19) 67 and third was Thomas Dingwall (21)71

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Week ending Sunday 2 April

The winter eclectic finished on Saturday with a win for Joy Johnston, second was Drew Durrand and third was John Swinden.     The new season started on Sunday when the Captain, John Swinden raised the flag and then the Captain's team played the Lady Captain's team.    Despite some close matches, the Captain's team won 6 - 1.

Flag Raising