Week ending Sunday 20th October 2013

Our final week of competition. On Thursday the seniors played a 9 hole stableford followed by their AGM. The winner on the day with 21 points was Allan Bantick and the Seniors Tray for the best eight rounds during the season was won by Heather Bantick.  Elizabeth Sloan was elected as next year’s convenor. On Saturday, the juniors finished their season with the Babie Douglas Cup competition. The winner was Bruce Grant (21) with 64 net, runner-up was Thomas Dingwall (39) 68 and third was Tom Bisset (18) 69. The competition was followed by the ever popular burger and chips and the AGM re-appointed Tom Bisset as Junior Captain for another year. On Sunday, everyone competed for the Pat Smith Cup. The winner with a 59 net was Haydn Hughes (16), runner-up was Terry Sayer (22) 62 and third was Ian Murray Snr (17) 64 bih. The most improved lady for the season is Margaret Smith who has reduced her handicap by 2.6 and will start next year as a Silver Division player. Nearest the Pin was won by James Grant, men’s longest drive was Peter Strathdee and ladies longest drive was Marie Hughes.

  
Bruce Grant with the Babie Douglas Trophy and Haydn Hughes with the Pat Smith Cup

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Week ending Sunday 13th October 2013

On Thursday then seniors played a 9 hole stableford followed by lunch and a further 9 holes on an eclectic basis. The winner with 28 points was Emma McLeod. On Sunday, the men competed for the Bob Douglas Trophy. The winner with 34 points was Malcolm McCreath (12); runner-up was Ian Sloan (10) 33 pts and third was Allan Bantick (11) 32.


Malcolm McCreath with the Bob Douglas Trophy

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Week ending Sunday 6th October 2013

The final match-play competition of the season was completed when James Grant defeated Jim O’Hara to win the Heather Centre Trophy. On Thursday the seniors held a putting competition, won by Judith Nettle with 19 putts, followed by a six-hole stableford won by Emma McLeod with 15 points. On Sunday, the men and ladies both played their October Medals. The men’s medal was won by John Dingwall (14) 64, runner-up was Allan Bantick (11) 66 and third was Andrew Chambers (21) 69. The ladies medal was won by Kate Wright (29) 66, runner-up was Eliz Sloan (17) 70 and third was Jean Gordon (22). This completes the medals for the season. The LGU Silver Medal was won by Dorothy McDonald and the LGU Bronze Medal was won by Margaret Smith.


James Grant with the Heather Centre Trophy

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Week ending Sunday 29th September 2013

On Monday, the ladies played their final Monday evening competition of the season, a non-qualifying stableford with a putting handicap! The winner was Jean Gordon but all ladies enjoyed a social evening after the golf. On Tuesday, the seniors played a 2 club competition won by Charles Legge. The seniors weekly Thursday 9 hole stableford was won by Lynne Sayer with 22 points. On Saturday, the ladies played a match against the ladies from Haddington, which Abernethy won 2.5 to 0.5. On Sunday, the men competed for the Grey House Cup. The winner with 41 points and a two-stroke handicap cut was Peter Boyce-Kenyon (21); runner-up was James Brady (17) 36 pts and third was James Grant (2) 35 pts. During the week, the inaugural Seniors Match Play competition was completed when Terry and Lynne Sayer defeated Charles Legge and Elizabeth Fleming in the final. Also completed was the men’s foursomes Matchplay when Ian Sloan and John Swinden defeated Terry Sayer and John Dingwall to lift the Grantown Salver..

  
Peter Boyce-Kenyon with the Grey House Cup and Ian Sloan and John Swinden with the Grantown Salver

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Week ending Sunday 22nd September 2013

On Monday, the ladies played their monthly 9 hole stableford. The winner was Margaret Smith (21) with 17 points, runner-up was Jane Kerr (32) with 16 points and third was Marion McCook (28) with 15 points. This is the final stableford counting for Pauline’s Trophy. The winner of the Trophy, with 25 points on an eclectic basis was Jane Kerr. The seniors 9 hole stableford on Thursday was won by Heather Bantick with 21 points. On Sunday, the men played for the Rosebowl Trophy. The winner was Peter Boyce-Kenyon (21) 65; runner-up was Gordon Smith (15) 66 and third was John Dingwall (13) 68.   During the week, two match play finals were decided.   The Malcolm Salver went to Marie Hughes who defeated Aileen Morgan in the ladies individual competition and the Mitchell Shield went to Bob Mitchell and Andrew MacLaren who defeated Jim O'Hara and Ian Murray senior in the men's 4 ball better ball competition.

   
Peter Boyce-Kenyon with the Rosebowl and Marie Hughes with the Malolm Salver


Jane Kerr with Pauline's Trophy

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Week ending Sunday 15th September 2013

On Monday, the ladies played a fun 9 hole competition which was won by Aileen Morgan with 20 points, despite using some very strange clubs off the tees. On Thursday, the seniors weekly 9 hole stableford was won by Judith Nettle with 20 points. On Saturday, we hosted the Northern Counties Ladies Open. Two Abernethy ladies featured in the prizes with Sheila Grant winning the Bronze Division with the competition top score of 32 points and Heather Bantick winning the “Nearest the Pin” prize. On Sunday, with the weather blowing cold and wet, the men and ladies both played a medal competition. The men’s medal was won by Bob Mouat (16) 66, second was Allan Bantick (11) 67 and third was Ryan Jeffrey (17) 70. This was the last counting medal towards the Greenkeepers Cup, awarded for the best four medal rounds of the season. In a reversal of last year’s result, the Cup was won by Allan Bantick with a total of 270 and second was Jim Brady with 276. The ladies medal was won by Jean Gordon (24) 72, runner-up was Margaret Smith (21) 81 and third was Marie Hughes (22) 82.


Allan Bantick with the Greenkeepers Cup

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Week ending Sunday 8th September 2013

On Monday, the ladies played their September Medal. The winner was Rona Smith (23) 71, runner-up was Margaret Smith (21) 73bih and third was Heather Bantick (22) 73. On Thursday, the seniors weekly 9 hole stableford was won by Kate Wright with 23 points. On Friday, the final junior medal of the season was played. The winner was Bruce Grant (21) 68 and second was Kalen Clark (25) 69. This result gives Bruce Grant the Cameron Cup for the best four medal rounds of the season with a total of 265. On Sunday, the men and ladies who have passed their 50th birthday competed for the Frame Trophy. The winner with a great net 63 was Malcolm McCreath (12), runner-up was John Swinden (21) 66 and third was Jim O’Hara (12) 68. During the week, the men’s singles match play for the Cumming Cup was decided with John Swinden beating Gordon Smith to lift the trophy and the Mixed Matchplay was won by Jim Brady and Christine Reynolds who defeated Allan and Heather Bantick in the final.

   
John Swinden with the Cumming Cup and Malcolm McCreath with the Frame Trophy

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Week ending Sunday 1st September 2013

On Monday, the ladies played their monthly 9 hole stableford. The winner with 21 points was Sheila Grant (31); runner-up was Pamela MacLeod (29) with 20 points and third was Kate Wright (28) with 14 points. On Thursday, the seniors weekly 9 hole stableford was won by Helen Fraser with 21 points. On Sunday, the men played the September Medal in very blustery conditions. Alex Donald (14) won with 67, Allan Bantick (11) was second with 68bih and Kevin Strathdee (7) was third also with 68. During the week, the first match play competition was decided when Eliz Sloan and Christine Reynolds beat Aileen Morgan and Heather Bantick to win the Cairngorm Quaich.


Eliz Sloan and Christine Reynolds with the Cairngorm Quaich

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Week ending Sunday 25th August 2013

On Monday, the ladies played for the Robinson Tray. The winner with 35 stableford points was Jean Gordon (24); runner-up was Margaret Smith (21) 34 pts and third was Heather Bantick (21) 32 pts. The seniors 9 hole stableford on Thursday was hotly contested with three players scoring 20 points. The winner on countback was Hamish Fraser from Eliz Sloan and Kate Wright. We had two Open competitions at the weekend. On Saturday, the ladies played a Greensomes competition for Haydn’s Crystal. This beautiful trophy was presented by Haydn Hughes and the winner this year was his wife Marie playing with Jean Gordon with a net 69.2 winning on countback from Kate Wright and Christine Reynolds; in third place were the Grantown pair of Eliz Sloan and Paula Wilson 69.8. Margaret Smith was nearest the pin on the second hole and Fiona Hunter had the longest drive on the 6th hole. On Sunday, the Open was the popular Louise Mixed Foursomes played in memory of Louise Mearns. Many of Louise’s extended family play in this competition but none of them were in the prizes this year. The Shields were won by Jim O’Hara and Pamela MacLeod with an excellent score of 63.5; runners-up were Colin and Elaine Hill with 65.5 and third were Roy Quinn and Rona Smith 67.0. The scratch prize went to David and Sally Thom with a gross 81.


Jean Gordon with the Robinson Tray

   
Weekend Open winners
Jean Gordon and Marie Hughes with Haydn's Crystal and Jim O'Hara and Pamela MacLeod with the Louise Shields

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Week ending Sunday 18th August 2013

On Monday, the ladies played the third and final round of the Eclectic Shield. With only 5/8ths of handicap counting, it was important to have a good scratch score and Dorothy McDonald scored 76 to win the competition with a net 66; second was Heather Bantick 68 net and third was Marie Hughes 70 net. The Seniors 9 hole stableford on Thursday was won by Helen Fraser with 20 points. On Friday, the juniors played their August Medal. Winner was Kalen Clark (25) 67; runner-up was Alasdair Bisset (19) 68 and third was Mikey Hay Smith (12) 70. On Saturday, the men competed in the re-arranged Tipsy Trophy, the original having been washed out at the end of July. The competition was played using 18 different tees and the novelty was enjoyed by the players. Winner of the trophy was Lewis Traill (15) 63; runner-up was Brian Hay Smith (7) 64bih and third was Allan Bantick (11) 64. On Sunday the men and women competed for the Laing Trophy. Only one player, Marie Hughes (24), coped well with the very windy conditions and she won the trophy with 39 points, runner-up was Bob Mouat (16) 34 points and third was Jane Kerr (31) also 34 points.


A windswept Marie Hughes with the Laing Trophy

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Week ending Sunday 11th August 2013

On Monday, the ladies played their August Medal. The winner was Susan Baldwin (13) 69; runner-up was Margaret Smith (21) 71 and third was Heather Bantick (21) 72. On Wednesday, the ladies travelled to Craggan and defeated the Craggan Ladies 3 – 1. The Seniors 9 hole stableford on Thursday was won by Ian Sloan with 22 points. On Friday, the family Texas Scramble was won by the Hay Smith family, who then cooked the BBQ for everybody. On Sunday, the Men’s Open was played in a mixture of sunshine and heavy rain. The winner of the MacKenzie Cup was David Thom (6) 60; second was Roy Quinn (14) 63, third was Calum MacLennan (15) 66bih and fourth was Allan Bantick (11) 66. The scratch trophy went to Gavin Hay with a gross 66 and second was James Grant with 68.


Men's Open winners Gavin Hay (scratch) and David Thom (competition winner)

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Week ending Sunday 4th August 2013

On Monday, the ladies played their July Extra Medal. The winner was Margaret Smith (21 71, runner-up was Christine Reynolds (26) 72 and third was Elizabeth Sloan (16) 73. On Tuesday, the seniors and juniors got together for a 9 hole Texas Scramble. The winning team was Charles Grant, Sue Philpott, David Kerr and junior Jamie Crawford with a net 29.1. On Wednesday, we held our Save the Children Qualifying Mixed Foursomes. The winning pair, who will go on to represent the club in September at Glenbervie were Jim O’Hara and Pamela MacLeod with a net 65.5, runners-up were Ian Murray and Sheila Grant 67.5 and third were Allan Bantick and Heather Bantick 69. On Thursday, the seniors 9 hole stableford was won by Ian Wilson with 20 points. On Friday, the juniors competed for the Humber Glover Trophy. The winner was Stuart Waitt (32) 61 net and a two stroke cut in his handicap; runner-up was Mikey Hay Smith (12) 65 and third, on countback, was Sam Goldsmith (20) 69bih.  On Sunday, the men completed the week's competitions with their August Medal. Winner with a net 66 was James Brady (17); runner-up was Allan Bantick (11) 67 net and third was Malcolm McCreath (12) 70.


Stuart Waitt with the Humber Glover Trophy

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Week ending Sunday 28 July 2013

On Monday, the ladies relaxed after the weekend of Club Championship competition with a fun 9 hole competition won by Marie Hughes.. The winner of the Seniors 9 hole stableford on Thursday was Celia Bloomfield with 22 points. On Thursday afternoon, we held our Junior Open. The winner, on holiday from Effingham, was Rory King (23) 58 nett. The runner-up, who had made a much shorter journey from Grantown, was Jack Hart (13) 62bih and third was Abernethy member Kalen Clark (28) 62. The best gross score was carded by Daniel Neilson from Aberdour with 74 and the best clubgolfer (handicaps 29 – 54) was Conor Philip (36) 71. The juniors were in action again on Friday. Their July Medal was so badly affected by thunder and lightning that is was reduced to a 9 hole stableford. The winner on countback with 22 points was Kalen Clark (27) whose handicap is now 25, runner-up was Tom Bisset (19) 22 pts and third was Alasdair Bisset (19) 18pts. The men should have completed the week’s competitions on Sunday competing for the Tipsy Trophy. The competition was due to be played from 18 different tees. Unfortunately the pouring rain flooded several of the greens before the players had completed their first nine so the competition had to be abandoned. It has been re-arranged for Saturday 17th August.


Junior Open winner Rory King from Effingham

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Week ending Sunday 21 July 2013

On Monday, the ladies played the second round of their Eclectic Competition. Several good scores were recorded and with one round yet to play, there are still several possible winners. On Tuesday, the Senior section travelled to Rothes Golf Club for their annual outing. The winner of the Outing Decanter was Elizabeth Fleming. The winner of the Seniors 9 hole stableford on Thursday was Charles Legge with 21 points. This weekend was Championship Competition time. The juniors started the ball rolling on Wednesday and Thursday and both the handicap and scratch competitions were decided on countback. In the handicap competition, Kalen Clark (34) retained the trophy with a net 118 for the 36 holes, second was Thomas Dingwall (44) also 118 and third was Alasdair Bisset (23) net 136. However, Alasdair’s gross total of 182 saw him become Club Junior Champion, ahead of Bruce Grant, also 182 and Tom Bisset 183. Alasdair continued his good golf in the men’s competition on Saturday and Sunday carding net 60 and 64 to win the handicap section ahead of Allan Bantick (12) net 67 and 63 and in third place was John Swinden (22) 67 and 64. The club champion with a total gross score of 139 is James Grant, second was John McCook, total 146 and third was Allan Bantick 154. The ladies followed the men and the winner of the handicap competition with a net 141 was Margaret Smith (23), runner-up with a net 148 was Dorothy McDonald (17) and third with 149 was Heather Bantick (21). The ladies club champion with a total 182 is Dorothy McDonald, second was Elizabeth Sloan with 186 and third was Margaret Smith with 187.


Alasdair Bisset (Junior Champion & Men's H/c winner); James Grant (Club Champion);
Dorothy McDonald (Ladies Club Champion); Kalen Clark (Junior H/C winner); Margaret Smith (Ladies H/C winner)

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Week ending Sunday 14 July 2013

On Monday, the ladies played a hidden hole fun competition. Nine holes were played then three were discounted. The winner with a net 22 was Heather Bantick, Margaret Smith and Kate Wright tied second with net 25. The winner of the Seniors 9 hole stableford on Thursday was Judith Nettle with 22 points. On Friday, the juniors competed for the McLeod Cup. The winner was Alastair Bisset (32) with a net 47 and a nine stroke cut to his handicap; runner-up was Murdo Lunn (17) net 64 and third, playing in his very first competition, was Thomas Dingwall (44) 70. On Sunday, the men and ladies played for the Gordon Cup. The winner with a net 64 was Allan Bantick (12), winning on countback from wife Heather Bantick (23) with third place going to Ian Murray Snr (17) 67.

   
Trophy winners - Alasdair Bisset with the McLeod Cup and Allan Bantick with the Gordon Cup

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Week ending Sunday 7 July 2013

On Monday, the ladies played their July Medal. Margaret Smith (23) was the winner with a very good 66, runner-up was Jean Gordon (23) 72 and third was Rona Smith (23) 73. On Friday, the senior men and ladies competed in our Seniors Open. The day started with a very strong blustery wind that dropped during the day and most of the good scores came from the late starters. Home player Bob Mitchell (11) won the competition with a net 63 and a stroke off his handicap; second was Jim Taylor (20) of Ellon 65 net; third was Bob Mouat (16) 66 bih from John Dingwall (13) also net 66. The men’s scratch prize went to Carrbridge’s Barney Mackie with 73 and the ladies scratch prize went to Daisy Beaton of Forres with 83. The men rounded off the week’s competitions on Sunday with their July Medal. The winner was Jim Brady (17) 68, second was John Dingwall (13) 69 and third was Kevin Strathdee (6) 73.

Seniors Open winner Bob Mitchell with scratch winner Barnie Mackie and several competitors

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Week ending Sunday 30 June 2013

On Monday, the ladies competed for the Beaton Bowl. Last year’s winner Heather Bantick (24) carded a net 70 to retain the trophy; runner-up was Marie Hughes (23) 71 and third was Margaret Smith (23) 74. On Wednesday, the third and final Midsummer Stableford was played over 9 holes. The winner was Heather Bantick (24) 22 points, runner-up was Susan Swinden (22) 18 pts and third was Mike Wright (13) 17 pts. The overall winner of the competition on an eclectic basis was Susan Swinden with 28 pts, runner-up was Mike Wright 25 pts and third was Heather Bantick 23 pts. On Thursday, the seniors 9 hole stableford was won by Ian Sloan with 22 points. On Sunday, the men competed for the Centenary Trophy. Very windy conditions kept the scoring high for all except Haydn Hughes (16) who scored a net 67 to win the trophy; runner-up was Terry Sayer (22) 70 and third was John Dingwall (13) 73.


This week's trophy winners -
Heather Bantick with the Beaton Bowl & Haydn Hughes with the Centenary Trophy

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Week ending Sunday 23 June 2013

On Monday, the ladies played the first round of their Eclectic. The winner on the night was Christine Reynolds (25) 68, runner-up was Dorothy McDonald (17) 69 and third was Sheila Grant (31) 70. These three are well placed to go on and win the competition but with two rounds to go there are still many other contenders. On Wednesday, the second Midsummer Stableford was played over 9 holes. The winner was Susan Swinden (22) with 20 points bih, second was Mike Wright (14) also 20 points and third place went to John Dingwall (14) with 18 points. On Thursday, the seniors 9 hole stableford was won by Mike Wright with 19 points. On Thursday evening the ladies played the ladies from Boat of Garten and shared the honours in a 2-2 draw. On Sunday, the men played a Hall of Fame qualifying stableford. John Dingwall (13) coped best with the very wet conditions to record a winning 32 points, runner-up was Haydn Hughes (16) with 30 pts and third was David Thom (6) with 29 pts.

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Week ending Sunday 16 June 2013

On Monday, the ladies played their June Medal. The winner was Marie Hughes (24) 65 net, runner-up was Jane Kerr (31) 68 and third was Heather Bantick (24) 69. On Thursday, the seniors 9 hole stableford was won by Ian Wilson with 17 points. On Sunday, the men and ladies competed for the Ben Flood Trophy. The overnight rain had softened the course and nearly half the field scored within their buffer bringing the CSS down by 1 stroke. Six players tied third with 35 points but the place went to Peter Strathdee (15) on countback, the runner-up was last year’s winner Ian Sloan (10) with 40 points but the winner, playing in only his second adult competition was Bruce Grant (25) with 45 points and a three stroke cut in his handicap.


Bruce Grant with the Ben Flood Trophy

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Week ending Sunday 9 June 2013

On Monday, the ladies played the Coronation Fours. The winners were Marie Hughes and Jean Gordon, who will now go forward to represent the club in the Regional Final. The seniors 9 hole stableford on Thursday was won by Aileen Morgan with 19 points. On Saturday, the ladies played for the Mustard Trophy. The winner was Margaret Smith (23) 68, runner-up was Jean Gordon (23) 70 and third was Elizabeth Sloan (17) 71. The men completed the week’s competitions with their June Medal. The winner was James Grant (2) 66bih , runner-up was Bruce Grant (28) 66 and third was Allan Bantick (12) 68.


Margaret Smith with the Mustard Trophy

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Week ending Sunday 2 June 2013

On Monday, the ladies played their monthly 9 hole stableford. The winner with 20 points was Jane Kerr (32), runner-up was Jean Gordon (24) 17 pts and third was Kate Wright (28) 16 pts bih. The seniors 9 hole stableford on Thursday was won by Charles Grant with a magnificent 24 points. The men played a Bogey competition on Saturday and easily defeating the Colonel with +6 and a 2 stroke cut in his handicap was Peter Philpott (24), second with +4 was David Lindgren (17) and third was John Dingwall (13) –2bih. On Sunday, we played our Ladies Open. The winner with 36 points was Susan Swinden (24), runner-up was Jean Gordon (24) 35 pts, third was Gillian Mitchell (14) 31pts and fourth was Christine Reynolds (25) 31 pts. Keri McGann won the scratch prize with a gross 85.


Susan Swinden, winner of the Ladies Open with Keri McGann who won the scratch prize

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Week ending Sunday 26 May 2013

On Monday, the ladies played for the Fraser Cup. The winner was Margaret Smith (23) with 32 points, runner-up was Dorothy McDonald (16) with 31 pts and third was Susan McLaren (29) with 30 pts bih. On a day reminiscent of mid-winter, the seniors 9 hole Thursday stableford was won by David Kerr with 15 points. On Saturday, the sun finally shone for the CNPA Texas Scramble. The club are very grateful to the Park Authority for sponsoring this event, which was won by the Fyfe Flyers of Inverness. The team of Gordon Fyfe, Robbie Fyfe, Charlie Taylor and Keith Masson had a net score of 52.4, narrowly beating last year’s winners, John Campbell, Gordon Hay, Gavin Hay and Andrew Hay who carded 53.7. In third place were the Torvean team of Michael Lyall, Morris Watts, Eric Barren and Kevin Barnett with 55.8bih. On Sunday, the men played their Belhaven Best qualifying medal. In perfect playing conditions, the winner was John Swinden (25) 59, runner-up was Allan Bantick (13) 65 and third was Kevin Strathdee (6) 69. John’s handicap is cut to 21 and Allan’s to 12 before they go on to represent the club in the regional finals later in the year.

     
Margaret Smith with the Fraser Cup and the Fyfe Flyers with the CNPA Trophy

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Week ending Sunday 19 May 2013

On Monday, the ladies played for the SLGA brooch combined with a putting competition. The winner of the brooch was Margaret Smith (23) 72bih, runner-up was Kate Wright (27) 72 and third was Jean Gordon (23) 75. The best putter on the night was Helen Fraser with only 31 putts. The seniors 9 hole weekly stableford was won by David Kerr with 23 points. On Sunday, the men competed for the Norman Stone Salver. The holder of the trophy, Malcolm McCreath (12) played exceptionally well to retain the trophy with a net 63, runner-up was Ian Murray (6) 67 and third was James Brady (16) 68.


Malcolm McCreath with the Norman Stone Salver

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Week ending Sunday 12 May 2013

On Monday, the ladies played their May Medal. The winner was Jane Kerr (32) 72bih, runner-up was Margaret Smith (23) 72 and third was Dorothy McDonald (16) 73. Thursday’s seniors weekly 9 hole stableford was won by Mike Wright with 20 points. On Thursday evening the ladies travelled the short distance to Grantown to play the Grantown ladies. The match ended in a 2 – 2 draw. On Sunday, the men and ladies competed for the Fowler Trophy. The winner was Jim Brady (15) 67, runner-up was Howard Edge (19) 69 and third was Ian Sloan (11) 70.


Jim Brady with the Fowler Trophy

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Week ending Sunday 5 May 2013

On Monday, the ladies played their first monthly 9 hole stableford in very wet conditions. The winner was Jane Kerr (32) with 16pts, runner-up was Kate Wright (27) 15pts and third was Pamela MacLeod (28) 14pts. On Tuesday, the seniors special was the ever popular Mulligans, won by Kate Wright with 23 pts.   On Thursday, the weekly seniors 9 hole stableford was won by Aileen Morgan with 20 points. On Sunday, the men played their May Medal with the sun shining! The winner was Andrew Strathdee (15) 68, just beating brother Peter (15) on countback; in third place was James Brady (15) 75.

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Week ending Sunday 28 April 2013

On Monday, the ladies extra medal was played in very windy conditions. The winner was Rona Smith (22) 72, runner-up was Margaret Smith (23) 74 and third was Eliz Sloan (17) 75. On Thursday, the weekly seniors 9 hole stableford was won by David Kerr with 22 points. On Friday, the Junior April Medal was won by Bruce Grant (34) 66, runner-up was Kalen Clark (34) 77. On Saturday, we played the first Open of the season, a Mixed Greensomes. The winners were visitors Bob and Penny Craig from Invergordon with a net 63.8, runners-up with a net 64.8 were Ian Murray and Sheila Grant and in third place with 65.2 were Sandy Beaton (Forres) and Susan MacLaren (Abernethy). The scratch prize went to David and Sally Thom (Grantown) with a gross 76. On Sunday, the men battled through wind, rain, sleet and occasionally sunshine for the Speyside Sports Salver. Coping best with the elements to win the salver was John Dingwall (12) 70bih with James Brady (15) a close second also 70, in third place was John Lilley (19) 85.


John Dingwall with the Speyside Sports Salver

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Week ending Sunday 21 April 2013

On Monday the ladies played a yellow ball competition, the winning team being Rona Smith, Margaret Smith and Heather Bantick. Rona Smith and Margaret Smith have just progressed to the third round of the Daily Mail Foursomes beating their Grantown counterparts 4 and 3. On Thursday, the seniors’ weekly nine-hole stableford was won by Terry Sayer with 22 points. On Sunday, a small field of men competed for the Helensburgh Shield. The winner was Ian Sloan with 35 pts, second was Jim O’Hara with 30 pts and third was Michael Bloomfield with 28 pts.

Ian Sloan with the Helensburgh Shield
Ian Sloan with the Helensburgh Shield


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Week ending Sunday 14 April 2013

On Monday the ladies played a nine hole flag competition. The winner was Sheila Grant who carried the flag onto the ninth green. On Thursday, the Seniors nine hole stableford was won by Mike Bloomfield with 25 points. On Sunday, the men and ladies played for the Nethybridge Hotel Trophy. There were plenty of signs of winter rustiness in this, the first of our qualifying competitions, not helped by the early rain. However, the skies cleared and the trophy was won by Tom Bisset (20) with a respectable 68; runner-up was Kate Wright (27+2) 71 and third was Howard Edge (18) 73. In national competitions Jim O’Hara and Ian Murray progressed to the third round of the Daily Mail Foursomes beating the Hopeman representatives on the nineteenth hole but the men went out to Inverness in the Mail on Sunday Club Championship losing 3.5 to 1.5.


Tom Bisset with the Nethybridge Hotel Trophy

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Week ending Sunday 7 April 2013

The ladies started their season on Monday with a nine hole fun competition won by Jane Kerr with 26 points. The Seniors then started their season on Thursday with the weekly nine hole stableford won by Helen Fraser with 27 points. The unfortunate return of snow on Sunday saw the cancellation of all three competitions scheduled for that day. The national club competition match against Inverness will be played on Sunday 14th, the men's and ladies' medals will be rescheduled later in the year, weather permitting.

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Sunday 31 March 2013

The flag was raised for the start of the season in glorious sunshine with a traditional toast.  The usual Captain v Lady Captain match was then played with the same result as last year - the Captain lost his own match but won the overall contest.      During the winter, an ongoing winter eclectic has been running and the joint winners of that competition were Oliver Sykes and John Swinden with identical scores; in third place was Mike Rodda.     

Flag raising 2013