Week ending 9 June 2019

The first competition of the week was the ladies June medal.    For the third time in three weeks, the winner was June Clark (20) 74 and one stroke behind her was Heather Bantick (21) 75.   In third place was Teresa Gannon (29) 77.   On Thursday the seniors weekly 9 hole stableford was won by Drew Durrand with 19 points.    On Saturday, the men and ladies were in action but in different competitions.   In the morning, the men competed for the Centenary Trophy.    On a day when the conditions were ideal for golf the scoring was not ideal.    The winner was John Swinden (20) 72 bih, runner-up was Allan Bantick (13) 72 and third was Drew Durrand (26) 73.    In the afternoon, the ladies competing for the Fraser Cup were not much better with only the winner Jean Gordon (23) 36pts playing to her handicap.  Runner-up was Margaret Smith (22) 31 pts bih and third was Jenny Thomas (33) 31 pts.

John Swinden, winner of the Centenary Trophy with the trophy  Jean Gordon, winner of the Fraser Cup with the memorial salver
Weekend winners John Swinden (Centenary Trophy) and Jean Gordon (Fraser Cup)

Week ending 2 June 2019

Monday saw the second round of Pauline's Trophy for the ladies.   This four-round 9 hole stableford is decided on an eclectic basis.   This  round was won by June Clark, continuing her good form of last week, with 18 points, runner-up was Heather Bantick with 16 pts and third was Fiona MacLaren with 13 pts.   On Tuesday, half the seniors travelled to Carrbridge for the second leg of the tri-club challenge where we managed second place and with home advantage to come in the third leg we remain optimistic but not very!   The seniors who were not involved in the challenge played a special, using a different club for each drive and this was won by Colin Kirkwood.   On Wednesday, the ladies travelled to Grantown for a match against the Grantown ladies which ended in a very friendly draw.   On Thursday, the seniors weekly 9 hole stableford was won by Peter Norgate with 21 points.    The final competition of the week was the men's June Medal which was won by Ian Murray (16) 66, runner-up was John Swinden (20) 71 bih and third was John Lilley (18) 71.

Week ending 26th May 2019

The ladies fun competition on Monday required them to use a different club, including a putter, to tee off at every hole.   The competition was won by Margaret Smith.   On Wednesday, the ladies hosted the ladies from Carrbridge but showed little hospitality in beating them 3-1.    The Thursday weekly 9 hole seniors stableford was won by John Dingwall with 19 points.    The ladies were in action again on Saturday coping, but not very well, with some tricky wet and windy conditions competing for the Beaton Bowl.   The winner was June Clark (20) 79 bih, runner-up was Rona Smith (27) 79 and third was Heather Bantick (21) 80.    The rain continued unabated over night so the Mixed Foursome stableford had to be cancelled on Sunday.    It was a qualifier for the Ping Scottish Mixed Championship so the qualifier will now be played as part of the Charities Mixed Open on 29th June.

June Clark with the Beaton Bowl
June Clark with the Beaton Bowl

Week ending 19th May 2019

The ladies played a flag competition on Monday.   This was won by Jean Gordon who used her final stroke to finish inches from the 9th hole.  On Tuesday, the seniors played the first leg of their tri-club challenge for the Spey Valley Trophy at Rothes where we came our customary third.    On Wednesday we played the May mid-month 9 hole stableford.  The winner was John Lilley (18) 20 pts, runner-up was Heather Bantick (22) 19 pts and third was Jim Brady (21) 18 pts.    On Thursday, the seniors weekly 9 hole stableford was won by Barry Clark with 24 pts.   On Sunday, everyone competed for the Ben Flood Trophy.   The winner was Sue Philpott ( 32) 39 pts, runner-up was David Carrott (28) 35 pts and third was Christine Reynolds (31) 34 pts.

Sue Philpott with the Ben Flood trophy
Sue Philpott with the Ben Flood Trophy

Week ending 12th May 2019

The week started for the ladies with a putting competition won by Helen Fraser.    The seniors weekly 9 hole stableford on Thursday was won by Janice Dewar with 23 pts.   The only other competition this week was on Sunday when the men competed for the Norman Stone Salver.   The winner was Bob Mouat (17) 69 bih, runner-up was John Lilley (18) 69 and third was John Dingwall (15) 70.

Bob Mouat with Norman Stone Calver
Bob Mouat with the Norman Stone Salver

Week ending 5th May 2019

On Monday the ladies played the first round of the four 9 hole stablefords that make up Paulines Trophy.   The winner was Christine Reynolds with 19 points.    Four ladies came in with 18 points but the runners-up place went to Teresa Gannon with Jane Kerr being placed third on countback.    Tuesday being the final Tuesday of the month meant a Seniors Special.   This was the very popular Mulligans won by Tom Christie.    On Thursday it was back to the normal weekly 9 hole stableford for the seniors and this was won by Charles Grant with 21 points.   The men and ladies were both due to play medals on Saturday but the vagaries of the Scottish weather saw the men's competition cancelled because the course was under snow but by the afternoon that had all vanished and the ladies played their medal in a mixture of hail, rain, wind and sunshine.   The winner was Susan Swinden (17) 75, runner-up was Heather Bantick (22) 80 and third was Teresa Gannon (30) 84.

Week ending 28th April 2019

The ladies started the week's competitions with an Extra Medal.   In what we hope will become the usual Monday sunshine, the winner was Heather Bantick (22) 68. runner-up was Linda Gillies (29) 69 and third was Margaret Smith (22) 71.     The Thursday seniors 9 hole stableford was won by Charles Legge with 22 pts.   On Sunday, the men and ladies combined to compete for the Nethy Bridge Hotel Cup.   The winner was Alex Donald (11) 65, runner-up was John Lilley (18) 67 and third was Kevin Strathdee (7) 68

Alex Donald is presented with the Nethy Bridge Cup
Lindsay Parker, Deputy Manager of the Hotel, presents Alex Donald with the Nethy Bridge Hotel Cup

Week ending 21st April 2019

On Monday, the ladies fun Hidden Hole competition was won jointly by Margaret Smith and Fiona Hunter.   On Wednesday, we played the first mid-month stableford of the season.   This was won by Susan Swinden with 20pts, runner-up was Drew Durrand with 18pts bih and third was Heather Bantick with 18 pts.   The Thursday seniors weekly 9 hole stableford, with 29 competitors - a record for our seniors - was won by David Kerr with 21 pts.   On Friday, the junior medal was won by Lorne Leggat (17) 71 and runner-up was Ben Bisset (21) 78.   The men completed a busy week of competitions on Sunday playing for the Speyside Sports Salver.    The winner was Drew Durrand ((27) 64 and a stroke off his handicap, runner-up was Kevin Strathdee (7) 71, including a 2 on the 9th, the second longest hole on the course, and third was Alex Donald (11) 73.

Drew Durrand with the Speyside Sports Salver
Drew Durrand with the Speyside Sports Salver

Week ending 14th April 2019

The ladies played 9 holes on Monday using only three clubs and the winner with 16pts was Margaret Smith.   The seniors finally got their weekly 9 hole stableford under way on Thursday and Johnny Petrolini won with an impressive 24 points and a large cut to his handicap.   On Sunday the men competed for the Helensburgh Shield.   This populare 9 hole stableford saw all three prize winners scoring 17 points but on countback the winner was Kevin Strathdee  (7), runner-up was Allan Bantick (12) and third was Bob Mouat (16).

Kevin Strathdee with the Helensburgh Shield
Kevin Strathdee with the Helensburgh Shield

Week ending 7th April

The ladies started the season gently with a fun 9 hole competition with plenty of Mulligans.    The winner was Susan Swinden.     The seniors' season got off to an inauspicious start when the course was closed on Thursday.      The weather brightened up for the serious business of April Medals at the weekend.   The men went first on Saturday morning.   The winner was Steve Gannon (30) 69 net, runner-up was Allan Bantick (12) 74bih and third was John Swinden (20) 74.   The ladies followed on Saturday afternoon.   The winner was Margaret Smith (22) 72 net, runner-up was Eliz Sloan (19) 74 and third was Sue Philpott (32) 75.

Week ending 31 March 2019

The sun shone brightly for the start of our 2019 season.    The flag was raised by the Club Captain, Rona Smith then players did battle in the opening match with the Ladies Captain's side narrowly defeating the Captain's side.
The winners of the winter eclectic were announced with Drew Durrand claiming the top prize with a gross 27, runner-up was Allan Bantick with 28 and the best lady was Susan Swinden with 29.

flag raising
A happy group of golfers help Club Captain Rona Smith raise the flag