Week Commencing 29th September 2008

Hole in One

In the men's medal on Sunday 5th October Haydn Hughes had his first ever Hole In One.  During his first nine he hit the pin with his tee shot at the second hole but failed to convert the putt for a birdie.   In his second nine he made amends by holing his tee shot at the same hole.

Week Commencing Mon 22nd September

On Sunday 28th Sept the Senior Ladies and Gents gathered to play for the Frame Trophy - a competition for the over-fifties. The winner was Peter Boyce-Kenyon (23) with a magnificent nett 62, runner up was Allan Bantick (12) with a 65 and third was Ron Thornhill (18) with a 66.

Week commencing Mon 15th September 2008

The week began with the Ladies playing their Flag Competition. The flag was carried all the way around the course with strokes to spare by Dot McDonald easily winning the competition. The ladies then enjoyed a fish and chip supper. On Tuesday, the Seniors had their annual outing to Rothes. The competition was won by Terry Sayer but his achievement was eclipsed by Janette McCool who had her first ever Hole in One! The Seniors Weekly 9 hole Stableford on Thursday was won by Charles Legge with 24 points. The men played for the Rosebowl Trophy on Sunday. Runner-up with a nett 68 bih was Jim Brady (15) and the winner of the trophy with a nett 66 was John MacLennan (18). The CSS was 66.

Week Commencing Mon 8th September

On Thursday, the Seniors Weekly 9 Hole Stableford was won by Charles Legge with 24 Points. It was a weekend of Medal competitions. The Juniors played on Friday.The winner was Jamie Bisset (17) 59, runner-up was Andrew Strathdee (19) 72, third was Hannah McCook (7) 75. On Sunday morning it was the turn of the men. First was Ron Thornhill (19) 62bih, runner-up was Gordon Donald (12) 62, third was Kevin Strathdee (5) 65. This medal was the final qualifying medal for the Greenkeepers Cup (best four medals through the season). The cup was won by Roy Quinn with a total of 259, an average of less than 64. In the afternoon, the ladies played. First was Jean Gordon (24) 74, runner-up was Pauline Grant (32) 76 and third was Ena Meldrum (19) 77.

Week Commencing Mon 25th August

The Junior Championship was played on Saturday. Although only a small number played, all of our best juniors were on show. In third place with a gross 83 and also winning the handicap prize was Andrew Strathdee (21). In second place with a gross 79 was Hannah McCook but the winner, for the third year running, with a gross 71 that included a 10 at the 16th hole was John McCook.

On Sunday a record field of 42 couples competed in the Open Mixed Foursomes for the Louise Shields. Scratch winners were Robert and Gillian Mitchell (Grantown) with a gross 77. In the handicap competition, third place went to Stuart White (Abernethy) and Gill Dunphy (Filton) (20.5) 65.5 nett; runners-up were Scott Boughen (Thornton) and Marie Hughes (Abernethy) (22) 62 nett and the winners were Neil and Rhona Bain (Haddington) (19) with a superb nett score of 56.

Week Commencing Mon 18th August

The week began with the Ladies playing the third and final round of their summer eclectic competition. The winner was Sheila Grant (68.3) with Dot MacDonald (68.9) in second place and Heather Bantick (71.1) third.
On Thursday the severe weather closed the course so the Seniors weekly Stableford competition was cancelled.
On Sunday 24th August the weather improved to provide dry but blustery conditions for the Mens Centenary Trophy. The winner was Andrew Donald (80-16=62), runner up was Jim O’Hara (74-11=63) and in third place was Peter Strathdee (89-25=64).

Week Commencing Mon 11th August

On Monday, the ladies played their August Medal. This was won by Rona Smith (21) with a nett 71. The Seniors were in action twice midweek. On Tuesday they played the return match against Carrbridge Seniors at Carrbridge. Home advantage proved too much and Nethy Seniors were narrowly defeated. On Thursday morning the Seniors regular nine-hole stableford was won by Jean Munro with 21 Points. On Friday, the Juniors played their August Medal. The winner was Jamie Bamford (37) nett 64, runner-up was Adair Montgomery (28) net 66. On Sunday, the ladies competed for the Robinson Tray. Runner-up was Margaret Smith (21) with 37 points but the winner, playing in only her second club trophy competition, was Kate Wright (34) with 39 points and a one stroke cut in her handicap

Week Commencing Mon 4th August

On Monday, the ladies played for the Fraser Cup. In third place with 39 pts was Hannah McCook, runner-up with 43 pts was Lynne Sayer but the winner with a magnificent 47 pts was Debbie Hay-Smith. On Thursday morning the Seniors regular nine-hole stableford was won by Stan Morgan with 22 points. On Sunday, the Men’s Open attracted an entry of over 60 players. In the scratch section, third place went to Gordon Hay (Grantown) 71, runner-up was Kevin Strathdee (Abernethy) 71bih, winner of the Walter Grant Cup was James A Grant (Abernethy) 68. In the handicap section third place went to Russell Ferguson (11) (Abernethy) net 66bih, runner-up was Scott Boughen (8)(Thornton) 65, winner of the Mackenzie Cup was Bruce Calder (7) (Abernethy) 63.

Week Commencing Mon 28th July

On Monday the ladies played a two-round 9 hole eclectic won with a nett score of 26.5 by Heather Bantick (27). On Thursday morning the Seniors regular nine-hole stableford was won by Jane Kerr with 25 points. On Thursday afternoon the fairways belonged to the juniors as 22 players competed in the Junior Open. Scratch winner was Hannah McCook, the only girl in the field, with a 71 reducing her own Course Record by two strokes. The winner of the Millennium Trophy was Colin Mouat (28) 60, runner-up was Lewis Hunter (28) 63 bih and third place went to Peter Strathdee (26) 63. The juniors were in action again on Saturday afternoon competing for the McLeod Cup. Jamie Bissett (19) with a super nett 60 could only claim second place as Fraser McLintock (42) came in with a nett 44 and a 16 stroke cut in his handicap! The week ended with the Men’s August Medal. Winner was Roy Quinn (13) 63 bih; runner-up was Andrew Strathdee (21) 63; and in third place was Charles Kinsey (9) 64 bih.

Week Commencing Monday 21st July 08

Another busy week started on Monday with the Ladies playing their July Extra Medal – runner-up was Frances Turner (25) with a nett 74 but the winner was Pauline Grant (33) whose nett 70 earned her a one stroke cut in her handicap. On Tuesday the Juniors joined the Seniors in a Texas Scramble. Junior Peter Maxwell led his team of Allan Bantick, Jane Kerr and Alison Wood to victory. On Thursday, the Seniors played their regular nine-hole stableford won by Alison Wood with 24 points. The ladies were in action again on Saturday competing for the Beaton Bowl. An excellent nett 66 by Margaret Smith (21) was eclipsed by Lady Captain Aileen Morgan’s (28) nett 65 . This brings Aileen down to 27. On Sunday the club hosted an Open Texas Scramble for the Cairngorm National Park Trophy. A large field played through a real mixture of weather. Willie Gray (pictured holding the bottle) had a hole in one at the 11th hole but that was not enough to drag his team into the prize money. In fourth place were The Young Ones (a junior team of Andrew Strathdee, Peter Strathdee, Colin Mouat and Bruce Mouat) 64 – 10.5 = 53.5; in third place were the Kingussie team of K Hunter, W Fairgreaves, D Fairgreaves and F Mackintosh 56 – 2.5 = 53.5 bih, runners-up were the Grantown team of Bob Mitchell, Gillian Mitchell, Sue McLaren and Andrew McLaren 61 – 9.1 = 51.9 and the winners were the Abernethy team of Margaret Smith, Ian Murray Snr, Ian Murray Jnr and Kevin Strathdee 56 – 5.3 = 50.7.

Week Commencing Monday 14th July 08


A busy week started with the Ladies playing the second round of their Eclectic on Monday. Leader from the first round Christine Reynolds shaved a few strokes off her total but with one round still to go this is still a very open competition. On Tuesday, the Seniors played against Carrbridge Seniors. Despite home advantage Abernethy only won 2.5 matches to Carrbridge’s 3.5. The return match next month is eagerly awaited. The Seniors were in action again on Thursday with their regular 9 hole Stableford. This was won by Ian Wilson with an impressive 25 points. On Friday the Juniors played their monthly medal. Some great golf was played and all competitors equalled or bettered the CSS. The runner-up was Colin Mouat (38) with a nett 61 just pipped by Adair Montgomery (34) nett 60. The same Juniors were in action again on Saturday competing for the Humber Glover Trophy. This time Adair (31) nett 61 could only manage runner-up being beaten by brother David Montgomery (34) nett 58. Both David and Adair had their handicap reduced to 29. On Sunday, the men competed in their monthly medal. In very difficult windy conditions Allan Bantick (11) and Bob Mouat (14) both scored a nett 69 with Bob Mouat taking the honours on countback.

Thurs 10th July Seniors Open

1st Murdo Vishu (Boat of Garten) 75 - 14 = 61
2nd Philip Tempest (Abernethy) 89 - 26 = 63
3rd John Dingwall (Boat of Garten) 76 - 12 = 64

Leading Scratch Man
Lewis MacBean (Boat of Garten) 73

Leading Scratch Lady
Daisy Beaton (Forres) 90

Sunday 6th July Ladies Open


Scratch Winner Gillian Mitchell (left) with Overall Winner Margaret Smith

Winner Margaret Smith 86 - 23 = 63
Scratch Winner Gillian Mitchell 84

1st Silver Ena Meldrum 88 - 19 = 69
2nd Silver Debbie Grant 87 - 17 = 70
3rd Silver Dawn Ferguson 84 - 12 = 72

1st Bronze Daphne Ritchie 90 - 21 = 69
2nd Bronze Carol Inch 95 - 26 = 69
3rd Bronze Jacqui Coulthard 105 - 34 = 71

The Abernethy Golf Club Charities Mixed Foursomes was contested on Sunday 29th June in a mixture of sunshine and showers - a blessing considering what might have been according to the forecast.

Ann Whiting, Chair of the local branch of the Highland Hospice, was on hand to receive a cheque for £500 from club captain Allan Bantick. Ann explained to the assembled company that 2008 was a special year in the history of the Highland Hospice, being its 21st anniversay.

This year's winners were Abernethy members Rona Smith and Roy Quinn. The leading scores were:

1st Rona Smith and Roy Quinn (Abernethy) 66
2nd Jean Gordon and Laurie Calder (Abernethy) 67
3rd Paul and Carole MacMichael (Braehead and Auchterarder) 68
Leading Scratch Score Norma and David Scrimgeour (Muir of Ord) 82


21st and 22nd June Ladies Club Championships


Champion: Dawn Ferguson 84 + 84 = 168
Runner Up Hannah McCook 89 + 87 = 176
Third Place Ena Meldrum 85 + 103 = 188

Handicap Section:
1st Margaret Smith (23) 69 + 77 = 146
2nd Aileen Morgan (29) 68 + 80 = 148
3rd Lynne Sayer (32) 76 + 75 = 151

14th and 15th June 2006

Club Championships

Over a weekend of mixed weather 21 players contested the Abernethy Club Championship - this was the biggest field for a number of years. The scores were:

Club Championship
1st Neil Bain 79 +70 = 149
2nd Bruce Calder 76 + 79 = 155
3rd Jim O'Hara 81 + 75 = 156

Handicap Section
1st John Dingwall 66 + 66 = 132
2nd Jim O'Hara 70 + 64 = 134
3rd Allan Bantick 67 + 69 = 136

9th June 2008 - Laing Trophy

1st David Lindgren 41 points


2nd John MacLennan 36 points bih
3rd Allan Bantick 36 points

8th June 2008 - Norman Stone Trophy

1st Allan Bantick 75 - 12 = 63 bih


2nd Ian Murray Senior 79 - 16 = 63
3rd Ian Murray Jun 70 - 6 = 64


!st Murdo Vishu 92 - 18 = 64

2nd Roy Quinn 78 - 13 = 65
3rd Mike Wright 80 - 14 = 66

25th May Bob Douglas Trophy (Stableford)

1st David Lindgren 39 points


2nd John Dingwall 36 points bih
3rd Russell Fergusson 36 points

24th May Mustard Trophy

1st Hannah McCook 73 - 10 = 63

Hannah's gross score of 73 is a new Ladies Course Record

2nd Maureen Thomas 85 - 18 = 67
3rd Moira Calder 100 - 28 = 72

18th May Fowler Cup

1st Murdo Vishu 79 - 19 = 60
2nd John McCook 73 - 8 = 65
3rd Kevin Strathdee 70 - 5 = 65

11th May Mens Medal

1st Roy Quinn nett 62
2nd Murdo Vishu nett 65
3rd John Dingwall nett 68

4th May Ben Flood Trophy

1st Haydn Hughes 40 points bih
2nd Kevin Strathdee 40 points
3rd Allan Bantick 37 points

27th April Nethybridge Hotel Trophy

1st Peter Wood nett 62
2nd Hannah McCook nett 64
3rd Ian Murray Senior nett 65

20th April Speyside Sports Trophy

1st Malcolm McCreath 76 - 13 = 63

2nd Kevin Strathdee 72 - 5 = 67
3rd (bih) Jim Ohara 79 - 11 = 68

19th April Open Mixed Greensomes

1st Ian Murray and Moira Calder (Abernethy) 74 - 15.2 = 58.8

2nd J and C York (Invergordon) 86 - 21.4 = 64.6
3rd Sue and Brian Thomas (Forres) 91 - 23 = 68

13th April Men's Stableford

1st Ian Murray Senior 36 points
2nd John McCook 35 points bih
3rd John Dingwall 35 points

31st March Opening Match - Captain's Team versus Lady Captain's Team

Captain won 5 - 4