Monday 25 May 2009 - Results week commencing 18th May
On Wednesday the ladies took on Forres GC with honours even at the end of the match, winning one tie, losing another and the remaining two ending all square. On Saturday the men led the way with a strong entry for the Garten Cup, which in ideal conditions led to very low scoring with 14 players scoring par or better. Early starters Stuart Forrest (8) 65 and Fraser Sharp (5) 66 had set the pace and last year's winner Iain Cormack (6) came close with a 68. Also returning nett 69, I better than par, were Charlie Cairns (8), Scott MacDonald (14), Steven Thomas (9) and Martin Hendry (12). Darren Proud (18) continued his excellent start to the season to lead the field briefly with a nett 64 but was edged out by Donald Watt (15) playing in the following group, whose 63 took the trophy. Both winner and runner up earned a 2-stroke cut in their handicaps.
Leading scores: (CSS 69) D.G. Watt (15) 63; D.J. Proud (18) 64; S. Forrest (8) 65; D.F. Sharp (5) 66; I.G. Cormack (6) 68; C.E.S. Cairns (8), S.G. MacDonald (14), S. Thomas (9), M.R.F. Hendry (12) 69; L. Dickson (12), D. Murray (2), A.N. Cram (12), R.S. Taylor (11), A. Brock (15) 70; L.J. MacBean (7), G. Eastwood (8), J.M. McPhee (19), J.A. MacBean (13) 71; I.C. Murray (10), J.A.Boxx (9), R. Proud (14), A. Shand (6), R.W. Wilkie (28), S. Rooney (8) 72; B.H. Jones (21), E. Mitchell (16), G.S. MacDonald (5), A.C. Grigor (17), J.R. Thompson (12) 73; J.F. Brady (16) 74.
The ladies competition was a pairs Greensomes played in windy conditions, which made scoring tricky. Elspeth Walker and Letti Sim won the event on 72.6 from runners-up Linda Ross and Wyn Patel on 74.2 narrowly ahead of Pam Roxburgh and Aisne Imperiale on 75 and Margaret Thompson and Jean Watt in 4th place n 75.8.
Leading scores: E. Walker & L.Sim (24.4) 72.6; W. Patel & L. Ross (24.8) 74.2; P. Roxburgh & A. Imperiale (27) 75; M. Thompson & J. Watt (21.2) 75.8; B. Hughes & L. MacPherson (26.8) 78.2; P. Ingram & E. Stoddart (18.8) 81.2; A. Weller & A. Napier (25.8) 82.2; L. Richardson & P. MacGillivray (26.4) 83.6.
Monday 9 July 2012 - Results week ending 8th July
At Boat of Garten last week the ladies Wednesday medal resulted in a CSS of 73 and clear winners in both sections. In the silver section (0-20) both Margaret Thompson (18) and Caroline Bashford (16) returned 76 but the prize went to Dot McDonald (16) largely due to an excellent outward nine. In the bronze section (21-36) Pam MacGillivray (25) set the mark with 78 but was soon overtaken by Shuna Walker (27) whose 73 took the win and earned a cut in her handicap.
On Saturday the men competed for the Craiggowrie Cup, a bogey competition. Scoring was difficult in the wet conditions but a handful of very good scores helped to produce a CSS of 69. Early starter Roy Quinn (15) returned a superb score of +3, soon matched by Ian Patience (19) but both were eclipsed by new Member Malcolm Kerr (19) whose +9 produced the best score for many a year, winning the trophy and earning a significant cut in his handicap. James Brady (15) and John Ross (8) came closest of the chasing pack, both finishing on +1.
Leading scores: M. Kerr (19) +9; I. Patience (19), R. Quinn (15) +3; J.F. Brady (15), J.A. Ross (8) +3; A.N. Waterson (6), G. MacPherson (21), I.P. Souter (12), I.A. Murray (6) Level; R.S. Coupar (12), J. MacPherson (13), B.D. Murray (11) -1; R. Flockhart (9), J.C. Dingwall (13), J. Stewart (18), D. Thomas (18), S. Rooney (10), J.R. Ingram (5), M.R. Hendry (12) -2; R.G. Kinnaird (6), T. Loynes (14), C. Sutherland (15), R. Lyon (13), J.A. Boxx (12) -3; M. Ashcroft (19), G. Tregaskis (8), G. Eunson (20), G. Eastwood (8), C.J. Helik (6), J.A. MacBean (12) -4.
In the ladies’ monthly medal the conditions effected the scoring (CSS 74, RO), but Rona French (16) managed to overcome the weather to win the silver section with 81 and was followed home by Dot McDonald (15) on 85. In the bronze section Christine Waterson (27) took the prize on 88 with runner up Liz Gray (29) on 91.
Silver Section: R.A. French (16) 81; D.A. McDonald (15) 85; M. Dougal (17) 88; H.M. Souter (19) 90. Bronze Section: C.E. Waterson (27) 88; E.M. Gray (29) 91.
Monday 18 May 2009 - Results week commencing 11th May
Another busy week at Boat of Garten included two matches for the Seniors - against their counterparts at Elgin, where honours were shared 4 - 4 and, back on home soil, where they managed a fine win 6-2 against The Nairn GC. On Saturday the men competed for the Tennent Cup resulting in very close scoring for the minor placings with Donnie Ross claiming 3rd spot on 67. Runner up was Darren Proud continuing his early season form with a nett 63 and a 4 stroke cut in his handicap to 18 but he was pipped for the trophy by Steven Thomas whose stunning 62 also earned him a cut.
Leading scores: S. Thomas (10) 62; D.J. Proud (22) 63; D. Ross (13) 67; J.R. Ingram (5), N. G. Cunningham (16), J.A. Boxx (9), D.G. Watt (15), R.S. Taylor (11) 68; J.A. Ross (6), T. Loynes (12), S.J. Hamilton (10) 69; G. Eastwood (8), S.G. MacDonald (14), C. Sutherland (14), I.G. Cormack (6) 70; J.R. Thompson (12), A.C. Grigor (17), P. Lyons (17), D.F. Sharp (5), I.W. Cassells (11), S. Rooney (8), R. Proud (14), A. Shand (6) 71; D.D. Ross (10) 72; J.F. Brady 16), W.A. Macadam (14) 73; E. Mitchell (16), B.H. Jones (21) 74; J.M. McPhee (19), I. Duthie (10) 75.
Also played on Saturday, in the Ladies' Stableford Sue McLaren and Letti Sim both came in with 37 points with Mrs Sim taking the prize on countback. Again separated by countback were Pam Roxburgh and Caroline Bashford who both scored 36 points with the latter taking 3rd place and again where Ishbel Shannon and Sue Murray both scored 35 points, Mrs Murray claimed 5th spot with a better inward half.
Leading scores: L. Sim (28), S.A. McLaren (23) 37 pts; C.S. Bashford (14), P.C. Roxburgh (25) 36; S.R. Murray (23), I. Shannon (11) 35; E. Meldrum (20), P. Ingram (12), A. Imperiale (30) 34; M.A. Stewart (15) 33; L. Richardson (20), M. Douglas (7) 32; A. Napier (36), E. Stoddart (29) 31; C. Bell (24), M Sharp (13), M.A. Thompson (19) 30.
Leading scores: G. & L. MacPherson (29) 40pts; D. & J. Watt (21), J. & V. Dykes (15) 36; I. Cassells & M. Stewart (13) 35; H. & S. McLaren (22) 33; M. Hamilton & L. Sim (20), I. & S. Murray (17) 32; J. & M. Thompson (16) 30; J. MacBean & L. Richardson (17) 29; A. & M. Macadam (20) 28; G. & P. Roxburgh (21), J. & P. Ingram (9), S. & C. Rooney (22) 27.
Friday 3 June 2011 - CLUB CATERING - Update
In a change to the catering arrangements anticipated at the start of the season, the operation is no longer franchised. The Club now employs all staff directly with the catering being provided by chefs John Starkey and Lisi Sinclair and 'front-of-house' team being led by Darren Proud.
As a result it has been necessary to restructure the service and catering is now available daily from 9.30am with a full Clubhouse menu offered throughout the day. Last orders are taken at 6pm, unless pre-booked by arrangement with the chef. On Saturdays a special evening menu is offered in addition to the main courses on the daily menu - available from 6pm until 8.00pm - Members are strongly advised to reserve a table in advance as spaces are limited.
Please note that, on those Saturdays when Open competitions are being held, it may be necessary to revise these arrangements.
If the catering hours are extended a notice will be displayed in the lounge and Members will also be informed on this page.
Monday 1 April 2013 - Opening Match - Sunday 31st March
At Boat of Garten Golf Club on Sunday the traditional raising of the Club flag by Club Captain, Alan Boxx, was followed by a match between teams of Members representing the Captain and Vice-Captain, Craig Sutherland. The popular event, played in calm, Spring conditions, attracted a healthy entry and resulted in a narrow win for the Captain’s team. The match was followed by an excellent hot buffet for players and members in the Clubhouse.
Monday 3 October 2011 - New Logo Competition
This Club logo was used on scorecards for the first time in the late 1980s - its design is usually
credited to the late George Cameron, committee member and former proprietor of the
Craigard Hotel (across the railway from the 4th tees) and since 2003 no longer a hotel.
The logo was updated in 1998 for the Club’s centenary
year with the addition of dates and the Club name.
and amended to its current form (below) around 2005.
In recent years several Members have suggested that the Club should adopt a new logo, perhaps reflecting the location of the Club, the name itself or even its history.
So the Council has agreed to run a competition over the coming winter weeks, asking the membership and interested non-members to submit suggestions for an alternative. The intention is for the Council to select the best two designs, to display them on the website and for Members to vote for their favourite.
If a suitable design can be found, the logo would eventually be used on all Club stationery, including letterheads, scorecards, course planners, clothing and merchandise etc., so these products must be borne in mind by designers! Please post or email your design to the Secretary by 31st December 2011.
Sunday 22 March 2009 - Opening Match (Captain vs Vice-Captain)
Could members please note the change of date!
There will be a short ceremony at 12:15 to raise the Club Flag for the season .
- All golfing Members are invited to enter
- Shotgun start at 1pm on Sunday.
- No competition entry fee.
- Format - matchplay, fourball - betterball (handicap ¾ difference).
- Computerised Random Draw
- Gents play off white tees, Ladies off red tees and Juniors off blue tees.
A complimentary two-course meal will be served for competitors after the golf.
To enter, please call the Office or Pro Shop as soon as possible.
Saturday 28 March 2009 - 5 Club Stableford
First scheduled competition for Gents
Saturday 4 April 2009 - April Medal
First monthly medal of the season for Gents
Tuesday 29 November 2011 - Winter Eclectic
After two unsuccessful attempts at running a winter eclectic series for Members because of the weather conditions, we'll hope for third time lucky!
It is intended to hold 7 Saturday competitions in December and January with a 1st and 2nd on the day, plus an eclectic competition over the events which it is possible to hold.
Entry fee on the day will be £2 with £1 going to the day prize (1st - two thirds, 2nd - one third, to the nearest 50p) and the other £1 accumulating and going to the winner and second place in the overall eclectic result at the end of the period. Come to the clubhouse at 9 am on the day or organise your own partner and pay before you play using the brown envelopes by the office window.
Dates (all Saturdays)
24th December(Happy Xmas)
I will run this competition from home due to Ross having no shop at the moment - results will be posted at the Club and on the website by the following Tuesday of each week.
Match & Handicap Convenor
Friday 28 May 2010 - Staff News
Congratulations to Head Greenkeeper Alan Dobbie who celebrates 20 years at the Club this week. Alan joined the Boat from Deeside GC, Aberdeen in 1990 as 1st Assistant Greenkeeper. When his predecessor Alec MacKay moved on, Alan was promoted to Head Greenkeeper in January 1993.
Tuesday 30 March 2010 - Alliance Championship win for Boat Pro
Boat of Garten PGA professional Ross Harrower won the North Scottish Golfers' Alliance Championship fixture at Fortrose & Rosemarkie Golf Club on Saturday 20th March after John Forbes (Inverness) was unable to make the scheduled play-off.
John posted a five-under-par 66 early on with six birdies and a single dropped shot at the 17th. Late starter Ross equalled this with seven birdies between bogeys at the first and last. Five of his sub-par figures came on the home nine and he was awarded the Sir Hugh Mackenzie Trophy (already on display in the Pro Shop).
In the Handicap section Class 1, Boat of Garten's Steve Rooney (8) finished in a creditable 6th position on 71 while in Class 2, Boat's Lewis Macbean (9) won the Jim Thom Quaich for a net 69, with fellow Member Tommy Loynes (12) taking the runners-up spot on 71.
66 R Harrower (Boat of Garten)*, J D Forbes (Inverness).
69 G Hay (Grantown), M Macdonald (Fortrose & Rosemarkie).
70 G Murray (Spey Bay), B Fotheringham (Forres).
71 S Chisholm (Nairn), J Simpson (Forres).
73 J C Milne (Moray), A Cameron (Inverness), J R Mackay (Muir of Ord).
74 B A Watson (Nairn Dunbar), J A Grant (Grantown), C Campbell (Nairn Dunbar)*, R McKerron (Forres), A Tait (Fortrose & Rosemarkie).
75 K Thomson (Moray), J Milne (Elgin), K Stables (Elgin)*.
76 F Brown (Nairn Dunbar).
77 G Mackenzie (Hopeman), K Williamson (Torvean), L MacBean (Boat of Garten);
79 A Thomson (Moray)*, R Proctor (Forres), B Main (Fortrose & Rosemarkie), S Rooney (Boat of Garten), G Burnett (Nairn), I Macaulay (Elgin), N. McWilliam (Elgin).* denotes Professional
Class 1 (eight and under)
67 J Forbes (Inverness) (+1).
68 A Tait (Fortrose & Rosemarkie) (6), G Hay (Grantown) (1).
70 I. Hamilton (Elgin)(7), J C Milne (Moray) (3).
71 S. Rooney (Boat of Garten)(8), M Mcdonald (Grantown) (6).
Class 2 (nine to 14)
69 L. Macbean (Boat of Garten) (9).
71 T Loynes (Boat of Garten) (12).
72 C Small (Nairn) (11).
73 D Macleod (Loch Ness) (11), G Knapp (Muir of Ord) (11), J Mcdonald (Nairn Dunbar) (14).
Monday 16 May 2011 - MIDWEEK MEN'S COMPETITIONS - UPDATE
In the recent noticeboard survey a number of Members indicated that they would interested in playing a regular midweek competition. As a result from THURSDAY 26TH MAY a competition will be held every Thursday (there are other regular Club fixtures on some Tuesdays and Wednesdays).
Please note that a minimum of 6 competitors is required for a CSS to be calculated and any handicap adjustments made.
Members are to organise their own playing partners and should try to play in the published Members' Times blocks where possible. Further information is available from the Pro Shop.