Week Ending 1st October 2017

At Boat of Garten on Saturday both gents and ladies competed in teams of 3 for the Ian Ferguson Tri-Am Cup, a better ball competition. Narrow winners were Barry McConnell, Rory Simpson and Lindsay Smith whose excellent team score of 59 was just a single shot ahead of Ron Lyon, Malcolm McCreath and Jim McPhee who returned a score of 60 to earn runners up spot, just pipping the trio of John Ross, Steven Ross and Alan Ross by virtue of a better last 9 holes.

Leading scores –winners,  B McConnell, R Simpson, L Smith 59: R Lyon, M McCreath, J McPhee 60 BIH; J Ross, S Ross, A Ross 60; P Downs, P McPherson, G Tregaskis 61 BIH; B Murray, S MacDonald, I Cormack 61; R Proud, P Lyons, D Watt 61; A Grigor, I Murray, R Kinnaird 62.

Sunday brought a breezy, showery day for the gents’ October medal and the tricky conditions were reflected in the scoring with no player breaking 70 and the CSS increasing to 72. Best of the day was Rory Simpson who reached the turn in 36 and with a birdie 3 at the 17th hole carded a gross 76, nett 70 for pole position. Runner up in Division 1 was Bill Spencer who reaped the benefit of recent practice by returning a nett 72. In Division 2 Bruce Murray took the honours in a closely fought battle with his nett 73, a single shot ahead of Donald Watt on 74 with Barry McConnell in 3rd place on 75. Leading scores were : Division 1 – R Simpson (6) 70; B Spencer (11) 72; R Lyon (11) 76  Division 2 – B Murray (14) 73; D Watt (17) 74; B McConnell (14) 75; R McGrath (20) 77.


Week Ending 24th September 2017

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the gents competed for the Kinloch Anderson Trophy, a bogey competition with golfers challenging the course rather than each other. Interestingly it was the higher handicap players who found this format more to their liking with the top 3 spots going to players with handicaps of 14 and above. Late starter Dougie Gordon (14) secured the trophy with a fine score of 3 up, aided by birdies at the 7th and 16th holes. Runner up just a shot behind was Ken Malcolm (19) who pipped James MacKenzie (18) and Ronnie Kinnaird (8) by a better last 9 holes after all 3 had tied on 2 up.  

Leading scores (CSS 69): winner, D Gordon (14) 3up; K Malcolm (19), J MacKenzie (18), R Kinnaird (8) 2 up; A Gristwood (5) 1 up; D Watt (17), I Turner (14), R Lyon (11), All square.

In the Ladies’ 4 Club Stableford Lorna Richardson (28) successfully held off all challengers and her score of 33 stableford points gave her a fine 3 shot win over Linda Ross (28) with Sue McLaren taking 3rd place on 29 pts, a better inward half putting McLaren ahead of Avril Joy (24), also on 29pts.

The ladies also competed in the Ladies’ Past Captain 9 Hole competition and it was Peasha Ingram (9) who triumphed with a fine 9 hole score of 14 pts, just ahead of Ann Carter (9) on 13 pts with Margaret Thompson (9) taking 3rd place, also on 13 pts.

The Club’s final Open tournament of the season, the Village Hall Open (pairs greensomes) attracted an excellent field of players from far afield including a visiting 6 handicap golfer from Palm Meadow, Australia .

Showery overhead conditions made low scoring difficult however that did not stop Jim and Gillian Willet (20) from Eastwood GC returning an outstanding nett score of 63 to comfortably win the Village Hall Open Trophy by 2 shots. Nearest challengers were Martin and Anne Forster (14) from Cruden Bay with a score of 65, just ahead of local pair Ron Lyon and Vince McLaughlin (11) on 66. A sum exceeding £400 was raised on the day through local sponsorship and associated competitions, which will all go towards the running costs of the village’s Community Hall.

Leading scores – (Boat Of Garten unless stated), Winners, J&G Willet (Eastwood) (20) 63; M&A Forster (Cruden Bay) (14) 65; R Lyon & V McLaughlin (11), C Luxton & E McColl (Fort William) (17) 66; P Mathieson (Grantown On Spey) & G H Hay (2) , I Murray & S Grant (Abernethy) (15) 67; Leading Ladies Team-  D Lorimer & L Stuart ( Turriff) ( 22) 72. Nearest The Pin 3rd – R Nixon (Carrbridge); 9th – M Weller; 16th – J Henderson (Blairgowrie), NTP in 2 shots at 17th – M Davies (Abernethy) & R Leask (Palm Meadow,Australia).


Week Ending 17th September 2017

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the gents competed in the John McDonald Trophies where prizes are awarded to the best scratch and handicap scores. The wet conditions tested the players yet again this weekend but this did not prevent Ian Murray (3) from returning a Gross 72 to secure top spot in the scratch section.  There were birdies at the 5th and 10th holes but surely the highlight of Ian’s round was the birdie 3 at the last hole.  Club Captain James Grant (2) was holding second spot with 76 till the afternoon players came in and it was David Housby (5) with a better inward half who took the second spot with Rory Simpson (6) a close third on 78.  In the handicap section afternoon starter John Ross (8) carded birdies at the 3rd and 4th holes on his way to securing the handicap trophy.  A steady round for Ian Turner (14) 71 saw him come in one shot ahead of Andy Doyle (17) 72 to take second place with Roy Quinn (14), Ken Aitken (10) and Ronnie McGrath (20) all placed on 74.

Leading scores (CSS 71):

 Scratch–  winner,  I Murray 72; runner-up, D Housby (BIH), J A Grant 76; R Simpson 78; R Kinnaird 83.     
Handicap- winner, J Ross (8) 70; runner-up, I Turner (14) 71, A. Doyle (17) 72; R Quinn  (14), K Aitken (10), R McGrath (20) 74.

In the Seniors’ stableford played on 12th September it was a close fought battle with Ken Aitken taking  the honours with an excellent score of 34 pts, 1 shot clear of Ian Fraser (18). In third place a single shot behind was Charlie Cairns (12) on 32pts, with Jim Brady (21) on 31pts.

Other results: Men’s Stableford (Sep 14th) (CSS 72) – winner D Spencer (16) 37 pts; A Cormie (14) 36 pts;

 J Rodgers (5) 35 pts; B Spencer (11), D MacDonald (13) 33 pts; S Taylor (11), R Lyon (11), 32 pts.   

On Sunday 24th September Boat Of Garten GC will be hosting its Village Hall Open tournament which is a pairs event open to any combination of players, ie 2 gents, 2 ladies or a mixed pairing. A limited number of spaces are available so please call 01479 831282 to enter.


Week Ending 10th September 2017

At Boat of Garten on Sunday it was Ladies Outing Day, this year to Blair Atholl GC in Perthshire. 22 ladies enjoyed excellent hospitality from the host club and a fine day of golf. Winner on the day was Caroline Bashford with 32 stableford points closely followed by runner up Magda Stefan just a single shot behind. The team prize was won by Team Wet, Wet, Wet comprising Jane Wallace, Magda Stefan, Alison Fielding and Helen Walker.

Also on Sunday the gents were visitors this year to Royal Dornoch GC in their annual match and on this occasion the home team were narrow winners by a margin of 4½ to 3 ½. All 32 players enjoyed the game, played in mixed, showery weather and in the most sporting of spirits, followed by an excellent meal in the clubhouse. Next year the fixture will be played at Boat Of Garten GC.

On Saturday, after a period of highly competitive individual medal competitions, the men paired up to compete for the SGU Greensomes Trophy.  This is intended to be a forgiving format however not all pairings found the going easy. One couple who certainly did were Ron Lyon and Vince McLaughlin who enjoyed a hat-trick of birdies at the 9th, 10th and 11th holes on their way to a fine winning nett score of 67. Close on their heels came John & Steven Ross (13) and James & Bruce Grant (4), both pairs returning a nett 69 for 2nd and 3rd places respectively.

Leading  scores: winners, R Lyon & V McLaughlin (11) 67; J Ross & S Ross (13), J Grant & B Grant (4) 69; N Cunningham &  A Boxx (14) 71; R Quinn & C MacDonald (14) 72; R Kinnaird & I Murray (5) 73.

Other scores: Gents Stableford (7th Sept) (CSS 72):  G H Hay (1), R Simpson (6) 34 pts; B Spencer (11), A Grigor (13) 33 pts; R Lyon (11) 32 pts; A Dobbie (23), I Turner (14) 31 pts.

SLGA September Medal & LGU Brooch (6 Sept) (CSS 72); Silver Division – S McLaren (20) 72; D McDonald (16) 75; H Haywood (11) 79. Bronze Division – J Watt (29) 82; L Ross (28) 85; S Walker (27) 94.

Gents September Medal & Rowan Lea Punchbowl (2 Sept) – Division 1, G MacDonald (6) 64; C Brown (2), JA Grant (2) 71; C Helik (9) , R Simpson (6) 72. Division 2- S Rooney (14) 70; R Quinn (14) 72; I Turner (14), A


Week Ending 20th August 2017

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the gents competed in their August Medal and it was Jamie Rodgers (6) who won the low handicap section with a nett 71, only beating John Ross (8) and Rory Simpson (5) by virtue of a better last 9 holes. Both Simpson and Ross fell victim to the closing hole, a quadruple bogey taking the shine off an otherwise excellent round from Simpson and a triple bogey 7 doing likewise for Ross. In the higher handicap section Ian Turner (14) enjoyed a one shot victory with a fine nett 75, with Stephen Rooney (14) second on 76 and James Brady (21) in third place on 77. Leading scores – (Section 0-12) J. Rodgers (6), J. Ross (8), R. Simpson (5) 71; D. Murray (scr), M. McDonald (5),W. Litton (11) 73. Section 2 (13-28), I. Turner (14) 75; S. Rooney (14) 76; J. Brady (21) 77; A. Doyle (17) 78; A. Boxx (13), R. Quinn (14) 80.  

Sunday brought a fine Autumn day for the Boat Of Garten Gents 18 Hole Open, now in its third year. There was a strong field of just under 90 competitors coming from 34 different clubs with 80 per cent of the field consisting of visiting players.

In the scratch section +3 handicapper Jamie Morris from Glencorse shot a best of the day 70 and this level par score was good enough to secure a 1 shot victory over John Campbell, the current Club Champion at Grantown On Spey GC and Colin Fraser from Peebles GC. In the low handicap section (0-12) Jeff Lewis (7) from Dunbar GC shot the best nett score of the day, a  67, to win by 2 shots from Bruce Grant (8) of the home club and David Manson (9) from Burton Upon Trent GC, both on 69. In 4th place came regular visitor Alistair Henry (5) from Inverness GC on 70. In the higher handicap section it was Roy Quinn from the host club who secured a narrow 1 shot win with his nett 71. John Brownlie (19) of Dullater came second on 72, with home players Dougie Gordon (13) third on 74 and Alan Boxx (13) 4th on 76. Leading scores were :

(CSS 70/72) (Boat Of Garten unless stated) Scratch : J. Morris ( Glencorse) 70; J Campbell ( Grantown On Spey) , C. Fraser (Peebles) 71. Handicap section 1 : J. Lewis (Dunbar) (7) 67; B. Grant (8) , D. Manson (Burton Upon Trent) (9) 69; A. Henry (Inverness) (5) 70. Handicap section 2 : R. Quinn (14) 71; J. Brownlie (Dullater) (19) 72; D. Gordon (13) 74; A. Boxx (13) 76.

The ladies in action this week were playing for the SLGA August Medal. In Division 1 Ann Carter (17) took the honours with a fine nett 76, just a single shot ahead of the very consistent Caroline Bashford (15). In the Bronze Division Pam MacGillivray (23) returned the day’s lowest score, a nett 72 for a convincing 8 shot victory over Judith Bell ( 21) on 80 with Lynda Coles (29) in third spot on 85.  

Gents Thursday Stableford (17 August): J.A. Grant (3) 39 pts; A. Grigor (14), B. Grant (9), C. Strachan (24) 37 pts; R. Quinn (14) 36 pts; G.H. Hay (1), P. Downs (2) 35 pts. A. Dobbie (23) 34 pts.  

Ladies 9 Hole Competition (14 August): A. Joy (12), A. Forster (10), C. Reynolds (15) 14 pts; C. MacPherson (14) 12 pts; J. Bell (10), A. McMillan (10) 11 pts.

Ladies Stableford ( 19 August) ; S. Fielding (20) 33 pts; C. Souter-Bell (22) 32 pts; M. Souter (20), S. McLaren (20) 25 pts.


Week Ending 13th August 2017

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the gents competed in their Captain’s Prizes competition, a stableford event sponsored by the current Club Captain James Grant. New Member Willie Litton set the early lead with an excellent 42 pts, a score that was not bettered all day although Andy Grigor (15), Bruce Grant (9) and Martin Hendry (9) came closest with 39 pts apiece. Leading Scores (CSS 70): W. Litton (13) 42 pts; A. Grigor (15), B. Grant (9), M. Hendry (9) 39 pts; I. Murray (4), I. Cormack (7) 38 pts; R. Simpson (6) 37 pts.

Friday saw the Annual  Senior’s Stableford trophy with Ian Fraser (21) crossing the line first in a photo finish  after his excellent round of 40pts, a single shot ahead of Reg Proud (11) on 39pts. On 34 pts and in 3rd place came Jim McPhee (18) and Malcolm McCreath (14) with McPhee just having the better inward 9 holes. Leading scores (CSS 71): winner, I. Fraser (21) 40 pts, r/up, R. Proud (11) 39 pts; J. McPhee (18), M. McCreath (14) 34 pts; P. Smith (18), D. Watt (16), C. Cairns (12) 33 pts.

On Saturday a limited number of ladies competed in the August  Stableford competition and it was Ladies’ Vice Captain Caroline Bashford (15) who triumphed with 33 pts, two ahead of Pam McGillivray (23) on 31pts with Lynda Coles (29) in 3rd place on 28 pts, beating Ann Weller (18), Fiona Young (18) and Alice Fraser (35) on a better last 9 holes.

On Wednesday the ladies competed for the Centenary Salver (Scratch) And Ladies’ Tray (Handicap) and it was Harriet Haywood who produced the best scratch score on the day with a fine 85, 4 shots ahead of Caroline Bashford on 89. Ann Weller took 3rd spot on 95. In the handicap section Peasha Ingram (18) took the honours with a fine 74, beating Pam McGillivray (23) by two shots and 4 ahead of 3rd place Jane Roxburgh (17) on 78. Leading scores: Centenary Salver (scratch) winner, H. Haywood 85; r/up, C. Bashford  89;  A. Weller, I. Shannon  95; M. Thompson 97. Ladies Tray (Handicap) winner, P. Ingram (18) 74; r/up, P. MacGillivray (23) 76; J. Roxburgh (17), M. Chrystie (28) 78.

Other results: Men’s Stableford (Aug 10th)(CSS 69) – P. Downs (2) 38 pts; C. Strachan (24) 37 pts; K. MacDonald (9) 36 pts; J. Ingram (7), R. Proud (11), S. Taylor (12) 35 pts; R. Kinnaird (7), A. Ross (18) 34 pts; C. Helik (8), A. Grigor (15), I. Murray (4) 34 pts.  


Week Ending 6th August 2017

The 72nd annual Boat Open Tournament took place over 36 holes on Saturday, attracting a strong field of players from throughout Scotland and further afield. Conditions were generally favourable for all players although showers throughout the day, together with the Boat’s own defences, ensured that low scoring was always likely to be difficult. Unlike last year when visitors dominated the leaderboard it was both visitors and local members who made the early running with David Sanderson of Nairn GC at the top of the lunchtime leaderboard after an impressive 69, closely followed by home players Ian Murray and Jordan Shaw on 71.  Scoring was generally higher in the afternoon and it was a gross 73 by Ian Murray which gave him the edge over Sanderson whose 75 tied Murray on an aggregate score of 144 but lost out on the lower second round. Shaw took 3rd place after a 74 and a total of 145.

In the low handicap section and playing for the RBS Trophy, it was Ken MacKenzie (7) of Douglas Park who topped the leaderboard at lunchtime after an excellent nett 65 closely followed by home player Mark McDonald (5) on 67 and Brian Shaw (4) of Kingussie on 68. In the afternoon home player Paul McPherson moved through the field with a superb nett 66 and his total score of 136 proved too good for the rest of the pack. McDonald took runner up spot on 138 with Shaw and McKenzie in 3rd and 4th places respectively on 138. In the 9-16 Handicap Section and playing for the Revoan Trophy it was home player Bruce Grant who triumphed with rounds of 70,72 for a one shot win over last year’s winner, Ron Lyon, who returned scores of 73, 70 for a 143 total. Home Player Stewart Taylor (12) took 3rd place on 150 with Richard Harris (14) of Surbiton GC 4th on 154.  

Leading Scores – Boat of Garten unless stated:
Sangster Trophy (Scratch) – I. Murray (71, 73) 144; D. Sanderson (Nairn) (69, 75) 144; J. Shaw (71, 74) 145.

Royal Bank of Scotland Trophy (Handicap (0-8) – P. McPherson (6) (70, 66) 136;   M. McDonald (5) (67, 71); B. Shaw (Kingussie) (5) 68 ,71) 139; K. MacKenzie ( Douglas Park) (7) (65,748 139.

Revoan Trophy (Handicap 9-16) – B. Grant (10) (70, 72) 142; R. Lyon (11) (73, 70) 143; S. Taylor (12) (77,73) 150; R. Harris (Surbiton) (14) (80,74) 154.  

Lowe Memorial Cup (Team Scratch) – Boat of Garten 2 (I. Murray, M. McDonald, P. McPherson, R. Simpson) 440.


On Wednesday the ladies competed in a Walk On Stableford competition (CSS 72) with Peasha Ingram (18) a convincing winner on 34pts, 4 shots clear of Margaret Thompson (17) in second place on 30 pts and Ishbel Shannon (14) third on 28 pts.

Thursday Stableford (3 August) CSS 70: B. McConnell (15) 43 pts; R. Simpson (6) 40 pts; M. Braidwood (9) 37 pts; I. Murray (4), D. McConnell (12) 36 pts; R. Kinnaird (7) 35 pts.


Week Ending 30th July 2017

At Boat of Garten last week a busy three weeks  of competitions got under way with the annual Pro’s Day competition – a very enjoyable team Stableford event, expertly marshalled by club pro Ross Harrower. This popular event attracted a field of 100 members and was played in a fine spirit with an excellent combination of good golf and friendly rivalry.  Winner s on 88pts were Andy Grigor, Mark McDonald, Ian Murray and David Thom, greatly aided by Murray’s strong start to the outward half where he recorded  birdies at the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th holes. Just a single point behind were the runners-up Darren and Barry McConnell, Rory Simpson and David Robertson. On 85 pts and in 3rd place came Jim Wardlaw, David Baxter, Brian Stevenson and Steven Sutherland.   The event, sponsored by PGA Professional Ross Harrower, attracted a large field of 25 teams and included clubhouse catering provided by Lulabel’s Kitchen which was enjoyed by all.

On Sunday the club held the John Grant Memorial Trophy, a mixed foursomes stableford competition. Leaders on the day by a considerable margin were the very strong pairing of Paul Downs and Magda Stefan (10) on 40 pts, with Jim McPhee and Lorna Richardson (22) taking the runner up spot on 30 pts, one clear of Donald and Jean Watt (23) on 29 pts. Nicol and Margaret Rennie (20) were 4th with 27 pts.

Other results: Men’s Stableford (July 27th), CSS 69 – winner: M. McDonald (6) 40pts; r/up: G. H. Hay (1) 38 pts; R. Philip (16), R. Kinnaird (7), P. McPherson (6) 37 pts; P. Downs (2), B. Grant (10) 36 pts; C. Strachan (24), J A Grant (3) 35 pts.


Week Ending 23rd July 2017

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the men competed for the Dalvoult Cup, a traditional Stableford trophy celebrating its 25th year of playing in 2017. Having shown fine form in a number of recent competitions it was no surprise that Ronnie McGrath produced a best of the day 39pts for a one shot victory over Ron Lyon (11) and Stewart Taylor (12). McGrath had a single birdie, at the 10th hole, but scored points on 16 of the remaining 17 holes on the way to his victory. Leading scores (CSS 69): winner, R. McGrath (21) 39 pts; r/up, R. Lyon (11) 38 pts; S. Taylor (12) 38 pts; V. McLaughlin (11) 37 pts; N. Cunningham (15), M. McDonald (6), G. MacDonald (5), I. Murray (4 )36 pts; K. Aitken (10) 35 pts.  

On Wednesday the Ladies competed for the Centenary Bowl, a scratch trophy presented to the Club by members of Nairn Dunbar GC on the occasion of their centenary. The ladies also competed for the Crawford Bowl, a handicap trophy first presented to the Club in 1956. In the battle for the scratch trophy it was Ishbel Shannon who triumphed with a gross score of 85, 5 shots clear of runner up Ann Carter, with Ann Weller third, just a single shot further back.  In the battle for the handicap trophy Magda Stefan (17) took top spot after a fine nett 72, just pipping Jenny Ridley (18) who was also on the same score but had a higher back nine. Christine Reid took 3rd place on 74.

Leading Scores: Scratch – winner, I. Shannon, 85 ;  r/up, A. Carter 90;  A. Weller 91. Handicap – winner, M. Stefan (17) 72; r/up, J. Ridley (18) 72; C. Reid (22) 74.     

Other results:

Men’s Stableford (July 20)  (CSS 69) – winner, I. Turner (14) 41 pts; R. Proud (11) 39 pts; R. Lyon (11), J. Shaw (+2) 36 pts; D. Johnstone (12), R. Simpson (6) 35 pts; J. Inglis (15), G H Hay (1) 34 pts; B. Shaw (5), B. McConnell (15), R. Kinnaird (7) 33 pts.    


Week Ending 16th July 2017

Boat of Garten’s annual Seniors’ Open on Thursday last week attracted an extended complement of 138 players including visitors from all parts of Scotland and beyond.  In the race for the Seniors’ Open title (scratch) home club secretary Gordon Hay posted a 71 which was not bettered all day.  Winner of the trophy for the lowest overall handicap score was William Sheed (8) from Bonnyton GC in East Renfrewshire  whose 66 won by a single shot.  In handicap Section 1 (0-12) home player Stewart Taylor (12) took the honours with a fine nett 67 and in section 2 it was James Shaw (18) from Royal Dornoch GC who triumphed with a nett 69.

Leading Scores (Boat of Garten unless stated) (CSS 68 /71):

Scratch Trophy winner: G.H. Hay 71.

 Overall Handicap Trophy – winner: W. Sheed (8) 66.

Section 1(0-12) – winner: S. Taylor (12) 67; r/up: J. MacBean (11) 70 BIH; F. Sharp (7), 70; G. Tregaskis (7), T. MacCallum (12) (Kingsknowe), P. Tomisson (4) (Nairn) 71.  Section 2- (13-24) – winner: J. Shaw (18) (Royal Dornoch) 69; r/up: A. Boxx (13) 71; H. Robertson (15) (Kemnay), N. Cunningham (15) (Panmure), S. Stirton (14) (Kemnay), A. Grigor (15) 71.  


On Saturday the gents competed for the Boat Hotel Trophy, first presented to the Club in 1947. Tricky overhead conditions resulted in a CSS of 71.  Following on from his success in the Seniors’ Open on Thursday Stewart Taylor was the only player to break the 70 barrier and his fine nett 69 earned him the Boat Hotel Trophy by two shots. Ronnie Kinnaird and Jamie Rodgers tied on 71, Kinnaird having the better inward 9 holes. A double bogey at the closing hole cost Rodgers dearly on this occasion.

Leading scores:  winner, S. Taylor (12) 69; R. Kinnaird (7), J. Rodgers (6) 71; R. McGrath (21), A. Boxx (13), E. Mitchell (21), M. Hendry (9), J. MacBean (11) 72; M. McDonald (6) 73.  

In the ladies’ SLGA July Medal Caroline Bashford (14) and Anne Weller (18) both returned excellent scores in the Silver Division with Bashford taking top spot by a single shot after her nett score of 76. In the Bronze Division Lorna Richardson (26) had a convincing 4 shot win over her rivals after returning a nett 77 with Pam MacGillivray (23) in second place on 81, ahead by virtue of a lower back 9 holes from Avril Joy (24).

Other results: Men’s Stableford (July 13th) (CSS 70) – R. Simpson (7) 41 pts; R. Kinnaird (7) 36 pts; B. McConnell (15), D. McConnell (12), I. Murray (4) 34 pts; M. McDonald (6) 33 pts.

Ladies Foursomes – Winners, P. Ingram & M. Thompson (18) 38 pts; A. Joy & J. Bell (23) 34 pts; M. McLachlan & J. Ridley (24) 31 pts L. Richardson & A. Davidson (29) 25 pts; A. Weller & P. MacGillivray (21) 24 pts.


Week Ending 9th July 2017

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the gents competed for the Craigard Hotel Trophy and it was no surprise that Jamie Rodgers and Paul Downs finished at the top of the leaderboard as both had been in excellent form of late. Birdies at the 2nd, 5th 12th and 13th holes laid the foundation for Rodgers’ best gross score of the season, a 72 nett 65, which earned him the trophy and single shot cut in handicap. Close on his heels came Paul Downs, the current Club Champion, trying out a new set of irons for just the second time, and two 2’s on the outward nine plus a single birdie at the 10th on the inward nine holes gave Downs a 1 under par round of 69, nett 66 for 2nd place. Leading Scores (CSS 70): Winner – J. Rodgers (7) 65; Runner Up – P. Downs (3) 66; J. MacBean (12) 67; J. Ross (8)68; R. Simpson (7)69; P. McPherson (6) 70; G. Tregaskis (7) 71; R. Proud (11), K. Aitken (10) 72.

Also on Saturday the ladies competed in their Captain’s Prize with prizes kindly donated by the current Ladies’ Captain Mrs Sue McLaren.  In a very close finish Shuna Walker (27) came out on top with a very creditable 35 pts, a single shot ahead of Jenny Ridley (18) on 34 pts and two ahead of Caroline Bashford (14) on 33 pts. All the competitors enjoyed delightful food and refreshments in the clubhouse afterwards, courtesy of the Ladies’ Captain. Leading scores (CSS 73): winner, S. Walker (27) 35 pts; R/up, J. Ridley (18) 34 pts; C. Bashford (14), A. Fielding (30) 33 pts; A. McLean (20), S. McLaren (20), J. Brock (21), M. Thompson (17), M. Chrystie (28) 32 pts.

On Sunday six couples competed for the Kathleen Ingram Cup and it was the husband and wife pairing of Mike and Avril Joy who came out on top with an excellent 34 stableford points, 3 shots clear of the Boat Open Mixed Foursomes champions Paul Downs and Magda Stefan (10) who just pipped Willie Gray and Lorna Richardson (20) by virtue of a better last 3 holes after both had tied on 31 pts.

Leading scores: winners, Mike and Avril Joy (23) 34 pts; r/up, P. Downs and M.Stefan (10) 31 pts, W. Gray and L. Richardson (20) 31 pts; R. Quinn and P. MacGillivray (18) 28 pts.

Other results: Men’s Stableford (July 6th) (CSS 69) – C. Strachan (26) 41 pts; I. Murray (4) 40 pts; R. Simpson (7) 38 pts; R. Wilkie (25) 37 pts; I. Turner (14), J. Ross (8), P. Downs (3) 36 pts; R. Kinnaird (7) 35 pts.

SLGA July Medal ( July 5th) (CSS 71) – Silver Division, winner M. Thompson (18) 69; r/up, A. Carter (17) 71; I. Shannon (14) 76; A. Weller (17) 78. Bronze Division, winner, C. Reynolds (31) 73; r/up, A. Wood (28) 74; A. Davidson (32) 75; J. Brock (21) 80.


Week Ending 2nd July 2017

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the gents competed in their July Medal and it was first on the tee at 7.28am Roy Quinn who set the pace with an excellent nett 66 which included a 2 at the par 3 16th hole. Two hours later David Housby teed off and his 2 at the opening hole followed by a birdie at the 4th and 13 solid pars resulted in his best round of the season, a gross 72 nett 67 and a win in the low handicap section. The steady pair of Rory Simpson and Ian Murray both came close, each scoring a nett 68, but it was Housby and Quinn who held off all challengers to win their respective sections.

Leading scores were : (CSS 69) – Section 1 (0-12)- D. Housby (5) 67; R. Simpson (7), I. Murray (4) 68; I. Cormack (7), R. Kinnaird (7) 69; C. Helik (8), J. Rodgers (7) 73. Section 2 (13-28) R. Quinn (14) 66; A. Grigor (15) 71; I. Turner (14), J. Inglis (15) 74; D. Ross (16) 76.

The Ladies also competed on Saturday in their July Stableford competition and it was Shuna Walker who enjoyed a 4 shot victory over her rivals following her excellent score of 37 pts. In second place was Avril Joy on 33 pts closely followed by Fiona Young on 32 pts. Leading scores were : S. Walker (27) 37 pts; A. Joy (23) 33 pts; F. Young (18) 32 pts; S. McLaren (19), A. Wood (28) 27 pts; L. Richardson (26), I. Shannon (14), M. Souter (19) 22 pts.

On Sunday the club held its annual Open Texas Scramble competition which attracted a capacity field with players coming from 52 different clubs. It was the first group out comprising Ian Murray, and Ronald Kinnaird of the home club, Sheila Grant of Abernethy and Ali Fraser of Inverness who set a very difficult target for the rest of the field to match, their nett 54 an excellent score. Scoring was generally good with 14 teams bettering the 60 mark however none could match the early starters, the closest being the late finishing team of Russell and Steven Balsillie, Ross McDonald and Sean Mizen from Westhill who returned a nett 56.2 for runners up spot. Leading scores were : 1st-I. Murray, R. Kinnaird (Boat Of Garten), S. Grant (Abernethy), A. Henry (Inverness) (5.0) 54.0; R. Balsillie, S. Balsillie, R. McDonald, S. Mizen (Westhill) (4.8) 56.2; I. McHoul, R. Laing, L. Hutton, A. Jackson (Grange) (1.3) 56.7; D. Younie, G. Godsman ( Fortrose),E. Brown (Inverness), J. Sinclair (Muir Of Ord) (4.8) 57.2; J. Martin, J. Cairns, D.Dow, G. Campbell ( Ratho Park) (8.8) 57.2; R. Watt, B. Watt (Ballindalloch), S. Chalmers, S. Bowie (Dufftown) (4.6) 57.4. Nearest the pin at 9th _ B. Jamieson ( Torphins) 1.55m.

Thursday Stableford (29 June) CSS 72 – The winner was Andrew Grigor with 31 pts.


Week Ending 25th June 2017

At Boat of Garten it was Club Championships weekend for gents and ladies, both sections competing over 36 holes. After the first round of the Ladies’ Club Championship, a convincing lead for the scratch title was held by Dorothy McDonald after her solid round of 85, well clear of Caroline Bashford on 94 and Magda Stefan in third place on 98. Sunday’s second round was played in the morning when again the windy conditions made life difficult for many players. Magda Stefan played the best golf of the day and her gross 88 moved her to within 3 shots of Dorothy McDonald who just managed to hold her nerve over the closing holes to improve on her runner up spot last year and secure the Championship title. Pam MacGillivray came 3rd after rounds of 102 and 98.

In the handicap section, the aforementioned Magda Stefan secured the trophy after rounds of 81, 71 for a 4 shot victory over runner up Alexandra Wood. Lorna Richardson came 3rd on 162. The Consolation Medal for the best nett score outside the prize list went to Lorna Richardson on 82.

Leading scores – Scratch:-champion, D. McDonald (Club Champion) 183 (85, 98); r/up, P. MacGillivray (200) (102,98); A. Joy 213 (106,107).

Handicap – champion, M. Stefan(17)) 152(81,71); r/up, A. Wood (28) 155 (78,77); L. Richardson (26) 162 (80,82).


The men’s scratch championship also started on Saturday and was played in very windy conditions which made scoring difficult for most of the field. Recent low scoring suggested that Paul Downs might be the man to beat and so it proved as he returned an excellent gross 70 for a 4 shot lead over Club Captain James Grant. In the handicap section only John MacBean on 67, Rory Simpson on 68 and Grahame Tregaskis on 69 were able to beat 70 and challenge Paul Downs for the handicap trophy. Sunday brought a strong, swirling wind and the tricky conditions prevented anyone from coming through the field with a low score. It was James Grant who fired a best of the day 74 to put pressure onto Paul Downs however the latter survived a last hole scare when his drive finished inches from the out of bounds fence and his score of 76 was good enough to secure the Championship title for the third time. In the race for the Osprey Cup handicap title his two steady rounds of nett 71 were good enough to earn James Grant the trophy, two shots ahead of John Macbean who fired rounds of 67,77 for second place.

The Sunday consolation Prize for the best nett score outwith the prize list went to Mark McDonald (7) with a nett 68.

Leading scores: Scratch (Anderson Trophy) – champion, P. Downs 146 (70,76); r/up, G.H.Hay 150 (75,75), third I. Murray 156 (78,78).

Handicap (Osprey Cup) – champion, J.A. Grant (3) 142 (71,71); r/up, J. MacBean (12) 144 (67,77) ; third, Ken Aitken (10) 145 (77,68).

Other results: Men’s Stableford (June 22) – J. Ross (8), P. Downs (3), R. Simpson (8)38 pts; D. McConnell (12) 37 pts; I. Murray (4)36 pts; G. Meeks (10), R. Kinnaird (7), V. McLaughlin (11) 35 pts .


Week Ending 18th June 2017

At Boat of Garten last week a very busy schedule began with the Senior Ladies’ Club Championships. Winning the Scratch title and trophy for the first time was Cynthia Smith with a very steady 87, just pipping Caroline Bashford by virtue of a better last 9 holes. Runner up in the Scratch Section was Magda Stefan. In the handicap section Caroline Bashford (15) took the title and handicap trophy with an excellent nett 72, with Margaret Thompson (18) winning the Gibson Bowl trophy as runner up with her nett 76.  Leading scores (CSS 73): Scratch – winner, C. Smith 87; r/up, M. Stefan 96; Handicap – winner, C.S. Bashford (15) 72; r/up and winner of the Gibson Bowl, M. Thompson (18) 76.

On Saturday there was another good entry for the men’s monthly medal with the course presented in excellent condition. A stiff breeze made life difficult for many of the players, particularly the early starters, and the CSS on the day rose to 71. In section 1 (0-12) early starter Martin Hendry (10) defied the wind with birdies at the 5th and 13th holes plus 11 pars for a best of the day nett 64 and a four shot win over afternoon starter Jamie Rodgers (7) who birdied the 4th, 10th, 11th and 15th holes on his way to a gross 75, nett 68 and runners up spot. Paul Downs produced the best gross score of the day, a 72, nett 69 for third place.  In Division 2 Alan Boxx overcame a 7 at the 7th hole to shoot a nett 71 and a two shot win over runner up Andrew Grigor who may well have finished in top spot had the 6th and 7th holes not cost him 7 shots to par. Recent winner Roy Quinn continued his good form with a 74 and third place.  Leading scores: (CSS 71) Section 1 – winner, M. Hendry (10) 64; r/up, J. Rodgers (7) 68; P. Downs (3),
K. Aitken (11) 69; I. Cormack (7), S. MacDonald (12) 72. Section 2 –A. Boxx (13) 71; A. Grigor (15) 73; R. Quinn (13) 74; B. Murray (14), B. McConnell (14) 75; N. Cunningham (15),
R. McGrath (20) 76.

On Sunday the Ladies Open attracted a strong field of players from many counties throughout the country and was played in dry but breezy conditions, although the courses own defences plus a thickening rough resulted in the CSS increasing to 74 (reduction only). This did not deter ladies in the Silver Section returning some excellent scores with home player Dorothy McDonald winning the JR Ingram trophy for the best nett score, her excellent 68 also earning a 2 shot reduction in handicap. Just a single shot behind came Gill Omand (20) from Inverness  who produced the only other sub 70 score on the day. In the Bronze  Division the scoring was notably higher with Kate Hall from Thornton securing a one shot victory with her nett 81. In the Scratch Section Jennifer Innes ( Keith) returned a winning score of 82 with Gail Christie of Banchory and Jane Grubb from Montrose Mercantile both shooting 85 for 2nd and 3rd places respectively. 

Leading scores: Scratch – Champion, J. Innes (Keith) 82; r/up, G. Christie (Banchory) 85 BIH; J. Grubb (Montrose Mercantile) 85. 

Handicap – Silver section:  winner, D. McDonald (Boat Of Garten) 68; r/up, G. Omand (Inverness) 69; P. Morrish (The Glen) 74; W. Plevey (Portlethen) 75. HandicapBronze section: winner, K. Hall (Thornton) 81; F. Morrison (Keith) 82; K. McKay (St Regulus) 83;
I. Low (Rothes) 84.  

Gents Stableford ( June 15) CSS 70/36 pts – V. McLaughlin (12) 41 pts; P. Downs (3) 38 pts; M. Braidwood (8), J. Inglis (15) 37 pts; I. Murray (4) 36 pts; J. Rodgers (7), R. Kinnaird (7), R. Quinn (13) 35 pts; K. MacDonald (9), J. Ross (8), R. Simpson (7), R. Lyon (10), B. McConnell (14) 34 pts.  

Seniors’ Stableford (June 13) CSS 70/ 36 pts – R. McGrath (22) 41 pts; F. McNeilage (28) 35 pts; D. Watt (17) 33 pts; K. Aitken (11), M. Joy (22) 32 pts; F. MacEachern (19), I. Fraser (20) 29 pts.


Week Ending 11th June 2017

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the men competed for the Craiggowrie Cup, a bogey competition played against the par of the course.  In showery conditions 13 players matched or bettered par resulting in a reduced CSS of 68. Traditionally the higher handicappers tend to outscore the lower handicappers in this event and so it proved again this year with Conner Strachan (27) shooting a best of the day 6 up for a two shot win over Andrew Grigor (15). Ronnie McGrath (23) continued his fine June form with a third place finish on 3 up with David Ross (10) in 4th spot on 2 under. Leading scores: winner, C. Strachan (27) 6 up; r/up, A. Grigor (15) 4 up; R. McGrath (23) 3up; D. Ross (10) 2 up; F. Sharp (7), P. Downs (3), R. Lyon (10), V. McLaughlin (12), I. Murray (4) 1up.    

There was a good turnout for the ladies’ June Medal on Wednesday with Margaret Thompson (19) returning an excellent nett 71 to lead the Silver Division, with Caroline Holroyd (17) just 2 shots back in second place. Ann Carter (17) and Magda Stefan (17) tied for third place on 75 with Sue McLaren (19) and Caroline Bashford (15) both on 76. In the Bronze Division Lorna Richardson (25) came first with a nett 83 closely followed by Pam MacGillivray (23) on 85. Leading scores were: Silver Section: winner, M. Thompson (19) 71; r/up, C. Holroyd (17) 73; A. Carter (17), M. Stefan (17) 75; C. Bashford (15), S. McLaren (19) 76; H. Holton (17) 77. Bronze Section: winner, L. Richardson (25) 83; r/up, P. MacGillivray (23) 85; C. Thompson (24) 89.      

On Sunday the Seniors’ Club Championships were played in showery overhead conditions which resulted in a CSS of 69.  James Ingram was looking to retain the scratch title which he won last year and appeared to be on course to do so with his gross 77 leading for a long spell, however it was later starter Grahame Tregaskis who triumphed with a fine 75 to win the title for the second time, his last win being in 2013. An excellent run of 3,3,4,2 over holes 6 to 9 paved the way for his success. Reg Proud came third on 80. The handicap title went to Roy Quinn (14) who returned a fine nett 67 for a 2 shot winning margin over Grahame Tregaskis with Reg Proud (10) third on 70. Stewart Taylor (11), Bill Spencer (11) and Nicholas Cunningham (15) all tied on 71. Leading scores: Scratch- winner, G. Tregaskis 75; r/up, J.R. Ingram 77; R. Proud 80; R. Quinn 81; S. Taylor, J. Ross, B. Spencer 82. Handicap: winner, R. Quinn (14) 67; r/up, R. Proud (10) 70; S. Taylor (11), B. Spencer (11), N. Cunningham (15) 71; K. Aitken (11), W. Gray (13) 73.    

Other results:  Men’s Stableford (June 8) (CSS 68) – S. Ross (24) 45 pts; R. Lyon (10), D. Johnston (12) 40 pts; C. Strachan (27), J. Ross (8), D. Watt (16), C. Helik (7), R. Kinnaird (7) 36 pts.

Ladies’ 9 Hole Competition ( June 5) – P. Ingram (9) 19 pts; A. McNeilage (18) 17 pts; M. MacCormick (17), C. MacPherson (14) 14 pts; J. Roxburgh (8) 13 pts; K. Morrison (18) 12 pts.

SLGA June Medal  (10 June) – Silver Division: A.Weller (17) 76; A. Carter (17) 85. Bronze Division: P. MacGillivray (23) 80; L. Richardson (26) 82.


Week Ending 4th June 2017

At Boat of Garten last week, the ladies led the way on Monday competing for the Wise Old Owl Trophy, limited to those over…. a certain age.  It was 18 handicapper Dorothy McDonald who triumphed with an excellent nett 72 to win by a single stroke for the second successive year, again with the same nett score. Tied just a single shot behind on 73 came Cynthia Smith (18) and Marion MacCormick (34).  Leading scores: (CSS 73) winner, D. McDonald (18) 72; r/up, C. Smith (18) 73; M. MacCormick (34) 73; S. Walker (27), V. Dykes (20) 76; J. Brock (21) 77; P. Ingram (18), A. Carter (17) 79.

On Saturday the first Open Tournament of the season, the Annual Mixed Foursomes, attracted a field of 65 pairs representing 47 different Clubs, and was played in rather mixed, showery weather.  In the scratch section it was the home club pairing of Paul Downs and Magda Stefan who posted a best of the day gross 74, an excellent score in this format , to secure a one shot victory over Iain And Sue Waddell from Alyth, regular competitors in this Open competition.  Last year’s winners, Innes and Morag Cowie from Buckpool, took third place with a gross 78. In the handicap section the scoring was also outstanding with the popular local pairing of Rory Simpson and Pam MacGillivray returning a nett 64 for a one shot win over Ian Murray and Sheila Grant from the host club and Abernethy GC respectively. Leading scores (Boat of Garten unless stated): Scratch  –  winners, P. Downs & M. Stefan 74;  r/up,  I. Waddell & S. Waddell (Alyth) 75: I. Cowie & M. Cowie (Buckpool) 78; R. Pennie & F. Pennie (Kemnay ) 79; R. Morrison (St Andrews) & I. Morrison (St Regulus) 84. Handicap – winners, R. Simpson & P. MacGillivray (15) 64; r/up, I. Murray & S. Grant (Abernethy) (18) 65; S. Crook & M. Crook (Rochdale) (16) 67; R. Quinn & J. Timbers (Carlisle) (17) 69; S. Mackenzie & R. Mackenzie ( Inverness) (19) 70.

The week ended on Sunday with the Freedom Inn Cup, played in fine conditions, reflected by the CSS of 69. Top of the leaderboard for the first time this year came Mike Ashcroft (19) with an excellent 40 pts, just pipping Ron Lyon (11) by virtue of a better last 9 holes. Close in pursuit came Grahame Tregaskis (7) on 39 pts and Scott MacDonald (12) on 38 pts.

Leading scores: (CSS 69)- winner, M. Ashcroft (19) 40 pts; R. Lyon (11) 40 pts; G. Tregaskis (7) 39 pts; S. MacDonald (12) 38 pts; I. Murray (4) 37 pts; V. Mclaughlin (12), J. MacBean (12), G. Hay (1), C. Helik (7), 36 pts.

Other results: Men’s Stableford (June1) – J. Ingram (7), B. Grant (12) 40 pts; D. Ross (9), I. Murray (4), P. Downs (3), S. Ross (24) 37 pts; R. Simpson (7), S. Taylor (11), R. Kinnaird (6) 36 pts; M. Braidwood (8), C. Helik (7), A. Grigor (15) 35 pts.


Week Ending 28th May 2017

At Boat of Garten on Saturday a busy schedule of competitions began with the Roddy MacLeod Trophy. The large entry enjoyed warm overhead conditions which resulted in a reduced CSS of 68 and the lowest scoring of the season. Despite dropping 4 shots over the last 2 holes first player out Vince McLaughlin returned an excellent gross 77 nett 64 to post an early testing score at the top of the leaderboard and it was only Ronnie McGrath (24) who was able to step up to the plate, his 88 gross, nett 64 just pipping McLaughlin by virtue of a better last 9 holes. A further 10 players broke the 70 mark, the best of these being Darren McConnell whose nett 65 was just a single shot off the pace, and Ian Murray who returned a level par 70, nett 66 for 4th place. Leading scores: winner, R. McGrath (24) 64 BL9; r/up, V. McLaughlin (13) 64; D. McConnell (12) 65; I. Murray (4) 66; B. Grant (12), D. Newall (19) 67; I. Cormack (7), G. MacDonald (5) 68; C. Young (1), J. Bell (18), P. Downs (3), D. Ross (9) 69.

The Ladies held a Stableford competition on Saturday and similar to the Gents managed to produce the best scoring of the season. Avril Joy (24) continued her winning streak with an outstanding 40 pts and a 4 shot victory over 3 players, Magda Stefan (17), Ann Weller (17) and Judith Bell (21), all of whom finished on a very creditable 36 pts. Sandra Wood (27) and Caroline Bashford (15) tied on 32 pts.

On Wednesday the Ladies also held a Texas Scramble competition and it was the team of Caroline Bashford, Ann Carter and Pam McGillivray (9.2) which triumphed with a nett score of 64.8. In runners up spot came Peasha Ingram, Margaret Thompson and Marjory Stewart (8.8) on 66.2 closely followed by Cynthia Smith, Catherine MacPherson and Karen Morrison (13.7) on 68.3.

Other results:

Men’s Stableford (May 25) CSS 70 – R. Simpson (8) 39 pts, J. Rodgers (7) 38 pts; D. MacKenzie (15) 37 pts; R. Kinnaird (6) 36 pts; D. McConnell (12), G.H. Hay (2) 35 pts; R. Quinn (14) , I. Murray (4), V. McLaughlin (13) 34 pts; P. Downs (3) 33 pts; C. Strachan (27) 32 pts.

This coming weekend the Club hosts a Mixed Open on Saturday 3rd June and there are limited spaces for late entries – telephone 01479 831282 for further information.  


Week Ending 21st May 2017

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the men took the field to compete for the Rover Cup (CSS 71) with the morning players having to cope with heavy showers and the afternoon players deciding that the overhead conditions were so bad that not one player ventured onto the course. Birdie 2’s at the 9th and 16th holes put Jamie Rodgers (8) at the top of the early morning leaderboard after an excellent nett 68, however his lead was short lived as Darren McConnell (13) handed in a similar score but with a better last 9 holes, only for Stewart Taylor (12) to pip both players with a nett 66, assisted by birdies at the 2nd, 5th, 10th and 15th holes. Playing alongside Taylor, however, was Scott MacDonald (13), and his steady halves of 40 and 38 resulted in a best of the day nett score of 65 allowing him to secure the Rover Cup and a 1 shot handicap reduction. 

Leading scores: (CSS 71) winner, S. MacDonald (13) 65; r/up, S. Taylor (12) 66; D. McConnell (13), J. Rodgers (8) 68; D. Thom (7), R. Kinnaird (6) 73; R. Simpson (8), A. Grigor (15), I. Murray (4) 74. 

The Ladies’ SLGA May medal was also keenly contested on Saturday and in the Silver Section it was Margaret Thompson (19) who coped best with the wet conditions, returning a nett 73 for a convincing 7 shot win over runner up Cynthia Smith (18) on 80. In the Bronze Section Alexandra Wood (27) outshone her competitors with a nett 78, the only sub 80 score. Jane Wallace (23) was runner up on 81 with Lorna Richardson (25) 3 shots further back. Leading scores (CSS 73): Silver Section winner, M. Thompson (19) 73; r/up, C. Smith (18) 80; P. Ingram (18) 81; I. Shannon (14) 84. Bronze Section winner, A. Wood (27) 78; r/up, J. Wallace (23) 81; L. Richardson (25) 84; C. Thompson (24) 90.

Sunday’s mixed foursomes competition was for the 13th Hole Trophy, a charity event in aid of Save the Children.  Winners this year were Avril and Mike Joy (23) with 31 pts, just a single shot ahead of runners-up Cynthia Smith and Donald Watt (17) on 30 pts. Low handicappers Paul Downs and Pam MacGillivray (13) came third on 27 pts. The winners go forward to represent the Club at the Grand Final of the Annual Save The Children Trophy to be held at Glenbervie GC in September.  In place of entry fees for the event competitors donated the sum of £50 to the charity.  

Leading scores: winners, A. & M. Joy (23) 31pts; r/up, D. Watt & C. Smith (17) 30 pts; P. Downs & P. MacGillivray (13) 27 pts; P. Smith & J. Watt (23) 25 pts; J. & V. Dykes (17) 24 pts; L. Richardson & R. Proud (18) 24 pts.

Other results:

Men’s Stableford (May 18) (CSS 69): B. McConnell (15) 41 pts; J. Rodgers (8), R. Proud (11) 40 pts; C. Helik (7) 39 pts; R. Simpson (8), C. Strachan (28), I. Murray (4) 38 pts; D. MacDonald (13) 37 pts; B. Spencer (11), P. Downs (3), B. Grant (12) 36 pts.

Ladies’ Rosebowl Trophy (20 May) (CSS 73): winner, A. Joy (26) 39 pts; r/up, S. Walker (27) 32 pts; L. Richardson (25) 29 pts; D. McDonald (18) 28 pts; S. McLaren (19) 26 pts; J. Watt (29) 25 pts.


Week Ending 14th May 2017

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the fine weather resulted in scoring to match with the top 13 players all shooting sub 70 scores. The competition was the Garten Cup, first presented in 1938. Teeing off at 7.28am Ron Lyon (10) set the early pace with an excellent nett 68, assisted by a very good inward half of 37 which might have been even better had it not been for a double bogey at the dangerous final hole. Lyon’s lead, however, was short lived as Stephen Salem (25) returned a nett 67 just an hour later, a score which would also have been better had the 18th hole not claimed another victim, this time a triple bogey 7. But it was David Robertson, another morning starter who is equally effective on the football pitch as he is on the golf course, who produced the best score of the day, a nett 66, despite also taking a double bogey at the last. Robertson’s round not only won the Garten Cup but also resulted in a one shot handicap reduction.

Leading scores:  Garten Cup  (CSS 69) – winner, D. Robertson (12) 66; r/up S. Salem (25) 67; R. Lyon (10), R. Simpson (8), S. Rooney (14), J. Ross (8), J. Rodgers (8) 68; A. Boxx (13), B. McConnell (15), V. McLaughlin (12), A Grigor (15), R. Proud (11), S. MacDonald (13) 69.

On Sunday the ladies played a stroke play medal in support of Cancer Relief. Continuing her run of good form Margaret Thompson (19) took the honours with a best of the day nett 74 and a 1 shot victory over Ann Weller (17) 75.Tied for 3rd place on 76 came Nicola Barclay-Watt (19), Val Dykes (20) and Sue McLaren (19). Leading scores: (CSS 74) – winner, M.Thompson (19) 74; r/up, A. Weller (17) 75; N. Barclay-Watt (19), V. Dykes (20), S. McLaren (19) 76; A. Carter (17), D. McDonald (18), M. Stefan (17) 78.

Other results:

Men’s Walk-on Stableford (May 11): (CSS 69) – R. Quinn (15) 43 pts; P. Downs (3) 39 pts; C. Helik (7), G. Meeks (10), G H Hay (1), V. McLaughlin (12), I. Turner (14) 37 pts; D. Ross (9), J. Ross (8), J. Shaw (-1) 36 pts.


Week Ending 7th May 2017

At Boat of Garten on Saturday the men’s May monthly medal and Belhaven Qualifier saw another large entry and, after a short delay for frost, was played in ideal conditions. The fine conditions produced a CSS of 69. In section 1 (0-12) there were 4 sub 70 scores with early starter Ron Lyon shooting a best of the day nett 67 aided by birdies at the 3rd and 8th holes. Close on his heels came Grahame Tregaskis (7) and Stewart Taylor (12) on 68.  In section 2 it was the in-form Barry McConnell (15) who kept his run of good scoring going with a nett 68 just a single shot ahead of Alan Boxx (13), these being the only players to break 70 in this category.

Leading scores: Section 1 – winner, R. Lyon (11) 67; G. Tregaskis (7), S. Taylor (12) 68; G. MacDonald (5) 69; I. Murray (4), C. Helik (7) 70. Section 2 – winner, B. McConnell (15) 68; A. Boxx (13) 69; R. McGrath (24) 71; S. Rooney (13), B. Murray (14) 73.  

Also on Saturday the ladies’ May medal saw clear winners in each section. The Silver section prize went to Cynthia Smith (18) on 71, three shots clear of Ishbel Shannon (14) 74 with last year’s winner Dorothy McDonald (18) a single shot further back on 75. In the Bronze Division Jean Brock scored a convincing 8 shot win with an excellent nett 74. Runners up on 82 were June Clark (31) and Alice Fraser (35).  

Leading scores: (CSS 71) Silver section: winner, C. Smith (18) 71; I. Shannon (14) 74; D. McDonald (18) 75; K. Lowden (13), A. Weller (17) 79. Bronze section: winner, J. Brock (21) 74; J. Clark (31), A. Fraser (35) 82; A. Wood (27) 83; A. Joy (26) 87.

Other results:

Men’s Stableford (May 4): P. Downs (3) 40 pts; P. McPherson (5), I. Murray (4) 38 pts; C. Strachan (28) 37 pts; D. Ross (9), G H Hay (1), G. Tregaskis (7), S. Ross (24) 36 pts.

Ladies 9 Hole Competition (8 May): winner, A. Fielding (15) 19 pts (BL6), r/up, C. Smith (9) 19 pts; A. McLean (10), J. Watt (14), I. MacEachern (18), M. MacCormick (17), M. Stefan (8) 16 pts; S. Walker (13), P. Ingram (9) 15 pts.

Seniors Stableford (2 May) CSS 70 : winner, J. Dingwall (15) 35 pts; R. McGrath (24), J. Dykes (13) 34 pts; F. McNeilage (28), D. Watt (16) 33 pts; K. Aitken (10) 32 pts; P. Smith (17) 31 pts.